30th Birthday Party Essentials

Whether you're afraid to say goodbye to your '20s, or looking forward to what the next decade brings, turning 30 is a milestone that deserves to be celebrated.

Throwing a 30th birthday party for your self or someone close to you can be a blast, but it can also be a little nerve-wracking. Should the party have a theme? How many people should you invite? Is the birthday girl (or guy) already having reservations about turning the big 3-0?

Before ironing out the minor detalis of planning a 30th birthday party, it's important to remember the essentials. Not every party needs to be over-the-top, but it should include some important staples, such as a birthday cake.

These Amazing Cakes for a 30th Birthday Party serve as great inspiration for a birthday cake for the big day. Some are flashy and glamorous and others are a little more subtle, but there's sure to be one that fits the guest of honor's tastes.

It's not an adult party without some adult beverages. Instead of relying on a selection of different cocktails, pick one signature drink  that reflects the birthday guest's  taste and personality. Here are some Fruity Signature Cocktails to get you inspired. Tasty enough for everyone, and fruity enough to remind you of your youth. 

Decor is also a major staple in birthday parties. Luckily, it doesn't need to be cheesy or obnoxious. Get inspired with these Trendy 30th Birthday Party Decor ideas. Most of them you can make yourself!

Finally, if you're celebrating a 30th birthday, that means you were born in the '80s. Commemorate the decade with some candy straight out of the '80s. Check out our 20 Candies from the '80s gallery, which includes such goodies as Pop Rocks, Ring Pops, Chiclets and more! 

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