Turning thirty is big – the kind of big you want to celebrate with a party. (Not that you shouldn’t have a party every year…) We’re the kind of people that love to celebrate birthdays, so we did the work for you and gathered the best 30th birthday party ideas in NYC.
Have The Roller Disco Of Your Dreams
Put on your shiniest outfit and head to Dreamland Roller Rink for their weekly roller disco. Every week the theme and music changes, so check out what theme your birthday aligns with. Expect throwbacks from Michael Jackson to Spice Girls tributes. The rink also books private parties.
Plan A Pool or Hot Tub Party
Not all birthday parties have to be active. Lay around and sit in a water all day to relax on your special day. If your birthday is in the summer months, there are lots of rooftop pools to take over for a day of splashing around. During NYC’s colder months, stay inside and relax in some hot baths. From the Russian Turkish Baths to the hip Premier 57 to Brookyln’s Seagate Baths, there are plenty of places for you and your guests soak in the five boroughs.
Eat a Unique Birthday Dinner
You could make a reservation for 15 at any of NYC’s restaurants, or you can book a private curated food tour your group and have a progressive dinner. Spend the night eating and drinking your way around one of New York’s best neighborhoods for three hours. Between courses, you’ll walk through the neighborhood and learn about the history and culture. Plus, you’ll meet the chefs and owners of some favorite New York restaurants.
Wouldn’t it be great to charter a yacht and head to the Bahamas for a week? Totally. But if that’s not in your birthday budget, you can still go for a great sail around the city. The options include options like champagne brunch, lobster and beer lovers, wine tasting, jazz, and sunset sail so you can choose your favorite activities to do on board. Both public and private rides are available.
Host a Slumber Party at the Museum
Did you think sleepovers were left behind in your teenage years? Nope. The American Museum of Natural History has a night at the museum sleepovers for “grown-ups” only. AND they have group options. So yes, you can have your birthday sleepover at the Natural History Museum. Bring a group of your friends and spend the night hanging under the big blue whale in your pajamas.
If you want to go big, rent out a whole bowling alley. But if you’re keepings things low-key, snag a few lanes at a bowling alley like Brooklyn Bowl, Gutter Bar, or Lucky Strike. These aren’t like the bowling alleys you grew up with. Expect good food, fancy cocktails, and music from DJs.
Host a Parkside Picnic
One way to ensure you can fit everyone you love into your party? Host it outside. New York City is filled with parks that are perfect for dining al fresco. Either have it catered or ask everyone to bring a dish. From Prospect Park to good ol’ Central Park lay out the blankets, bring some lawn games, and enjoy a celebration under the sun. (Don’t forget mimosas!)
You could rent a house in the Catskills or head out of town for the weekend, but avoid traffic by going on a staycation in your own city. Grab a few friends and rent at a room at somewhere like the Ace Hotel, The Standard, or The Waldorf (if you really feel like splurging) and spend a few days playing tourist. And if you party too hard, room service awaits.
Why let Instagram influencers have all the fun? You deserve some post-worthy celebratory shots to remember this day. You’ll never turn 30 again, so make sure you capture it with some great photos. Hire a photographer to snap some fabulous pictures of yourself solo, and then invite some friends to join. If you’re in search of a background, seek out a fun pop up like The Museum of Ice Cream which has all the props you’ll need.
Interested in booking a private food tour as one of your 30th birthday party ideas in NYC? Send an inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org. Or join us anytime. Whether it’s your birthday or not, we’ll help you celebrate all the city has to offer.