How did you/will you celebrate your 30th birthday? I need ideas!

Cool Mum hopes to stay as cool as Cool Great Grandma

Cool Mum hopes to stay as cool as Cool Great-Grandma

The big day is approaching. Unfortunately. I’m at the waddling stage of pregnancy and our budget is limited. I face two options.

1. Accept the reality of being older and go (by myself) to all of the NYC places that I’ll never visit if I keep waiting for another interested person to come along. That would mean spending a day at the Tenement Museum (Cool Dad asks, “Why go there?  We have first-hand experience living in one.”), the WTC visitor center, and the Museum of the City of New York.

2. Deny the reality of being older by doing something only a person in their 20′s would be likely to do. I haven’t quite figured that part out yet. This option could be fun, but also sad and uncool due to the rather large belly and limited physical capabilities.

A long time ago, back in Florida, Cool Dad turned 30 to the tune of Dark Latin Groove and 30 of his closest friends in a reserved restaurant with dance floor. He even had a “30 Years of Eric” tribute, with one dance song from each year of his life. I don’t like the spotlight, so I’m not wishing for that kind of thing, but so far my plans seem pretty lackluster, don’t you think?

So…what did you do or what do you plan to do to celebrate your 30th birthday?

14 notes on “How did you/will you celebrate your 30th birthday? I need ideas!

  1. Sarah at themommylogues

    I didn’t do much. I think there was a cake. But unfortunately, my daughter’s birthday is 1 week from mine, so I mostly forgo my own. I would not say I’m “bitter” about not doing anything special for 30, but I’m wistful. So I think you should grab some friends and go do things you want to do.

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    1. cool mum Post author

      Good point–I think I can see the potential for wistfulness later on, and that is motivating me to try to think of something even though my brain lacks creativity these days. And for moms with birthdays close to their kids’, I think we need to start a tradition of partying hard on Mother’s Day! ha

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  2. babita

    well, some pretty fabulous friends of mine, along with my brother planned a surprise party. that wouldn’t bode well for you if you don’t like the spotlight, but i am really thankful they did because i was VERY anti- my birthday this year. thirty is rough. i say do the things around NY that you’ve been wanting to do, and MAKE cool-dad go with you. then go somewhere a little fancy shmancy for dinner. i no longer know what someone in their 20′s would do either :) happy birthday cool mum!

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    1. cool mum Post author

      Thanks Babita! It makes me feel better that you don’t know what 20-somethings do either! Maybe they get piercings or tattoos? Well, I already looked up the eyebrow ring option and it’s not really recommended for people who are pregnant…bummer (CD was way against that idea anyway =)

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  3. David

    Both Diane & I turned 30 just a few weeks after her dad passed away, so it was very much an anti-climax, quiet dinner with family.

    Which was ok with us, especially since Diane was in no way looking fwd to being out of her 20s.

    Here’s to 40 being a real celebration!

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    1. cool mum Post author

      Which leads to a tougher question…what are you supposed to do on your 40th birthday!? I’m thinking that merits some major foreign travel.

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      1. David

        I hope so!

        Though as we’re moving from Australia to Ireland, and visiting the US, all within a 6 week period starting in 3 weeks time…the major foreign travel might just be a visit back to Australia again.

        With Europe on our doorstep, we plan to be doing lots of foreign travel :)

        (Btw, we’re going to be in NYC for a day in June…what would you recommend we do?? Noting I’ve done WTC both pre & post, and the Museum of C of NY. Tenement Museum sounds v.cool!)

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        1. cool mum Post author

          i just said this on your blog, but “meet up with us for lunch!”

          hey, maybe i could get cool dad to the tenement museum if you were going to be there! if you’re here on a sunday, you could experience church in the city, which is very interesting and different. (our pastor is australian, btw) for a romantic time with your wife, i will highly recommend the rowboats in central park if you haven’t done it. also, a food tour in greenwich village would be fun.

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          1. David

            Sweet!

            We’re there on a Wednesday. We’ll have to visit your church with the Aussie pastor another time :) (Side note : have you heard Hillsong are planting in NYC this year…that should be interesting for the city!!)

            All the other ideas sound great too, and they things we haven’t done, though we kinda did our own Village food tour when we were last there back in 07 as we are foodies through and through.

  4. Ashley Howerton

    My husband surprised me by flying two of my best friends in town (the three of us hadn’t been together in almost three years.) He planned the entire weekend, had a chef come to our house to teach us about cooking a meal and had a big dinner with our families and some other friends. The entire thing was completely planned out and perfect. No complaints from my side but might be a bit bigger than you are thinking! I’m with you though that I wouldn’t want to be the center of everything! Happy 30th!

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      1. Ashley Howerton

        He did! Completely on his own and without me knowing anything about it. (Of course, he also surprised me by doing it about 6 weeks before my birthday!)

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  5. Sophie

    I was also heavily pregnant on my 30th birthday and can’t even remember the day its self. So I agree, do something different, and then you’ll always have the memories. Something is better than nothing!

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