15 Uniquely Different 30th Birthday Ideas to Help You Celebrate in Style

A few days before my 30th birthday, I called a close friend who had already passed the milestone and asked her for any advice about the big event. Her words of wisdom made me relax, sit back, and laugh. She said, "There's so much pressure to have it all together by the time you turn 30, and no one tells you that it doesn't really matter. The day looms, and then the day passes."

There was something liberating about my friend's thoughts, something that made it easier to take the day in stride. Because it's true: My birthday came and went, and I'm still figuring out how to be an "official" adult. But whether you're not too big on birthdays or you designate a "birthday month," turning 30 is likely going to be something that you'll remember for years to come. So it's worth celebrating how you see fit.

If this new decade is around the corner and you're trying to figure out how to ring it in, we put together 15 birthday ideas to help you mark the day with a little or a lot of fanfare. These possible parties are broken down into budget-friendly choices, moderately pricey picks, and splurge-worthy affairs so you can decide which option sounds right to you. Turning 30 may be intimidating, but by making it an occasion—and keeping some perspective—it's bound to be just fine.