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75 Ideas for a Theme Party

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If you're looking for ideas for a themed party, you have come to the right place. This list includes 75 fun party themes for both adults and children and celebrations suggestions (such as decorations or the kind of music you might want). Themes include everything from wine tasting and spa parties to pirate and glow-in-the-dark parties. You're sure to find something to suit your needs here.

75 Themes and Party Ideas




1. Wigs

26. Game Show

51. Horror Movie

2. Red Dress

27. Sleepover Camping

52. Cocktail

3. Over the Hill

28. Tea Party

53. Dessert

4. Beach

29. Costume

54. Rock Star

5. Disco

30. Pool Party

55. Roaring '20s

6. Luau

31. Picnic

56. Wizard of Oz

7. Karaoke

32. Block

57. Spa/Beauty Day


33. Pets

58. Slumber Party

9. Fondue

34. Royalty

59. '60s

10. Chocolate

35. Snow White

60. '50s Sock Hop

11. Glow in the Dark

36. Recipe

61. Prom

12. Pasta

37. Naked

62. Hippies

13. Hollywood Star

38. Potluck

63. Woodstock

14. Mardi Gras

39. Movie

64. Sports

15. Hats

40. Seafood/Clam Bake

65. Disney

16. Las Vegas/Casino

41. Martini

66. Dance Party

17. Cowboys and Cowgirls

42. Salsa Dancing

67. Nascar

18. Christmas in July

43. Trailer Trash

68. Yoga

19. Pirates

44. St. Patrick's

69. Olyimpic

20. Aliens

45. Boardgame

70. Tailgate

21. Fortune Telling

46. Margarita

71. Oktoberfest

22. Elvis

47. Color

72. Fiesta

23. Pajamas

48. Carnival

73. Naughty or Nice

24. Wine Tasting

49. Barbie

74. Magic

25. Patriotic

50. Military

75. Garden

1. Wig Party

  • Ask all of your guests to wear wigs to the party.

2. Red Dress

  • Ask all of your guests to wear red dresses to the party—even the guys!
  • Use red decorations.
  • Serve red drinks.
  • Serve red fruits and desserts.

3. Over-the-Hill

  • Use all black decorations.
  • Ask your guests to wear all-black clothing.
  • Use funny "over the hill" things for decorations like denture cream, diapers, laxatives, and hair dye.
  • Hold a mock funeral.
  • Have guest bring small "over the hill" gag gifts.

4. Beach

  • Ask your guests to wear beach attire and flip-flops.
  • Set up a volleyball net and break out the Frisbees.
  • If you're hosting the party at an actual beach, have a sandcastle contest.
  • For party favors, pass out plastic sunglasses or pails and shovels.
  • Serve refreshing fruits like watermelons, strawberries, sliced oranges, and grapes.
  • Serve refreshing drinks like fresh lemonade and smoothies.

5. Disco

  • Ask your guests to dress in '70s-style clothing and platform shoes.
  • Hang a disco ball and strobe lights.
  • Play disco music and hits from the '70s, like music from Donna Summers and KC & The Sunshine Band.
  • Play the movie Saturday Night Fever.
  • Use a fog machine.
  • Set up a lounge area with bean bags and lava lamps.

6. Luau

  • Ask your guests to wear Hawaiian shirts.
  • Light the tiki torches!
  • Serve refreshing non-alcoholic pineapple drinks or stiff Mai Tais.
  • For tabletop decorations, use tropical flowers or mini palm trees.
  • Have a limbo or hula-hoop contest.
  • Hire a professional Hawaiian dancer.
  • Use leis, beach balls, flowers, and hula-hoops for party favors.
  • Roast a pig.
  • Serve Hawaiian punch garnished with fresh fruit.

7. Karaoke

  • Build a small stage.
  • Hang a disco ball or other lighting.
  • Award prizes for the best singer or biggest crowd-pleaser.
  • Serve treats like chips and dips, peanuts, popcorn, and cheese and crackers.

8. Toga

  • Have your guests arrive in toga costumes.
  • Use gold- and white-colored decorations.
  • Decorate with lots of candles.
  • Use gold plastic cutlery tied with gold ribbon.
  • Award a prize for the best toga costume.
  • Serve Greek dishes.

9. Fondue

  • Use cheese, chocolate, or oil fondues.
  • Serve with wine or teas.

10. Chocolate

  • Rent a chocolate fountain and provide strawberries and other delicious treats for the guests to dip.
  • Serve lots of chocolate treats like chocolate fudge, chocolate chip cookies, and chocolate cupcakes.
  • Make some yummy chocolate-covered pretzels and potato chips.
  • Serve chocolate shakes or chocolate ice cream cones.
  • Serve cold glasses of chocolate milk.

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11. Glow in the Dark

  • Purchase glow-in-the-dark merchandise (i.e. necklaces, bracelets).
  • Decorate with glow-in-the-dark posters.
  • Replace your light bulbs with black light bulbs.
  • Pass out glow sticks for party favors.
  • Use cups, straws, and coasters that will glow in blacklight.
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12. Pasta

  • Serve lots of pasta.
  • Serve red wine.
  • Transform your patio or backyard into an Italian café.
  • Use red-, white-, and green-colored decorations.
  • Ask your guests to wear gangster/mobster-style hats.
  • Set the mood with Italian music or a Pavarotti album.
  • Use small Italian flags for place cards.
  • Use bowls of grapes for table centerpieces.
  • Serve gelato for dessert.
  • Serve cappuccinos, espressos, or lattes with dessert.
  • Hire a violin player.

13. Hollywood Star

  • Ask your guests to dress as their favorite movie stars.
  • Award Oscar trophies for best costumes.
  • Roll out a red carpet.
  • Hire movie star impersonators.
  • Use movie posters and gold stars cut out of construction paper for decorations.
  • Make your own Hollywood Sign.
  • Hire a photographer to play paparazzi or designate someone to take Polaroid photos of your guests as they arrive.
  • Turn the room into a movie set.

14. Mardi Gras

  • Have lots of beads handy.
  • Use purple, green, and gold decorations.
  • Ask your guests to wear Mardi Gras masks or dress in Mardi Gras attire.
  • Have a costume contest and crown a King and Queen of Mardi Gras.
  • Set up mask-making stations where guests can decorate masks using feathers, beads, glitter, and sequins.

15. Hat

  • Ask your guests to wear their favorite hats.
  • Give a prize for the best or most outrageous hat.

16. Las Vegas/Casino

  • Use dice, cards, and poker chips for decorations.
  • Hire a waitress for the night so your guests don't have to leave their playing stations for drinks.
  • Use casino-themed plates and napkins.
  • Rent slot machines from a local vending machine dealer.
  • Ask your guests to dress in mobster attire.

17. Cowboys and Cowgirls

  • Ask your guests to arrive in their favorite western attire.
  • Give bandanas and plastic sheriff badges for party favors.
  • Play music that your guests can line dance or two-step to.
  • Hire a professional dancer to teach your guest country western dances.
  • Serve backyard BBQ food.
  • Have a chili cook-off.
  • If you have a fire pit, roast marshmallows and make s'mores.

18. Christmas in July

  • Use Christmas decorations.
  • Serve candy cane martinis.
  • Serve eggnog.
  • Serve Christmas-themed treats decorated like gingerbread men and cookies shaped like Santa, reindeer, holly, or snowmen.
  • Rent a Santa costume and have someone play Santa.
  • Have a secret Santa gift exchange.
  • Have each guest bring a toy and donate all the toys to a charity or shelter.

19. Pirates (Arrr!)

  • Ask your guests to dress like pirates and wenches.
  • Give eye patches, bandanas, and black plastic pirate hats for party favors.
  • Serve seafood dishes.
  • Have a treasure hunt.
  • Have your pirate party on the beach.
  • Sing pirate songs.
  • For fun treats use gold coin chocolate candies.
  • Make a rum punch.

20. Aliens

  • Use glow-in-the-dark decorations.
  • Make an alien cake.
  • Play alien movies.
  • Serve green Jell-O shots for the over-21 crowd and regular green Jell-O for kids.

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21. A Fortune-Telling Party

  • Hire a fortuneteller.
  • Hire a medium to do palm readings for your guests.
  • Hang beaded curtains.
  • Use zodiac, tarot cards, and glow-in-the-dark decorations.
  • Use crystal balls for tabletop decorations.
  • Give glow-in-the-dark party favors.
  • Ask your guests to dress like gypsies.

22. Elvis

  • Ask your guests to dress like Elvis.
  • Play Elvis music.
  • Play Elvis movies.
  • Use Elvis decorations.
  • Serve Elvis's favorite food, fried peanut butter, and banana sandwiches.
  • Have an Elvis impersonation contest.
  • Use Elvis merchandise for party favors.