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From Light Up Letters to Bollywood - Party Ideas to WOW!

Updated on March 22, 2016

CASINO ROYALE

Room Decor: Popular colours for an ultra glam casino or James Bond inspired party include black, white and red – think the colours of a deck of cards for inspiration and guidance! Use as table linen, curtain drapes or even bring the colours through to table centre pieces to carry the theme through. Enlarged poker cards suspended on string from the ceiling against walls or to form a curtain can look fabulous.

If you have a dance floor, consider hiring some light up letters along the theme of your party to add a touch of glam to the occasion. Think outside of the box when deciding what your illuminated letters can spell – CASINO, BOND, or even VEGAS as in the picture below can all work equally as well.

Pre cut felt with popular, ready made casino games such as Black Jack, Poker and Roulette are ready available online from well known auction sites for very little cost and will provide the perfect entertainment for your night of gambling.

Dress Code: Think high-brow. Obviously black bow tie for the card handlers is a must. Guests should keep it smart; for the ladies amongst them – this is their opportunity to really bling it up! Slinky cocktail dresses with a certain bit of sparkle or a daring thigh split will certainly turn heads.

Food and Drink: Canapes, lush cocktails, champagne and mixers are the order of the day.

COPACABANA

Room Decor: Take inspiration from the colourful carnivals of Rio De Janeiro and South America with traditional Brazilian Samba music and exotic decor. As in these fabulous carnivals think extravagance.

Adorn your room in the national colours of green, blue and yellow or simply pick a couple of bright and contrasting colours to really make the room pop. Decorate tables with exotic blooms native to Brazil and be sure to include lots of big and bold greenery such as palms and colourful bunting to give off that carnival vibe.

Dress Code: Most definitely over the top; sequins and feathers a must. Think Strictly but on a much larger scale!

Food and Drink: Keep it easy with a selection of seafood platters, beans and rice and tropical fruits. And of course, there just has to be RUM.... lots of RUM!

(Barry Manilow tracks optional guys!)

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MASQUERADE BALL

Room Decor: For your Masquerade Ball you most definitely need rich, sumptuous colours that evoke a sense of luxury and expense. Colours such as gold and red, purple, deep green and silver work really well for this theme. As well as colour, also consider the type of fabric you use to decorate your venue. Again you want to use fabric that screams luxury from the get go, so satins and crushed velvets work really well here.

Either buy enough masquerade masks for all your guests or ask them to bring their own as part of the required dress code. Decorate table centres with large and dramatic feathers, candle votives and dot coloured uplighters around your room to create a moody and dramatic effect.

Dress Code: Guests can choose to really go to town with this theme – Venetian Masquerade Balls in particular featured men and women in powdered wigs, heavy makeup and fabulous gowns and attire.

The addition of strings of pearls for the ladies and of course the obligatory masquerade mask completes the look.

Food and Drink: Champagne and Oysters if the budget allows; canapés if not.

HOLLYWOOD GLAMOUR

Room Decor: When you look towards the Oscars for inspiration, the colours that immediately spring to mind are of course black, white and red; maybe with touches of gold for that old school Hollywood Glamour.

Of course, you simply must have a red carpet with the official ‘roped off paparazzi area’ for your guests to take their pictures and feel like a ‘star’ at the entrance to your party. With Hollywood as the inspiration, base your decor on iconic films throughout the ages or memorable film stars that have stood the test of time such as the irreplaceable Judy Garland, Marlon Brando, Audrey Hepburn or even modern day heroes such as Jack Nicholson or Julie Andrews. Tie your table decor in with each icon, by your table centre piece becoming a piece of memorabilia from one of their most famous films, for example, for Judy Garland it could be her red sparkly slipper from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

Dress Code: Long elegant dresses worthy of the red carpet are a must with Hollywood curls or elegant up-dos. A slick of red lipstick and sparkly jewels for the women.

A tux for the men of course.

Food and Drink: Three course Oscar worthy dinner with lashings of champagne.

THE GREAT GATSBY SPEAKEASY

Room Decor: To convey the 1920’s speakeasy your decor just has to be black and gold with a distinct Art Deco twist. Black table linen with gold gilt chairs and fabulously decadent floral table centres of white lilies and theatrical feathers will set the scene.

Dress Code: The folks from the roaring 20’s certainly knew how to dress in style! For the ladies a dropped waist dress and jewelled or feather headpiece and for the men most definitely a very smart tuxedo or pinstripe three piece suit with the all important spats.

Food and Drink: Finger food in the form of classy canapés served with peach bellinis and whiskey on ice.

ALL WHITE

Room Decor: Inspired by non other than the fab-U-lous Sir Elton John’s infamous annual White Party, this theme just oozes glamour and sophistication (hold the red wine!)

Drama with a capital D is the route to go. Oversized white pillar candles paired with dramatic white flowers such as stunning orchids and calla lilies would compliment this theme. Metallic accents of silver and reflective mosaic add a sense of occasion to pillars, centrepieces, and flower stands. A large black starlit backdrop although not strictly in keeping with the ‘All White’ theme will help to contrast and really make the white accents and decor stand out.

Dress Code: Smartly dressed so long as it’s ‘all white’ on the night!

Food and Drink: Waiter service at your table, formal dinner style.

BOLLYWOOD BLING

Room Decor: Well known in India for its memorable film productions, music and dance movements, Bollywood is a relatively new concept but one that can easily be replicated into a fantastic and memorable party theme.

The use of strong and vibrant colours in your table linen with the addition of some carefully chosen silk sarees will add an Eastern influence to your party decor. Add in strategically placed fairy lights, mosaic candle holders in a variety of styles and lots of silk and satin type cushions to kick back and relax upon.

Hire in some traditional entertainment for the evening such as a Bollywood dancer or a Mehendi artist to keep your guests entertained.

Dress Code: Intricate sarees and gold jewellery for the ladies. Linen pants and open necked white shirts for the men folk.

Food and Drink: Pakoras, Samosas, Naan Bread, Curry and Rice served with ice cold Indian Beer.

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