Turning 30 is a milestone worth celebrating. For many, it marks a moment in life where they’re starting to figure out who they are and what they want out of life. It’s a time of becoming. As part of that exploration, why not try a 30th birthday party theme that transports you to another locale, era, or experience? We’ve found nine 30th birthday party themes that will do just that, while also creating a fun celebration that you and your friends will remember long into your next decade.
1. Guests Take Center Stage with Live Band Karaoke
If you’ve ever wanted to be the lead singer in a band (you know, without all of the rehearsals and raw talent) live band karaoke offers that chance. This 30th birthday celebration featured great BBQ and a flexible and fun band backing amateurs while they belted their favorite tunes.
photographer: Jeff Marini | venue: Bub City Rosemont
2. A Color Story in Gold & White
What’s gold and white and modern all over? This elegant celebration, featuring not one, not two, but too many balloon installations to count — all in luxe white and glimmering gold. Metallic streamers and gold draping enclosed the space to create an intimate, beautiful spot for revelry. Click through to see the truly unique cake.
photographer: Ines Lynn Photography | event planner & designer: Design Plan Play | balloons & rentals: Fiestas Depot | cake: Cakes by RC
3. At the End of the Rainbow — Is This Gorgeous Backdrop
When it comes to conjuring happiness, cheer, and hopefulness — there are few motifs that work as well as a rainbow. This 30th birthday party unfolded in bright color against an industrial chic raw space with a ROYGBIV balloon installation providing a perfect photo spot.
4. Foodie Feast
Now this is a 30th birthday party theme we can really sink our teeth into: a food-centric celebration. The modern décor of this contemporary home was the perfect setting for a chic cocktail party menu that featured manhattans and old fashions, along with luxe light bites and passed fresh and local-inspired dishes.
5. Modern & Urban City Celebration
No urban celebration would be complete without stunning views, which this one boasted from every angle. Add plush velvet lounge areas and lush florals — both in deep jewel tones — and you’ve got an iconic city celebration. Click through to see all of the glittering silver accents and terrace views of NYC.
6. Gatsby Stills Means Glamour
Being back in the 20s means lots of gilded glamour reminiscent of the roaring era described in The Great Gatsby. For this 30th birthday party theme, an Art Deco-inspired tiered cake, projections of black and white movies, and festive gold and black décor created the perfect setting for costumed guests to dance the night away.
7. Music & Passion Were Always in Fashion — At the Copacabana
Burgundy, Grand EST
France plus a supper-club vibe equals a totally chic and unique 30th birthday party theme. Add a big band, a black and white checkered dance floor, tropical florals, and a clear tent outfitted with draped greenery and chandeliers, and you’ve got a Brazilian-French-American mashup that makes for the perfect evening (one that began with synchronized swimming and ended with fireworks).
photographer: Studio Cabrelli | event planning & design: Fête Event Planning | florals: Madame Artisan Fleuriste | tent: PBI | caterer: Potel & Chabot
8. Party Like It’s Mardi (Gras)
This 30th birthday party theme transported guests from the Hamptons to New Orleans without leaving home. Street signage, a cable car bus, detailed décor, festive lighting, and authentic menu choices — like crawfish, a seafood boil, po’ boys, and Cafe Du Monde’s famous beignets — all set the scene for a Southern-style bash remembered by all.
9. Pinch, Peel, Eat, Repeat: Crawfish & Cocktails
There are too many elements we love about this lobster and crawfish boil 30th birthday party theme to list them all. But we’ll try: the Moscow mule bar camper, the cozy outdoor lounge areas, the clever and personalized printed goods, the lemon place cards, the bricked garden locale — and more.