Red-Themed Party Ideas

Perhaps you're planning your own red carpet party to watch an upcoming awards show with your gal pals, or maybe a Valentine's Day party for some special friends. You can figuratively "paint the town red" by making sure your decorations, paper goods and even food all feature the "red" theme of your party. Red balloons and streamers lend a festive air, an array of red foods and beverages carry the theme over onto the refreshment table and red tablecloths, napkins and paper plates ensure your guests enjoy the red theme as they eat.

Red-Themed Party Ideas
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Awards Show

Greet guests to your red-themed awards show watch party with a red welcome sign or mat outside and a red runner in the entryway or front hall, leading to the party room. Use an instant camera to take a picture of each guest as she walks your red carpet; frame the pictures with red card stock or red frames to give them as party favors when they leave. Decorate the party room with red streamers and stars and maybe a red trophy or two. Serve red wine and red punch, pasta in red sauce, vegetables with red dips, and Cherries Jubilee for dessert.

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Valentine's Day

Go all out on Valentine's Day by hosting a red-themed dessert party. Create an elegant setting by covering tables with glittery red tablecloths, artfully displaying bunches of shiny red heart-shaped balloons and serving beverages in red plastic faux Champagne flutes. Hang red Japanese lanterns, sprinkle the tables with a few handfuls of metallic heart confetti in red, silver and pink and add a vase with several red roses. Choose desserts that prominently feature the color red, such as cherry cheesecake, red velvet cake or fresh strawberries over ice cream. Tie up plastic goody bags with red ribbons for guests to take home, filled with chocolates wrapped in red foil or sugar cookies cut in the shapes of hearts, arrows or cupids, topped with red frosting.

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Go, Team!

Does your favorite sports team prominently feature red in its uniforms? Celebrate your team's success by decorating with red sports pennants, ballpark-style red and white paper goods and inviting guests to wear red sports jerseys, hats and team T-shirts. If one of your college's main colors is red, contact your alma mater's bookstore to order red school pennants and balloons to decorate the party venue, and add red streamers throughout. For both types of red-themed parties, serve foods that are red or served in red sauces, such as sausages or cheese sticks with marinara sauce, cocktails made with tomato juice or grenadine, red ales and bowls of red-dyed popcorn and red candies.

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Parties for Kids

For preschoolers learning their colors or a tween whose favorite color is red, use red balloons, crepe paper streamers and red paper goods to decorate the party venue. Disposable red paper tablecloths protect the furniture and make for easier clean-up. Give the kids red juice or strawberry milk to drink and set out an array of age-appropriate red foods for them to enjoy. Little ones might like apple slices, strawberries and red-frosted cupcakes, while older children might enjoy a variety of red candies, pizza with red toppings and sliders they can cover with ketchup. Even the entertainment can be red: games with red balls, bobbing for apples and crafts with red paint or beads.

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