5 Tips For Planning Your 30th Birthday Party 

How plan your 30th birthday party?

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Most of us are determined to celebrate certain landmark ages throughout our lives, especially in our younger years. The sweet sixteenth, eighteenth, and twenty-first birthdays are all iconic moments in our lives, but after this, things start to slow down and spread out a bit more. This may partially be down to the fact that we might not want to be reminded that the years seem to go by just a little bit quicker than they seemed when we were kids. However, while we may go out for a few drinks or a meal with friends to celebrate one more year when we hit a new decade of age, we often look at celebrating more grandiosely. The first major landmark after your twenty-first birthday is obviously your thirtieth, and some might also say that this is probably one of the most important. Here are some things to consider when planning your big day.

Set a date

As we get older, many of our friends will likely start to get very busy with their lives and careers, and so planning is very important. First, you should spend some time figuring out the best date on which to throw your party by discussing availability with all of your essential guests. Best friends, partners, and family members will all want to celebrate with you, and you don’t necessarily need to celebrate on your actual birthday, either, unless you’re lucky enough for it to fall on a weekend. It’s important to note, however, that you’re unlikely going to be able to appease everyone with your choice of date, and this is why it’s important to set the date well in advance to ensure that people that will really want to come along can make plans to do so.

Create a guest list

Once you’ve got an idea of which essential guests will be able to make it to your party, it’s time to start thinking about creating a guest list. Of course, you could simply choose to host an intimate, small gathering of friends, perhaps for an extravagant dinner party or cookout, but if you’re going for something a bit more spectacular, you’ll want to have a good idea of how many people are going to be coming so that you can plan things properly. Don’t forget to consider sending out RSVPs if you need a headcount for catering and drinks. Ultimately, your guest list should only really include the people that you want at your party. Too often, we find ourselves inviting friends of friends and even people we don’t know, which can simply get out of hand. Remember that this is your birthday, and there’s nothing wrong with cutting certain people from the list.

Decide on a theme

One of the most important considerations when it comes to planning a big party is whether or not you’ll have a theme. Of course, many people plan a party without any specific theme in place, but these can be quite useful. They can help you easily decide on an overall aesthetic for the venue and what things you can provide for guests. It will also help alleviate some of the stress that comes with deciding what to wear for a birthday party. Try to avoid, if you can, any ambiguous dress codes. This is where a theme can help to inspire people, especially around specific holiday periods. For example, there are so many ideas for a fall birthday party, but the most notable is going to be Halloween. This is the perfect time for you to get everyone to dress up in their Halloween costumes, which can add a whole new layer of entertainment seeing what everyone turns up in.

Provide some entertainment

It’s also essential to offer some form of entertainment to your guests. This could be something simple such as some great background music or something to fill the dancefloor, or you could go for something a bit more specific or niche. For example, some parties go for a Las Vegas theme and hire some casino tables and slot machines for the party. You could then provide your guests with tokens and then reward whoever has the most at the end of the night with a prize. Live musicians can also be a great option for entertainment, or you could even consider something like a karaoke setup for everyone to enjoy. 

Prepare to feed people

A party is nothing without good food, and you should endeavor to make sure your guests are well fed throughout the event. Luckily, if you have a theme for the party, this will help guide you on what sorts of food to make for people. You’ll also have to think about whether or not you want people to be sitting down to eat or you want to provide people with snacks-foods or the ever-popular barbecue options. There are many easy-to-make party food ideas you can find online, so do a bit of research and decide on something that’ll suit your guests. As well as deciding on a particular cuisine to focus on, you’ll also want to consider the dietary requirements of friends that may have allergies or intolerances, or those that may be vegetarian or vegan. 

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