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What did you do for your 30th?


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#1 EmmaFY

Posted 08 May 2019 - 12:00 PM

It's my 30th birthday later this month. I've been undecided on what to do and worried I've left it too late as it kind of just snuck up on me.

I love entertaining and don't really get to do it a whole lot these days since having DS, and I would love to have a bit of a party at home. Pretty chill - some woodfire pizzas and some drinks. Bonfire. Music.

I've drafted a guest list of friends and family (nothing has been sent out yet), but DH thinks having 31 adults and 15 kids seems like a bit much for a 30th (especially since we've left planning to the last minute), and thinks we should just go to a local brewery and have beer and pizza there. No kids.

And that's why I'm undecided.

What did you do? Who did you invite to celebrate with you?

#2 lozoodle

Posted 08 May 2019 - 12:04 PM

I think what you have described for a home party sounds fine for that number of people if you have space. Especially people with kids, they aren't all going to hang around super late so it sounds like it would be nice and chilled out!

I just went out to dinner with some friends for mine, but your idea sounds way better :)

#3 Crooked Frame

Posted 08 May 2019 - 12:08 PM

That sounds like a lovely evening, but as a total introvert, I get your DH's reticence, and I get the preference of going to a brewery with managing cleanup etc and being able to call it a night at more defined time.

I turned 30 in March and DW, DS and I spent 5 days in Alice Springs. I planned the entire holiday, which I really enjoy doing.

#4 Mands09

Posted 08 May 2019 - 12:08 PM

I spent the night in hospital with my DS3 who was in paed high care with a nasty virus/sepsis.

I would just invite everyone and it’s unlikely that all 100% of people will be able to turn up, especially if you have left it a bit late. So have your bonfire and pizzas etc and enjoy.

#5 cardamom

Posted 08 May 2019 - 12:15 PM

That sounds lovely to me!

My 30th is next week and I'm having a low-key afternoon tea. Exact same number of guests, including the adult to kid ratio, haha!

If I had the space I would love the pizza/drinks kind of get together you've described but have compromised with an afternoon tea.

Happy birthday :)

#6 PrincessPeach

Posted 08 May 2019 - 12:22 PM

Very nice.

We had a low key afternoon tea at home. Turned out awesome, especially as 1/3 of the guests (& myself) were either pregnant or breastfeeding so I could easily cater for most needs.

#7 Chchgirl

Posted 08 May 2019 - 01:03 PM

I had my first daughter a week late so nothing!

I'm not big on birthday celebrations for me but my 40th went out with friends in a simliar placevon what you had mentioned and it was great, no pressure for me to run around and organise things.  I saw my family separately.

I didn't do anything much for my 50th last year as i live i interstate and didn't want to do anything, saving to go to Hamilton island next year for belated celebrations with my younger daughter.

I like the sound of the brewery.

#8 seayork2002

Posted 08 May 2019 - 01:04 PM

Wider family meal at a restaurant then a week or so later DH & I moved countries

#9 moineau

Posted 08 May 2019 - 01:11 PM

We went out for dinner at a venue with a big kids playground then kicked on at my house.

A friend of mine runs karaoke - So we set up the karaoke gear and had a karaoke party at our house afterward with all the kids.

#10 Veritas Vinum Arte

Posted 08 May 2019 - 01:20 PM

For me it was pre kids.

I just went out to dinner with 3 other couples for dinner.

Very basic and bland.

#11 eigne

Posted 08 May 2019 - 02:02 PM

That sounds pretty fun to me... except for the part where I’d have to keep my toddler away from the bonfire!!

I paid for about 40 people to have dinner at a restaurant with me. We booked the whole place and they were in charge of buying their own drinks. It was fab.

#12 Octopodes

Posted 08 May 2019 - 02:19 PM

I had my wisdom tooth pulled out for my 30th birthday. I don't recommend it.

Edited by Octopodes, 08 May 2019 - 02:19 PM.


#13 DirtyStreetPie

Posted 08 May 2019 - 02:40 PM

We didn't do much. My dad and sister showed up, and we ordered takeaway, I think.

And on my 21st, I worked an evening shift at La Porchetta. Lol.

OP, your idea sounds like fun. And, given the late notice, the turnout might be small enough to suit your husband. :)

#14 ~THE~MAGICIAN~

Posted 08 May 2019 - 03:01 PM

I'm not a party girl, so just had a weekend away with the family. My 40th, DH was away, spent the day on an island with the kids. Would love to go to Egypt for my 50th.

#15 DebbieDoesSanta

Posted 08 May 2019 - 03:02 PM

I had an afternoon tea. It was a surprise organised by my mum. As thoughtful as it was, it was just so awkward because I'm not great with surprises.

For my 40th I think I'll head overseas.

#16 BusbyWilkes

Posted 08 May 2019 - 03:03 PM

Your idea for the party at home sounds great. Our kids were experienced around fires from a young age, but others may have never seen one. Supervision could be tricky if there are lots of young children there.

As for my 30th, I gave birth! I had tickets to see my favourite band (big group of us going) but my child had other ideas, arriving 2 weeks early. While it was sort of special and awesome, I've never had a proper birthday to myself since!

#17 dadwasathome

Posted 08 May 2019 - 03:08 PM

Dinner with friends at a nice restaurant. Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise were sitting at the table next to us.

My 30th was quite a long time ago...... :)

#18 Dianalynch

Posted 08 May 2019 - 07:39 PM

A weekend away with my partner - now no longer my partner, I hadn't yet met DH.

I think your idea is lovely, hope you have a great time!

#19 YumChaTheSecond

Posted 08 May 2019 - 08:04 PM

I'll let you know in June :) I'm thinking a dinner at a restaurant with friends.

#20 MummaBlossom

Posted 08 May 2019 - 08:24 PM

Hubby threw me a party at a 'fancy' pub. Private room with canapes and first drinks at the bar. About 35 guests including a handful and a half of kids (2 being ours!). Delicious cake and home by 10pm. Perfect night!

#21 Little boys rock

Posted 08 May 2019 - 09:18 PM

I did a winery tour on the Mornington Peninsula with 20 friends & it was brilliant!

#22 DM. 2012

Posted 08 May 2019 - 09:26 PM

Had a party, drinks a bottle of vodka, a bunch of Cowboy shots and some cocktails I created.  

Not very classy but I had a great night.

Edited by DM. 2012, 08 May 2019 - 09:27 PM.


#23 Team Awesome

Posted 08 May 2019 - 09:32 PM

I’m an introvert so I did a weekend away to a hinterland cabin with my husband and kids had a bonus of no phone reception.

#24 CallMeFeral

Posted 08 May 2019 - 09:41 PM

Don't listen to him. It's your 30th not his! It sounds lovely to me, and a very modest number of people.

For mine I hired a bar in the city and had a dance party like in my 'young' days with all my friends! Loved it.

#25 JoanJett

Posted 08 May 2019 - 09:47 PM

Well I got married 4 days before, so there was a party and it wasn't all about me, and then I got to enjoy the isolation of our honeymoon for the actual day.  

Sounds like that's not an option for you ;)




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