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Surprise 30th birthday party ideas for her


Your 30th birthday is a great milestone. It’s a chance to raise a glass and say goodbye to your twenties, remember all the experiences you had and the people you met, and get ready for the next decade of your life. This special occasion certainly requires a special celebration. In our blog, we’ve collated our best surprise 30th birthday party ideas for her for the most memorable night ever!

If your partner, sister, friend or loved one is turning thirty this year, why not surprise them with a party? If they aren’t one for planning events, it allows them to celebrate in style without all the stress. They will love to walk into the room and see all the smiling faces of their loved ones and know you’ve gone to such effort to celebrate them. It’s a really memorable event for everyone but does require some planning to get it right.

Surprise 30th birthday party ideas for her

Planning a surprise 30th birthday party tips

Planning a surprise party can feel a little daunting. The good news is with some time and organisation, you can make it a breeze. If you need some help, choose a crack team of her nearest and dearest to be the party planning committee. Organise your responsibilities between you and this should relieve some of the pressure.

  • We would recommend planning the event for just before her birthday so she doesn’t feel as though she’s been forgotten, or start to suspect something. On the night of the party, arrange an evening out and instead, take her to the party venue.
  • If you live with her, either hire out an event space or ask someone else to host the party. Planning to throw a birthday bash in the house right under her nose can be risky.
  • To create an invitation list, you may need to do some digging. Utilise social media platforms such as Facebook to locate and invite everyone she would want to attend. Think about everyone in her life from old school friends to co-workers. Chat to the guests and see if they have any recommendations for people she would like to invite. Ensure to give everyone contact details so they can text, call or email with any queries.
  • When thinking about key features such as food, entertainment and decorations, think about what she likes. If your birthday girl is a fan of a certain type of music, hire a band or DJ who specialises in that kind of sound. If she loves afternoon tea, incorporate finger sandwiches, cake and scones into the buffet. One of the most difficult things about planning a surprise party is focusing too much on what you like and forgetting who the party is actually for. You might love loud parties with disco lights, but she may prefer something low-key,  so always remember to think of the birthday girl and what would make her happy.
Planning a surprise 30th birthday party

Surprise 30th birthday party themes

If you want to tailor your surprise 30th birthday party ideas for her, why not pick a theme which she loves. Think about her hobbies and interests, what does she like to do? If everyone will be dressing up, make sure to plan her costume and have it ready for her arrival.

Disney Theme

If she has always been a fan of this franchise and loves trips to the theme park, she will love a Disney themed party. Make a replica of the Disneyland entrance sign and hang it on the door to welcome her inside. When she walks in, have everyone dressed up as their favourite characters from princesses to villains. Decorate with bright colours and plenty of balloons.  Bonus points if you have some Mickey ears for her to put on when she walks in. A Disney party is the perfect place for sweet treats so serve pretzels with caramel, cake pops and princess biscuits. We love these Disney themed cocktails by the Disney food blog for the adults. Get creative and have fun with a Disneyland party!

Casino Party

If your birthday girl loves a night into the casino, make your birthday party into a casino theme. You can find professional equipment for hire online, or do it DIY style with plenty of inspiration from Pinterest. Serve classy cocktails and ask all guests to go for a black-tie dress code. Hire waiters or ask some willing friends to hand out canapes on silver trays for that extra bit of glamour. If you don’t want to use real money, have guests gamble with tokens and award prizes for the winner.

Surprise 30th birthday party themes

Holiday Theme

This is perfect for a girl who loves jetting off abroad. Think about her favourite destination and turn your event space into a unique holiday at home. For example, if she loves Paris, create a sophisticated Parisian party with wine and cheese. Decorate the room with famous landmarks and have everyone dress in the typical French style. This theme is ideal if one of her presents is a surprise weekend away. Enjoy the party and at the end, reveal her surprise holiday. She will be absolutely thrilled!

30 surprises for 30th birthday

We absolutely love this idea and this is particularly apt if you have a partner turning 30. For each day of the month (it can overlap if she’s a February baby) plan a surprise for your loved one. They don’t have to be massive, it could be as simple as breakfast in bed or watching her favourite film in the evening. Among these little treats, plan some bigger ones for the weekends such as a picnic in the park, a concert or a special dinner out. Make a calendar or token book with images where each day she can reveal what her surprise is. Really think about what she likes and tailor each day to her. This is such a special present which is guaranteed to put a big smile on her face!

30 surprises for 30th birthday

Surprise 30th birthday party ideas for her conclusion

We love surprises and these ideas are sure to give her a birthday she’ll never forget. Don’t forget to take lots of pictures to post on social media! If you’re feeling creative, why not make the birthday girl a 30th birthday scrapbook. Use photos, decorations and anything saved from the celebration to make the ultimate keepsake which she can look back at in years to come. At the party, ask people to write a personal message which you can then stick into the book. Hobbycraft offer a range of cute scrapbooks you can use to preserve her birthday.

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