Ideas for a Theme Night

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When it comes to planning a theme night for a party or other event, the opportunities are endless. Theme parties seem to be so popular because they provide an opportunity to dress up in silly costumes and are a great break from ordinary routines. There are plenty of theme parties that are always popular, but coming up with your own unique theme can work, too. Usually, the more outrageous, the more fun. Here are a few tried and true theme night ideas.

Casino Night

  • Call up the glitz and glamour of a night out in an exclusive casino for a great theme party. This theme is great for events like proms, fundraisers and private parties. It can even be great for a wedding theme. Because this theme is a little more glamorous than some other theme nights, it may take a little more planning in advance. Encourage the guests to dress up in their finest cocktail attire, the more sequins the better. Set up tables with blackjack and other casino games. You can even supply fake money winnings that are redeemable for things like prizes and drinks.

Luau

  • A luau party is always popular with guests. This theme is laid back and pretty easy to pull off because the supplies and food are relatively inexpensive. All you need is a big backyard, some tiki torches and a hot grill to satisfy guests at this popular summer party. Get everyone involved in the fun with hula contests and encourage guests to wear their favorite Hawaiian shirt or coconut bra. A favorite food at a luau is a whole roasted pig. If this is out of your budget, typical grilled foods or even a ham and pineapple pizza will satisfy even the pickiest of guests. With some tropical, fruity cocktails, this can end up being a wild adult-only event or a family-appropriate gathering with plenty for kids to do.

70s Night

  • Baby Boomers who were young in the 1970s are especially fond of this theme night. Younger people will also enjoy it for the opportunity to dress up in flashy clothing and dance to contagious disco music. There are plenty of disco music compilations available to keep the dance music authentic. Set the scene with glittering mirror balls, strobe lights and 70s era décor. Get people to dress up by declaring costume contests for the best bell bottoms, leisure suits and hairstyles.

Wine and Cheese

  • For a more sophisticated crowd or event, wine and cheese parties are always popular. Set up stations where your guests can sample different types of wines and mingle with other guests. Passed hors d'oeuvres of gourmet cheeses and other appetizers will keep hungry wine drinkers satisfied. The dress code for this type of party can be anything from black tie to casual clothing on a beach. This formal style is a popular choice for weddings and fundraising events.

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