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Top Seven Party Themes
Whether you’re organising a birthday party, an office party, a Christmas party, or just a get together with friends, having a theme always makes things a little more interesting. Here are some great ideas for your next fancy dress event!
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1920′s Gangster Party
Food/ Drinks: Canapes, olives, crackers, potato chips, bread sticks, fried chicken, baked ham, Waldorf salad and cream cheese sandwiches. Drinks could be: Mint Julep, Coca Cola, ‘Bathutub’ gin, cocktails, whiskey and champagne.
Music: Put on the vintage 20’s radio. And don’t forget the classic Jazz tunes: The Charleston, The Black Bottom, The Lindy Hop and musicians Al Jolson, Duke Ellington, Irving Berlin, Cotton Club, and Ragtime Band.
Games/ fun: Learn 20s dances like The Charleston and Shimmy. Have everyone make up a 20s Gangster name for themselves. Use 20s slang like: ‘bees knees/cat’s pyjamas’, ‘big cheese’, ‘baloney’ and ‘going to see a man about a dog’ (buying illegal alcohol). Stage a midnight raid by the gents from prohibition, start a conga Line.
Costume Ideas: Flappers, Gangsters, Bonnie and Clyde, Al Capone, Charlie Chaplin, Coco Chanel, Greta Garbo, Harry Houdini, the great Gatsby, Jean Harlow, Louis Armstrong and Mae West. Chicago, Laurel & Hardy, Marx Brothers, Rudolph Valentino. More ideas…↑ Back to the top please.
1950’s Rock n Roll
Food/ Drinks: Cheeseburger and fries, bubblegum, popcorn, Milkshakes, malted milk, soda fountain, root beer floats, cherry cola. Meatloaf, and chow mien.
Music: The mashed potato, the bop, the twist, boogie woogie blues, rock n roll and the hokey poskey. Elvis, The Everly Brothers, Jerry Lee Lewis, Nat King Cole, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Buddy Holly, Fats Domino
Games & Fun : Guess that 1950’s celebrity name, print our pictures of famous 50’s icons and guess who they are., Guess that price of product in the 50’s. Ask guests to price products from the 50’s vs Todays’ prices. Have a hula hop contest.
Costume ideas: Clothing could be: Poodle Skirts & Pony Tails, Bobbie Socks & Sand Shoes, Leather & Slicked back hair, White t-shirts & cuffed jeans. Don’t forget the GI’s Kharki uniforms. Dress up as Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Frank Sinatra, Grease (Danny & Sandy), Jackie Kennedy, Elvis and Barbie. More ideas…↑ Back to the top please.
1970’s Funky Party
Food/ Drinks: Fondue was all the rage both cheese and chocolate. Skewer any of the following on a toothpick: cabannossi, gherkins, cocktail onions, cheese and pineapple, mini frankfurts. Jello, French onion dip, hamburger helper, tater tots, quiche, pop tarts, rice a roni, and bundt cake. Drinks: Koolaid, fruit wines, hawaiin punch, dacquiri’s, tom Collins, Zombies and Mai Tai’s.
Music: We are family, The Hustle, My Sharona, Benie and the Jets, Dancing Queen, Stayin alive, That’s the way I like it. Bustop. Artists David Bowie, Elvis, Rolling Stones, Elton John, Diana Ross, Eagles, The Doors, Abba, Bee Gees…..
Games/ Fun: Disco dance off aka John Travolta style. Twister and Spin the bottle, Disco dancing competition, Biggest afro/platforms/bellbottoms competition. 70s Trivia, Play limbo! Don’t forget to put our some pet rocks for guests to take home.
Costume ideas: Dress in Afros, flared trousers, safari suits, mini skirts and sequins for real disco feel. Dress up as John Travolta, Star Wars, Sesame street, Twiggy, The Village people, Xanadu, Fame, Roller skates, Charlies Angels, Rocky. More Ideas…↑ Back to the top please.
1980’s Disco or Countdown Party
Or maybe set up a 80’s nightclub– dark rooms with uv lighting and blue neon, decorate and serve neon colored drinks.,
Food / Drinks: Yuppies made sushi big in the ’80s, artichoke dip served in a bread bowl. Kid-friendly treats like Rice Krispies treats, frozen yogurt, Pringles, Twisties, garlic toasts, antipasto, Lollies such as Redskins, Red and Green frogs, Milk bottles andTeeth Drinks: West Coast Coolers, Daiquiris, Blue Lagoon, Black Russians, Long Island Iced Tea, Sex on the Rocks, Screwdriver, anything with Galliano or Sambuca. Remember to serve with umbrellas!
Music: Kylie Minogue, INXS, Duran Duran, Men At Work, Adam and the Ants, George Michael, Prince, Queen, UB40, ZZtop, 1985 Live Aid Concert, episodes of Countdown on the TV – you get the idea.
Fun & Games: Countdown Karaoke, recreate the dance moves from Thriller, ‘Who Can It Be Now’ – guess the 80’s band from their photo. Make yourself and your guests part of the decor! Before the party, ask your guests to lend you a photo of themselves in their wildest ’80s outfit. Make enlarged copies of these photos and hang them up around the party area. During the party, your guests can guess who’s who and laugh at all the bi-level haircuts and pegged pants.
Costume Ideas: AC/DC, Adam Ant, Beetlejuice, Billy Idol, Bon Jovi, Crocodile Dundee, Cyndi Lauper, Fame, Guns N Roses, Kylie Minogue, Madonna, Miami Vice, Prince, Punk, Tina Turner, Top Gun, Karate Kid, Dynasty, Elton John, Spice girls, Michael Jackson, Wham, Prom Queen More ideas…↑ Back to the top please.
Fairytale Enchanted evening
Food/ Drinks: Food plays an important role in fairytales. Food can be poisoned, it can be magic, and it can lure children into a trap. Use Gingerbread men, tea party sandwiches, cut fairy bread into little stars, make green punch for a witches brew, bowl of Jack’s magic jelly beans. Fill a tub with water and toss in red apples and one green poisoned one. Cakes and drinks can be labeled Eat me and Drink me like Alice in Wonderland.
Music: Disney’s Thinkerbell, Cirque du Soleil, New age music, Gothic music
A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes (from Cinderella), Imagine (John Lennon), Dream On (Aerosmith), Once Upon A Dream (Snow White), Ever After, I’m a Believer-Shrek
Games/ fun: Make a miniature Story book and get guests to finish the fairytale. Play party games with a fairytale theme such as kiss the frog( cutout), crown a princess or wand a wizard. Organise a treasure hunt.
Costume ideas: Couples dress as Beauty and the Beast, Red Riding Hood and the Wolf, Goldilocks and a bear, Sinlges can dress as their favorite character, Pinocchio, Cinderella, Prince Charming, Puss in boots, Queen of hearts, Rapunzel, Alice in Wonderland and the Mad hatter. More Ideas…↑ Back to the top please.
Heros & Villains
Food/ Drinks: For fun label your food. For super strength, For Xray vision and For super size. Make some hero sandwiches. Drinks could be superman sling, Green Goblin cordial and Powerade punch.
Music: Play Super Hero theme music and let guest dance or practice their best Super Hero moves.
Games/ fun: Play games dividing guests into good and evil teams. Set up a range of fun activities to test guests super abilities. Blindfold them and get them to guess objects by using another super sense such as touch, feel or smell. You can make a great looking “bomb” for your event. The villain can hide it and your guests have to dismantle or disarm the bomb by a certain time to save the city.
Costume ideas: Dress in spandex, with cape, gloves and mask and be your own villain or hero. Other ideas, Jesus, Mother Teresa, Superman, Catwoman, Mary Poppins, The Devil, Hannibal Lecter, Darth Vader, Harry Potter, Batman, Buffy, Hulk, Lara Croft, Matrix, Star Wars and Astronauts. More ideas…↑ Back to the top please.
Hollywood Movie Night
Food/ Drinks: Use fun gala style finger food. Maybe American style hotdogs, chips, popcorn. Movie titles could be used to dress them up. American pie, citizen kane candy. Desserts could be chocolate dipped strawberries, profiteroles and mini tarts. Drinks martinis and champagne.
Music: Play Hollywood sound tracks, Oscar theme music and theme songs from famous movies. Superman, Jaws, The Exorcist, Star Wars, Chariots of Fire etc.
Games/ fun: Give prizes for the best dressed and make them give an acceptance speech without crying. Play cinema charades, and have the guests mime the titles of films or classic quotes from movies. Run a Hollywood stunt competition, making up a series of challenges each person has to complete.
Costume ideas: Dress as your favorite actor or film character. Marilyn Monroe, Cleopatra, Dolly Parton, 1920’s flapper, Julia Roberts, Paris Hilton, Cher, fashion photographer, Pamela Anderson and Kid Rock, Hugh Heffner and Playboy Bunnies. More ideas…↑ Back to the top please.