The 5 Best Theme Party Ideas & the Costume to Match
Theme parties bring life to what can otherwise be an ordinary party. (And if you really think about it, parties really shouldn’t be ordinary.) These parties offer you and yours a joyous way to celebrate some big milestones in life, whether be yours or someone else’s. Additionally, they encourage dressing up in whimsical costumes, something that many adults never do, even on Halloween. If you’re trying to plan a theme party and the costumes to go with it, you’ll appreciate these five party ideas.
1. Stars and Stripes
Although the stars and stripes theme is the most popular around Independence Day, many other occasions also fit this theme nicely. If you have a vet who has a birthday coming up or even if you want to create an educational unit for the local grade school, a stars and stripes theme gets you into the spirit. Costumes consist of bandanas, hats, pants, and shirts decorated with red, white, and blue. Be sure to order some themed paper plates with the stars and stripes on them as well. Finally, rent or download movies with a patriotic theme to play on the TV in the background for added effect.
2. Sports Night
The World Series. The World Cup. The Super Bowl. Important nights in sports to be sure. Naturally, these nights come with baskets of chips and dip, plenty of whooping and hollering, and if you’re really in the spirit, costumes. A sports-themed party can include full baseball uniforms, sports’ teams mascot get-ups, or even just the jersey of a favorite player. To pull this off, buy paper plates and napkins that have been decorated with the proper sports theme. Many party companies sell party ware that features baseball, soccer, football, and other sports themes.
3. A Night at the Oscars
If you find yourself infatuated with the beautiful gowns and tearful speeches of Oscar night, a movie-themed/ Oscar-themed party may just satisfy your hankering for something a little glamorous. To get into the spirit, decorate your abode with black and white photos of old movie stars, Hollywood Walk-of-Fame replicas, red carpet, and some faux Oscar statuettes. Costuming can be vintage ball gowns, glamor makeup, and tuxedos with tails. Make sure to order foods that go with the theme like fancy pastries, little snacks, and plenty of bubbly.
4. High Seas
Most people at one time or another have dreamed of the pirate’s life. And what’s not to dream of? Crazy costumes complete with eye patch, kooky bandana, and even a sword at the hip all equal a night on the high seas worth remembering. The cleverest of pirate costumes also include secondary items like a bird on the shoulder or a bottle of rum ala Jack Sparrow. Feed your guests foods like crab cakes, steamed fish, and clams.
And finally, a word of warning, if you do decide to dress up and want to get your pooch in the spirit, be aware that some costumes have small parts that your pup can swallow. Be mindful of these hazards before you tie that bandana around your puppy’s eye.
5. Alice in Wonderland
“Alice in Wonderland” counts as a favorite party theme among both kids and adults, and it’s easy to see why. Living in this fantasy world means that it’s always tea time, the Mad Hatter is always a bit mad, and the roses grow red even when they don’t. In many respects, it’s easy to decorate for an Alice-themed party. Lay down faux flooring and paint black and white squares on it. Use playing cards as invitations. Create a tea party table with mismatched dishes. As for costumes, look to the many movies that have come out lately for inspiration. Or reread the Alice books to get inspired. Party favors can include Alice-themed journals, little tea cakes, or bottles that say “Drink me.”
Why wait for Halloween to dress up? Themed parties bring pizzazz to the more normal times of year. They offer you and yours a year-round pick-me-up, give you an excuse to dress up as your favorite characters, and allow you to experiment with fun new food recipes. If you’re planning a theme party, these five ideas will get you started. But don’t stop with them. A whole world of creative party-planning is just an Internet search away.
Byline: Written by Rick Horton, a sporadic blog writer and a reluctant traveler who finally found a reason to fly away.