April 27, 2011. Written by Agnes Los
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.