Throw a Theme Party
Check out these tips from our entertaining expert to make your party extra special and extra memorable.
Entertaining expert Dana Christine shares great ideas for throwing theme parties to celebrate special occasions. Select an occasion for your party - birthday, anniversaries, graduation, engagement or even a religious celebration.
Select a theme and decorations such as western, tropical, sports or other ideas. Try to get napkins, place cards, balloons and other decorations that correlate with the theme. Create a guest list, send invitations and decide what type of food is appropriate for the occasion.
- Decorate with leis, mini palms tree, coconuts and tropical colors.
- Drill holes in fresh coconuts, insert straws and serve guests fresh coconut milk.
- Plan to do a Polynesian cookout featuring ham, pineapple and mahi-mahi.
- Have a sand pail filled with leis at the door so that when your guests arrive, they can put one on.
- Use key chains with little sandals attached as place cards.
- Line the buffet with a grass skirt.
- Pick your time period - '30s gangsters, '40s swing, '50s rock-and-roll, '60s hippie or '70s disco.
- For a '50s theme, set out condiments in classic diner-type squeeze bottles, and chromed napkin dispensers. Or serve old-fashioned cocktails and martinis for a Roaring '20s theme.
- Stick with the diner theme for the menu. Serve cheeseburgers, fries and shakes for the '50s theme or fondue for the '70s theme.
- Cut out cardboard stars with black and gold ribbon and scatter them over the table.
- Have children and their friends act like paparazzi, using single-flash cameras. When guests arrive, they'll feel like real movie stars.
- Place televisions throughout the home so your guests don't miss a thing.
- Cut out decorative gold statues with cardboard or foam board.
- Hand out ballots to your guests and make a game of guessing the winners. Whoever guesses the highest number of wins gets free movie passes.