Parties are a fantastic way to bring all of your family and friends together for the one event. Nowadays, it doesn’t only have to be a special event to do this as some individuals find it very easy to find something to celebrate. There are many other benefits of having a party which include increasing your social skills, developing stronger bonds with the guests and it serves as an opportunity to meet new people and foster new relationships. It also serves as a fantastic opportunity to catch up with old friends and family you haven’t seen in a while.
With that being said, one of the main aims of any party host is to provide their guests with a fun and enjoyable time. There are many ways you can host a party to strengthen bonds and create unforgettable memories. One of the best options to optimise the party opportunity is by making it a themed event. Themed parties are the perfect way to give your guests a night to remember and to experience a different decade or alternate universe for one night. You can do it yourself or invest in a party planning service to help. Either way you decide to do it, keep reading to find out some of the best themed party ideas used by people across the world.
The Great Gatsby
One of the most popular choices for a go-to themed party idea is that of The Great Gatsby. This idea is adapted from the popular novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and individuals have been able to truly capture the spirit and essence of the Jazz Age by taking inspiration from the 2013 film directed by Baz Luhrmann. This type of themed party is a fantastic way to give your guests an out of this world experience. You can do this by allowing your guests to dress up, and by having 1920s themed music, food and décor. Also encourage your guests to dance the night away, just like Gatsby’s guests in his mansion. Setting the mood for a Gatsby themed party can be difficult, especially if you’ve never attended or hosted this theme before. Opt-in for a neat colour scheme and don’t make your venue too colourful to keep the late-night party vibe going until the lights go out.
Alike the Gatsby 1920s themed party, you can choose any decade as a theme for your party. The most popular decades tend to be from the fifties to the eighties as this leaves more room for inspiration. When you choose a decade, let your guests know well in advance so they can prepare inspired hairstyles, outfits, and dance moves. One of the most important things to consider for a decade themed party is the music. For instance, there’s no point in playing sixties music if your party is eighties themed. If you’re hiring a DJ, let them know your requirements in advance to save any hassle on the big night. Party experts also recommend having games that suit your theme. These can include – and are not limited to – a decade inspired dance-off, a lip-sync battle to songs from your chosen decade and karaoke.
On the topic of themed games, another fantastic theme for a party is that of a murder mystery. Before you consider this, it is useful to keep in mind that murder mystery parties are usually only possible for a small guest list. You also need to make sure that most if not all of your guests are ready and willing to participate as it includes guest participation to function. This type of party also includes a lot of planning, so a party planner might be a great shout if you’re stuck for time.
Experts recommend that party hosts invest in a murder mystery kit to get them started and allow them to plan the party efficiently and effectively. To begin the party, the host must tell the guests a story about a murder; from here, the guests then take on roles to work together or separately to solve the murder mystery. This is a very niche way to impress your party guests and give them a night they’ll never forget.
If you’re stuck for inspiration and not sure if your guests would be willing to fully participate, you can rely on the seasons to create your party for you. You can take this literally and host your party on a beach in the summer, in a meadow in spring or a fairy light lit forest in autumn and winter. You can also organise your party indoors based on your chosen season. For a summer-themed party, you can hire a caterer to provide barbeque related food, serve fresh lemonade and make the attire dresses and shorts. This is a fantastic and easy option that’ll impress your guests.
Finally, you could choose your favourite movie as your party’s theme. This is very similar to a Gatsby themed party and is also a great way to optimise your decade themed party. For example, you can choose a horror movie and choose decorations to suit this. Offer popcorn and cinema-related snacks too. This theme can be done easily and is a great family-friendly option.
If you want to truly impress your guests, pick a party theme that will suit your guest list. There is little point in choosing a Gatsby theme or a murder mystery if your guests won’t play ball. Once you’ve chosen your theme, there are many ways to go from here. Experts recommend that you hire a party planner to make sure everything runs smoothly. Additionally, you can hire a well-reviewed and sought-after caterer to meet your themed party requirements. Take your party to the next level by hiring a DJ to fulfil your music needs and purchase décor suited to your theme. Once all of this is in place, it’s time to set a date. Start sending those invites!
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