photographer: Michael Jurick Photography | event planner & design: Anthony Taccetta Event Design
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9 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 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

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

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.

photographer: Jeff Marini | venue: Bub City Rosemont

2. A Color Story in Gold & White

A wide hallway with golden lighting and white balloons strung across the ceiling
photographer: Ines Lynn Photography

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.

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

A diagonal cluster of balloons in varying sizes that descend in a rainbow
photo courtesy of Luft Balloons

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. 

photo courtesy of & balloons: Luft Balloons | planner: Elizabeth Pesce | venue: Space 1858

4. Foodie Feast

A black table with white chairs around it. Food is on three different pedestals with utensils and place cards underneath
photo courtesy of Big Delicious Planet

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.

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

5. Modern & Urban City Celebration

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

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.

photographer: Kesha Lambert | event planner: Tricia Smith Brown | design, décor, & floral: The Style Marc | venue: Glasshouse Chelsea | rentals: Ruth Fischl Event Rental

6. Gatsby Stills Means Glamour

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

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.

photographer: Nastasia Mora Photography | venue: Chicago Theater Works

7. Music & Passion Were Always in Fashion — At the Copacabana

the inside of a transparent tent with greenery placed sparsely on the ceiling and chandeliers hang in three different spots. Round tables are placed on the green floor with tall floral centerpieces
photographer: Studio Cabrelli

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)

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

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.

photographer: Michael Jurick Photography | producer & designer: Anthony Taccetta Event Design | caterer: Peter Callahan

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

A table covered in black and white newspapers with personalized place mats and decorations
photographer: Mike Cassimatis Photography

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.

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