So you’ve made it to this post. Do you know what that means? You’re tired of the same old party themes. No more Spanish Fiesta, Safari, and Mardi Gras parties. Nope, none of that here. Instead, I’ve come up with my own party themes and ideas, complete with ways to decorate for your theme and what to serve to your guests. So hang onto your party hat, cause we’re about to get creative!
*All of these ideas can be tailored for a kid’s party.*
Soda Explosion Party – This is a fun party for both kids and adults. It’s basically a party entirely about soda and soda themed things. Buy bottles of different soda flavors (the mini cans are cute for parties!), especially unusual flavors like pineapple, or flavors from Jones soda. You can even buy sodas from other cultures at specialty stores. Cracker Barrel has glass bottles of soda from the “old days,” too. Set up a “soda tastin’ station” with the different soda flavors and mini cups for tasting. You can purchase Coke products for party favors, decorations, and apparel. Coca-Cola Store also has Coke themed serving trays, plates, and salt & pepper shakers. Occasionally, Wal-Mart has t-shirts for about $7 with different soda names on them. You can serve any food you’d like for your party, or serve recipes that use soda in them. Try: Coca-Cola Roast, Chocolate Cola Cake, Sparkling Sprite Surprise Pie, & Diet Coke Nachos. For some fun, play a game of Coke Monopoly, or have everyone make Soda Rockets. If you want to get real fancy, make your own root beer. Decorate for party in soda colors like red, green, or brown. You can find all of those colors and decorations at your local party store.
Board Game Party - If you cant find anything to do at a party except talk or hit pinatas, then you need to have a board game party. This isnt just for kids, its fun for adults too. Buy your own games, and/or ask your guests to bring their own games. Monopoly, Checkers, Twister, Life, Clue, Card Games, and whatever other games you find fun are perfect for your party. Set the games up around the house or in a single room. Break people off into pairs for 2 player games, or let everyone join in the fun with “4 or more player”s games. You can rotate players throughout the night so that everyone gets a chance to play each game. If you want to make it into a contest, keep score of the winners on different games, and then pair the best two winners together at the end. The ultimate winner gets a prize (I suggest giving them a brand new game from the store!) Send everyone home with their own card game, or a peg game or checkers rug from Cracker Barrel. For food you’ll want things that can be eaten with the hands, not a full course meal. Try, Domino Cookies, Checkerboard Cheese Sandwiches, or go with basics like Pizza or Sandwich trays. Decorate using colors to match games, like red, white, and black.
Back When We Were Kids Party - Remember the good old days? Well, remember it with a party! Ask guests to dress up or use slang from a different time period, such as tie-dye and oxford shoes, or “duuude!” and “totally.” Play music from the different decades, and have guests try to dance the popular moves from way back when. (Dont bust a hip!). Play ”I Love Lucy” reruns, or another tv show everyone remembers from the past. Cook cakes with an Easy Bake, or have a Rubix Cube competition. Decorate with Rubix Cubes, Sock Monkeys, Yo-Yos, and Slinkys. Give everyone a toy slinky to take home, or a Gumby and Pokey figure set. Decorate with a 50′s theme from Party City, or with Tie Dye. Give out old fashioned candy, and serve foods like Tie Dye Cheescake, Chocolate Malt, or Skyline Chili.
Rock and Gem Party – You dont have to be a rock hound to enjoy a party about rocks. Invite guests to learn about rocks and gems, and even take home some of their own. Create a gem station outside with water and gives guests a sifter. You can buy bags of dirt and gems from the mountains and allow guests to sift through their own bag to find unique gems. Give everyone a book about identifying gems, or put some on the table so guests can identify the gems they found in their bag. You can buy a rock tumbler and offer to tumble your guests’ rocks. (Rock tumbling takes weeks to do, and you can only do one batch at a time. You can buy cheap rock tumblers for kids at your local store, or order an expensive one online.) Party favors can include a felt sack for guests to put their rocks and gems in, rock geodes that you can crack, and a small pocket guide to gems. Give out chocolate rocks, pop rocks, or rock candy.
Glow in the Dark Neon Party – Have a party in the dark! Well, not entirely in the dark. You’re going to need some light, otherwise you’ll be tripping over everything. But if you’re daring enough, do it in the dark anyway! This would be more of a nighttime party, not a daytime one. But if you can close all the blinds and windows and turn all the lights out, you might be able to make it dark enough even during the day. Use several black lights, or have everyone wear light up necklaces, bracelets, glasses, and glow sticks. Pass out glow in the dark party favors or mini black lights. You can serve your drinks in glow in the dark cups, too! Find some glow products here. Have your guests put in glow mouth guards and you’ll be able to see who’s talking in the dark! Use glow fluid to create a glow in the dark water fountain, or to come up with your own idea. You can even create a dry ice fog machine with different glow colors. Decorate (not that anyone will really see it) with neon colors for the plates and cups, and black for the table cloth and napkins. Did you know you can create glow in the dark food and drinks for your party??? Find out how here.
Improv Party – At an Improv party, everyone creates their own entertainment! Ever watch ‘Whose Line is it Anyway’ ? Watch or play reruns of Whose Line is it Anyway at your party so people can have a laugh and learn how to do the games themselves. Here are the list of games to pick from and play with your guests! You can also play a game of charades! Decorate your party with blacks, reds, and golds, just like the colors you’d find at an awards show or decorate with stars. Clear an area of a room for a place to perform in, and set up couches and chairs for everyone else to watch. Guests can decide which games they want to participate in. At the beginning of the party have guests write down on small squares of paper things they’d like to see acted out and funny phrases if you’re playing games like ”Scenes From a Hat” or “Whose Line.” Party favors can include small personalized trophies for best “improver” or chocolate comedy and tragedy lollipops. Serve foods like different flavored popcorn, sandwiches, star shaped cookies, and sodas. Then, have a laugh out loud party!
Around the World in One Day Party – Treat your guests to a trip around the world in one day. Serve foods from different cultures such as Greek Gyros, Chips and Salsa, Curry Chicken, and Spring Rolls. Play music from around the world including Hawaiian, Greek, Italian, Spanish, Irish and Indian. Add decorations from cultures such as parasols, leis, flags, sombreros, etc. Party Favors can include flag bouncy balls, Around the World Rubber Ducks, and keychains, and you can put them all in this cute Around the World box. You can also go to local speciality shops for unique candy or foods for your party. If your guests are from a different part of the world, ask them to bring a dish from their culture for your party. Find more cultural party supplies here. Play a game with your guests by giving them a paper with a country and have other guests try to guest which country the other person is from by asking questions.