Planning - Theme
Party Planning Tips & Ideas
Party Resource Guide
Presented by Event & Wedding Planners
to Develop a Party Theme
Why develop a theme for a party
in the first place?
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. Incorporate your theme into all areas of the event - the
invitations, the publicity, registration, food, decorations,
entertainment to reinforce the overall effect.
Choosing a Theme:
An easy way to choose a theme
is to shop for the paper plates and napkins first. Build a theme around
the picture or print on the plates. This will always give your event a
natural tie-in with the coordinating decorations.
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, place, sports themes, a special song, poem, book or
movie, historical eras, 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 or
bells, if you choose to use Valentine's Day, try using a cupids or
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 theme.
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 the theme.
Scottish theme may suggest a family crest, bagpipes, kilts, and Celtic
Use of a favorite movie or comic character may suggest movie scripts,
caricatures, directors chair, old movie posters or comedy and tragedy
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. For a Parisian theme you might come up with words like cafe,
arches, artist, Eiffel Tower, springtime, April showers.
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 mediaeval 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 throughout.
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
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
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