30th Birthday Party Ideas

The time has finally come to accept the inevitable. You are almost 30 and there’s only one thing you can do it about it. No, not a facelift – we’re talking about throwing your cares to the wind with one of the hottest 30th birthday parties Brisbane has ever seen.

So dust off that little black dress and light the candles, we’ve got a range of the best 30th birthday ideas that’ll keep them talking for the next 30 years.


First off the bat for ideas for your 30th birthday party is our blind wine and cheese tasting. Order an assortment of artisan cheeses (yes, even the mysterious blue ones) and source your desired mix of red, white and rose wines. Try and find the widest range possible for the most successful party (and most intake of wine).

At the party, give each guest a notepad and dish up the goods without revealing their origin. Guests win points for correct guesses about the wine or cheese’s type, brand, and region. Truthfully, any person allowed to gorge on wine and cheese all night is already a winner.


Don’t worry, our 30th birthday party ideas can save any event on the rocks. Festivities will reach neat new heights with our whiskey tasting party. Pick out a selection of ‘round-the-world whiskeys for this spirited affair.

We recommend a single malt (like Macallan Amber), an American drop (such as Jack Daniel’s or Canadian Club), a home-grown whiskey (like Johhny Walker Blue or Belgrove Rye), and even a Japanese variety like Yamazaki 12 – if you’re feeling like a whiskey hotshot!


You only turn 30 once (or you know, three or four times, depending) so why limit your celebrations to the ground? Ditch the amateur status and kick off your big day with a chartered helicopter tour. Most private helicopter charters offer a range of charter packages. If you have a taste for heights then a scenic tour over South East Queensland might be the perfect activity. If you love a long lunch then why not charter a flight to a destination lunch in the vineyards? If you consider yourself a photography whizz then book in for an aerial photography tour. The options are endless, so celebrate your big day up in the clouds.


High tea? Great. High tea with gin? Ever better. Be fair warned: our spin on the classic high tea may turn into literal spinning later in the afternoon, but as far as birthday celebration ideas go, it’s gin-uinely a favourite of ours.

Pair those finger sandwiches and melting moments with energetic gin-based cocktails. Trust us, high tea will reach daring new heights you’d never even considered – and a better welcome to 30, we couldn’t imagine.


Two words and we’re instantly weak at the knees. You won’t find a sweeter birthday idea than the concept of a dessert degustation, that’s for sure. Pack tables full of your favourite goodies and let loose. Nothing says ‘I’m an adult, damn it’ more than a night of affogato, malted milk chocolate mousse, and your favourite fortified wine.

Let’s be honest, the wine is just the sherry on top of an already rockin’ 30th birthday.

Go somewhere you’ve never been before

Whether you’re a seasoned traveller or you’ve never set foot out of the country, take a trip to somewhere exotic and get lost exploring a whole new world.

Host a photo night

Did someone say “blonde tips”? Prepare to giggle and cringe with a best-of showcase of every snap from the nineties and noughties that you tried to bury.

Do a cocktail making class

You’re a proper grown up now and that means it’s time to stop pretending vodka and pineapple juice is a cocktail. Grab a few friends and learn to make something a little more creative – and then drink a whole lot of them!

Shop ‘til you drop

It’s probably time about time to retire those boob tubes you’ve had since you were 17 – so why not just update your entire wardrobe (and shoe shelf), while you’re at it.

Throw a 1930s themed party

Flappers, dappers and Humphrey Bogart – what’s not to love about the 1930s? Get all dolled up and ready to jitterbug.

Go for a nudie run

Not for the faint of heart, shake off those inhibitions and dare to bare with a dash down the street (maybe not yours) in your birthday suit.

Have a makeover

Start the next chapter in your life’s journey with a whole new look! Whether it’s changing up your hair colour or treating yourself to some designer threads, turn the page (and a few heads) on your birthday.

Connect with some old friends on Facebook

We all lose touch with people over time – why not rekindle some old friendships and reminisce over good times had? Facebook makes it easier than ever to find that 3rd grade bestie!

Spend a day at a spa

Prepare for your big night of 30th birthday party celebrations with a little pre-party pampering and book in for a long massage and some relaxing treatment at a day spa.

Hire a hotel room

Go big or go home! Why not treat yourself to some fluffy slippers and a 5-star snooze in a luxury hotel. Hello room service?

Have a degustation dinner at the fanciest restaurant in town

You only turn 30 once, so what better excuse to indulge at that expensive restaurant, bar or venue you’ve had on your to-do list forever? 12 course dinner, here we come.


Get a tattoo

Sorry mum! Commemorate the big 3-Oh with a little ink. Just remember, while portraits of your nana may seem like a great idea at the time, it may back fire on your next blind date.

Photo booth

Give your birthday snaps a super personal touch with your very own photo booth at your 30th birthday party! Just remember to bring along lots of fun props and prepare for some laughs.

Plan a flash mob

Surprise your guests and delight a few strangers with your very own choreographed flash mob! There’s no better feeling than those 15 minutes of YouTube fame!

Learn to dance

You might have been born with two left feet but it’s never too late to teach a more mature dog some new tricks. Sign up to a sexy salsa class or learn how to tango – arriba!

Jump out of a plane

Go on, live a little! Nothing is more exhilarating than jumping out of a plane at 30,000 feet – except maybe that first sip of the cocktail waiting for you on the ground.

Hire a limo

Stretch out in serious luxury and arrive at your party in style, because nothing says you’re aging gracefully quite like your very own chauffeur.

Run a marathon

Well why not? You’re still in the prime of your life – celebrate your youth while you’ve still got it and get fit while doing it!

Do a shot (or 5) for old times sake

So you’re a little rusty when it comes to partying, but you’ll be back in the saddle in no-time. It’s as easy as 1 tequila, 2 tequila, 3 tequila, FLOOR!

Give it your all at karaoke

Load up all of your favourite tracks from the past three decades and battle it out on the microphone with your mates. Bonus points for duets or co-ordinated dance moves.

Take a helicopter ride

Unlock your inner James Bond and take to the skies with your very own private tour of Brisbane.

Learn about good wine

You’re 30 now – it’s time to leave the cheap casks on the shelf where they belong. Head to a wine tasting and start learning the ins and outs of real vino – even if you don’t learn anything, at least you’ll get a free drink out of it.

Kiss a stranger

Get up to some frisky business and steal a smooch from a beautiful stranger – just make sure you get permission from your better half first.

Get artistic

Unleash you inner Picasso and get creative with a very grown up art class (including plenty of wine) – or even better skip straight to #25.

Pose for a life drawing class

The body is a beautiful thing, so why not flaunt what your mamma gave you and pose for a life drawing class? If all else fails, it will make for a great story to tell at your 40th.

Volunteer at an animal shelter

While we would like to pretend that this one has something to do with taking the moral high ground, we both know that all we really want is an excuse to cuddle some adorable kittens.

1930s movie marathon

Feeling a little ancient? Spend a night watching a few of the classics, from Gone with the Wind to The Wizard of Oz, and you won’t feel quite so old in no time at all.

Make a time capsule

Lock away a little piece of history with a cool time capsule. Ask all of your guests to bring along something special or write down a message, seal it up and lock it away until your 60th birthday bash!

30 days of 30!

Why just stop at one night? Set yourself a challenge to do thirty interesting things over thirty days – just be sure to document it on Facebook for everyone to see!

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