30th birthday party ideas for a fun and unique party!

Throwing a 30th birthday party for a friend or loved one involves a lot of planning, but it doesn't have to be a lot of hard work--instead, it can be a labor of love. Here are some ideas for throwing a great 30th birthday party:

1. Set a date. A 30th birthday is quite a milestone, so before you choose a date for the party make sure the guest of honor doesn't already have plans for that date. You should work with her spouse or a close friend to come up with a date that works for everyone. 2. Decide where to have the party. Depending on the size of the party, you can opt to host it at someone's house, a rental hall or even a restaurant. Make sure that you find a place that is large enough to accommodate all of your party guests.

3. Choose a theme. Do you want your guests to step back in time to the year the birthday boy or girl was born? Or perhaps you want to have a party theme that reflects the guest of honor's hobbies or interests. Costume parties are always a hit, too.

Theme parties are a huge hit when they're done right. If you're planning a theme party, I recommend you check out Theme Party Secrets. You could also try a Scavenger Hunt themed party - complete with 30 items for guests to search for.

4. Create a guest list. When it comes time to send out 30th birthday party invitations, you should enlist the help of the guest of honor's spouse or a close friend to help you get the guest list together.

If you want to keep it small, then close friends and family may be all that you need to invite. However, for a big 30th birthday party bash, don't forget to send those party invitations to neighbors, co-workers and old friends as well.

5. To surprise or not to surprise? It's always fun to try to surprise the birthday girl or boy, but it's not always feasible. If keeping the 30th birthday party a surprise turns out to be too challenging, there's nothing wrong with telling the guest of honor about it.

If you do decide that it will be a surprise party, be sure to indicate that on the invitation! Imagine how guilty you'd feel if you were the one to accidentally spoil the surprise party!

6. Invitations. You can get fun 30th birthday party invitations at party supply stores or you can order them online. If you're a whiz on the computer, you can even make your own party invitations using a baby picture of the birthday boy and your computer's clipart program.

If you're planning to invite a lot of people to the party, consider telling the guests to RSVP only if they will not be attending--this will save you from having to answer your telephone repeatedly.

In addition, if the birthday girl lives in your house, have the party guests RSVP to you via email instead of by telephone.

7. Menu. If you're hosting the party at someone's house or at a rental hall, plan to serve food that can be made ahead of time. Crock pot dishes, a deli meat platter, meatballs and casseroles are all good selections.

If the party will be outdoors, why not fire up the grill and serve hamburgers, hot dogs and grilled chicken? For a theme party such as a Mexican fiesta, serve make-ahead chicken enchiladas, rice and beans and tacos with fixings.

You can also opt to order the party food--pizzas and submarine sandwiches are popular party fare. Check out the party platter selections at your favorite supermarket or warehouse market--having someone else prepare the food will save you time and be less stressful.

Keep things simple by having a self-serve bar area where guests can help themselves to beverages. Click for Ice Breaker Game Ideas