Party themes are not only for kids. If you’re looking to throw a soiree for your birthday, holiday, or other special occasions, adding a motif can enhance the fun. For the holiday coffee lover, you can combine 60s chic decor with a to-die-for martini; check this out. Or, for an outdoor fiesta, you can serve fajitas and margaritas on brightly-colored tablecloths. Here are six party themes that will create lasting memories.
- Pirates and Rum Punch
This theme is even better on a boat, and costumes may be required. Sometimes it’s fun to let loose and dress up, and making a great rum punch will undoubtedly enhance the party. Depending on your preferred level of sweetness, you can add pineapple juice, orange juice, and grenadine to your rum. Bonus points if you use fresh juice! If you’re on land, consider a treasure hunt with goodies for the victors.
- Fiesta and Margaritas
A classic fiesta is always a hit. With tacos, fajitas, and salsa, who can go wrong? Making margaritas with fresh lime juice and silver tequila will elevate the taste. You can also stock up on some imported beer for those who want some variety. Make an excellent mariachi playlist, or consider hiring a live band for more significant events.
- 50s Diner and Spiked Milkshakes
Grill up some hamburgers and hot dogs and get the blender ready for some boozy milkshakes. Paper straws and poodle skirts are welcome touches for this theme, and you can even get a cardboard jukebox and set up a tablet for any requests. Try making mudslide milkshakes with vodka, ice, chocolate syrup, whipped cream, and Irish liqueur.
- 60s Crooners and Espresso Martinis
This theme can be done any time of year, but the holidays and espresso martinis can be fun compliments to each other. Put on some Frank Sinatra and make it a classy affair with cocktail attire. You can play 60s television shows on the TV or project them in the backyard under the stars with fires, heaters, or blankets available for a romantic touch.
- Garden Party and Earl Grey Cocktails
Perfect for a spring gathering if you love to garden or have a great location to use in your area. Adding vodka to Earl Grey tea along with lemon juice, lavender, and simple syrup makes a delicious and unconventional drink. Cucumber finger sandwiches and other high tea delights can be served on tiered trays or china to add some elegance.
- Music Festival and Flower Jello Shots
If you can’t make it to your favorite music festival this year, have your own. Put together a playlist of the lineup and create some flower jello shots to go with your flower crown. You can find edible flowers for purchase online that don’t affect the flavor of the drinks. Use flavored jello or for a more elevated taste, use unflavored gelatin with fresh fruit juice. This is your chance to run around barefoot in the grass without worrying about hordes of strangers in your way.
Depending on the time of year, the party themes above can be a great choice outdoors or indoors. Consider the paired cocktails as inspiration, and cater them to your tastes and preferences as well as the ingredients available to you. Don’t be afraid to have a themed party, even if you have a smaller group. They can still be fun and festive without the stress of planning for a crowd. If you love to dress up, any of these themes support a fun dress code, but they can be fun on their own without costumes as well.