31 Ways to Plan a Fabulous Party: Choosing a Theme

Today we are staring the planning process for our party!  The first thing you’ll need to decide on when you are going to plan a fabulous party, is the theme.  It’s my opinion that every party should have a theme.  Having a theme makes every party more fun and it gives your guests something to anticipate!  Even if your theme is just Candlelit Dinner & Wine party, suddenly your dinner party sounds really classy and exciting. 

Having a theme will help give you direction for what decorations and invitations to purchase.  It will also make it easier to decide what games to play, if any.

Here are a few theme ideas for the upcoming holidays:

* Vintage Thanksgiving Dinner Party

* Childhood Nostalgia Thanksgiving

* Ugly Sweater Christmas Party

* A Cocktail Christmas

* Winter White Christmas

The most important thing is to have fun with it, be creative and make it your own! My best advice is to throw a party that you would want to go to, even if it’s just a small dinner party.  That is truthfully how I chose the themes for my parties.  I get lots of suggestions but when it comes down to it, I’m a guest at my own party so I want to throw a party that sounds fun to me!  Your party should be a reflection of you so make it fun for you too!

I’d love to hear your ideas!  What are some themes that you’ve thought of?  What are some parties that you’ve thrown that have had themes?

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"Hi I'm Anna! Welcome to Ask Anna where I love to answer your household questions! I have always loved to clean, organize and decorate and this blog is a fun way for me to help you love it too! I am a busy mom of a beautiful little girl and I'm married to the love of my life. Together we fill our days with projects , laughter and love. I serve an incredible God and overall I'd say I'm truly blessed!"

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  1. The theme dictates everything from the invitations you send to the food you serve. Choosing a clear theme really helps you stay on track with your vision.

  2. Hi, I love your blog. I haven’t thrown a theme party in some time. These themes sound great.

    • Thank you Shirley! Welcome to my blog. :) Theme parties are so fun. Personally I love an excuse to get dressed up so that’s why I started throwing theme parties. :)

  3. I am planning my son’s 3rd birthday party and am trying to decide between a train theme or a dinosaur theme or to combine the two with the PBS show Dinosaur Train.

    • Oooo, I’ve never seen Dinosaur Train but that sounds like a great theme! How fun, because no matter which the boys like they will have fun. :)

  4. I can’t think of any theme parties I’ve thrown except for my son’s last birthday party (age 5) which was a monster theme. I like the idea of “grown up” parties having themes though. Anyway, I just wanted to say thanks for this series and I’m looking forward to learning your advice!

  5. I’m having a hard time thinking of a theme for a 16 yr old boy birthday, any ideas?

  6. Janice Labnad says:

    Hi Anna,
    I am having a family birthday party for my daughter in law and my son’s girlfriend. The son’s girlfriend does not eat carbs. I’m at a loss as to how to celebrate, theme, dinner, games, etc. Can you help???

    • Am I too late for this? What are some of the things she likes? Foods, traveling places, etc. Give me some ideas of things she likes and I’ll help you out with a theme. :)