We all love a good party – it’s a great excuse to let our hair down and forget our troubles, even just for a few hours. Goodness knows we’ve all been through a lot in recent years and having some party for whatever reason is the perfect chance for us to reflect on what’s happened and be grateful for what we still have.
If you’ve arranged parties before, you know that having a theme can make it extra special. A theme can bring people together, and having one makes it easier to decide on things like the menu, the venue, and the entertainment. But what sort of theme should you have that will make your guests sit up and notice?
Here are our top theme suggestions you can have for your upcoming event that will make it a standout hit.
A “Decade By Decade” Dance
Yes, we have all heard about dances, but before you say no, think about a ‘dance for the ages’. You will not have to choose a 20s dance, a 50s dance, or an 80s dance – you can have all the decades combined!
Think of a neutral or common area that you can decorate with all kinds of memorabilia from the 20s to the early part of the millennium, and to make it more cohesive (instead of a jumble of décor), choose one or two prime colours and look for décor that goes with these two colours.
And since it’s all mixed up for food, why not have a mix and match as well? If you don’t want to think too hard, American diner fare goes well with all. Of course, the night wouldn’t be complete without a costume party, so encourage guests to come as their best 20s to 2000s selves.
Another fantastic option for a theme would be a luau, and it’s like giving your guests a holiday without even going anywhere! Of course, any place by the beach would be great, but if you can’t have a beach setting, you can hold it at any indoor venue – make sure there’s a space where you could put some sand!
For décor, you can’t go wrong with florals and grass skirts for the tables, leis strung up throughout the venue, and Tiki towers, and you can delight the guests with your version of a Poke bowl plus a barbecue, Hawaiian style.
Beverages can be pina coladas and anything with rum, and you can even hire a dancing troupe to start the ball rolling. For a bonus, you can hire a giant slide, inflatables for adults or even a mobile climbing wall from fairground hire professionals like We Are Tricycle.
Why not have a Hollywood theme if you want your guests to dress up in tuxes and gowns?
Most everybody loves dressing up once in a while, and a local film theatre would be a great venue (and a great place for those red carpet pics). If you can’t rent out a film theatre, any hall would do – as long as you can lay down a red carpet.
For décor, a black and white classic could do the trick of transporting you and your guests to old Hollywood, and you can serve food like popcorn and candy along with other ‘movie time’ snacks. For activities, a major one would be a film screening, and make sure there are lots of photo ops before the guests enter the cinema!