Theme Party Ideas
Theme Party Supplies & Ideas
Party Resource Guide
Presented by Event & Wedding Planners
Theme Party Ideas
to Develop Your Theme:
Themes tend to improve your overall
event for you and your guest. A theme will help focus attention
on a main topic and provides a unifying factor which will pull
the whole event together. The use of a theme will keep your
affair from looking disjointed or like it was planned
haphazardly. The key to pulling off a coordinated event:
Incorporate your theme into all areas of the event. Whether that
theme is as general as a season or a feeling, or as specific as
a special flower, it should be the subtle thread that ties
everything together. - the location, the invitations, the
publicity, the registration, the food, the decorations, the
flowers, the entertainment, the menu, the cake and the favors
should all cleverly reflect one common concept. Then, get as
creative as you can! Choose one of the themes below to see some
fun party ideas and some great party supplies to match your
Choosing a Theme:
There are so many sources from which to draw when choosing a
theme. You may want to use an occupation, movie or cartoon
character, hobby, special event, holiday, place, sport, a
special song, poem, book or movie, historical eras, cities,
foreign countries, just to name a few.
Certain motifs may be more expected, especially if you choose to
celebrate around the holidays. Choose themes where you can vary
the motif. For example if you choose a
Christmas theme, try
using angels, Santa, snowflakes or bells, if you choose to use
Valentine's Day, try using cupids, candy hearts, Love & Kisses
or animal prints.
If you use a nature theme incorporate the use of plants,
flowers, trees and include a variety of colors and textures. The
use of butterflies or birds brings a lovely touch of nature to a
theme. Use geographic regions in nature to pull a theme together
such as the beach, mountains, a lake, or an island.
If you have a special hobby or collection, you could bring items
to use as centerpieces or just for display. Ask a friend or
family member, with a unique collection, to share their items
for a day. Many people have great collections of angels,
snowmen, dolls, bells or other items related to a particular
The possibilities are endless.
The motif is the visual representation of your theme, which is
created by the use of objects or symbols. If you use the theme
"Promises" you may want to incorporate the use of a rainbow or
teacups to represent Friendship. This symbol may be repeated on
your invitations, program, plates, or decorations. Sometimes the
use of several different symbols will be used as components of
Develop your motif using a list of words related to the theme.
Brainstorm a list to create your pool of ideas. This list is
very important for generating ideas that can be applied to all
areas of the event.
Parisian theme you might come up with
words like cafe, arches, artist, Eiffel Tower, springtime, April
A Scottish theme may suggest a family crest, bagpipes, kilts,
and Celtic music...
Use of a favorite movie or comic character may suggest movie
scripts, caricatures, directors chair, director's clapboard,
camera, popcorn, Marquee, stars, Tinsel town, spotlights, old
movie posters or comedy and tragedy faces.
Decide on what atmosphere or mood you want to create. This is
where you want to refer back to your list of words you
brainstormed. Add words to the list that will portray your mood.
If you choose a medieval theme you may include rich heavy
brocade and velvet fabric, use Gothic lettering on your programs
or invitations. Create a feel and a mood that is uniform
You'll want to select a color scheme that you will use
throughout the theme. Two or three colors work well. Colors will
make a big impact so be sure they are ones that will complement
your theme. Pastels do well with spring, flowers, garden, or
country themes. Mix one or two rich solid colors with a theme
pattern for a dramatic effect. Mardi Gras would suggest the use
of purple, green and gold. Purple represents justice, green
represents faith, and gold represents power. Bold solid colors
add to the carnival atmosphere of Fat Tuesday.
Incorporating texture will make things look and feel
interesting. Using textures will amplify the atmosphere you are
creating. For a princess or
medieval theme you could use silks,
satins, velvet, pearls...nautical themes might be better suited
to cottons & linen, beach sand and shells.
Use color, theme, mood to communicate the message....the
emotions, the spirit of the event. Again apply the theme, mood,
color, texture to mesh your theme throughout your overall event.
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