Ahh, 30. Crossing this daunting threshold has the potential to make you feel like more of an “adult” than you might like. But you don’t have to swap the bouncy castles for boring dinner parties. In fact, this is the perfect age to expand your party options — and not feel ashamed about it! Like they say: You’re only as old as you feel.
Here are a few “forever young” ideas to make your 30th birthday bash the most memorable.
Host a classic slumber party with your best girlfriends, pizza, pyjamas, cocktails — and Bijou candles!
For whatever reason, slumber parties seem to fall by the wayside as your girlfriends get into relationships and shack up. We forget how much fun these all-girl gatherings are. It won’t be quite the same without those awesome 90s board games like “Dream Phone” and “Mystery Date,” but we bet that Clueless or old N’Sync music videos would be suitable substitutes. Order a few extra-large pizzas, light your favorite Bijou candle and throw on your fluffiest slippers. You’ll be painting nails, playing M.A.S.H. and making friendship bracelets in no time.
Rejuvenate your soul and skin with a weekend at the spa.
It might not bring back memories of your adolescence, but a relaxing weekend away at the spa will leave you feeling refreshed and ready to take on all that 30 has to offer. If a whole weekend is a little out of your budget, try for a day spa or pamper yourself at home. There are a variety of homemade treatments and scrubs that can be whipped up with common household items. Try this simple DIY Honey Mask Treatment from Sweet Pea, Apple of My Eye to keep your skin looking flawless. Couple your treatments with a steamy bubble bath, some calming music and your favorite Bijou scent.
Book an evening at your local bowling alley, arcade, roller skating rink or indoor trampoline park.
Since when did the words ‘aging’ and ‘boring’ become synonymous? Businesses across the globe are recognizing that there’s a market for youthful and lively millennials who have a serious case of nostalgia. Whether you’re looking for ping pong or giant Jenga blocks, there’s a bar that offers it. Make things extra memorable for your guests by filling “goodie” bags with candies from your childhood, such as Nerds, Hubba Bubba and Ring Pops. Alternatively, you can make your takeaways a little more sophisticated with gift cards or small spirits bottles (just don’t bring them to the bar!). Check out this list from Apartment Therapy for other adult piñata filler ideas.
Rent a Winnebago with your besties and embark on a mystery journey.
Nothing says youth and vitality quite like an adventurous road trip with your squad. Keep your friends on their toes by setting a secret destination, but be sure to get one or two of them in on it (so you can share driving responsibilities). Stock up on all your road trip essentials, load your phone with your favorite driving tunes and you’re all set to hit the open road.
About the writer:
Always a dreamer, Jill Bentham is a passionate writer and photographer based in Toronto.