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Party Ideas: To Theme or Not To Theme?

February 13, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 188

A successful party is one where everyone has fun, and this applies whether you are 9 or 90. However holding a fun party for adults is a bit more challenging than a children's party. Yes you can do the usual dips, finger food, drinks and let everyone entertain themselves or you can go all out and hold a themed party that your friends will be talking about for ages.

Holding a themed party is more work than the garden variety party of color coordinated decorations, drinks and nibbles. And yes I know these parties can be fun too but the usual kind of party is pretty much the same as any other party, so the memory of the event does not stand out.

A themed party on the other hand is very memorable. Themed parties can be as simple or as complicated as you choose.

One idea for a simple theme is a hat party. Guests are required to wear a hat of their own design and their creations are entertainingly described to the rest of the guests in a hat parade during the party. Send invitations in the shape of a hat or print invitations with lots of hat photos to inspire your guests creativity.

The hat party theme can be readily adapted to different occasions such as a bridal shower, kitchen tea, 30, 40 or 50th party. Decorations could be easily made if your on a budget. I suggest garlands of different hat shapes cut out off colored paper, decorated and strung on to sting. Or scour thrift shops for interesting and or colorful hats to decorate the room.

Another source of ideas for theme parties are your favorite movies or TV series. You could have a Big Bang Theory Party, a Grey's Anatomy or How I Met Your Mother Party. There is no shortage of movies for theme ideas either. Does a Lord of The Rings, Transformers, Mean Girls or Burlesque Party get your imagination ticking over.

It can be a good idea to have the theme of the party as something that the guest of honor enjoys. If the guest of honor likes cars for instance, you could have a Formula 1 party. If they have a favorite group or singer you could have a Michael Buble, Foofighters or Madonna Party. The possible ideas for party themes are really only limited by your imagination.

Once you have decided on a theme it is important to carry the theme through as many aspects of the party as possible. From the invitations and decorations to the food you will serve and what you will do to entertain your guests.

Use your imagination to come up with interesting ways to present the invitation. For a music themed party you could write with permanent marker on old CD's or DVD's. Even buying some very cheap blank CD's would be no more expensive than some paper invitations.

Decorations can be purchased from party suppliers, but I find it more fun to make my own. We once held a "Big Fat Greek Party", we found a large white sheet at the thrift store and painted it to be a Greek flag. We made Greek columns out of cardboard and put them against the posts of our outdoor area. Downloaded some Greek music and played it in the background.

Our guests got their "Greek" on, it was really interesting to see the costume ideas that people came up with. We did Greek dancing, everyone had a portrait taken in front of the Greek flag and we feasted on Greek food. Overall a really great night.

Following the theme with the food also helps to keep the mood going. Although for some themes there may be no particular type of food, in most cases I'm sure you'll be able to serve your guests something in keeping with your theme.

Now you have sent the invitations, planned the decorations and what food your going to serve, it's a great idea to come up with some activities to break the ice and really get the fun started.

Activities can be as simple as a theme based trivia quiz to more physical activities like learning a dance style. Again imagination is the key, its often possible to adapt well known party games to suit your theme and the average age of your guests.

While is can a be a bit more effort to hold a theme party, I'm sure you'll find the extra planning and time it takes to put the party together are well worth the effort for a really memorable party.

If you would like to get some great ideas from a themed party where they really pulled out all the stops to check out Harry Potter Party Ideas for the ultimate Harry Potter Party.

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