Top 8 No-Stress Party Themes

These creative entertaining ideas can be pulled together in a flash.

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    Sunny Baby Shower

    Plan a baby shower around a cheerful color scheme. Decorations for a yellow-and-white themed baby shower can be as simple as a cloth napkin tied with a ribbon. A safety pin adds a sweet touch. Photo by Laura Fenton.

  • Set Sail on Dry Land

    Think all things nautical while planning for this party. Decorate in blue and white with touches of red. Incorporate sea-inspired details such as shells and fish-shaped crackers.

  • A Baseball Birthday

    If your child loves baseball, host a game in his or her honor at a local park, and ask guests to bring a mitt. Set up snacks like concessions, giving each child play money to spend. Have something special planned for the 7th-inning stretch. Photo by Laura Fenton.

  • Bridal Shower Brunch

    Gather your prettiest white dishes, linen and silverware for this elegant yet easy affair. For a pop of color, add touches of blue — think hydrangea centerpieces. Serve light brunch fare. Photo by Laura Fenton.

  • Celebrate Life in Full Color

    One of the easiest ways to create a festive party atmosphere is to decorate in bright colors. This scene is from a Southwestern brunch, a theme best accomplished with a bold palette. Photo by Laura Fenton.

  • Moroccan Table Scape with Wood Table and Bench

    Go Global

    Choose another part of the world and build a party around its cuisine and culture. Maybe it's a place you love to vacation or somewhere you long to visit. Either way, research will be fun for you and pay off for your guests.

  • Big-Top Bash

    Bring the excitement of the circus home for a delightful birthday experience. Serve fun snack food such as popcorn and animal crackers. Plan plenty of games, and hire a face painter. Consider playing the part and greet guests dressed as a clown. Photo by Laura Fenton.

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    Picnic Party

    Take the stress out of preparing your home for a party; gather your friends at a local park. Make it a potluck, and ask everyone to bring a dish. Have a rainy-day backup plan, just in case.

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