How to Throw a Theme Party
Fun Parties for any Occassion
There's nothing like a successful party. All the guests having a great time and then talk about it for days and then when recalled it's a great memory. There's a few things you can do to try to assure your party will be a success. I always love a theme party. You will need a budget, a guest list, a place or venue, a date, music, costumes, decorations, food and drink menu, including cake if necessary.
First of all you need to choose a theme appropriate for your occasion. If it's for a birthday for example and the guest of honor loves all things pirate then you can choose to have a pirate party. If there is no special occasion and you just want to have fun, you can let your mind go wild with choices. You can have a garden tea party, a movie theme party, a star wars party, a politician party, a casino party and the list goes on.
When an invitation arrives in the mail for a party you either cringe or become very excited with anticipation. The invitation sets the tone for the party. It gives your guests an idea of what's to come. Choose the invitation to go along with the theme. If it's a cowboy party send an invitation in the form of a wanted poster. If it's a welcome home party send the invitation on a milk carton. Don't forget to ask your guests to dress appropriately for your party. Let them also know if there is any special thing they need to do for the party.
Decorations can put your guests in the proper party mood. There are options of making your own decorations, going to a party store or getting supplies from the internet. You can purchase backdrops fairly inexpensively from the same place that sells to schools for the high school dances.
Be sure to take pictures as your guests enter with the guest of honor. You can present them with a itinerary of events and a party favor that coincides with the theme. Allow time for your guests to mingle and eat.
Let the show then begin. Your guests can enjoy the entertainment or be part of the entertainment. We had one party where the grandparents were the king and queen. They held court in velvet high back chairs along with the very littlest grand-kids, who were princesses and princes. Other guests were jugglers, magicians, dancers, fortunes tellers. All the entertainment were acts that had to be performed by the guests.The prize was a chest filled with gold foil covered chocolates and candy necklaces.If guests chose not to perform, they were asked to come as serving wenches, cooks, jailers, etc. There was also a henchman, a dragon and a pillory and a guillotine in the "dungeon" and also a tavern for the older guests to visit.
Food and drinks could be themed for the party. For an oscar party you could design a special menu of smoked salmon, hors dourves, and cognac. For a western party a barbecue would work well.
If you would like to top off the party with prizes, make sure no-one leaves empty handed. Even if you hand out cookies specially wrapped everyone leaves a winner.
When you plan well you get to enjoy the party along with your guests. Whatever you do keep your camera with you at all times. You don't want to miss the best part -your guests having fun!