Elegant 30th Birthday Ideas


With the 20s completely in the past and young adulthood quickly shrinking in the rearview mirror, 30th birthdays can be both exhilarating and depressing. That’s all the more reason to make sure that the occasion is a happy and memorable one. There are many ways to celebrate a 30th birthday with elegance.

Dinner Party

  • Most people consider the 20s a time for growing up, graduating from college and launching careers, but there’s still plenty of fun to be had. Meanwhile, the 30s are decidedly more grown-up. Show your birthday gal that grown-up can be just as fun, if a bit more refined, with a classy dinner party. Consider getting a caterer, unless you’ve got the necessary culinary skills. Alternately, reserve a few tables at the birthday girl’s favorite restaurant.

Overnight Trip

  • Get your birthday boy out of his usual surroundings by taking him somewhere different and exciting. An overnight trip is great because it’s not quite as expensive and lengthy as a vacation, yet it’s definitely out of the ordinary. Because the 30th birthday gets many people thinking about the things they’ve yet to accomplish, consider what the birthday boy has always wanted to do but hasn’t gotten around to. Perhaps that’s skydiving or riding a horse. Whatever it is, make sure to plan the trip around this activity. Add a touch of elegance by incorporating a stop at an upscale steakhouse and cigar lounge.

Day of Pampering

  • Women more than men tend to dread the arrival of the big 3-0, because the day signals the fact that it’s time to start buying anti-wrinkle creams and worrying more about gravity. An entire day of pampering can make them feel vibrant, despite the advancing years. Consider getting the birthday girl a day-long spa pass. Alternately, pamper her yourself. Start with breakfast or brunch in bed, a manicure and pedicure at home and end with a home-cooked meal and her favorite movie.


  • For those who would rather forget that they are turning 30, a non-birthday is the way to go. Simply buy the person an elegant gift. Flowers, perfumes and chocolates always make people feel special. However, consider something that will also make the person turning 30 feel young. For example, a certificate for surfing lessons or tickets to an upcoming rock concert may be well received.

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