I’ve always been a very social person, so it’s not unusual for me to throw several parties throughout the year. They range from small, intimate gatherings for just a handful of friends to huge events with more guests than my house can comfortably accommodate. Sometimes my parties coincide with holidays such as New Year’s or Halloween, but most of the time, I just throw them for the heck of it. Still, since my guest list is frequently the same each time, I feel like I have to change things up every now and then to keep people interested. That’s why I find it helpful to keep a list of theme party ideas handy.
Honestly, theme party ideas aren’t all that hard to come by. If pressed, you could probably rattle off at least five or six on your own right now. But the ones you come up with have likely been done to death (can you say Hawaiian luau?), and therefore won’t be all that appealing to prospective invitees. Plus, if you throw numerous bashes like I do, then you’re going to need a heck of a lot more theme party ideas than the few you can generate in five minutes.
One way to find theme party ideas is to check the Internet. There are lots of websites out there that give tips and advice on how to throw good parties, and some of the suggestions are actually pretty cool. For instance, I recently came across two excellent themes for my file that I’d never heard of before. One was called “Forever Young” and basically calls for guests to dress up in costumes that indicate what they wanted to be when they were kids (fireman, policeman, movie star, etc.) and for the host to serve food that youngsters would approve of, such as hot dogs, chips, pizza, pop, and the like. Another idea was to have a Wild, Wild West night in which guests would dress up as cowboys and cowgirls, and everyone would enjoy a cookout. Both of these sound fun, unique, and easy to pull off!
Another way to come up with good theme party ideas is to simply ask your friends. Chances are, they’ve been to a few themed gatherings over the years and can tell you which ones were effective and which were lame. You should be able to get a lot of suggestions this way, but the obvious drawback here is that at least one of your friends has already been to that type of bash before, which kind of defeats the purpose when you’re trying to do something different.
These two sources have yielded a number of great theme party ideas for me, and I’ve also come up with a few good ones all on my own. As a result, I’m always ready to try something new and put together an entertaining evening that my guests will end up talking about for months!