Whether you are throwing a birthday bash or a dinner party, a theme can be a great way to get creative and have fun. But with so many different options to choose from, it can be impossible to decide. You must choose a theme that is unique yet manageable for your guests to achieve. Here’s how to choose the perfect theme for your party.
Choose a theme personal to you
When it comes to choosing a theme for your next party, it may benefit you to start your search close to home. For example, if you enjoy music from a specific era or movies from a certain decade, you and your guests are more likely to have fun throughout the entire process if you choose a theme that you are thoroughly interested in. You may also find it easier to source props or borrow from your existing collection of merchandise for the big day. By choosing a theme you are unfamiliar with or do not particularly care for, the entire process will not only be difficult from start to finish but may even end up becoming a chore.
Choose a fun theme
As well as choosing a theme personal to you, you must also ensure it is fun. If you choose a theme centred on your favourite snack, you may excel when it comes to catering your event but struggle to find ways to entertain your guests. If you have an idea in mind, you must ask yourself whether or not your guests are likely to share your enthusiasm and have fun at your event. Otherwise, your party runs the risk of being deemed boring or dull.
For example, if you are considering a Parisian party theme, you must research Parisian party ideas and incorporate as many activities as you can. If your party has a specific dress code, this must also be clearly communicated ahead of time on social media or on physical invitations to prevent any unintentional fashion fails down the line. You must also ensure your theme allows for a wide range of costume options.
Think outside the box but not too much
When it comes to choosing a theme for your next party, it can benefit you to go with something completely unique. Whilst this may allow you to stand out from the crowd, there may also be a reason it has never been done before. If you base your theme of a specific book, movie or song that is relatively unheard of, your guests may struggle to understand the assignment or even have fun. A well-known artist with decades worth of musical contributions, on the other hand, can make for some surprising results.
Whilst the theme you choose may hold personal significance to you, your guests must be able to relate in one way or another. If you are struggling to establish a theme or just need a helping hand, seeking advice from a friend, family member, or online forum can aid the decision-making process.
Consider every element of your party
When it comes to planning a party, it can be easy to lose track of time decorating. But as well as décor, your theme must be clearly communicated throughout the entirety of your event. You must consider catering, dress code, music, and entertainment. If you choose a 1960s themed party, all of these aspects must closely align with how it would have been at the time. If you have the time and budget to do so, consider hiring an event planner to streamline the entire process from start to finish. They will be able to hire any additional extras or just point you in the right direction. Before you make a final decision, consider how your theme will be incorporated in more ways than one.
Be clear and concise
Once you have chosen a theme, you must be clear and concise when communicating it to your guests. Most themes sound great in theory but don’t translate well over text. This is why you must include as much information as you can in your invitations or when discussing your event on social media. For example, an event titled ‘Hollywood Nights’ may sound great on paper, but guests may be left confused at which era they should be trying to emulate on the night. To minimise confusion, include a brief description of the theme or, at the very least, provide them with contact information to get in touch with you with any questions or queries if need be.
A theme can be a great way to make a party fun. But with so many to choose from, you may need a helping hand. Before you make a final decision, you must choose a theme personal to you, choose a fun theme, think outside the box but not too much, consider every element of your party, and be clear and concise.
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