Turning 30 is an important time in an individual’s life. As this is a special birthday, those who turn 30 often have parties thrown in their honor.
If you are planning a 30th birthday party for a loved one, the following will provide some helpful tips to plan a party which will never be forgotten!
30th Birthday planning: who to invite
The first step to planning a 30th birthday party is to choose a birthday invitation which will highlight the fun to be had by all at the party.
One invitation idea for you to consider is to send out a picture invitation with a photo of the birthday girl or guy on the front. The picture can be sentimental, funny or simply a lovely photo of the guest of honor. The invitation can be made out of construction paper or colored card stock; the script can be created by using a metallic pen purchased at any local stationary store. When creating the invitations, make sure to include an eye-catching saying in addition to the time, date and location of the party.
Birthday party decorations for all tastes
When you are planning a party, the decorations which you choose can either make it or break it. Choosing the right decor will portray a festive atmosphere and pull the entire 30th birthday party together.
As you start planning the 30th birthday decorations, try to use a theme which is near and dear to the guest of honor’s heart.
For example, if the guest of honor likes flowers, you can make floral decorations out of tissue paper and put vases of fresh flowers on every table in the room. Or if a particular sports team is dear to the person, decorate in the colors of the team and put up decorations reflecting the team name. Decorating with the birthday guy or girl in mind will ensure that they know the party was specifically designed for them!
An easy 30th Birthday cake concept
Let’s face it. No birthday party would be a celebration without a birthday cake. You want to choose a cake which is not only aesthetically pleasing but tasty as well. Don’t overlook the easy option! Add a big “30” on top of the cake, along with the birthday guy or girl’s name. Or bake two round cakes, cut one into a “3” shape and put them side by side.
In addition, try to make the cake maintain the same theme as the overall birthday party, if you have chosen a theme, as this will really bring the whole party together perfectly.
Whether you buy the cake or make it yourself, choose colors and designs which match the 30th birthday party theme and choose a favorite type of cake which the birthday celebrant loves!
30th Birthday party food ideas
When you plan the 30th birthday party menu, it is important to consider the number of guests who will be attending the party and the seating arrangements at the party location.
If the party location is large and there will be places for everyone to sit, then you can consider serving a sit-down meal for the partygoers. On the other hand, if space is limited and there will be a large number of people attending, then finger food is best.
For meal ideas, you can serve large pasta plates such as lasagna, stuffed shells or manicotti with salad and rolls. If you will be offering finger foods, items such as mini quiches, Buffalo wings, spinach phyllo dough wraps, Swedish meatballs and a cold cut platter will all make great finger foods for guests to enjoy.
As for beverages, come up with a signature 30th birthday party drink, like the 30-tini, or simply offer some great seasonal beers for guests to drink. Again, should the birthday guy or girl have any favorite foods or drinks, be sure to include them on the menu.
30th Birthday Gift ideas
A 30-year-old is a person of his own. He has his own dreams, own goals and already has a goal in hand that he’s working on. With that in mind, finding a gift for him that would perfectly match his age and spirit is not easy. But we do have some ideas to make your search easier.
30th Birthday games ideas
Birthday party games provide a great way to entertain guests and give the party a fun atmosphere. Adding a personal touch can help.
For a 30th birthday party game, make up a list of questions relating to the birthday guy or gal and make enough copies to hand out to each guest. Ask questions which pertain to the guest of honor and the person who gets the most answers correct will win a prize. You can have a few prizes for the game so that there is more than one winner. Some prize ideas include a bottle of wine, gift cards, books or a candle/candle holder set.
Another game which you can play at the 30th birthday party is a trivia game of a different sort. Do some easy online research concerning the year in which the guest of honor was born. Make up trivia questions which deal with topics which occurred during that year and see which guest knows the most about the special year. Again, hand out prizes to those who get the most answers correct.
If you are looking to play a regular party game which everyone loves, charades is always a good option. This really brings the partygoers together and gives everyone a good laugh while celebrating the birthday of their special friend or family member.
Samantha Ellis is a digital marketing specialist with Birthday Inspire. I’ve been buying gifts for my Partner and kids for many years, and I’ve also made it my job to save people money through my blog and podcast. Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, an anniversary, a holiday, or just a special someone, I want to help you find the perfect gift.