If you’re over the oversized cocktails and nostalgic “I can’t believe I’m 30-something” talks, maybe it’s time for a change. But--hey--we didn’t say you had to sit this one out. Here, our seven favorite (and a bit classier) places to celebrate this year.

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Cheese Pairing Class at Molto Formaggio

Who doesn’t like wine and cheese? Answer: No friend of ours. Get a group together to celebrate at one of Molto Formaggio’s legendary cheese, food and wine classes that happen a couple of times a month. Classes range in price but start at just $20 per person (and of course include booze and cheese).

68 Highland Park Village; 214-526-0700 or moltoformaggio.com 

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BYOB Cooking Class at Sur la Table

If you haven’t had a chance to check out Sur la Table’s gorgeous new digs on Cole Avenue, now is the perfect time. This chic cooking outpost always has a calendar stacked with cooking classes that are both functional and delicious. Most classes are BYOB and allow for you to eat what you learn to prepare. Fried Chicken 101, anybody?

4525 Cole Ave. #190; 214-219-4404 or surlatable.com

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Painting at Pinot’s Palette

If you are of the artistic variety and crave activities on your birthday, why not grab the gang for a painting session. And just because you aren’t meeting at a bar doesn’t mean you can’t drink a little wine. I mean, let’s be realistic here. You can bring your own or purchase your favorite beverage when you get there.

4560 W. Mockingbird Ln. #110; 214-984-8895 or pinotspalette.com

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Bowling at Bowlounge

Vintage bowling paired with retro video games, craft beer and delicious food. Sometimes there is nothing better than kicking it old school.

167 Turtle Creek Blvd. #103; 214-741-7737 or bowlounge.com

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Tea at Taschen Library

Plan a posh afternoon party at this sophisticated book store in the Joule hotel. Tea is served on Saturdays at 2:30 pm and reservations are required…but we’d expect nothing less.

1530 Main St, 214-749-1300 or thejouledallas.com

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Big D Cats Cruise at Lake Lewisville

It’s your birthday; you should be on a boat. Parties can be small or large and include catering, DJs and booze. When it’s warm enough to swim, bring a bathing suit and slide down the slide and relax in one of the boat’s gigantic floats.

1481 E. Hill Park Rd.; 214-705-3772 or bigdcats.com

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Cool Thursdays at Dallas Arboretum

Hanging outdoors during a Dallas spring or fall totally your jam? Head to this sprawling outdoor oasis in East Dallas for the Cool Thursdays Concert Series to check out some of your favorite cover bands in a relaxed setting. Grab your group, a couple bottles of wine and take in the concert scene. Check out the fall music line up here.

8525 Garland Rd.; 214-515-6500 or dallasarboretum.org

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