Easy Party Planning: “T” is for Theme

by Melissa

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Every party needs a theme, for sure! While this might seem overwhelming to come up with a theme, it really will help you stay focused through all the other aspects of planning your party.

And just because you have a theme, doesn’t mean it needs to be an official theme.


How to Choose a Party Theme

When you are trying to pick a theme, consider this:

1. What are you celebrating?
The type of theme you choose should match the celebration. If you are celebrating a birthday, you can pick a theme that matches the personality of the birthday person. If you need an idea, ask the birthday person!

2. Pick an Age-Appropriate Theme.
Don’t have a cars party for a teenager. Likewise, having a spa party is probably not a good idea for 3 year -olds.

3. If you don’t want a specific theme, just pick one or two colors to decorate with and go from there.

For example, if you choose Black and White for your unofficial theme, use napkins, plates, decorations, invitations, favors that are all black and white. Check out my Pinterest Party Theme Board for more inspiration.

Remember, themes don’t have to be elaborate. They can be as simple or as complex as you want to make them.


4. Use the seasons to help you pick a theme. 

When deciding a theme, use seasonal objects and weather to help you out. For example, if you are having a baby shower, let us show you how you could theme your baby shower depending on each season:

Winter- “Baby It’s Cold Outside”

Spring- “April Showers”

Summer- “Ahoy, It’s a Boy”  Nautical Baby Shower

Fall- ” A Little Pumpkin is on the Way”

Using the seasons can help you narrow down your options. Plus, it will be easier to find decorations when they are in season!

Incorporate Party Elements into Your Theme

Once you have decided on your theme, you can tailor your party elements to coordinate with the theme. Not every party will have all of these, but these are some party essentials that you can customize to match your party theme:

  • Cake
  • Balloons
  • Decorations
  • Food
  • Tablecloths
  • Napkins and Plates
  • Invitations
  • Party Favors


Check out these Themed Parties for an idea for your next one:

Movie Theater Birthday Party 

A Nautical Baby Shower

A Puppy Party

An Apple Party For Fall

Bon Voyage Dinner Party 

Brave Themed Birthday Party 

A Tea Party Baby Shower

An Airplane First Birthday

Need more inspiration? See the whole collection of Party Ideas here.

And, stay tuned this week because I’m going to be showing you how I picked a Party Theme of Colors and planned an entire party around that. Can’t wait to show you!


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*Images styled and photographed by Marcelle Calder Photography

Have you missed a lesson in our A to Z series? Check out: Ambiance | Beverages | Clean-up | Decorations | Entertainment | Favors | Guests | Hosting Tips | Invitations | Jukebox | Kids | Lighting | Menu | Napkins | Organization | Place Settings | Questions | RSVPs | Supplies 




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