Top 8 No-Stress Party Themes

These creative entertaining ideas can be pulled together in a flash.
By: Leslie Judson

Photo By: Laura Fenton

Photo By: Laura Fenton

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.

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.

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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