Some 30th birthday party ideas for men include a cocktail party or sit-down dinner party in the host's or guest of honor's home, according to event planner Matt James. Other ideas include a dance party at a venue or an outdoor picnic, if children are invited.

The host should personalize the party for the guest of honor by choosing his favorite foods, beverages, music and activities. Matt James suggests injecting some nostalgia into the event by creating a slideshow of pictures from the guest of honor's past that includes important events, such as weddings and graduations, and embarrassing moments, such as bad haircuts and questionable fashion trends.