Popular Theme Party Ideas

Welcome to our Popular Theme Party Ideas For Adults page!

Simply click on one of the party themes for adults below for all the decorations, costumes, games, and party drink ideas.

Popular Themes:

Arabian Nights- Think Aladdin, with magic flying carpets, genie's, brass lamps and Arabian music! This theme is not as hard to pull off as you might think, spread around some "flying carpets', burn some incense, and invite your guests to wear saris, silk pants, slippers and turbans!

Asian Theme Party- This is a very broad theme and can highlight any era or part of Asian lifestyles. Chinese lanterns, colorful lights, Asian posters, dragon masks and bright colors such as red and gold. There is a great deal to choose from so try to narrow your design to a specific region, holiday or era.

Bar Mitzvah- Though Bar Mitzvah's are an important Jewish celebration; there are no hard and fast rules for a theme. Some choose to go with traditional motifs including the blue and white color scheme; however, movie and sports themes are also acceptable. Choose something your young man is interested in and go from there!

Bat Mitzah- This is the coming of age ceremony for Jewish girls, very similar to a coming out party or quincenera. It is important to contact a Rabbi up to three years before the event to ensure proper rites are performed before the Bat Mitzvah. Music, dance, movies, sports and Hollywood are all acceptable themes; just as in the Bar Mitzvah, the important thing to remember is your child's interests.

Black and White Party Theme- This type of theme can be challenging but fun! Creating an all black and white background can be difficult but you can come very close by utilizing sheets, blankets and plain white tablecloths. For the food, think pasta, white cheese, olives, cheesecake with chocolate accents and black beans. Invitations should of course be in black and white but you can add silver accents to them and your party decorations.

Bingo Party- You may be thinking little old ladies, but a bingo party can be great fun at any age. You can easily decorate your cake with a bingo card topper and invitations can be a variation on the bingo card with a gold or silver star on the individual's age. (for birthdays of course)

Bunco- People all over are playing Bunco on a weekly basis, and if you have a star player to plan a party for why not stick with what works? Fuzzy dice, casino decorations and lots of red and white balloons are simple decorations anyone can do!

Casino Theme- Glitz, glamour and gambling, what could be better for a party? Casino or Vegas nights are very popular party themes because they are so much fun and easy to set up. Decks of cards, dice, play money and poker chips are a fantastic start to this type of theme.

Cocktail Party- Cocktail glasses are the main ingredient for this kind of theme; you can use tiny plastic variations for invitations and decorations. If you are fortunate perhaps, you could get a friend to build you huge "glasses" out of Plexiglas with a green balloon for an olive.

College Party Theme- Chips, dip, school sports themes and finger food are all great ideas for creating a college party theme. Lava lamps are perfect lighting options as are black lights or simple lamps with colored fabric over the shade. (Be careful, this can be a fire hazard.) Top it off with loud music and games, such as a scavenger hunt.

Corporate Theme- First rule of corporate office parties is to plan an event that helps everyone "get away" from work. The theme itself will of course depend on the purpose of the party, retiring employee, team building or goal celebration. Let the purpose guide the overall theme and remember that eras are often a good choice, 70's and 80's are popular.

Costume Party- After childhood there are few times when costumes are appropriate, after all a 30-year-old trick or treater would just be weird! Costume parties are a fun way to enjoy that experience again. If you are planning a costume party you should know the options are endless, medieval, western, Egypt or super heroes are all fun ideas, use the costume types to determine your other decorations.

Dinner Party- This is not nearly as complicated as you might imagine, dinner parties can come together in a day's time or quicker! Food is the main concern for this type of party and it is wise to choose something you are familiar with unless you want to do it potluck style. Let the food determine the décor, these can be formal or casual affairs.

Forever Young- If you and your guests are not quite ready to grow up throw a forever young party. This could be a prom night like event or a theme where everyone dresses up as "what I want to be when I grow up". Basic color schemes, balloons and whoopee cushions are great decorations and party favors.

Fortune Telling Theme- This party is a crowd favorite! Decorate with zodiac symbols, filmy colored fabrics, beaded curtains, lava lamps and Asian artwork for good measure! Hosts and hostesses can dress in traditional gypsy garb including bright colors, bangles and big hoop earrings.

Hawaiian Luau Party - Grass skirts, lei's, tiki torches and palm fronds are fantastic Hawaiian theme decorations. Think tropical garden as you decorate the area, include palms, hanging lights, (white Christmas lights are great), seashells and fishnets.

Hawaii 5-0 - If you want to bring sun and fun to your next party, think Hawaii! Setting up this type of party is as easy as collecting tiki torches, hibiscus flowers (fake are great), lei's, and anything else that says tropical paradise. If you are, feeling really dedicated find out the Hawaiian translation for each guests name and include it on your invitations.

Hollywood Party Theme- This is a fun and versatile theme for any party as you can choose current Hollywood or couple it with an era, such as the 50's. Decoration ideas include scene markers, megaphones, microphones and "Oscars", most of which you can make yourself with some creativity and cardboard. Do not forget the red carpet!

Italian Theme Party- What a fun and simple way to celebrate! Italian food does not have to be complicated and decorating is simple when you take your cues from the Italian flag. Red, green and white decorations are perfect. Decorative bottles of olive oil and vinegar can serve a dual purpose as decoration and condiment then top it off with vines and bunches of grapes for a real Tuscany feel.

Las Vegas Party Theme- Roulette, black jack and slot machines sum up the Vegas experience and much of this can be incorporated into a cool party theme. Dice, poker chips and playing cards can be used in a number of creative ways for décor and invitations!

Magic Theme- Hocus, pocus ala kazaam your party is a hit! Black and red is the perfect color scheme with black top hats and white rabbits for good measure. Glowing products and cards scattered about are also fun magical items. Place gold or sparking centerpieces for good measure.

Mardi Gras- Does anything say party time like Mardi Gras? Bright purple, green, yellow and red are the first order of business for your mardis gras theme. Noisemakers, theater masks, traditional Cajun music and bead necklaces are a must! Throw in some yummy Cajun cuisine and you are all set.

Mexican Theme Party - Southwest flair and flavor is the order of the day for your next Mexican theme party. Think color, bright chili pepper red! Saddle blankets, carefully placed cactus and a few sombreros will definitely set the right mood.

Moroccan Theme- Warm rich colors including cinnamon red and saffron gold are perfect accents for a Moroccan theme party. Keep I dream of Jeannie in mind when planning this event, perhaps making it a costumed event. Give your guests plenty of warning so they can come properly attired!

Movie Party- What is the movie of the year? You can choose from a current title or past epic such as Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean or even Gone with the Wind. The movie you choose should guide your decorations and party favors.

Murder Mystery- Who done it? The butler in the pantry with the candlestick! If you want to decorate for a fun murder mystery party the Clue game may be your best inspiration for decorations and games. Cobwebs, toy guns and knives, black balloons and cardboard candlesticks are all great options.

Music Theme- This has a broad range of possibilities depending on your personal taste. Rock it with the top 10 rock bands of all time or create an elegant affair with classical music, fine china and champagne. Let your music genre lead you to the proper decorations

Poker Party- Green felt tables, Texas hold'em, five-card stud and seven-card draw are all good options for your next poker party. If you do not want to actually play the games, you can still use these themes for color and party favor ideas.

Summer Party Theme- Sun kissed days with lemonade, barbeque and outdoor activities sums up the summer party theme options! The beach is the perfect location for this type of party and lends itself to fun games like volleyball and an evening bonfire.

Surprise Party- The key to a great surprise party is keeping it a surprise! You can have a barbeque, hot tub or cocktail party for a surprise and it will be fantastic as long as the guest of honor has no clue! Having the party at a third, party location is the best way to ensure shock and awe.

Toga Party- If you are thinking Animal House, okay, but you can have a Toga party without destruction and a kegger! Make it an early Roman theme with togas, gladiator style decorations and finger food.

Trailer Trash Party Theme- NASCAR, beer cans, confederate flags and pork rinds instantly come to mind when you think trailer trash theme. The nice thing about it is this type of party can be a hoot, and not overly expensive at the same time! NASCAR invitations, checkered flags, beer lights and spam are a good start on this type of theme.

Vampire Party- Fascination with vampires dates back hundreds if not thousands of years so the possibilities are endless. Coffins, fangs, blood red décor, black accents and bloody Mary's are a good place to start. You could also throw in your favorite characters as well, whether it is Bram Stokers version or the southern spin of True Blood.

Western Theme Party- Can you say Yee Haw? Bales of straw, gingham, cowboy hat and boots along with saddles and a hitching post will get you started right on this type of party. Play some horseshoes, offer guests "wanted" posters featuring themselves as well as sheriffs badges and southwest décor playing cards for party favors.

Wine Tasting Party- It does not have to be black tie, but a wine tasting party can definitely be elegant. Choose your favorite wine as your theme, for example great Italian reds. Choose 4-6 bottles of wine, supply glasses and invite 6-12 people. Wine choice will also guide food and decorations.

Winter Party Theme- White, frosted and chilled! Winter parties can be glittering fun with ice sculptures, crystal accents, snow (quilt batting works great) snowflakes and white lights create a fun wintery atmosphere. Fondue, warm cheese and easy comfort food meals such as chili or stew will top the evening off.

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