Turning 30? Throw a "Die, 20s, Die" Bash

Sounds a little harsh? Take a cue from LeAnn Rimes on how to do it right

Turning 30 can be a bit of an eye-opener for some people. Not for LeAnn Rimes, though. The country singer recently threw a "Die, 20s, Die" birthday party to embrace the big 3-0 with open arms.

Rimes told People, "I had so many amazing things happen in my 20s, and I also had a lot of hard lessons to learn. I'm ready to put those lessons into play." Rimes turned 30 on Aug. 18 in Laguna Beach, Calif.

Brought to life by events firm R. Jack Balthazar, the soirée was decked out in appropriate RIP décor — with angel wings (representing her new decade of freedom and saying goodbye to being "caged" in her 20s), bedazzled skulls with black orchids as centerpieces, and a mock "Hell in a Handbasket" confessional for people to confess their sins.

"I think there's something that happens to women when you turn 30, which you enter into being a true woman," she said.

The night went on with Don Julio tequila cocktails and light bites, until Rimes officially made her 30-year-old mark and blew out the candles on her personalized cake from Sweet & Saucy, which had a Rimes look-alike standing on top of a coffin.