List of Party Themes for Adults


Most adults don't really need a theme to entice them to come to a party, but don't let that stop you from going all out. A theme party offers the opportunity to live out a dream you've always cherished, to get people to dress in costume and to decide how guests will spend a few hours of their life.

Black & White Movie

  • This party theme actually combines at two themes in one. Invite your fellow lovers of black & white movies to show up in costume as their favorite black & white actor or character. Limit their costumes to only black & white colors or shades of gray. All decorations and food should be related to classic black & white movies, presented in a monochromatic scheme. Remember, not all black & white movies are old.

I Hate ____________ Party

  • Fill in the blank with whoever, whatever or wherever you want. Don't feel constrained to invite only haters, however. The theme of this party can work toward sharing a common emotion that may even lead to catharsis or it can be used to open discourse about a divisive subject. If you go the latter direction, decorations as well as the cake can be a two-tone affair promoting both the pro and con of the subject of the party.

That _______'s Party

  • Nostalgia proves that your future is in your past. Themes related to decades can be popular. Those who lived through it get the chance to dance to songs they may not have heard in decades and to play with toys and gadgets from the era. Those who weren't even alive during the party's decade can laugh at how ridiculous those songs, toys and gadgets seem to them. Just keep in mind when throwing a '70s party that disco only lasted about two or three years.

Underwear Party

  • Underwear parties should definitely be limited to adults-only. Underwear parties mean exactly that: guests show up in their underwear. And with a theme like that, who would even notice if you didn't bother having decorations. If you aren't ready to bare that much, you can also tailor it to become an underwear-as-outerwear party, in which guests wear the underwear on the outside of their clothes.

Your Personal Holiday Theme

  • The main character in the movie "A Thousand Clowns" celebrates his own private holiday: Irving R. Feldman Day. Irving is a local deli owner and the fact that just one man celebrates Feldman's birth to the point of making it a holiday reveals that even in the real world you can declare your own holiday for any reason. Your theme should relate directly to the holiday you choose to represent and your invitations should include appropriate instructions. Any reason is a good reason for a holiday and a party to celebrate.

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