AWESOME party themeRaymond Goosen
It’s summer time, and you have no excuse but to spend every bit of your free time planning a party using an AWESOME party theme.
Once you’ve made the commitment to party, it’s time to come up with that party theme. After a year of school discos and nerd costumes, it’s time to think outside of the (dressing-up) box and come up with something original.
To help you out we’ve made the ULTIMATE list of party themes that will get people queuing up to attend your party. Scroll through these 101 unique party ideas for guaranteed success.
The ultimate collection of party themes
- Cereal box characters
Think Snap, Crackle and Pop, Tony the Tiger, Coco The Monkey, The Lucky Charms Leprechaun etc.
Guest must came dressed as a particular decade.
- Dress as a Beatles song
Come dressed as a Walrus, Eleanor Rigby or a Yellow Submarine.
- Ancient Greece
Everyone loves a toga party!
- Tequila Mockingbird
Decorate your place like something out of the Deep South circa the Depression Era and make sure there’s A LOT of tequila or take the literary reference further and get everyone to come as their favourite literary hero.
- An old people’s home
From nurses to zimmer frames, make sure you drop fake teeth in cocktail glasses (the Haribo kind obviously).
- Hippies vs Hipsters
Choose your tribe, and then the hippies peace out whilst the hipsters trendy geek out.
- A recession dressin’ party
You can only wear an outfit that costs a total of £5.
- Rubik’s Cube party
Turn up wearing different coloured clothing, then swap with people and leave wearing one colour.
- Come as you were
Everyone dresses as they would have in school, from goth to rugby player to awkward teen in a Nirvana t-shirt.
- Marty’s party
This is to celebrate Marty’s birthday. Make him a cake, get him balloons and a sign. Bring him gifts. The twist? Nobody knows who or where Marty is.
- Snuggies & Huggies
You can either wear a snuggie (underwear/bras permitted), or an adult diaper (again, underwear allowed).
- Seven deadly sins party
Each room of the house is dedicated to one sin: gamble in the greed room, snacks in the gluttony room, low lighting and a kissing booth in the lust room etc.
- Blanket fort sleepover
You can prep the house by creating amazing old school forts and everyone comes in their slumber gear.
- Anything but cups
Everyone bring a non cup to drink out of (e.g. dog bowl, old scuba helm, cone, leather bag).
- Fresh Prince Party
Everything in the style of Fresh Prince of Bel-air, come as your favourite character with 90s track suits, neon caps and Carlton jumpers.
- Bad family portraits party
Guests have to match their outfits beforehand so they resemble something out out awkward family photos. Make sure you’ve got a camera!
- Graffiti party
Guests wear a plain white shirt and they each bring a fabric marker. Then people can write things on each other’s shirts.
- Invent your own super-hero
Must be 100% original with an original back-story.
- Underwater themed
Form mermaids to crabs, sea monsters and accompanying whale music.
- Dungeons and Drag Queens
Lots of gender bending, tinsel, prison guards and a karaoke machine.
- Dress as your favorite alcoholic drink’s typical drinker
If it’s a Cosmopolitan think Carrie from Sex and the City, if it’s Jack Daniels think biker or rugged country western singer.
- Pun party
Attempt to dress up like a pun: think wallflower, one night-stand, a chain-smoker etc.
- Pokemon party
Magikarp – I choose you!
- Wear what you feel
Feeling sad – wear black. Feeling like a big bundle of love, wear something red and fluffy. Exhausted? Come in your onesie.
- Barbarians and librarians
RAWRRRR GONNA GET YOU WITH MY SPEAR
- Wizard party
Rules of a Wizard party: every time you finish a beer you tape it to the rest of your finished beers, thus creating a staff (of beer cans of course!). The bigger your staff the higher class of wizard you are. You can also have staff duels which are basically sword fights. If your staff breaks it becomes as small as the half in your hand and you have to continue from that point.
- John Hughes themed party
Will you be Pretty in Pink or a disgruntled member of the Breakfast Club?
- An ABC (Anything But Clothes) party
There will be a guest wrapped in CAUTION tape, guaranteed.
- Awkward party
Bottoms are casual, tops are formal. Everyone drinks cheap beer. No one knows each other.
- Beauty and the Geek
Based on the reality TV show, guests can come as either or combine for an Ugly Betty type look. If you want to go all out, create your own game show questions like in the reality TV series.
- Turtle-necks & tequila
Free entry if you bring tequila and wear appropriate attire: a turtle-neck.
Everyone comes dressed as a shape and you spend the night re-arranging in different configurations.
- Food fight party
Best done outdoors.
- School teachers
From your macho PE teacher to the eccentric chemistry teacher, make sure all types are present.
- Mythical creatures
Get people to steer away from Twilight – bonus points for centaurs, fawns and Medusa’s.
- Murder mystery dinner/party
You can get pre-made murder mystery packs on-line and divide your guests into characters. Who Dunnit?
- Silly hats only party
No admittance without one.
- Hawaiian shirt party
Same as above.
- Charity shop
Guest’s outfits must be sourced from a charity shop.
- The fashion of the Christ party
Everyone dresses as biblical characters.
- The stop-light party
Wear red if you’re taken, yellow if you’re getting to know someone but it’s not serious yet, green if you’re single.
- Offensive Party
For one night only, it’s alright to offend…
- Classy vs. trashy party
Suit jackets vs. fishnets.
- Mad Men party
The males will appear 100 times more attractive in Don Draper suits.
Guests must have snap bracelets, butterfly clips and yo-yos.
- Girlband/ boyband
From All Saints to East 17, make sure you’ve got a relevant playlist.
- Round the world party
You are given a passport when you enter, each room is a different country with that country’s famous drink/shot and snacks.
- The Communist Party
Wear moustaches, big coats, accents, etc. Red Army Choir album on in the background. Drinks are vodka and beer. Potatoes and bread to eat. Propaganda posters and USSR flags all over the walls.
- Surprise the pizza delivery guy
Throw a surprise party for the pizza delivery guy. Make signs, banners and get some spray-able silly string and then order pizza. When the guy delivers the pizza yell “surprise”. Repeat a few times with different companies.
- Powerpoint party
Everyone has to come prepared with a presentation and some visuals.
- YOUR MUM party
Come dressed as your mum.
- Future party
Dress up as something from the future, encouraging out-of-the-box future rather than robots and spacemen.
- Mobsters and lobsters
Guests will be divided into two camps, members of the Mafia or creatures of the sea.
- Nuclear waste party
Line the walls with black plastic. Replace every light with black lights. Spray the walls down with detergent which glows so it looks like radio active goo.
- A funk party
There’s something incredible about a basement packed with people in platform shoes, moustaches, and big collars all grooving to We Want the Funk.
- Natural disaster themed party
Mudslide jungle juice, hurricane cocktails, fireball whiskey. You also have to dress as if you were in a natural disaster (ripped clothes, broken umbrella, hair that looks like you’ve been through a tornado).
- Stereotype party
The idea is to go as a stereotype, guests can dress up as a stereotypical image of a certain nationality, or group of people.
- Salem witch trials
Someone in their invite will get notified they’re the witch, will your guests find out? Costume: think The Crucible style village outfits rather than green hair and warts.
- 70s porno party
Make sure guests come with their own unique porno name, or assign them in your invites.
- Tin foil hat party
Hats will be made at the party, make sure you have enough foil.
- Walk of shame party
Whatever guests will wear the morning after, make sure they wear it to the party. Bed-hair and crinkly shirts are a must.
- Tom Cruise party
Will you go Risky Business or Mission Impossible?
- Time traveller’s ball
Tell everyone they can dress up as one of two things; either a period specific costume that epitomises the era, so Victorian clothes, future fashion, 60’s mini-dresses or you dress as a ‘time traveller’; this can be a Doctor Who type, or another time traveller from another show/movie, or one of your own design.
- T-Rex party
Tape your elbows to your sides and pinkies to your thumbs and try to drink out of a plastic cup.
- The Berlin Wall party
The party needs to be in a venue that can be divided into two sections. One section is “”the West”” and the other is “”the East””. In the West, everybody can dress how they like and bring their own alcohol – whatever they fancy. However, no sharing of alcohol is permitted and no communal alcohol is provided. Everyone has to rely on their own supplies.
In the East, everybody wears the same grey tracksuits and a single brand of cheap beer is provided. People may not bring their own drinks. If anyone complains about the beer, they get removed from the party and locked in a closet for 20 minutes.
The party continues like this for a few hours, after which the “wall” is torn down – East and West merge and everybody parties together
- Dictator disco
This one may offend some guests…
- Party animal party
Come as someone who parties hard: Hugh Hefner, Paris Hilton, your house mate etc.
- Blackout party
Remove all the light bulbs from the house and everybody brings a flash-light.
- David Bowie party
Everyone dresses like different iterations of Bowie and of course play his music.
- Meme party
Scumbag steve, Nyan cat, paranoid parrot – scavenge through our World Weird Web section for inspiration.
- Potato party
Lots of carb-tastic snacks, people dressed in sacks, guests dressed as Irish people. Get baked, get mashed…
- A moustache themed party
With games like “guess that moustache” (of celebrities/historical figures) and pin the moustache on a face.
- Dress as your house mate
Raid their cupboard.
- I shouldn’t be here party
Dress as you were supposed to do anything BUT be at a party, e.g. scuba gear, your nightie etc…
- Marie Antoinette party
Let them eat cake!
- Zombie prom night
Zombie prom king and queen shall be crowned, if they haven’t eaten everyone.
- Game of Thrones vs. The Walking Dead
Or any other two television series that divide your friend group.
- What you were wearing when the police raided the brothel
Half-naked priests, business suits and latex outfits combined and of course a dude on a dog leash.
- Eighties aerobics theme
Sweat it out!
- London tube party
You have to come inspired by a London Underground station, Cockfosters will produce some interesting results.
- Daily Mail themed party
Come as a WAG, a benefits fraud or something that gives you cancer.
- Black tie and board shorts
Black tie from the waist up and beachwear from the waist down.
- Apocalypse themed party
Everyone dresses up using their interpretation of the end of the world.
- Hipster or homeless?
People dress up as either one and write what they are on a piece of paper and put it in their pocket. You spend the night guessing.
- Twisted Disney
Disney heroes with a sinister twist, Ariel becomes an evil sea serpent, John Smith a mass murdering colonialist etc.
- Sexy historical figure party
Che Guevara is a fox!
- What would you do for a ticket?
Everyone who attends gets a bunch of tickets. Throughout the night, they use the tickets to “pay” people to do various things. People can agree, decline, or ask for more tickets for the task. At the end of the night, the person with the most tickets wins a prize.
- Ugly sweaters
Reindeer prints, 70’s colour patterns and various shades of wool you’d find in your grandma’s carpet.
- Dead celebrities party
Any famous people that are deceased.
- Yacht club social
Lots of white and deckers and make sure you have plenty of champers to go around!
- Punks and goths
Unleash your teenage angst!
- Quentin Tarantino Party
From Reservoir Dogs to Django, there’s a lot of costume scope here and don’t forget a Tarantino playlist.
- Space disco
Futuristic tracks, glow-sticks and space boots.
- Double denim
A fashion faux-pas now becomes your entry ticket.
- The job you’ll never have
If you’re an English student come as a plastic surgeon, if you’re a dancer come as a race car driver etc.
- Call me maybe party
Everyone simply wears a white shirt with their phone number on it. Have a good time and see if you get some calls.
- Sesame Street
Big Bird should probably be the host.
- Dress as a bad dream
Speaking of Surreal, take inspiration from Dali who hosted this nightmarish party theme.
- Bring a bottle and a stranger
Two rules: everybody has to bring 1 bottle of vodka and 1 person they don’t know.
- Three legged party
Guests have their leg tied to someone else’s – have fun going to toilet.
Now you’ve got your theme sorted, it’s time to partaaaay