Top Party Theme Ideas

April 27, 2011. Written by

Don’t dream  it, theme it. If you’re looking for inspiration for a themed party then look no further. Whether it’s a birthday or anniversary, a New Year’s Eve dinner party or just a very special get-together for old friends, here’s how to theme it in style. We have 21 amazing ideas for themes, including decorations, food and drink plus everything you need to give your celebration that extra special finishing touch.

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Party theme idea 1: Alfresco Dinner Party

The idea: Elegant summer dining, with a touch of rustic chic.

Decoration: Adorn tables with white linen or gingham tablecloths, vintage tableware and delicate lanterns. Tie napkins with raffia and fill vases with country flowers. Thread fairy lights through the trees and use hurricane lamps to line pathways.

Food & drink: Serve simple grilled food and colourful salads, with an abundance of fresh fruit and cream for pudding. Champagne or chilled white wine is a must, along with elderflower cordial as a non-alcoholic option.

Party theme idea 2: Arabian Nights

The idea: Think deserts, sand dunes, rich fabrics and soothing music. This is the perfect party for a summer evening.

Decoration: Decorate the room like a harem with an abundance of cushions and drapes. If you’re really going for it, you might even consider having a glamorous Bedouin tent, with flame torches lighting the way to the entrance. Candlelight is a must as the sun goes down. Add some fun by asking your female guests to dress as belly dancers!

Food & drink: Serve delicious, spicy meat dishes with rice, and rich, creamy cocktails. Of course a little Turkish Delight on the side wouldn’t go amiss!

Party theme idea 3: Big Band Swing Party

The idea: A party in the true sense of the word – this is all about great music and lots of dancing.

Decoration: Of course the most important thing here is to have a good dance floor. If you want to splash out, book a live band. Otherwise, decorate with silhouette cut outs of jazz musicians playing the saxophone and photos of jazz musicians. Small tables around the side of the room with candles are the perfect place between dances.

Food & drink: It’s sleek cocktails all the way, from Martinis to Cosmopolitans. Keep energy levels high with plenty of substantial canapés.

Party theme idea 4: Caribbean Night

The idea: Who needs the sunshine when you can bring it to your home!

Decoration: Well you can’t be expected to create a beach, but you can stick to the great outdoors, dress in brightly-coloured clothes and perhaps hire in the odd palm tree? Have a steel band playing or plenty of Bob Marley CDs and a limbo stick to provide endless laughs.

Food & drink: Serve big, bright cocktails, Caribbean-style fish in coconut milk and lots of fresh fruit. Failing that, a barbecue will go down a treat.

Party theme idea 5: Casablanca Party

The idea: Based on the classic 1940′s movie, this is pure romance. Perhaps a party to celebrate Valentine’s Day…

Decoration: Deck the place out like Rick’s Café with palm trees and cocktails. You could even have a pianist playing As Time Goes By and other 40s favourites. And, of course, make guests must dress as Humphrey Bogart with the ladies as Ingrid Bergman.

Food & drink: Only champagne will do!

Party theme idea 6: Hawaiian Luau

The idea: It’s Hawaii time. Think grass skirts, leis, silk flowers and dancing.

Decoration: If you can find an outdoor pool, there’s no better place than poolside. Failing that, stay outside and decorate with shells, sand, and palm trees, with Hawaiian music playing in the background.

Food & drink: If you’re being traditional, you should serve kalua pig (cooked in an underground oven), lomi salmon and poke (a fish salad). But fish, sweet potatoes, pineapples, rice etc. will do perfectly, along with beer and tropical drinks.

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92 thoughts on “Top Party Theme Ideas

  1. daisy says:

    this is realy helpful i have lots of great idears for my party thanks !

    • KittyConfetti says:

      You are very welcome Daisy, we’re glad you find this useful :D

      • daisy says:

        thanks again

        • daisy says:

          do you have any idea of what to do for hollywood

          • KittyConfetti says:

            Hello Daisy :) Hollywood is a great theme, and very glam! I’m thinking – Oscars, so gowns for the ladies, suits for the guys. You could do a trivia on previous Oscars winners, and hang little cut-outs of the statuette for decorations. Or, you could do a costume party of famous actors (Greta Garbo, Charlie Chaplin?). Definitely roll out the red carpet! You could also decorate with palm trees and martinis – how very Los Angeles! :) hope this helps you – good luck!

    • maayan says:

      i am desperate
      i’m a girl turning 12
      and i need a party theme!
      P.S tomboy is attending! :\
      HELP!

      • KittyConfetti says:

        Hi maayan, well having a tomboy shouldn’t be a problem! :) I assume you mean – this person is not into girly stuff? There are still lots of things you can do. One thing is to do a “music video” party, where you get one person, hopefully an adult, to record a music video on their digital camera or camcorder, and all your guests will dress up and be in your video – you pick your favourite song (or two!) and pretend you are a band, or a group of dancers etc. You can also do a scavenger hunt around your house – hide little gifts, as many as you have guests, all around your place, and whoever finds something they can keep it. You can also go out for some bowling or paintball, or any other activity that’s available in your area :) good luck!

  2. Renata says:

    Hey Kitty Confetti,
    Thanks soo much for the ideas I now can’t wait until my party <3

    • KittyConfetti says:

      You are welcome Renata, hope you have a fantastic party! :)

  3. esther says:

    hie lm thinking of throwing a kitchen tea sort of party not really a kitchen party coz lm already married what can l call it and of course l want presents

    • KittyConfetti says:

      Hi Esther – a kitchen tea party is a great idea! What is the reason for your party – you say you want presents? ;)

  4. esther says:

    I had a kitchen party long back when l got married and l wantbto throw another one is it okay for me to call it a kitchen party or should l change the name if so l need name suggestions and a party where people can come with all kinds of presents

    • KittyConfetti says:

      So is it an anniversary party, or a birthday party? :) of course you can call it “kitchen party”, you can call it anything you like! ;)

  5. MeghanAndBethany! says:

    We want to have a themed party for our 14th, mabe something quite grown up but we don’t think any on the top party themes would help… Is there anything you can think of that would be quite a big party themed, something quite inexpensive aswell, thanks!

    • KittyConfetti says:

      Hmmm… one way to do a party is not necessarily a theme, but more of a direction, like – sailing party? Decor would be mostly in blue, and guests would come dressed as if for a cruise. Everyone has something blue/white in their wardrobe. You could decorate in white and blue as well. You could do a theme in one colour, any other colour you like. You could do an Ascot theme, where everyone has to be dressed like for the races. You could also do a “hats” theme, where eveyone comes in a hat, the napkins are folded like hats, etc. For something funny you could do “come dressed in your worst clothes” party, where everyone will simply look awful just for a laugh :D
      Personally I’m a huge fun of potluck parties – everyone brings food, this way the hostess only needs to provide the location and plates etc. This is really easy to do, and saves loads of money and time. Also you get to try food you normally wouldn’t! Just remember one thing, there is always too much food so loads of leftovers, keep some tupperware handy and give as much to guests to take home as you can! :D

  6. Dani says:

    Hi, I love your party ideas and I’m definitely going to use some for my party. Do you have any ideas for a Parisian nightclub theme ( a bit like Moulin rouge). Thanks

    • KittyConfetti says:

      What a good idea for a theme! :D you’d definitely need at least some people to come dressed as can-can dancers, not sure if everyone could afford this… in a nutshell, the ladies dress up in something very chic, and the gentlement either like Parisian men in berets, or high-class tuxedos, OR like Parisian waiters – white shirts and black pants, no tie? You’ll definitely need one of those French mixed CDs with old style songs, by the likes of Edith Piaf and Yves Montand and Maurice Chevalier. For food you would definintely need baguettes and cheese, first and foremost, and good French wine. For the rest of the food it’s easy – just serve anything you like, but put the names into Google translator and make little fake menus with all the food names written on them in French, like in a cafe. You could serve crepes and tartelettes of course, also souffle, which is hard to make (better to buy maybe?). You can decorate the room with posters of French movies, they are quite cheap on eBay. And of course you need to put an Eiffel Tower somewhere, either a replica like a toy, or a picture on the wall, or icing on the cake shaped like it, etc, in case anyone is in doubt where they are! I hope this helps – good luck! :)

      • Dani says:

        Thanks so much. I love the idea if the French cafe style menu.

        • KittyConfetti says:

          You are very welcome :)

  7. Joel says:

    Hey kitty, m having a rain dance organised wit djs, the dance floor is by the river side with artificial rain i would like to have given it a name for the party. something unique would do. like wet-wet sunday.
    Regards xo

    • KittyConfetti says:

      What a great idea for a party! :D sounds like super fun! I immediately thought what songs have anything to do with rain, so you could borrow the lyric? I’m personally a fan of that old classic by Milli Vanilli “Blame It On The Rain” (don’t tell anyone!) ;) I found a super useful website that lists loads of songs to do with rain, maybe that will help? http://www.lacarte.org/songs/rain/
      Let me know what you’ve decided!

  8. Jess says:

    Hi Kitty, I’m really headache on thinking a theme name for a beauty product company’s event ! It’s a combination of anniversary, appreciation night and new product launching. Could you give me some idea ? Boss want it to be a really grand night. :( I love all your ideas, they are all creative ! Hope you can help me on this, pleaseee and thankyou ! :D

    • KittyConfetti says:

      Hey, thanks for your nice comment :) what kind of product is it you are launching, you don’t have to tell me the details, but is it a cream, or perfume, or makeup, hair, anything more specific? Vintage-inspired or modern? Any extra info will help! :)

      • Jess says:

        Thanks for your reply ! Appreciate :)
        It is a new skincare beauty product. There will be Music Live Band performing , models do catwalk for their skincare products on that night too. The company combines their anniversary , appreciation night and product launching all together on that dinner. And he wants me to think of a theme for that night. My friend recommends me ‘oscar night’ as the boss want it to be a grand dinner but I don’t think ‘oscar night’ is suitable :( awww…

        • KittyConfetti says:

          Thanks for the info, that helps! :D Ok I thought of a few ideas, let me know if any of them are suitable, or if you need any more:

          Starry Night – everything glittering basically, gems on tables, stars on the ceiling, a silver glitterball, guests dressed in white and lots of bling?
          Black and Gold – decor with these colours, and everyone comes dressed in black and gold – very Bond and a bit “oscar night” without being “oscar night”, you know what I mean?
          Face like Garbo – or Monroe, or Harlow, or whoever was old Hollywood glam beauty queen that’s most recognisable? You’d need a lot of black/white photos of old Hollywood stars to decorate the room, of course including the star you choose. Old Hollywood is always considered very glamorous.
          Beauty and the Beat – this is for the product AND the band
          Beauty in Bloom – you’d need a lot of flowers to decorate this party, you know how in skincare commercials they sometimes use rose petals? Make theme red and pink and ivory.
          Ballroom Glam – you could hire some ballroom dancers to come in their formal attire and dance around the room or do an exhibition for the guests, to provide that unusual wow? Ballroom outfits are super glam always!

          Hope this helps, let me know what you think! ;)

  9. katy says:

    thanks for lots of detailed ideas!!

  10. par-tay queen says:

    hi KittyConfetti!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! im having a reunion party and i dont know what theme to do! can you help me? :)

    • KittyConfetti says:

      Thank you for your comment! :) any of our themes are good for a reunion party, especially as I don’t know anything about what you’ve planned. Have you tried looking on Google as well under “reunion party theme ideas”?

  11. sofie says:

    hey kitty! Im having my 15 birthday party and i want it to be super amazing! I was planning on having a huge party with almost everyone from school. Im having it at a catering hall but i want something no one has ever thought of! hope its not too much to ask for!! also the party is next week :)

    • KittyConfetti says:

      It’ll be pretty hard to have a party no one has ever thought of before but you can try! :D I don’t know your budget or how much help you’re getting from various people, but maybe a circus theme would be fun? You can also think of your favourite TV show or singer/band, and do a theme with them. You can ask people to dress up in costumes etc. If you are really stuck, you can look for some more unusual ideas online. Best of luck! :D

  12. Andrea Jacobs says:

    We are planning to host our own “Come dine with me” competition with friends. We decided that we should also have a theme with the 3 course meal.
    Something simple like everyone should wear a crazy hat. am looking for simple but fun ideas that can use for the decoration too.

    Thanks ;)

    • KittyConfetti says:

      Andrea, this is a marvellous idea! Simple but so much fun potential!

      You could also do stuff like:

      - everyone has to wear something polkadot – decoration would be easy with this one!
      - everyone wear an item of clothing that belongs to their parents – I’m going to guess a lot of 60s/70s/80s will appear, so any decor will do, loads of balloons always look amazing!
      - country – get a lot of gingham!
      - fake mustaches – everyone wear a mustache, and you can decorate with cutouts of bowler hats etc? I saw fantastic mustache packs in my local pound store the other day, it was a whole pack of 6 different mustaches for just £1, they would be marvellous!

      Hope it helps, send me an update if you can! ;)

  13. paige says:

    im having a party and i dont know what theme to have plz help !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

    • KittyConfetti says:

      Hello Paige, thank you for your comment. Are any of the themes we already mentioned suitable, in the article or in the comments? There is lots for you to choose from! :)

  14. Lauren says:

    Hey im having a 16th birthday party and I wanted it to be themed but one that everyone would join in and not find boring. I did a Hawaii party for my 14th and I want something bigger and better. My mum and her friends are giving me lots of suggestions but im not to sure on what to do because I want people to join in and really get into the theme. Have you got any ideas because I don’t want it to be to adult themed and I dont want it to childish either. :)

    • KittyConfetti says:

      What suggestions have you got from your mum and friends? Are any of them suitable for people to be involved with? :)
      One of the ways to get everyone involved is to hire someone to entertain the party – and it doesn’t have to be related to your theme. For example, you could hire a magician to teach magic tricks to the guests, or a caricature artist?

      • Anonymous says:

        they suggested having everyone dress up as something beginning with my name which i really liked the idea of, what do you think?

        • KittyConfetti says:

          I think dress up parties are always great, no matter what the theme, it’s a great idea to have something beginning with your name! :D

  15. Aarushi says:

    Hiee Kitty…We are planning a “Pirate Theme Party” for our employees on the Company’s Foundation day..however if you cud plz help me out with some other options for a theme party or activities for a pirate theme party….

    • KittyConfetti says:

      A pirate theme, how fantastic! :D there are loads of things you can do for activities! For example: have a contest for best pirate costume. Have a treasure hunt with a map, and the winner finds a bottle of rum. Everyone has to talk like a pirate and those who don’t have to do chores as punishment. You could have pirate trivia. You can have pirate sword fights (with cardboard swords of course!). At a party like this, the adults will play like kids, it’ll be great! :)

      • Anonymous says:

        Thanks a Lott…!!!!

  16. Sherly says:

    Hey…we are planning a “Casino Party” at our Office…could you please suggest some games..or some fun ideas to make the party more enjoyable…!!!

    • KittyConfetti says:

      What a great idea! Well, the first thing you need to decide is whether you want to go Vegas or Monte Carlo – if people are dressing up, this will give them a better idea! For Monte Carlo think more James Bond, for Vegas – the Rat Pack, showgirls, Elvis etc.
      For games – you probably already have something set up for roulette or cards? In addition, you can do any games where people can bet on the outcome, for example – a windup toy race! You could have any number of board games that involve everyone, especially Seen It? You could give as a reward chips for your other games like roulette. In the end, you could count up how many chips everyone has, and the top 3 or 5 people get prizes.
      Hope you have a great party! :D

      • Sherly says:

        Thanks a lottt…!!!

        • KittyConfetti says:

          You are welcome :)

  17. joy says:

    hi kitty we are already planning for the best theme for our Christmas party, we are employes from a hospital institution. We are looking for a theme that will suit for everyone since the staffs will also be bringing the family and kids. A party theme that is fun but wouldn’t cost a lot especially in the costumes.. tnx

    • KittyConfetti says:

      Hi Joy, thank you for your comment :) are any of the themes we already suggested suitable? Most of them can be modified to fit kids as well – all you have to do is add some games.
      A Christmas party is not an easy suggestion, because everyone expects a Christmas theme, if you do something else do you think the kids will be disappointed?
      But if you really want to do something different then I suggest going the opposite way – do a beach party! That’s really easy for everyone – Hawaiian shirts (everyone has one), leis, beachballs for the kids, colourful drinks, and travel posters on the walls! It will be completely different than anyone expects! :)

  18. jina says:

    Hai kitty,

    We’re planning on organize prom night & the theme is “glamorous”..can u give any suggestion?

    Thank u :)

    • KittyConfetti says:

      Hi Jina – thank you for your question! :) glamour is easy for a prom night, as everyone will be dressed up anyway, so all you have to do is give everyone a general idea of the theme. Some best glamour party themes are: casino, Oscar night, also royalty, theatre or masquerade? You could tell your guests to only wear certain colours, for example black and white, or for all the girls to wear tiaras and long opera gloves. Hope this helps! :)

  19. Laura says:

    It’s one of my dreams to be in a Coctail party with James Bond if it’s possible

  20. zana83 says:

    I am throwing my little brother a surprise welcome home party and have no idea what to do fo decorations that wud be fun and cheap. I decided to go with a summer theme but not like tiki or luau. Something bright and fun do u have any ideas?

    • KittyConfetti says:

      Hi zana83 – luckily summer has a lot of options, not just tiki or luau! Things that make people think of summer are flowers, BBQs, holidays, etc. For flowers, you can do a 70s Flower Power party – easy to dress up for and super fun! You could do a “beach” theme, with BBQ, beachballs, blankets, and very colourful cocktails – guests to wear beach stuff, like shorts and t-shirts! For holidays, you could do a Mexican or Spanish twist – it reminds people of summer and going on holidays, so you’ll need the appropriate food and some palm tree decor. Hope this helps – summer is a great theme! :)

  21. Pia Mae says:

    i Just wanna ask whats the best theme party for our soiree? its just like acquintance party? pls. Reply. thank u

    • KittyConfetti says:

      Hi Pia, thank you for your question :) the easiest idea is to do a trivia party. Get different levels of trivia games – from very easy ones to Trivial Pursuit (which can be hard), also games related to TV, movies, and pop culture etc. Divide people into teams of tables or groups, and have a good oldfashioned challenge. Serve finger foods and fun drinks. Everyone will be talking and laughing, getting to know each other, and having loads of fun! Plus you’ll find out who the smartest people are ;) hope you have a super party!

  22. Shanne says:

    Hey!
    Can you help me plan for a fancy party?
    I need it to be girly like party
    I need tips for the decoration of the table and what kind of foods and drinks I need.

    pls. my party starts next week.

    • KittyConfetti says:

      Hello Shanne, thank you for your message :) there are lots of options for a girly party! First, think of some of the things your girlfriends like best – is it jewellery? makeup? fashion? Hello Kitty? Justin Bieber? Then make your theme around that. For example – you could visit your local pound shop and buy some jewellery, then drape it around the drinks glasses for decoration. You could decorate the table in your favourite colours, like pink, blue, yellow, whatever you prefer? For food, the easiest and most colourful option is finger foods – little sandwiches and everything in miniature, plus lots of colourful candy, like M&Ms or Skittles. For drinks, you can serve anything that’s colourful OR you can buy some very cool colourful plastic glasses – every drink looks good in one of those!

  23. Suzanne says:

    Hey Kitty, need your help….our office is having offsight meeting where we will be having party in the evening where in we are planing to have some theme party…but i am unable to comeup with any idea…also there will be music so please help me with some theme party ideas as your ideas mentioned in other queries are awesome and very happening…. :)

    • KittyConfetti says:

      Hi Suzanne, thank you for your message :) first, have you looked at any of the themes mentioned in the article or in my comments, to see if anything is suitable? I’ll be happy to give you further tips if you have some preferences!

  24. Lousie alcottt says:

    hi kitty u have r so awesome i want some idea for a party i can give to my sis. AGE 7 years …. so pls help

    • KittyConfetti says:

      Hi Lousie, you are very kind :) what does your little sister like?

  25. Ellenforsyth says:

    my dad is turning 50 this year and the rest of the family want to throw him a reasonably large party… one problem is that he isnt too keen :P he loves ceilidhs and things like that but my mum had one for her 50th and it might be nice to have something slightly different. something relatively cheap :) any ideas?

    • KittyConfetti says:

      That’s a lovely thought, but without knowing more about what your Dad likes, it’s hard to suggest something. First you should look into all things Scottish, see if you can get some inspiration from that? I think a great option for a large 50th party is a bonfire or a BBQ, people love roasting stuff over a fire (sausages on sticks and marshmallows!). Hope this helps a bit, and have a great party! :)

  26. Kat says:

    hi kitty, i’m Kat i’m planning for our General Assembly and we don’t have theme for it. The guest are some alumni but the party is for the upcoming members of a theater group. please help..

    • KittyConfetti says:

      Hi Kat, thank you for your message. Have you looked at the themes and ideas I already mentioned, to see if anything suits? Of course, with theatre, the first thing that comes to mind is a costume party, with a specific theme, for example James Bond, all men come as Bond, all women come as Bond girls? This is just an example, you can do any kind of famous celebrity that has a distinctive look. For a simpler option, you could simply focus on one colour, like a silver party, and decorate the room with movie and theatre posters. If it’s one of those “get to know you” parties, then nothing works better than a trivia party, perhaps centered around the movie or theatre world. Hope this helps, and all the best for your party! :)

  27. verity :) says:

    hello there kittyconfeti, my name is verity and next week i am 13 years old and im becoming a teenager, i dont know what to do for my birthday do you have any ideas???? i dont want to go out anywhere for my birthday becuase i want to stay home with a few friends and my mum, dad and sister ! please reply quick, i have no idea what to do !!! :s thank you :)

    • KittyConfetti says:

      Hi Verity, there are lots of things you can do for your party! Please check with your parents to make sure they are ok with your final choice, and here are some suggestions for you: a spa party, where you do all kinds of pampering, paint your nails, do your hair, etc; you can have a game party with games you can play indoors like golf; you can have a music party and hire a dancer to teach you some of the latest dance steps; crafts party where you make loads of stuff like jewellery etc; or a secret agent spy party where everyone wears glasses and does a scavenger hunt; or a baking party where you make all kinds of yum stuff and then decorate it – and then of course, eat it! :)

  28. MissM says:

    Hi Kitty,
    Love your suggestions!
    I am planning a small fundraiser and I want the event to be fun and more on the casual side. I need a theme that will get people excited about attending (and springing for the ticket price). Since many of the people will be acquaintainces, it cannot be too zany either (vicars and tarts will not do :)

    The theme I thought of is Salsa Night, and having an instructor come in and give lessons, followed by a night of dancing. So my questions are:

    1. What kind of outfits/costumes will go with it?
    2. What kind of decorations should I go for?
    3. Should I even bother looking into additional games/entertainment?
    4. Lastly is “salsa night’ boring sounding? Should I think of a more jazzy name?
    :)
    Sorry, for all these questions. I just seem to have hit a wall and would love to get some input. Thanks!

    • KittyConfetti says:

      Hi MissM, thank you for your kind words! :) a Salsa Party is a marvellous idea, I’m sure it’ll be a great success! To answer your questions:

      1. outfits/costumes – the MOST important thing you have to tell your guests is WEAR COMFORTABLE SHOES! That goes for both the men and the ladies. Ladies should be in dresses, but it’s not a requirement. On the other hand, no woman looks feminine doing salsa in pants ;)
      2. decorations – I’d suggest something tropical – palm-tree pics or actual potted palm trees, umbrellas in drinks, lots of colour, balloon clusters, strings of lights, and of course some posters of dancers
      3. additional games/entertainment – I don’t think you need to look into any more, BUT if your budget allows you could get the salsa instructor to come with a partner and give a showdance?
      4. “salsa night” – I think it sounds amazing for a party night, I’d totally go to that! :D you can call it “sizzling salsa” or add a “fiesta” somewhere – but it’s great the way it is!

      It sounds like a great party already, all the best! :)

      • Miss M says:

        Thank you so much for your response Kitty!
        I LOVE the idea of showdance and am going to look into that.
        And yes I will mention that guests should wear their most comfy dancing shoes… Ladies do turn cranky when their feet hurt (then again, maybe that is just me :))

        Thanks again!

        • KittyConfetti says:

          You are very welcome – and you are very right about the ladies and the shoes! ;) even if they don’t get very grouchy, they won’t be able to dance if their feet hurt, and of course you want everyone to dance as much as they can! I was also thinking, maybe you could have a contest for the best couple, and they could win something dance-related that’s made of chocolate for example (to keep the expense down), these days you can find anything made of chocolate! :) have a wonderful party!

  29. Reks says:

    Hi Kitty!

    I love your party ideas, so I’m really hoping you can help me out here. Im having a party at home for a group of 10 mommies and their 1 year old babies. so what theme can i use here??

    • KittyConfetti says:

      Hello Reks, thank you for your comment. I think maybe a Teddy Bear Picnic party may be a good idea? Every mommy will bring her baby and the baby’s bear (or soft toy), and you could have the picnic outside if the weather is nice, or inside if it rains. Spread a big blanket on the floor, with the mommies and their babies sitting around with the bears. Prepare some really tiny nibbles for food, for both the babies and the mummies, and you’ll have a great time! You could also think about hiring a babysitter for a day to mind at least some of the babies, so the mommies can have a break too :) good luck!

  30. MrsJ says:

    Hi, I have nowhere to start, I am turning 24 in August and would like to have a bday party, but have absolute no idea where to start and as to what theme I would like to have. Some friends are picking and I would really like everyone to pich in for the fun. Any ideas to what I can do?

  31. Tula says:

    Hiya Kitty!

    Your ideas are amazing, but unsure as to what would suit what I am planning. Could I have your opinion?
    I am planning a very small only (5 guests) dinner party for my mum as she likes to stay at home. It will be here and her daughters age ranging from 11-20years. Our mum doesnt like much girly things but loves food, movies, travel, sherlock holmes. We’d like to give her a fun day with things to do with us and tasty food. Any ideas?

    Thanks!

    • KittyConfetti says:

      Hey Tula :) thanks for your kind words about my advice! Would it be ok to ask what your general location is in the UK, as it may have an impact on things you can do on your fun day? Cheers!

  32. Tula says:

    Sure! We are in the north west of england :)

    • KittyConfetti says:

      Well, I’ve had a little think about it, and considering you want a small dinner party without going out, it’s going to have to be all about cooking and entertainment :) I found this website about Sherlock Holmes cook books – you could either buy the books as a gift for your Mum and/or cook from one of them for the party? The cooking would be part of the activities: http://www.criminalelement.com/blogs/2011/08/sherlock-gets-into-hot-water-but-can-he-cook

      For activities I suggest: hiring a musician to give a little concert right in your Mum’s living room, it’s a rare pleasure that hardly anyone ever thinks about, but I’ve been to a small party with a guitarist and it was marvellous! Also, as you’ll have kids, you could have a go at making your own one-of-a-kind candles. Look around charity shops for as many mismatched china cups and saucers as you can, then get sheets of beeswax and find instructions online, this way everyone will have some lovely mementos to take home after the party. Alternatively, you can do a baking party or a craft/knitting party – if nobody in your family knows how to bake or knit, you can have someone come over to do a little lesson and demonstration for a small fee. You can ask at your local knitting shop if they know anyone who’d be willing to do this.

      Hope this helps, and have a lovely party! :)

  33. bettyboop138 says:

    Hi me and my husband are planning a joint party 50th and 60th any ideas for a theme please

    • KittyConfetti says:

      Thats sounds like a wonderful party! Have you looked at any of the themes I suggested so far, to see if they’re suitable? One thing you should definitely consider having is a slideshow of your pictures throughout the years, it works every time for a milestone birthday!

      Depending on the type of party you want to have – for example, a sit-down party, or more of a dancing party – you could do a high-class affair with everyone dressed up, hats, gloves, gents in suits etc. For a dance party, you could play all the hits from all the decades since you were born!

      My personal favourite is always a 30s theme party, very F. Scott Fitzgerald, it’s both elegant and relaxed, and everyone knows how to dance the Charleston! :)

      Hope this helps, good luck! :)

  34. Martha says:

    I’m turning 14 in September and want to start thinking about party ideas now because last year I was really unorganized! I want to something sophisticated, original and with lots of people. My budget isn’t small so I guess there’s quite a lot I can do… Any suggestions?

    • KittyConfetti says:

      Hi Martha, thank you for your question :) have you looked at the themes we have suggested so far, to see if anything suits? I don’t know how large your party will be, or whether you’re having only girls, or girls and boys?

      Some sophisticated themes you could try: a Venetian masquerade, or a general Italian theme (food would be easy for this, and you could hire a singing chef!), also Arabian Nights, or you could hire a DJ to teach everyone how to spin records? You could also try a dance party, and hire a dance instructor to teach everyone some cool steps in any style – salsa, street dance, hip hop, even flamenco? Also – if you’re having an all girl party – a makeup artist to teach you all how to wear makeup properly!

      Hope this helps, and have a great party! :)

  35. sapna sharma says:

    please suggest me a office party theme for the employees in a hotel – party themes with decoration, food and dress code……..

    • KittyConfetti says:

      Hello Sapna – please can you clarify if the party is in the hotel, or is it a party for hotel employees? :) have you looked at the party themes I have suggested so far, to see if anything is suitable?

  36. sapna sharma says:

    thanks for reply….actually iam HR Assistant in a hotel and we r planning to organise a party for employees.i dnt understand that how??? will u please help me???

  37. Emily says:

    Hey KittyConfetti! I’m attempting to plan out my 18th for later on this year and considering doing Arabian Nights or something along those lines… As it so happens, however I don’t own a desert in my backyard :P I don’t want to have it inside because my house is way too small and my backyard is terraced so I want to make good use of it! How would I go about decorating my backyard to suit the theme?

    • KittyConfetti says:

      Hello Emily, thank you for your comment! This is a great idea for a theme, and in case of a backyard you need to think carefully about the weather, in case you have to move the party indoors at short notice! So I would say – keep the decor to a fair minimum, and concentrate on the appropriate food to emphasize the party theme (arabic food of course!) ;) however, for decor you can do the following – drapes in various strong colours, bringing in mind an exotic tent (you can get fabrics for this really cheap, from a fabric store). Lots of cushions scattered around for guests to sit on, plus a few key choice decorative pieces like bronze or copper bowls etc. Check some arabian tent pictures on Google to get an idea what I’m talking about. I hope this helps, and have a great party! :)

  38. Shoveon says:

    I have to plan an awards dinner for the company I work for. The awards are for the journalists (photography and writing). Last year we did a “hollywood/oscars” type party. I’m thinking this year of doing “The Newsies” type part, but I’m unsure how to make this a fancy high class event without ruining the theme. Any ideas? I need some help…

    • KittyConfetti says:

      Hello Shoveon, thank you for your message! I have to admit, I’m not sure how to make The Newsies into a high class theme for your event! I doubt anyone would want to dress up like the characters from the film…
      I feel the only option is – make it a theme, but without expecting the guests to participate – so you could have posters of the movie on the walls, perhaps a screening of the movie in the background, and as it is a musical – could you afford to hire someone to re-create any of the dance scenes from the movie? You could have the menus or place cards printed in the style of old newspapers, or you could also have a quiz on general newspaper and media knowledge.
      I hope this helps! :)

  39. MissDoLittle says:

    hi kittyconfetti. i wondered if you could help me. Our school has a Big Brag-night where we introduce our sports teams to the rest of the school and we get pumped up for the biggeste spoertsday of the year. All the teams who participate in this has to pick a theme to dress up in and a song on which they enter the hall. Our team does not want to do the whole short-skirt-cliche and we are thinking about Pilots and footballplayers. pleeeaassse help me with some more themes to choose from???? Budget is sadly non existent so we have to pay for everything ourselves. Please help me.

    • KittyConfetti says:

      Hi MissDoLittle, thanks for your message! I like your party idea, but I can see how you may have some limitations with the budget. You really need to think about something that almost everyone would have in their closet…
      Here are several ideas on what you can do:
      80s aerobic instructor – everyone wears brightly coloured headbands, bright leotards with wide-neck t-shirts over them (like in Flashdance!), and legwarmers
      Crazy sports fan – everyone wears some sporty gears and gets their face painted in their chosen team colours
      Ballerinas – it will be really funny for all the boys to be in tutus, they can wear t-shirts with them too, and tutus are really cheap to make, as you can buy very inexpensive tulle in any fabric shop
      Ancient Romans – all you need is a white sheet and a wreath for the head
      Tennis stars – everyone in tennis outfits and with rackets
      Pilots – I love this idea too!

      I hope this helps! :)

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