photographer: Michael Jurick Photography | event planner & design: Anthony Taccetta Event Design
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11 Creative 30th Birthday Party Themes to Ring in Your Next Decade in Style

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 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.

Entertainment-Focused 30th Birthday Party Themes

A girl standing on stage with a microphone, others stand in the background with microphones and spotlighting
photographer: Jeff Marini | venue: Bub City Rosemont

1. Karaoke…But With a Live Band

Rosemont, IL

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.

Nightlife 30th Birthday Party Themes

Copacabana theme Milestone Birthday Party
photographer: Studio Cabrelli | event planning & design: Fête Event Planning | florals: Madame Artisan Fleuriste | tent: PBI | caterer: Potel & Chabot

2. 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: Afritina Coker | planning & design: RosesRntRed Modern Events | balloons & ceiling installations: Pink on the weekend

3. Your Own Personal Nightclub

Dallas, TX

Consider a swanky nightclub theme — but make it pink. This birthday celebration’s chic elements included metallic fringe, ethereal drapery, and modern furniture, which added up to a dance-all-night party from the visionary planning and design team at RosesRntRed Modern Events. Click through to see the cool projections and photo cocktail napkins that honor the birthday girl at “Club Lo.’” 

Color-Drenched 30th Birthday Party Themes

A wide hallway with golden lighting and white balloons strung across the ceiling
photographer: Ines Lynn Photography | event planner & designer: Design Plan Play | balloons & rentals: Fiestas Depot | cake: Cakes by RC

4. Golden Glamour

Key Biscayne, FL

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.

A diagonal cluster of balloons in varying sizes that descend in a rainbow
photo courtesy of & balloons: Luft Balloons | planner: Elizabeth Pesce | venue: Space 1858

5. At the End of the Rainbow…is This Fun Party

Chicago, IL

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. 

City 30th Birthday Party Themes

A large room with windows on all sides looking over skylines. Blue couches are in the room with pink pillows and accents
photographer: Kesha Lambert | event planner: Tricia Smith Brown | design, décor, & floral: The Style Marc | venue: Glasshouse Chelsea | rentals: Ruth Fischl Event Rental

6. Modern & Urban NYC Celebration

New York, NY

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.

A four piece band on a stage. Two are holding horn instruments and one tilts his head back while playing. Another plays the clarinet wearing a gray suit and the other plays handheld drums
photographer: Michael Jurick Photography | producer & designer: Anthony Taccetta Event Design | caterer: Peter Callahan

7. New Orleans — Without the Plane Ticket

East Hampton, NY

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.

Decades 30th Birthday Party Themes

A gold and white cake that has two tiers. Thirty is spelled out in gold sparkling lettering in the top
photographer: Nastasia Mora Photography | venue: Chicago Theater Works

8. Gatsby Stills Means Glamour in the New 20s

Chicago, IL

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.

Draymond Green's Surprise 30th 90's Birthday Bash
photographer: Joshua Dwain Photography | planner, design, décor & customizations: Exhilarate Experiential | venue: Dream Hollywood | balloons: Top Hat Balloon Werks

9. 90s Hip Hop

Los Angeles, CA

NBA star Draymond Green was thrown this fabulous 90s-style surprise birthday party for his 30th. Partygoers entered through a futuristic tunnel reminiscent of a Missy Elliot video from the time. The talented team at produced cabana installations with different scenes from the era’s shows like “Nay Nay’s World” for guests to lounge in — when they weren’t playing vintage arcade games like Centipede. Click through to see the truly-creative moments like personalized airbrushing and the LED dance floor — and the performance by the one-and-only Busta Rhymes. 

Food-Focused 30th Birthday Party Themes

photographer: Mike Cassimatis Photography | event planner: KATE & COMPANY | caterer: 23 City Blocks Catering | paper goods: Cheree Berry Paper

10. Pinch, Peel, Eat, Repeat: Crawfish & Cocktails

St. Louis, MO

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.

photo courtesy of & caterer: Big Delicious Planet | rentals: Tablescapes Event Rentals

11. Foodie Feast

Chicago, IL

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.

People Also Ask…

How do I start planning my 30th birthday party?

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What is the best 30th birthday party theme?

When it comes to 30th birthday party themes, the options are endless. Consider your hobbies, favorite places to visit (or that you dream of visiting), decades that hold meaning for you, foods you love, and what kind of a vibe you’d like to create for you and your guests. All of this information will help you narrow in on potential totally-you 30th birthday party themes.

Don’t forget, PartySlate offers limitless party inspiration with real event albums, idea galleries, and informative articles. Discover the best ideas and inspiration here. You can also click to see more fun and creative party themes for an unforgettable 30th birthday or other milestone celebration below: