26 Contributors Share Their Favorite Creative 30th Birthday Ideas

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Turning 30 is a big milestone in life. Many people are established in their career when they turn 30, and they’ve mastered adulting but still love to have fun. So, when your friend or loved one is turning 30, you want a fun and unique way to celebrate. We’ve curated this list of creative 30th birthday ideas you can use to plan an incredible experience and create memories to last a lifetime.

What Are the Best Creative 30th Birthday Ideas?

The best, most creative 30th birthday ideas below will help you celebrate your friend or loved one on this milestone occasion. The best creative 30th birthday ideas include:

  • Having a themed party
  • Hiring a DJ
  • Crossing something off their bucket list
  • A charity bike ride
  • A road trip
  • A trip down memory lane with photos, videos, and laughter
  • …and more!

Whether you’re looking for a 30th birthday gift for your loved one or in search of the most delectable birthday treats for the big celebration, Edible Arrangements® has everything you need to make it memorable. Feed a crowd with a few party platters filled with fresh baked cookies, cupcakes, mini cheesecakes, chocolate brownies, and chocolate covered fruits, or choose a platter filled with fresh fruit favorites.

You can even get a birthday party dessert board that includes a little bit of everything. Add a few balloons and a stunning flower bouquet for the guest of honor, or opt for one of our birthday party kits like the Birthday Sprinkle Dessert & Party Kit, which includes confetti sprinkle cupcakes, cheesecakes, and a set of birthday candles, complete with a bundle of Happy Birthday balloons. The Birthday Platter Party Pack Bundle is another great choice, with cupcakes, mini cheesecakes, fruit dipped in cake batter-flavored white chocolate and topped with sprinkles, and more.

We offer an extensive collection of amazing birthday gifts for your favorite 30 year old, too. If you’re not sure what she’ll love most, choose a gift bundle that includes a gorgeous flower bouquet, a delightful fruit arrangement, and a balloon. Or, consider our “BDAY” Wish-Tini With Confetti Berries, a delectable assortment of fresh fruits, our signature Apple Fruit Truffles®, and strawberries dipped in cake batter-flavored white chocolate and topped with confetti sprinkles. It’s all carefully arranged in a fun martini glass-shaped container and topped with glistening pineapple letters that spell BDAY.

Favorite Creative 30th Birthday Ideas to Celebrate Your Loved One

For more creative 30th birthday ideas that will make your loved one’s 30th extra special, we put out a call for ideas and curated responses below. (Note: Edible Arrangements® is not endorsing any of the companies or ideas discussed below, but we asked for suggestions to get some different perspectives.) Keep reading to find out what the contributors who responded to our query had to say about their favorite creative 30th birthday ideas.


Kirsten McKinleyKirsten McKinley

Kirsten McKinley is the founder of Weddings & Brides, an online magazine that features high-quality wedding content, providing tools and tips for everything wedding-related, from planning to attending.

“I think my favorite 30th birthday idea is what I did for mine, which is going on a trip with your girls.

I think it’s a great way to reconnect with yourself and your friendship group, and it makes for a very fun throwback to younger days! I also think it’s a memorable way of marking the 30th milestone, mainly because after that life can get really hectic (especially if you have kids!).

There are many services and trip packages for birthday groups too, so you often don’t have to plan the logistics unless you really want to.”


Paul MallroyPaul Mallory

Paul is the Co-Founder of ConsumerGravity, based in Denver, CO (USA). He has 15 years of experience helping businesses grow through his work as an entrepreneur, investor, and business advisor.

“My favorite gift idea for a loved one’s 30th birthday is to help them tick something off their bucket list.

Turning 30 is a huge deal; you’ve survived three decades. You’re old enough to make wise decisions but still young enough to let loose and have fun. That’s something that should be
celebrated. So, do just that with your friends and family.

Think of something your loved one hasn’t ticked off their bucket list yet. Is it skydiving, bungee jumping, or even something as simple as dyeing their hair a wild color? Then plan to help them pull it off. It’s a super fun way to ensure they have a rocking start to their 30s. It would be a much-needed reminder that their 30s don’t mean they should stop enjoying life altogether.”


Deepanshu BediDeepanshu Bedi

Deepanshu Bedi is the Marketing Director at Holistapet. They
sell CBD and other supplements for pets (dogs, cats & horses). He is a 28-year-old entrepreneur who used digital marketing skills he developed over the years to acquire and create brands and also has a portfolio of direct-to-consumer eCommerce brands generating over $50M in annual revenue.

“My favorite 30th birthday idea is a charity bike ride.

It’s a great way to offer a service different from normal birthday gifts. I love the idea of
doing a charity bike ride because it is the perfect way to get out there and explore new places while giving back. I chose this idea because it was a creative way to challenge myself and get out of my comfort zone. The purpose of this is to get people to think about the difficult lives that others have and to help those people. It is also a way to feel more
connected to the people around you.”


Alex WilliamsAlex Williams

Alex Williams is an eCommerce business owner. He is a Certified Financial Planner and the CFO of FindThisBest (based in Temasek Boulevard, Singapore), a comprehensive guide for shopping retail products.

“My favorite creative 30th birthday idea is creating a movie montage of memories.

You can recruit family and friends to send videos of themselves saying “Happy Birthday.” The more creative, the better. Ask them to do a funny voice or sing the birthday song in a high-pitched voice. Along with the wish, ask friends and family members to share an embarrassing/funny story about the person whose 30th birthday you want to celebrate. Crazy dances and hilarious encounters are always welcome. Once you receive the snippets, compile them and throw in a few fancy edits. This is a great way to surprise your loved ones on their special day.”


Thomas WrightThomas Wright

Thomas Wright is the CEO of The Lipo Group.

“For a truly memorable and unique experience, consider a themed party.

Whether it’s a ‘roaring 20s’ speakeasy party or a ‘Back to the Future’ bash, guests will love getting dressed up and celebrating in style. Other fun ideas include an outdoor picnic or BBQ, a beach day or pool party, or a fun night out on the town with friends. No matter what you choose, make sure to include plenty of festive decorations, delicious food and drinks, and plenty of birthday cake!”


Eric SornosoEric Sornoso

Eric Sornoso is the Co-founder, meal blogger, and recipe developer at Mealfan in the US. He has been featured in Allrecipes, MatadorNetwork, Real Simple, Myfitnesspal, and other top-tier publications.

“A road trip is the best idea for a creative 30th birthday.

Nothing matches the fun of going on a road trip with friends on your birthday. You feel free and relaxed because you don’t want to go anywhere in particular but enjoy the adventure of driving around with friends. Imagine pulling over anywhere and taking a beer break and reminiscing about abundant memories. I went on a road trip on my 30th birthday with four friends and had the best time ever.”


Chad BarnsdaleChad Barnsdale

Chad Barnsdale is the Lifestyle Design Expert and Founder of Unfinished Man.

“Plan a themed weekend getaway with your closest friends.

Pick a place that has meaning to you and your friends, and ensure the activities you plan fit the theme. For example, I’m excited by space and the cosmos, so I planned a trip to Kennedy Space Center for my 30th birthday, and we all wore space-themed costumes. It was a great way to celebrate with the people who mean the most to me, and I have amazing memories from that weekend. Whether it’s a beach vacation, a trip to the city, or even a staycation, make sure you choose an itinerary that will create lasting memories. Also, don’t forget to document the weekend with plenty of photos and videos!”


Dayna JacksonDayna Jackson

Dayna Jackson is the CEO of Wholesale Sparkle, a jewelry site dedicated to bringing their buyers the best possible wholesale prices on quality jewelry. Dayna is a successful businesswoman who dedicated her time to ensuring her customers leave with the best deal possible.

“Everyone loves a good brunch, especially with a close group of friends.

I really like the idea of hosting a brunch for your 30th birthday because you can choose the food being served, and have a mimosa and coffee car station to create fun and unique drink combinations.

You can also accommodate a lot of dietary restrictions, and you can also incorporate fun games and activities throughout the morning. You can choose any theme that suits you, and if everyone pitches in, it can be a relatively cheap birthday celebration.

And instead of having a cake, you can have a fun dessert station where everyone can decorate a cupcake or cookie, which is a fun element to pay homage to your younger self. A brunch with friends is a great way to start your 30s and is both low-key and tasty!”


Eric JonesEric Jones

@CoutureCandy1

Eric Jones is the CEO of Couture Candy, a 15 year old special occasion fashion eCommerce business.

“Here are a few of my favorite creative 30th birthday ideas.

A Glamping Trip:

Glamping trip is for the people who love to be outdoors but want to do it with panache. Go out, and plan a glamping trip with friends with luxurious tents, flowers galore, and decorated tables for meals and drinks.

Have A Barbecue With Friends:

One of the greatest ways to party on your birthday is to have a barbecue with friends. Deck out your backyard with classy decorations, drinks, and other grilling essentials. Don’t forget to have some games and music.

Have A Movie Night In Your Backyard:

You can plan a birthday party in your backyard with your favorite film, some popcorn, drinks, and throws to keep all of you warm during the show. Take out the portable screen, place it in your backyard, call your friends and enjoy a warm, comfy and relaxed birthday evening.”


Ilam PadmanabhanIlam Padmanabhan

Ilam Padmanabhan has two decades of experience in the Tech/Financial services industries.

“Celebrating your 30th birthday is one of the easiest ways to give you the excuse to do what you always wanted to do.

Here are some suggestions.

  1. Take a trip down memory lane.

Visit some of your favorite places from childhood or go back to where it all began – your hometown. This is a great way to reflect on all that you’ve accomplished in the past 30 years and to look forward to the next 30 years ahead.

Get a nice photo album and fill it with pictures and memories from the past 30 years. Write down your favorite moments and what you love about them.

2. Go on a road trip.

One of the best ways to celebrate your 30th birthday is by going on an epic road trip with your closest friends or family. Pick out a few destinations that you’ve always wanted to visit and hit the open road. Make sure to document your journey with plenty of photos and videos so you can reflect on this special trip for years to come.

3. Have a ’30 things to do before I turn 30′ party.

This is a great option for those who want to use their 30th birthday as an opportunity to set some goals for the next phase of their life. Invite guests to bring along their own list of 30 things they want to do before they turn 30 and share them at the party. You can even make it into a game by seeing who can complete their list first.”


Apurv SibalApurv Sibal

Apurv works with Best Views Reviews.

“Here are a few of our favorites:

1. A 30th birthday scavenger hunt. This is a great way to get friends and family involved in the birthday celebrations. Hide clues around the house or birthday venue and let the birthday person or guests solve the clues to find their way to the next clue or challenge.

2. A 30th birthday themed photo shoot. This is a great way to capture some fun memories of the birthday person. Choose a location and props that reflect the birthday person’s personality or interests.

3. A 30th birthday party with a twist. This is a great way to add some excitement to the birthday celebrations. Make it a themed party, have guests dress in costumes, or make it a surprise party.

4. A 30th birthday road trip. This is a great way to celebrate the birthday person’s milestone birthday. Choose a destination that is special to the birthday person or they have always wanted to visit.

5. A 30th birthday celebration with family and friends. This is a great way to show the birthday person how loved they are. Invite close friends and family to a special dinner with cake and presents.”


Sai BlackbyrnSai Blackbyrn

Sai Blackbyrn is the CEO and Marketing head of CoachFoundation.com, a coaching company that assists coaches all around the world in developing strong, impactful, and resilient companies.

“Visit a place you enjoy. Go shopping for something you desire if there is nowhere you like. If there isn’t anything you’re looking for, browse the stores and pick up whatever it is you prefer.

Visit a nice restaurant or a particular place for you to dine. Go see a movie, a play, a concert, or even some terrible karaoke singers. Treat yourself today because it’s your day and you deserve it.”


Gerald LombardoGerald Lombardo

Gerald Lombardo is the Co-Founder of The Word Counter, a dynamic online tool used for counting words, characters, sentences, paragraphs, and pages in real time, along with spelling and grammar checking.

“If you have never visited Paris in your first three decades of life, I recommend a trip there for your 30th birthday.

Now that travel restrictions have eased, and it’s possible to travel internationally, get yourself to the French capital ASAP. Although it helps to have an understanding of the native tongue, most Parisians speak English perfectly well.

The food alone is worth the trip, but you can also explore incredible museums, beautiful architecture, and a vibrant nightlife. The city is incredible throughout the year, but the autumn and spring are a bit more temperate in terms of climate.

For a 30th birthday you will never forget, head over to Paris for a memorable celebration.”


Scott KragerScott Krager

Scott Krager is the Owner of WODReview. Their business aims to guide those who wish to buy Crossfit gear and guide you to a fruitful workout regime.

“Often people celebrate their 30th birthday by stating they have begun a new decade or a new phase of life.

I would suggest upskilling your birthday with a glimpse of kindness on your part. As you advance more brightly in your thirties, both personally and career-wise, being an example for your peers as well as children is important. On your birthday, try to do at least a few kind activities for your peace of mind as well as for society. Since it’s your 30th birthday, choosing 3 kind activities is ideal to give you satisfaction for another 30 years to come.

What I used to do on my birthdays are visiting an old age home, provide food to needy people, and offer funds for a traditional tribal organization. This way, you can multiply your happiness to a maximum number of people marking your 30th birthday special to them just as it did to you.”


Nick MuellerNick Mueller

Nick Mueller is the Director of Operations at HawaiianIslands.com.

“The perfect activity for your 30th birthday largely depends on what you enjoy doing.

In general, many people feel like they’re starting to get older at 30. Spoiler alert: you’re not even in your prime at 30. To help convince yourself that you’ve still got what it takes, think about scheduling a fun physical activity for your 30th. Try skydiving, rock climbing, or whitewater rafting. Choose whatever you think of that will be fun to do with your group of friends and will also challenge you, so you walk away feeling like 30 won’t be so bad after all.”


Shirlene KyinShirlene Kyin

Shirlene Kyin is the Director of Operations for Soylent.

“I think the best 30th birthday idea is to take on an activity you’d always intended to do during your 20s, but never had the chance.

This will make your birthday celebration meaningful and memorable! This could be anything from going white water rafting, to dining at a particular restaurant, to indulging in some bucket-list-worthy travel.”


Justin MarshallJustin Marshall

@Justinjh87

Justin is a serial D2C brand founder and the driving success behind Desky’s meteoric growth since 2020. He holds vast experience and knowledge in business, finance, and technology.

“Turning 30 is a milestone in itself.

It should be celebrated. When I turned thirty I did not know its importance, but my friends made it memorable. They made a leaderboard for me where all the activities were a surprise. Starting from midnight they made me watch chick flicks.

After I cried at the torture, they took me to the nearest jungle safari where we relived several such trips with marshmallows. My friends spend the whole day embarrassing me by reconstructing my most embarrassing moments in life. They remind me of all my ambitions that I have been cherishing and encourage me to take a plunge.

At the end of the day, they presented me with a 30 is The New You cake. The most important part of that day is every moment as all my friend’s love surrounds me as I enter a new era of my life.”


Deniz EfeDeniz Efe

Deniz is the Founder of FitnessEquipped.com, a Former Leader of a Governmental Initiative (Cooperation with the Austrian Football Association), and a Student of Molecular Biotechnology.

“A 30th birthday is a big milestone for anyone, and it’s worth celebrating in style.

If you’re looking for some fun and creative ideas for your 30th birthday party, here are a few of my favorites:

1. Have a themed party – A themed party is always a hit, and it can be tailored to fit your interests and personality. For example, you could have a ‘roaring 20s’ party, complete with flapper dresses and vintage cocktails. Or, if you’re more of a foodie, why not throw a gourmet dinner party complete with a custom menu and wine pairing?

2. Make it a weekend getaway – Celebrating your birthday over a long weekend is the perfect way to relax and have fun. Head to the beach, take a road trip, or book a staycation at a nearby hotel.

3. Invite your friends and family – What better way to celebrate your birthday than with the people you love? Invite your friends and family to join in on the fun, and make it a truly memorable occasion.

4. Do something you’ve always wanted to do – Your 30th birthday is the perfect time to finally do something you’ve always wanted to do. Whether it’s skydiving, taking a cooking class, or going on a safari, make sure your birthday is one to remember by doing something out of the ordinary.

5. Make it a night to remember – If you’re looking to celebrate your 30th birthday in style, then make it a night to remember. Rent a VIP table at your favorite club, hire a limo for the evening, and get ready to party like there’s no tomorrow.

No matter what you decide to do for your 30th birthday, make sure it’s a day (or weekend) that you’ll never forget. Enjoy your special day and celebrate in style!”


Patrick KucharsonPatrick Kucharson

Patrick Kucharson runs Better Gift Coach, a free newsletter that is a weekly 1-minute shortcut to always having great gift ideas well in advance. Each week, he enjoys sharing a story of the best gift someone has ever received, analyzing it, and providing guidance on how others can replicate it.

“By 30, most of us begin to feel especially nostalgic about our childhood and for the family and friends who helped shape who we’ve become.

A great 30th birthday gift that will only get better with age is digitized old family videos/photos from someone’s childhood. Another awesome aspect of this gift is that this is not only a gift for the 30-year-old, but also for the other family members included in the footage and their current (or potential) partner and children.

Anyone turning 30 in today’s digital age likely has friends, family, and social media profiles with many photos of them enjoying good meals over the years. A great 30th birthday gift is a personalized cookbook that features the recipes (or similar recipes) for their favorite meals alongside photo(s) of them enjoying those dishes. This also has great group gift potential.

30 year olds are likely at the busiest stage of their lives. For their birthday, simply give them a card with an IOU for a future dinner delivery. Determine the next life event that’s going to keep them too busy to think about feeding themselves (a move, new job, vacation return, new baby, etc.) and order them dinner from one of their favorites via a food delivery service. The IOU itself is a last-minute gift that doesn’t feel last minute at all. This is also delaying the fulfillment of the gift until it’s most valuable.

As a surprise 30th birthday gift, reach out to their parents or close family members and get the recipe for their favorite childhood home-cooked meal. The attempt alone will make this gift a winner…don’t stress about the end product. If they like it, make it an annual tradition that could remove the guesswork of what you’ll do for them for future birthday gifts.

Many 30 year olds get warm and fuzzy feelings when they think of their childhood home. As a 30th birthday gift, obtain a photo of their childhood home and commission an artist (or an online service) to create a portrait of their childhood home and then get it framed. Some online services will do this for less than $30.”


Jennie MillerJennie Miller

Jennie Miller is the co-founder of Midss.org, an online health and wellness publication.

“Hire a good DJ.

I got a DJ for the entire birthday party. When you hire a good DJ, especially a club DJ, they are skilled enough to make people dance/stay on their feet all day/night.

Get a good sound system. This makes people feel the music ensuring everyone is dancing and having a good time.

You will need good lighting to enhance the music.

You will also need food. Finger food is mostly okay, but it really depends on who you have invited to your party.

If you have legal-aged guests, then provide alcohol for them.

Ensure that you are in a venue that will support bass-heavy loud music.

Talk beforehand with the DJ so they can take requests from the audience, and they need to xo so in real-time. When guests hear the music they love, it helps them enjoy the party more.

Ensure the decorations are nice, but with good lighting, they don’t really matter.”


Danny TrichterDanny Trichter

Danny Trichter is the Co-Founder of Accessibility Checker. Dan is a thought leader in digital accessibility and the use of technology to solve web accessibility for millions of people.

“A creative party to throw for a 30th birthday celebration could be a themed party.

For example, a ‘roaring thirties’ theme with guests coming in flapper dresses and Gatsby-esque attire. This could be a fun and unique way to celebrate someone’s 30th birthday!”


Amy KiteAmy Kite

Amy Kite is the Owner of the Amy Kite Team of Keller Williams Realty, specializing in the real estate needs of buyers, sellers, and investors in the 8 counties surrounding Chicago.

“A fun birthday party idea I heard about recently was a house-painting party. For someone who is turning 30 and owns their own home, I think it could be a fun idea!

Here’s how it works: You get a group of friends together to add a new coat of paint inside your home, whether it be just one room, a few rooms, or the entire home. Painting is not fun, and it can be difficult, but with a group of friends working together to accomplish something, it can become fun. The person celebrating the birthday can organize this and ask the attendees to hold off on buying any gifts, and simply help with this task. You can make it a party, have snacks for everyone to enjoy, and make it a BYOD (Bring Your Own Drinks) occasion.

Why not cash in a favor for your 30th birthday? But make it a party. Turn music on, have good food available, and have everyone bring drinks. It will be a unique, elaborate party that everyone will remember for a long, long time. Then, whenever a friend visits, they can remember the party and the work they did.”


Gilad ZilbermanGilad Zilberman

@SeatPick

Gilad Zilberman is the CEO of SeatPick.

“Celebrating the 30th birthday is no small thing, so I always loved the idea of making it a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

One of the fun ideas for a 30th birthday is a kids-style party where you call your close friends over and bring cake, drinks, balloons, and games. It’s super fun and exciting to celebrate things as you did when you were young.

Going on a solo mountain camping trip is another phenomenal idea if you like to do things alone. You get to be with yourself in this brand-new experience and reflect on how far you’ve come.”


Jamie PenneyJamie Penney

@TheBackyardPros

Jamie Penney is the home improvement and outdoor design expert and CEO of TheBackyardPros.

“Your 30th birthday has to be a memorable day.

After all, it takes courage, strength, and resilience to reach this age. You have come a long way, and the best way to celebrate this day is to have a theme party. Now, what will differentiate your theme party from others? The idea is to tell your friends and family to wear costumes that show who they always wanted to be.

For example, your boring banker friend must have had other dreams, such as being a guitarist or a painter. This will be a fun-filled party because it will tell you who people have always dreamed of becoming. This will be one way to allow everyone to open up about their passions.”


PuppyHeroRichard West

Richard West is the Founder of PuppyHero. At PuppyHero, they are committed to helping individuals and families find the perfect family pet.

“Checking something off your bucket list is an excellent way to celebrate your 30th birthday.

Think about all the things you’ve always wanted to do in your life but didn’t get the chance to do. Maybe it was skydiving, bungee jumping, or even something as crazy and adventurous as swimming with sharks.

Gather your friends and family and plan your birthday party around this bucket list adventure. It will be an excellent way to step into your 30s. Plus, it is a much-needed reminder that you can never be too old to fulfill your dreams and have a little fun.”


Feross BessadegFeross Bessadeg

Feross is an avid traveler and a street photographer. He founded Travelness to provide fellow travelers with detailed, helpful, and pertinent information about the places they are visiting.

“Get creative with your cake.

No matter what kind of party you’re throwing, there’s always room for cake! Get creative with your dessert and make it a special part of your birthday celebrations. From fun fondant designs to intricate icing sculptures, there are endless ways to make your cake stand out. And don’t forget the all-important candles — make sure to get enough to represent each year you’ve been alive!”


From road trips to crossing things off the bucket list, backyard movies, themed parties, house-painting parties, and more, as well as party platters, dessert charcuterie boards, and birthday party kits to feed a crowd, you’ll find all the inspiration you need in this collection of creative 30th birthday ideas to create an experience they’ll never forget.