It can be hard to walk in and look at a blank space and create a whole event from scratch. Yes, you can go with a few basic colors you like and throw up some balloons. Or you can just hope the lack of decoration will go unnoticed by turning off all of the overhead lighting and turning on some party lights. Neither of those options may offer the pizazz you’re looking for, though. The answer you may be looking for, then, is a themed event.
When it comes to choosing a theme, there can be a fine line between something fun and exciting or something that has been overdone and will leave your guests wanting more—and not in a good way. Coming up with an original and exciting theme can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be hard! Consider how you can put your own spin on an existing theme, create a theme from something you love, and keep it simple yet interesting!
You don’t always have to start completely from scratch when it comes to creating a theme in your mind. If you can take a common theme and boil it down or focus on one intriguing aspect of it, you can essentially have a whole new theme. Instead of a normal ’80s-themed party, you can make everything based around scrunchies and leg warmers! Everyone could come in their normal clothes but be sure to wear their craziest leg warmers or scrunchies as accessories. Narrowing down the view of the theme will give your party more of an eccentric and spontaneous atmosphere.
On the flip side, you can also broaden the theme to give people more options. An “outer space” theme can go beyond simple wacky alien costumes and far-off planets and become an homage to alien-themed movies or characters in movies. This frees up guests to get literal and find a costume from the movie Alien or even go the cuter, nostalgia-filled route and dress up as one of the little green men from Toy Story. Creating a theme like this can also allow for more conversation starters involving the choices you made.
Choose Something You Love
When you’re passionate about something, it’s far easier to talk about it and come up with ideas surrounding it! Someone with a love of video games may have a whole party with the theme “Press Start”! Anyone could come with their favorite game memorabilia or dressed as a character they love from a game. Even if the party doesn’t require someone to dress up, it at least creates an opportunity to build cool decorations and activities around something you’re passionate about.
One reason themed parties can seem overwhelming for a guest is the possible pressure to go all-out on a costume. For this reason, themed parties don’t always require dressing up! Use the theme to guide the decisions when it comes to choosing decorations and activities. Another way to simplify is by considering if attendees can get involved with estimating how much, on average, finding an outfit would cost. A theme like the aforementioned scrunchies and leg warmers should be no more than $10–$15. Encourage guests to get creative and use only what’s in their closet or to spend no more than a certain amount.
Themed parties create a fantastical escape from the real world and encapsulate a scenario and narrative that you control. Having a theme can immediately excite partygoers and party planners alike. Finding the perfect theme may take some careful thought, but it will pay off in the end. And when it comes time to execute your big event, come see the party rental company that always has your back: Camelot Party Rentals.