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Party Planning Basics: Choosing a Theme

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Choosing the right theme for a party is really important as it has a knock-on effect on a lot of other aspects of the party. Once the theme is chosen, the rest of the party planning becomes a lot easier. All parties have a theme – even a lack of theme or a ‘just because’ party has a theme. The theme can be something as little as a colour scheme. You just need something to tie the party together and make it feel more cohesive. 

How do you decide on a theme? Read on for a breakdown of party themes. 

Check the Calendar

If you want to throw a party, you can look at the holidays on the calendar and choose one for your theme. Each month has a set of holidays, even if they are a little obscure at times, but you can use those holidays as a theme for your party. From Christmas to Valentine’s to Easter or even things like Shakespeare day or bonfire night. You might find a unique party theme that you would never have thought of before.  

Think About Your Interests

This might even be easier than simpler than checking the calendar. All you have to do is think about your interests, hobbies, or things you like. Then, you can turn almost any interest into a party. For example, if you are a film fan, then you could host a movie marathon. If you like a specific food, then then you could throw a tasting party. Of course, most of the time, your guests will also enjoy your interests, so don’t worry about alienating your guests. 

Go More Abstract

The theme of your party does not have to be something physical or even tangible. It could be a colour, or an emotion or a song. As long as you can justify your choices with activities, a dress code, and decorations, then you can choose anything. 


You might think that brainstorming should come before all of the above, but that is not the case. Brainstorming should come second. Once you have an idea or a couple of ideas, you should begin to list everything that comes to mind that you could use around that topic. Next, you can do some research and use the internet to help you. For example, you could look up fall birthday party ideas; some websites such as Greenvelope have helpful blogs which can serve as a source of inspiration. They also provide invite templates which you can email across to your guests and sort through the responses using their RSVP tracking software. Once you have your bigger list of ideas, you can narrow your ideas down to one concept. 

Be Realistic

Coming up with your theme plans is fun; however, you do need to remember to ground yourself in reality. You do not necessarily have to know what you are going to do in its entirety, but you need to have an idea of how much time, money and effort it will take. Don’t get discouraged. You can change and pare down your ideas to make them more realistic, or you can come up with a few simple ways to jazz your ideas up a little. 


When is the party? How much time do you have to plan it? If you have less than a week, then you are likely going to need to go with a simpler theme. If you have over two weeks, you could start to think about doing something a little more complicated. Before you commit to the theme, think about how much you can realistically get done in the time frame that you have. It is far better to under-promise and overdeliver.


Money is perhaps one of the biggest influences on your theme choice. The highest costs will be the venue, the food, the drinks, and the decorations. If your budget is too small, you might not be able to commit to the theme as much as you would like. That being said, there are some things that you can do to keep the costs down. For starters, you can throw the party at your own house, and you can encourage your guests to bring their own drinks. 


This consideration is somewhat similar to ‘time’, but it differs in that it brings in the idea of mental capacity. If you have too many other demands on your time, then you might want to keep the theme quite simple. Some activities and decorations can take a lot of effort to get right, and if you cannot dedicate the level of effort that they need, then go simpler. 

In Conclusion

A theme can make or break a party, so make sure that you are giving it some thought. As long as you can find enough links, then almost any concept can work as a theme. Hopefully, you have found the guide above helpful in choosing the theme for your next party. Good luck!

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