Alternatives to Balloons

General Party Themes

We've grown up with the idea that balloons mean party time. But maybe now is the time to update our ideas about parties as we hear the horror stories of the damage and death they can to our oceans and the creatures that live in them.

Let's face it, balloons are a cliche and are causing harm in the environment and our oceans. It's time to move on to more imaginative and environmentally sound alternatives.

It's a bit like giving up sugar in tea or coffee. Seems odd at first but you soon adapt and even wonder why you ever did it in the first place. You can also go down the artificial sweetener route (streamers, paper pompoms or flowers to replace balloons) or go for radical change that make balloons seem old-hat and obsolete.

Here are some alternatives that are better for the environment, and some are even better for your wallet.

Using reusable decorations saves waste but it also gives you the chance to start new traditions as you pull out the decorations and all the memories attached to them. Think flags, bunting, inflatables, kites and windmills.

Get crafty and make some paper chains, flowers, pompoms, origami animals etc and hang from the ceiling.

Instead of decorations, invest in some new homewares (prints and posters, cushions, indoor plants, etc) that are new for the party but you can enjoy their use long afterwards.

Get your guests having fun blowing bubbles, twirling streamers and racing wind-up toys.

Also remember less is more.  While hundreds of balloons might make an impact as a background, a few well selected items create interest and talking points for your guests.

Check out these ideas…

  • Cool Things are based in Tasmania and deliver Australia-wide. Check out their
    • Glowing Gadgets for lots of reusable mood lights, glow in the dark planets and stars, novelty LED lights, disco lights, tea lights, and novelty lamps
    • Wind-up toys.  If you place a group of wind up toys on a table, I defy any adults not to start playing with them.  They'll remember the laughter for much longer than they'd remember what colour balloons you had.
  • Costumes.com.au is based in Melbourne and delivers costumes and accessories with flat rate delivery Australia-wide. See their photo booths and scene setters to create focus and activity in the room.

And don't stop at balloons, there are some good alternatives to glitter and confetti too.

Chess Party

General Party Themes

Chess – hold a chess party where you play chess, and even dress as a chess piece. Are you a king, queen, knight, pawn or something else? Black or white?

You can play with standard size chess sets, or giant sets, or dress up your characters and play on a giant board.

Chess Games and Pieces

  • Yardgames is the place to find giant chess pieces – either a full set or select pieces to set the scene. If you like chess, backgammon and boardgames, check out their standard and giant sized games. Also dice of all sizes and lots more.

Chess Costumes

While they don't come as chess costumes, you'll find plenty of king, queen and knight sets. Use your imagination and adapt a little.  If you are playing in character, try to be indentifiable as black or white.

  • Costumes.com.au is based in Melbourne and delivers costumes and accessories (including shoes, hats, wigs, party supplies and more) with flat rate delivery Australia-wide. Options for same day to Melbourne metro, order online and pick up from their warehouse in Kilsyth, Victoria. More details about delivery here.
  • Costume Box – Thousands of Fancy Dress costumes for adults and kids for all occasions. Sydney-based online store with delivery to Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Flat fee delivery within Australia. Most costumes dispatched within 24 hours. All costumes displayed are in stock.

Steampunk

General Party Themes

Science fiction meets steam! You've got lots of settings to choose from – from historical with British Victorian or American “Wild West” to an imagined future dystopia – or utopia depending on your point of view – which steam power has returned.

You could choose one of your favourite Steampunk books and use that as a starting point – or even allocate characters and reenact it.

Steampunk Decorations

Forget the balloons. Instead of going to a party shop, visit some second-hand shops, antique flea markets or your grandad's shed or your grandma's kitchen (or the other way round depending on your grandparents) for old mechanical tools, clocks, watches, scales, mincers, churns etc.  Distribute them around the room to set the mood and to give your guests some intriguing things to examine. Heavy fabrics, ribbons or lace can add some tension.

Steampunk Costumes

Depending on your setting, you can sometimes use parts of with wild west costumes like corsets and cancan costumes but really anything goes as long as it is dramatic.

So think coats, boots, hats, copper, leather and machinery.

  • Costumes.com.au is based in Melbourne and delivers costumes and accessories (including shoes, hats, wigs, party supplies and more) with flat rate delivery Australia-wide. Options for same day to Melbourne metro, order online and pick up from their warehouse in Kilsyth, Victoria. More details about delivery here. Start with their site search for some steampunk costumes and accessories.
  • Costume Box has thousands of fancy dress costumes, wigs, hats, accessories and masks. Most costumes dispatched within 24 hours. Based in Sydney, they ship at a flat rate across Australia. See their Steampunk costumes and accessories for full costumes, hats, women's boots, brass bullet belts, gloves and much more.

Party Activities

As well as general hamming it up, you could organise a few activities to make sure people get involved.

  • Show and tell – yep – just like at school.  Invite your guests to bring along their steampunk treasures that they've found or made to show off – and even to swap.
  • Trivia – always a good one.
  • Best or most imaginative costume or accessory

January Party Ideas

Months & Seasons

January is the start of a new year and mid-summer so costumes that are not too hot are best.

  • Summer – The hot weather continues, so embrace it with beach parties or Hawaiian Parties.
  • The Sundance Film Festival is held every January in Utah – Have your own movie party or festival, and walk the red carpet dressed as your favourite star.
  • 6 January is Sherlock Holmes' birthday, according to followers of the fictional detective. Mark the occasion with a Whodunit party.
  • 6 January is Twelfth Night, which is one of Shakespeare's plays, but also the last of the twelve days of Christmas. Traditionally, this is the deadline for getting your Christmas decorations down, so have an undecoration party.
  • The second Monday of January is Coming of Age Day in Japan – a bit like a mass 21st birthday party, although in Japan the age of majority is 20. If you have friends in the right age bracket, you could all celebrate together (treat it as a warm-up for your 21st).
  • 25 January is Burns Night, marking the birthday of great Scottish poet Robert Burns. The occasion is commonly observed in parts of the UK and NZ with a celebration of Scottish food (haggis, tatties and neeps, Scotch whisky) and culture (bagpipes, poetry readings). You could host your own Burns supper, whether you have Scottish ancestry or simply want to pay homage. See our Scottish party theme for more.
  • January 26 is Australia Day
  • Back to School – Australians start their school year at the end of January. Use this for a School Days party to remember the best and worst of being a schoolchild, dress up in school uniforms or as teachers.

Famous January Birthdays

  • 3 January – JRR Tolkien, fantasy author and writer of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings.
  • 6 January – Rowan Atkinson, comedian best known for Mr Bean and Blackadder.
  • 6 January – Joan of Arc
  • 8 January – Elvis Presley – Celebrate with an Elvis Party. (An annual Elvis Festival is held in Parkes NSW on the second week in January)
  • 8 January – Shirley Bassey, singer. She recorded the theme songs to the James Bond films Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever, and Moonraker, so she'd be on high rotation at a James Bond party.
  • 8 January  – David Bowie, musician. His chameleonic career covers the Seventies, Eighties, Nineties, and now, and plenty of outrageous stage personas like Ziggy Stardust and the Thin White Duke.
  • 10 January – Rod Stewart, singer.
  • 15 January – Dr Martin Luther King Jr, leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. His birthday is recognised in the US with Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on the third Monday of January.
  • 16 January – Ethel Merman, actress and singer, best known for her musical comedy roles.
  • 17 January  – Al Capone – hold a gangster party
  • 18 January, 1944 – Paul Keating – hold a …political… party.
  • 18 January – Cary Grant
  • 18 January – A.A. Milne, author of Winnie the Pooh.
  • 21 January – Benny Hill
  • 25 January – Virginia Woolf
  • 25 January – Robert Burns
  • 27 January – Lewis Carroll, author of Alice in Wonderland.
  • 29 January – Germaine Greer – read her books, have some debates, or celebrate her environmental work.

Party Themes by Month

February Party Ideas

Months & Seasons

February means Valentine's Day and romance. It's also Mardi Gras!

When you use National Days and weeks for your party theme, you could some fundraising for them as well.

  • FebFast – have an alcohol-free party and help raise money to help young people and families who are tackling serious alcohol and drug issues. Alcohol-free doesn't have to be dull – in fact you might find that it's more fun. Rise to the catering challenge with inventive punches, drinks and recipes, talk with a clear mind and make it a party worth remembering.
  • Mardi Gras Party – if you can't make Mardi Gras in Sydney, hold your own party.
  • Summer – February is the last month of summer so enjoy the heat while it lasts. Have a Hawaiian Party, barbecue, or beach party. Or celebrate beach culture with the anniversary of the Bondi Beach Surf Lifesaving club, which was established on 6 February 1906.
  • Waitangi Day is on February 6. Celebrate all things New Zealand.
  • 7 February is Charles Dickens' birthday. Choose your favourite story or characters.
  • 11 February is International Day of Women and Girls in Science – hold a party to celebrate the work of women in science. Have everyone bring along a story about a woman scientist, create a trivia game or a science quiz.
  • Looking forward to winter? Escape the heat by imagining somewhere colder – 13 February is the anniversary of Mawson Station in the Australian Antarctic Territory, where the average February maximum temperature is 1.3 degrees below zero.
  • Valentine's Day Parties (14th) – Whether you are in a couple or happily single, there are plenty of options for a Valentine's Day party.
  • Chinese New Year is in January/February each year.
  • Pancake Day (Shrove Tuesday)  It is also a fundraiser.
  • The Academy Awards (The Oscars) are held in February.  You can use this years films or past favourites. You'll find some ideas on our Hollywood Party Theme page.  Or dress as the actors themselves and hide your disappointment if you don't win.
  • In February 1973, the voting age is dropped from 21 to 18.

Famous February Birthdays

  • 1 February – Clark Gable. Have a “Gone with the Wind” party.
  • 2 February – James Joyce
  • 2 February – Farrah Fawcett – remember Charlie's Angels?  Have an 1980s Party with lots of big hair.
  • 3 February – Gertrude Stein
  • 4 February – Alice Cooper – get out the makeup!
  • 7 February – Charles Dickens birthday!
  • 10 February – Greg Norman
  • 12 February – Lorne Green. If you're not old enough to remember it, check out “Bonanza” on youtube and have a Wild West Party.
  • 13 February – Robbie Williams
  • 13 February – Stockard Channing – Rizzo in Grease
  • 15 February – Cesar Romero – Joker in the original tv version of Batman
  • 15 February – Galileo Galilei
  • 18 February – John Travolta – another reason for a Grease party.
  • 20 February – Sidney Poitier
  • 22 February – Steve Irwin – get out the khaki but please don't bother any live animals.

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March Party Ideas

Months & Seasons

When you use National Days and weeks for your party theme, you could some fundraising for them as well.

  • The 1st of March is St Davids Day. St David is the Patron Saint of Wales. You could decorate or dress in the national colours of Wales – red, white and green. Or dress up as famous Welsh people – Tom Jones, Dylan Thomas, Tommy Cooper, Shirley Bassey, Gwyneth Jones, Bertrand Russell for a start…
  • International Women's Day  – dress up as a woman you admire, have a purple party, or a fundraiser for a women's cause. Purple is the colour for Women.
  • Maths enthusiasts celebrate Pi Day on March 14th because Pi = 3.1415926535. It also happens to be Albert Einstein's birthday. You could have a maths theme, circles, or add an “e” and have a pie party – round pies of course.
  • St. Patrick's Day is on 17 March each year. Check ideas for a St. Patrick's Day party
  • The Ides of March is the 15th March. Julius Caesar was warned to “beware of the Ides of March”. Try a Roman Empire Party Et tu, Brute
  • Neighbour Day is Australia’s annual celebration of community, encouraging people to connect with those who live in their neighbourhood. What a great opportunity to talk to your neighbours about converting your nature strips from grass into native gardens.
  • Celebrate the anniversary of the Eiffel Tower which opened in 30th March, 1889. You could a try French Themed Party, a landmarks party, or a construction engineering theme.
  • The March Hare – for Alice in Wonderland fans.

Famous March Birthdays

  • 1 March – David Niven
  • 2 March – Dr Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel) best known for his “Cat in the Hat” books
  • 5 March – Rex Harrison – Professor Higgins in My Fair Lady
  • 7 March – Rik Mayall – “The Young Ones”
  • 7 March – Piet Mondriaan
  • 12 March – Liza Minnelli
  • 12 March – Barbara Feldon (Agent 99 in Get Smart)
  • 14 March – Albert Einstein
  • 17 March – Rudolf Nureyev – get out those tights and tutus
  • 17 March – Nat King Cole – good music, good wine, good food…
  • 22 March – Marcel Marceau
  • 22 March – William Shatner – time for a Star-trek party.
  • 25 March – Elton John
  • 26 March – Diana Ross
  • 28 March – Dirk Bogarde
  • 30 March – Vincent Van Gogh
  • 31 March – Rene Descartes

Party Themes by Month

Cutouts, Mascots and Full-size Figures

Setting the Theme

Welcome guests at the door with a full-size cutout to reassure them that they are at the right place, and set the scene for the party within.

You can also use them inside as focal points.  Choose the position carefully so party guests can pose for photos with it – check the background is appropriate.

Photo Booths & Accessories

Costumes.com.au is based in Melbourne and delivers costumes and accessories (including shoes, hats, wigs, party supplies and more) with flat rate delivery Australia-wide. See their Photo Booth category

Mascots

Costume Box – as well as thousands of Fancy Dress costumes for adults and kids for all occasions, they have professional mascot costumes.  Sydney-based online store with delivery to Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Flat fee delivery within Australia. Most costumes dispatched within 24 hours

April Party Ideas

Months & Seasons, Topical Themes

When you use National Days and weeks for your party theme, you could some fundraising for them as well.

Famous April Birthdays

  • 1 April – Susan Boyle, singing sensation. Have a karaoke party and discover your own hidden talents – see Music party for more ideas.
  • 2 April – Sir Alec Guinness, actor, famous for his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars.
  • 2 April – Marvin Gaye, Motown and soul singer.
  • 2 April – Hans Christian Andersen, fable writer
  • 3 April – Jennie Garth, actor, starred as Kelly Taylor in TV soap Beverly Hills, 90210.
  • 3 April – Marlon Brando, famously charismatic and mercurial Hollywood star.
  • 5 April – Agnetha Fältskog, one of the ‘A's from ABBA.
  • 8 April – Betty Ford, former First Lady of the USA and founder of the Betty Ford Center.
  • 9 April – Cynthia Nixon, played Miranda on TV Series Sex and the City.
  • 9 April – Hugh Hefner, founder of Playboy magazine.
  • 12 April – Shannen Doherty, played bitchy Brenda Walsh in TV soap Beverly Hills, 90210.
  • 12 April – David Letterman
  • 14 April – Sarah Michelle Gellar, actor, most famous for Buffy the Vampire Slayer – Have a Vampire party.
  • 15 April – Leonardo da Vinci.
  • 16 April – Dusty Springfield – Revisit the Sixties with the White Queen of Soul.
  • 16 April – Charlie Chaplin, comic silent movie star.
  • 16 April – Wilbur Wright, one of the Wright brothers, pioneers of early airflight.
  • 17 April – Victoria Beckham, Posh Spice turned icon of high fashion.
  • 19 April – Dudley Moore, musician and comedian, famous for his work with Peter Cook.
  • 21 April – Iggy Pop, punk rocker.
  • 21 April – Queen Elizabeth II
  • 22 April – Aaron Spelling, producer of many iconic TV series, including Charlie's Angels, Dynasty, Starsky and Hutch, Beverly Hills, 90210, Melrose Place, The Love Boat, 7th Heaven, and Charmed.
  • 23 April – Roy Orbison
  • 23 April – William Shakespeare
  • 24 April – Barbra Streisand
  • 25 April – Björn Ulvaeus, one of the ‘B's from ABBA.
  • 27 April – Samuel Morse, co-inventor of Morse code.
  • 28 April – Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird.
  • 29 April – Andre Agassi, tennis champion – celebrate Agassi and other sporting heroes with a sports party.
  • 29 April – Jerry Seinfeld, comedian.

Party Themes by Month

Election Party Ideas

Event Themes, Topical Themes

Will it be a long night?  Or over by 7 o'clock?

Join your friends and/or family to watch the inane banter of the commentators, marvel at Antony Green's latest graphics and statistics, and see each seat claimed or conceded.

You'll need a space for those who want to watch the television and other spaces for those who want to talk. Open your party to guests at 6pm when the polls close so that the really keen don't start watching at home and have to drag themselves away.

Food-wise have lots of hot finger food, and stores of non-perishables (packets of chips etc) in case it goes on and on.  Likewise, plenty of non-alcoholic drinks would be advisable in case it is a long night. The last thing you want is someone who has over-indulged see their chosen political party thrashed.  And you just might need to stay awake.  Check that you have lots of tea, coffee, milk…

Election Decorations and Games

Play “Pin the seat on the map” – with your eyes open.  Challenge your guests and see how many of them really know where each seat is.

Vote for the silliest promise, silliest quote and silliest election stunt seen in this election campaign.

Play charades where each player has to impersonate a politician's memorial moment or irritating mannerisms and everyone has to guess/remember who it is.  Start with easy ones like death stares, hair-flicking, the lizard tongue, “Whyalla wipe-out” karaoke.

Antony Green impersonations – because we all know that Antony is the real star of the show

Election Costumes

Dress up as one of the contenders – let your guests choose or allocate them characters beforehand if you don't want to have multiple Clives, Jacquis and Paulines.  On the other hand you could choose one particular pollie and have them in all their variations.

The Big Question – Should you discuss politics?

Conventional wisdom has it that you shouldn't.  But maybe you should.

Maybe you will find that more people agree with you than you thought and maybe you will get a better understanding of those who don't agree with you.

Perhaps if more people talked about politics sensibly with their friends on a regular basis, we wouldn't have had to endure a political landscape dominated by catchphrases, shock-jocks and internet trolls – and we would have had action on climate change long ago.

 

 

“So not me” Party

General Party Themes

We all have our familiar roles and styles and after a while it can get just a little bit safe and boring. Worse still we stop seeing each other as complex and interesting characters.

Use a so-not-me party for you and your friends to break out and experiment with a persona that is just not like their usual selves.

Encourage your super well-groomed friends to come in daggy clothes; your daggy friends to come dressed up, try some cross-dressing so he comes as she and she comes as he.

Your conservative friends can dress like hippies or superheroes; trendy friends wear business gear, twins sets and pearls etc.

And you must all try to talk and act the parts too. Call yourselves and each other “Not-xxx” eg not-John, not-Jane.

You'll see each other in a new light. You'll see yourselves in a new light as people react differently to you.

Give prizes for the biggest surprise, the most extreme “not me”

It's like one massive role playing party. Have fun. And tomorrow you can go back to being yourselves. Maybe.

May Party Theme Ideas

Months & Seasons, Topical Themes

The first of May is May Day.  In the northern hemisphere, May Day is the celebration of Spring with traditions of dancing the Maypole and crowning of the Queen of the May.  But here in Australia, May is the the month where is really starts feeling cold for winter.

In many countries, May Day is a day for workers rights – in Australia we have Labor Day and an accompanying public holiday on the first Monday in May (in some states).

In Hawaii, May Day is also known as Lei Day – so you could have an Hawaiian Party

May Party Ideas

  • First Saturday in May – World Naked Gardening Day ( wikipedia link)
  • 11th May – Hairy-nose Wombat Day
  • 17th May – ABC's Birthday.  On 17th May 1932 the Australian Broadcasting Corporation was formed.  Celebrate with an ABC party.  Trivia quizzes and dress-ups of some of your favourite old and new programs and ABC presenters.
  • 20th May – World Bee Day. Have a quiz about bees – and in Australia native bees. Plant a bee or pollinator garden.
  • 22nd May – International Day for Biological Diversity. Go on a Treasure Hunt exploring in your garden or a larger space to see how many different plants, birds, insects, and other wildlife you can find.
  • 23rd May – World Turtle Day
  • AFL – it's that time of year again. Whether you are watching live, at the club, or at home with your friends, check out the supporter's gear from AFL Footy Shop.
  • Eurovision Party have a Eurovision party and share the excitement
  • The Trundle ABBA Festival is held in May each year. Trundle is in central western NSW.  If you can't make it, share the joy with your own ABBA party.
  • State of Origin Party

and there is…

  • Mother's Day – have a party for your Mum, or have a party about “mothers”, or a “Mums night out” party.
  • Secretary's Day (or the more PC version, Office Professionals Day) is on the first Friday in May in Australia (but the Wednesday of the last full week in April in the USA and UK). Aimed at giving recognition to office staff is also a good excuse for a Secretary's party. You could make this an office stationery party.

Famous May Birthdays

Have a party to celebrate the birthdays of these famous people or characters. Like current birthday, you can have them on the nearest weekend.

  • 11 May – Salvador Dali
  • 13 May – Arthur Sullivan – of Gilbert and Sullivan
  • 14 May – George Lucas – Star Wars Party
  • 16 May – Liberace
  • 20 May – Cher
  • 22 May – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – Sherlock Holmes – have a Mystery or Whodunit Party
  • 28 May – Kylie Minogue – plenty of dress-ups and karaoke, or go further back and have a Scott and Charlene wedding. Did you know that you can still do Neighbours tours in Melbourne?

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June Party Ideas

Months & Seasons, Topical Themes

June means AFL, State of Origin, and the winter solstice in the southern hemisphere. For those who dream of a white Christmas, now is your chance with Christmas in Winter parties.

  • AFL – it's that time of year. Whether you are watching live, at the club, or at home with your friends, check out the supporter's gear from AFL Footy Shop.
  • Queensland Day! Celebrate with a tropical Hawaiian theme and pineapples.
  • 5 June is World Environment Day.
  • 8 June is World Oceans Day
  • 17 June  is World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought
  • 18 June is Sustainable Gastronomy Day. Party food doesn't have to mean extravagance and waste. Some of the best food is made using local ingredients well. Issue a challenge to your guests to bring a plate of sustainable food to the party and say why it is sustainable. Swap ideas and recipes – and tips for reducing food waste.
  • Winter solstice – the shortest day of the year. In 2016, it is June 20th in the southern hemisphere.
  • Dreaming of a White Christmas?  Or at least a cold one? Lots of Australians get over that by having a Christmas in our Winter – mainly June and July.  See Christmas Party Costumes, Decorations and Ideas available all year round.
  • State of Origin
  • Supanova Pop Culture Expo comes to Sydney and Perth in June – time for Steampunk, Cosplay and all things sci-fi and fantasy

Famous June Birthdays

Have a party to celebrate the birthdays of these famous people or characters. Like current birthday, you can have them on the nearest weekend.

Party Themes by Month

Book Week Parties

Event Themes

Every August, we have CBCA Children's Book Week in Australia to encourage children to love books. They celebrate with story telling and dressing up as their favourite characters.

But there's no reason that little kids should have all the fun, or that the books should be restricted to those put forward by the Children's Book Council.  They do have an annual theme though so you might want to incorporate that.

Book Party Ideas

First, decide whether you are going to choose one book and organise your party around that as your theme with decorations, dressing up as the characters and some role play and games.

A single book or author works if you and your friends know and share a love of that author's work – anything from Jane Austen to Michael Crichton.

You could be a demanding host and send them a copy of your favourite book with the invitation, telling them they must read it as preparation for the party.

On the other extreme, you could ask that everyone brings along their favourite children's picture book from their childhood (or adulthood), dresses the part and reads it aloud. You'll learn a lot about each other and it will be interesting to see if more than one person brings the same book.

Book Party Costumes

  • Costumes.com.au is based in Melbourne and delivers costumes and accessories (including shoes, hats, wigs, party supplies and more) with flat rate delivery Australia-wide. Options for same day to Melbourne metro, order online and pick up from their warehouse in Kilsyth, Victoria. More details about delivery here. Check their Book Week costumes for children and adults.

Check our other pages for Alice in Wonderland

July Party Ideas

Months & Seasons

July brings 4th July celebrations, Bastille Day and Christmas in July for those who hanker after a cold Christmas.

Famous July Birthdays

Have a party to celebrate the birthdays of these famous people or characters. Like current birthday, you can have them on the nearest weekend.

  • 3 July – Julian Assange
  • 5 July – P.T. Barnum – have a Circus Party
  • 7 July – Ringo Starr – party with The Beatles or Thomas the Tank Engine – your choice!
  • 26 – Mick Jagger
  • 26 – Stanley Kubrick – 2001, Clockwork Orange, etc
  • 26 – Blake Edwards – creator of the “Pink Panther”
  • 26 – George Bernard Shaw
  • 28 – Beatrix Potter, author of Peter Rabbit children's books
  • 30 – Arnold Schwartzenegger.

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Christmas Parties

Event Themes

Christmas Party Products and Decorations – all year!

Christmas offers so many opportunities for parties – office parties, friends and family, Christmas dinners, garden parties and more. We concentrate on Chistmas parties on this site, but for more Christmassy ideas, see ChristmasCountdown.com.au

Christmas Decorations

  • The Christmas Warehouse has several stores in Sydney and an online site for Australia-wide delivery. They have a massive range of Christmas decorations for indoors and outdoors. You can browse their products by theme, colour and price.

Christmas Costumes

How many Santas can you have at one party?  Of course there are lots of other characters – you can go as one of Santa's helpers – a Christmas elf or a sexy Ms Christmas. See these shops and you'll find something that suits you…

  • Costumes.com.au is based in Melbourne and delivers costumes and accessories (including shoes, hats, wigs, party supplies and more) with flat rate delivery Australia-wide. Options for same day to Melbourne metro, order online and pick up from their warehouse in Kilsyth, Victoria. More details about delivery or go straight to their Christmas selection for costumes, hats and some funky decorations.
  • Costume Box – Thousands of Fancy Dress costumes for adults and kids for all occasions. Most costumes dispatched within 24 hours. All costumes displayed are in stock. Costume Box are based in Sydney with flat rate delivery throughout Australia. They also deliver to New Zealand, Singapore and Hong Kong. See their Christmas selection.

Christmas Gifts – Secret Santa & Lucky Dips

If you don't want to do the whole Christmas gift exchange thing, a novelty gift for each guest works well – either chosen for each guest or as a lucky dip.

  • Coolthings – All about the latest cool gadgets, gizmos and gifts that make you say “That's Cool”. Based in Tasmania with quick delivery to anywhere in Australia. There are lots of novelty gifts here for all ages and tastes.

Christmas Games

Games are a great Christmas tradition.  They keep people amused and busy, provide ways of mixing and meeting new people.

  • Yardgames specialise in outdoor games, including some amazing giant games.  Lots of playground equipment, wooden cubbies, playhouses, ride on tractors… all things to encourage children (and adults) to get outside and active and have fun while they do it.

Cake

Party Hints & Recipes

Celebration Cakes Australia

For any sort of celebration, you need a cake.  You can buy ready-made cakes or make your own. Cupcakes – suddenly fashionable after all these years – are expensive to buy in large quantities but are quick and cheap to make.

In fact, take a plateful of cupcakes, add some tea of coffee, and you have a ready made afternoon-tea party.

Our Foolproof Cake Recipe

This is the recipe that I've been using for more than 25 years to create hundreds of cakes. It's a basic butter cake recipe that makes 1 round cake or a dozen cupcakes (depending on the size of your cupcake) – but you can double the mixture – or even do 4 times the mix and do a combination of large cakes and cupcakes. I use less sugar than most standard recipes, real butter, large eggs, real vanilla essence and often use half wholemeal flour for added texture and taste.

  • 4 oz / 125g butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar (3/4 cup if you have sweet tooth)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups self-raising flour (can be white, wholemeal or some of each)
  • Flavouring (eg few drops vanilla essence for plain cake, cocoa mixed with hot water for chocolate cake)
  • approx 1/2 cup milk (best if at room temperature)

Soften butter in a large bowl (stand in hot water, put in the microwave for a very short time) Beat butter, sugar and vanilla essence with a fork until creamy.  Beat in the eggs. (Hint: beat in a small amount at a time to get a smooth mix but if it separates, don't worry, it'll be fine).

Fold in the flour and milk, starting with as much flour as mixes in easily, then some milk, then some flour until all the flour is used. You should start and finish with flour. The finished mixture should be thick and moist. (You can always add a little more flour or milk if needed)

Place mixture in cake tin(s) and cook in a moderate oven (350 degrees F/180 degrees C) for approx 30 to 40 minutes. Cupcakes take 15 to 20 minutes depending on your oven. When cooked, the top will be spring back if you press it, and a sharp knife inserted into the centre of the cake will come out clean. Remove from oven, allow to cool and ice.

Variations:

Chocolate Cake: Mix a couple of large spoonfuls of cocoa powder with some hot water and mix in at the end (adding a little more milk or flour if needed)

Marbled cake: Take out part of the plain mixture and add cocoa mix. Place large spoonfuls randomly in cake tin then run use a knife through the mix to make swirls.

Orange or lemon-flavoured cake: Substitute juice for the milk.

Cup cakes: I always reserve some of the mixture, add sultanas (and mixed spice, mixed peel if I have some) and spoon into cup cake papers. Cooking time is approx 15 to 20 minutes – until the tops start to go brown.  Cup cakes will rise a bit higher if the oven is slightly hotter.

Slab Cake: Cook in a larger rectangular tray (lamington tray in Australia)  You then have a large rectangle for easy cutting – or to cut pieces to make fancy designs.

Wholemeal cakes: You can use up to half wholemeal flour and most people won't even realise. All wholemeal cakes are a little heavier but very tasty.

Busy Host's Basic Icing Mix

  • Soft icing sugar (start with approx 2 cups)
  • Butter to taste – anything from 1 to 6 tablespoons
  • A few drops vanilla essence (to taste)
  • Boiling water

Place icing sugar and butter in container and add a very small amount of hot water at a time, beating well until ingredients are mixed and icing is smooth.  The more butter you use the easier the mixing and smoother the icing.  If it's too runny, add more icing sugar, too stiff add a little more water… but be careful not to add too much or you could end up with masses of icing.

Spread on the cake with a knife. Dipping the knife in a mug of hot water will make spreading easier. I find a measuring jug and blunt knife the best utensils for icing — high sides reduces spills.

Variations:

For chocolate icing, mix cocoa powder with enough boiling water to make a thick paste before adding the icing sugar.

Chocolate icing with coconut is very popular. Cover with icing, then wet the icing with the knife dipped in hot water and sprinkle the coconut on before it dries.

For orange or lemon icing, use juice instead of hot water and plenty of butter. Delicious.

For coloured icing, use food colouring.  For intricate designs, it can be easier to cover with white icing, allow to dry and use paintbrushes to paint on your design with food colouring.

Plain cup cakes (no sultanas) with a smartie on top are very popular with children and adults and less messy. I usually do a tray with sultana cup cakes and plain icing, and a tray with plain cup cakes, icing and Smartie.

Technology & Gadget Party

General Party Themes

Technology & Gadget Party

There are lots of different ways to do this party theme. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Gadget Party – everyone can bring along their favourite gadgets, have a swap table, prizes for best gadget, worst gadget, most useful, most useless, guess what it does gadget…
  • Inventors party – everyone has to make their own useful, useless or just plain whacky invention that solves an everyday problem.
  • Back to the future party – The future doesn't always go according to plan – we're still waiting on those flying cars and that paperless office! Dress up as a vision of the future you want, or the future that never came to be.
  • Inventions and inventors party – We take it all for granted, but someone had to come up with all these computers, microwaves, and DVD players, not to mention penicillin, vaccines, soap… Dress up as your favourite invention or inventor.
  • Science fiction party – choose your favourite series, movie or book.
  • Computer games party – Everyone has a favourite – show your age (or street cred) by dressing up as Pacman (see retro-game parties), play some Mario Party
  • Geeks/Nerds party – Sure, it's a stereotype, but we all secretly aspire to be that smart. Get out your pocket protectors, scientific calculators, and graph paper and get together to swap some obscure in-jokes.

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Technology & Gadget Party Products & Decorations

  • Cool Things is all about the latest cool gadgets and gizmos that make you and your friends say “That's Cool.” They cater for all ages and have the best range of alarm clocks that are sure to wake you up in the mornings. Coolthings are based in Launceston, Tasmania and deliver Australia wide and internationally. Use them for decorations, prizes, or just to show off to your friends. Start with their Glowing Gizmos and  Gadgets

Food For Your Party

  • Kitchen gadgets that slice, chop, core, curl, grate, shave and decorate are in a class of their own.  Prepare finger foods with gadgets and place the gadget beside the serving plate. Invite guests to bring along their own gadget foods. It's a bit like a T**ware party without the sales pitch.
  • Have a competition to make gadgets out of food.
  • Use cocktail and chocolate fountains.

Technology & Gadget Costumes

  • Costume Box – Thousands of fancy dress costumes, wigs, hats, accessories and masks. Based in Sydney, flat fee delivery within Australia. Most costumes dispatched within 24 hours.

Father’s Day Party Ideas

Event Themes

Paying homage to Dad! Here are a few ideas to make Father's Day stand out from a normal family gathering.

Father's Day Costumes

  • Choose a theme to match one of his interests – golf, sailing, football, music, rocknroll, etc
  • Have everyone dress up as him! Get the specs, the wig, the beard the cardie…  Or find a photo of him in his younger days and dress up with the hairstyles and clothing of the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s or 90s

Father's Day Games & Entertainment

  • This is your life, Dad. Find old photos, people with stories to tell and write his story
  • Dad's Trivia Quiz – find lots of odd facts about his life and see who remembers them
  • Make a book where everyone has to write, draw or decorate a page about what he means to them.

Fun Father's Day Gifts

As well as serious gifts (which you can see in BCL.com.au shopping) consider some fun gifts to share on the day.  Coolthings have lots of crazy Fathers Day gift ideas which include gadgets, games and gizmos plus some great gifts for Daggy Dads.

Father's Day Theme Parties

If your father is no longer here or if you are separated by distance, you can still have a party with your siblings or friends with a Father's Day theme.

  • Dress up as your respective fathers – celebrate those foibles.
  • Share memories of significant events.  A bit of nostalgia with lots of laughs is good for you.
  • Get out the photo albums.
  • Try to remember which was his worst joke.
  • Eat his favourite food (maybe not if it was tripe)

Christmas Dinner Parties

Event Themes

Whether it's the big Family Christmas dinner or a dinner party with friends to celebrate Christmas, setting the scene can make it extra special.

Christmas Foods

Make your own, or buy it in?  What matters is that it tastes and looks good.

Christmas Tableware & Centrepieces

Christmas Hats & Accessories

You might not want to go all the way with costumes (see here if you do) but some Christmas accessories add to some joviality to the occasion. You can make your own or buy one from these stores…

  • Costumes.com.au is based in Melbourne and delivers costumes and accessories with flat rate delivery Australia-wide. Options for same day to Melbourne metro, order online and pick up from their warehouse in Kilsyth, Victoria. More details about delivery or go straight to their Christmas selection for costumes, hats and some funky decorations.
  • Costume Box – Costume Box are based in Sydney with flat rate delivery throughout Australia. They also deliver to New Zealand, Singapore and Hong Kong. See their Christmas selection

Christmas Games

After dinner games are a great Christmas tradition.

 

Mighty Boosh Party Ideas

Movie & TV Themes

There are heaps of characters you can dress up as for a Boosh party, and luckily most of them have something distinctive about them. Some characters are Naboo, Bollo, Dixon Bainbridge, Bob Fossil, The Hitcher, Rudi van DiSarzio, Old Gregg, The Moon, Saboo, The Spirit of Jazz,

  • Vince Noir – Vince is easy. You can basically dress as outrageously as you like and claim it's what's ‘in'. Mod, punk, scuba diver, a brain cell, Bollypop lady, a panda, go crazy!
  • Howard Moon – He's got a powerful look going on, and it's going to be tough to copy. On the other hand, anything featuring tweed, a fine gauge corduroy, Hawaiian shorts, or all three will go down a treat.
  • Going as a couple – Howard and Vince wear matching costumes sometimes. Zoo costumes from the first series, their desert island attire, or any time they're on stage together (such as their performance at the end of Old Gregg).

Mighty Boosh Foods

  • A Quarter Of (UK store) – Searching for Vince's favourite lollies? You'll find strawberry bootlaces, flying saucers, and more at A Quarter Of. They're based in the UK, but they have worldwide shipping.
  • Drink red cordial, red wine or what is it?? out of tennis balls cut in half.

Mighty Boosh Games & Activities

  • No Mighty Boosh party is complete without watching at least one episode. You can buy all three series from The ABC Shop Online.
  • Have a karaoke competition featuring classics such as Total Eclipse Of The Heart and Here In My Car.
  • Hold a crimp-off.
  • Spin the bottle.

Back to School Party

General Party Themes

This theme is great for school reunions and for those that want to relive their teenage years.

Costumes

Have fun with this theme and dress up. Think preps, jocks, nerds, cheerleaders, teachers, and goths.

  • Costume Box – Check out these school costumes. Costume Box are based in Sydney with flat rate Express Post Delivery throughout Australia and some international.
  • Cool Things is all about the latest gadgets and gizmos but they have some geeky t-shirts to celebrate the science and maths from your schooldays.

Decorations & Novelties

What is school without stationery? Use these novelties for use at the party, prizes or decorations.

Party Food

  • Serve typical school lunch food – Sandwiches, lamingtons, muesli bars, apples, bananas, little cartons of milk, ‘poppas,' and sausage rolls.
  • Lay it out like a tuckshop – or have lunchboxes

Party Ideas

  • Ask guests to send in their high school photos and make a graduation year collage.
  • Have you or your guests got any old high school movies? Host a screening or play them in the background.
  • Hand out ‘yearbooks' for guests to sign and keep.
  • Play lunch hour school games – Hopscotch, handball, skipping, and dodgeball.
  • School age party games include spin-the bottle, truth or dare, catch and kiss, and hide and seek.

Second Childhood Party Ideas

General Party Themes

This themed party is a chance to indulge in nostalgia by playing party games and eating the ‘food' we loved as children. This party also provides a valid excuse to act like a child (at least for a few hours) and to celebrate growing older, but not wiser. This party theme is recommended for adults who have a healthy sense of the ridiculous and like to laugh at themselves. Scroll down the page for entertainment, costume, food and decorating ideas.

Entertainment

The entertainment is an essential part of a children's party. For adults, reviving games at parties is an easy way to make the experience authentic and fun. Playing music from your childhood also helps to set the scene. The trend for online toyshops to stock traditional wooden toys means that you'll find old favourites like jacob's ladders, jack in the boxes and clockwork toys.  Too much fun to waste them on the children.

  • Coolthings – has lots of gadgets and novelties to bring out the child in you and your guests. Play with air bazookas, inflatable boxing gloves and miniature rocket launchers. Remember the gooey slime boys like so much. They also have lots of fun gadgets and novelties for prizes.  Tasmania based with delivery throughout Australia

Clothing and Costumes

Dress-ups was always one of the best parts of kid's parties. Dressing up as a favourite character from your childhood, or as what you wanted to be when you grew up (eg firefighter or nurse) adds a fun dimension to the party.

  • Costume Box – 1000s of Fancy Dress costumes. Their adult costumes include movie and TV characters, fantasy and occupational costumes. All costumes displayed are in stock to ensure fast delivery. Sydney-based with flat rate delivery throughout Australia. Postage by airmail to New Zealand, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Party Products

Decorations for this party are easy to find because there is so much partyware designed for children. To narrow down your choices, consider having a theme for decorations, tableware and food. This could be something that you liked as a child (like fairies or cowboys) or a colour theme.

Organising a child-themed adult party is much the same as as running a regular children's party.  The food and games can all be the same, but on a slightly bigger scale. Remember to have a camera handy to capture special (and hilarious) moments.

  • Invitations: Set the mood by using proper children's party invitations. If you are having an additional theme or want guests to dress up, specify this in the invitation.  If this is the case, send the invitations out early so guests have time to buy their costumes. Remember to provide your details so guests can RSVP.
  • Decor: Have a colour or theme for your decor and tableware. This could be your favourite colour, a much-loved children's movie or a cartoon character. Use bright colours, balloons and streamers.
  • Themes: bright primary colours, schoolboys and schoolgirls, what you wanted to be as a child and favourite childhood TV/book/movie characters. Set the scene by playing some of the popular music from your childhood.
  • Activities: Play a few traditional children's games like treasure hunt, musical chairs, piñata and pass-the-parcel. Just remember to choose games that your guests will be comfortable with so that it's fun for everyone. This is also a great time to bring out the camera.

Party Food

Children's parties usually involve copious amounts of junk food being eaten as quickly as possible.  At this party, the sandwiches might actually get eaten so provide some healthy food as well. Adults are also more likely to notice presentation, so put a bit more effort into this than you would at a children's party.

  • Fairy bread
  • Cup cakes
  • Sausage rolls and party pies – don't forget the tomato sauce!
  • Ice cream cake
  • Lollies – try getting some of the lollies you ate when you were a kid.
  • Brightly coloured soft drinks and punch
  • Sandwich platters
  • Fruit platters
  • See also our Fairytale party ideas

Bad Taste Party

General Party Themes

This party is an ode to the tacky and the cheesy. Whether dancing the Hustle, wearing huge jewellery and animal print or consuming jelly shots, the fun of this party comes from the ‘wrong-ness' of it. Below are some tips and suggestions for holding a Bad Taste party, all in the very worst of taste.

Bad Taste Music and Entertainment

One hit wonders, retro collections and CDs by people who should never have been allowed near a microphone.

Bad Taste Clothing and Costumes

Dress up as a tacky celebrity, wear a retro outfit or just make sure that everything you wear clashes. Complement your outfit with (in)appropriate jewellery and makeup.

  • Costumes.com.au is based in Melbourne and delivers costumes and accessories (including shoes, hats, wigs, party supplies and more) with Melbourne pick-up or flat rate delivery Australia-wide.
  • Costume Box – Thousands of Fancy Dress costumes for adults and kids for all occasions. Sydney-based online store with delivery to Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Flat fee delivery within Australia.

Bad Taste Party Ideas

Bad Taste Parties require little preparation, as there are little or no aesthetic considerations. Think cheap, old and messy and you have a bad taste party ready-made.

  • Decor – Clashing colours, Mess, Old furniture and decorations from op shops.
  • Themes – Bogans/White Trash/Chavs, Doomed couples, Drunks, Famous criminals, Historical disasters, Injuries, Las Vegas, Outdated and Knock-off  clothing, Rappers, Reality TV contestants and Recent scandals.
  • Celebrities – Anna Nicole Smith,  Britney Spears and Kevin Federline, Eminem, Hugh Hefner, Kath and Kim, Keith Richards, Kylie Minogue in the 80s, Liza Minnelli and Husbands, Michael Jackson, Monica Lewinsky, Osama bin Laden,  Pamela Anderson, Paris Hilton, Paul Burrell and Victoria Beckham
  • Activities – Worst dressed competition, worst dancer competition, fondue

Bad Taste Party Food

These ideas are more tacky than disgusting, in case you actually want to eat the food, but there is also some pretend disgusting food just for entertainment value.

  • Drinks: Vodka Jelly shots, Passion Pop, West Coast Coolers and dated cocktails. Serve drinks in inappropriate glassware (eg plastic tumblers)
  • Decorate a cake badly with garish coloured writing.
  • Serve nuts in a NEW kitty litter container. Put some ‘fun sized' chocolate bars in there and serve with a scoop (also new).
  • Serve normal party food in the tackiest way possible. Serve chips in their packets, have a few chips already sticking out of the dip and have empty bottles already lying around.
  • See our Spooky and 70s themed pages for more bad taste food ideas.

Valentine’s Day Parties & Anti-Valentines

Event Themes

Whether you are in a couple or happily single, there are plenty of options for a Valentine's Day party. You can have a silly party, a sexy party, a matchmaking party, a dinner party, or a party for two. It can be a party to bring your Valentine… or meet a Valentine!

Or if you don't like Valentine's – have an anti-Valentine's party. Just turn things up a notch or two, send up the romantic ideals, overdress and ham it up acting out romantic scenes and scripts.

Have a look at the costume and decorating ideas below. For Valentine's gifts, including romantic gifts, see BCL Valentine's Day Gift ideas.

Valentine's Party Decorations & Catering

Valentine's day is all about red, pink, purple and white – and hearts!

Valentine's Party Activites

  • Hold a trivia with questions about those famous romantic movies – Gone with the Wind, Casablanca and so on. Act them out. Or “who said…” Or “what's the next line…”
  • Use one of these movies as your theme and have everyone dress up and act as one of the characters. You might find some of the non-romantic supporting characters are the favourite characters.

Valentine's Party Costumes

Valentine's Party Costumes can be sexy or funny. Dress for the occasion in red or pink, or coordinate with your date as a famous couple (see our suggestions below).

Role play – try matching costumes and dress ups for couples for some couple's costume ideas, from sexy to silly.

  • Famous couples:
    • Adam and Eve
    • Antony and Cleopatra
    • Barbie and Ken
    • Beauty and the Beast
    • Bonnie and Clyde
    • Brad and Angelina (or Jen!)
    • Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy (Pride and Prejudice)
    • John Lennon and Yoko Ono
    • Marie and Pierre Curie
    • Mickey and Minnie Mouse
    • Romeo and Juliet
    • Sandy and Danny – see our Grease party theme for costumes
    • Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler (Gone With the Wind)
    • Sonny and Cher
    • Tarzan and Jane
    • Victoria (Posh Spice) and David Beckham
    • Or dress as each other!

Batman Party

Character, Movie & TV Themes

There are many options when it comes to a Batman party – you can go the camp route (think the Adam West television series or Tim Burton's movie) or you can go with something more serious (think The Dark Knight).

Cast of characters – Batman, The Joker, Harley Quinn, Catwoman, Robin, Poison Ivy, Batgirl, and Penguin. Don't forget Commissioner Gordon, Alfred the butler.

Pairings – Batman and Catwoman, The Joker and Harley Quinn, Batman and Robin, Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy.

Batman Party Costumes & Masks

Batman Party Ideas

  • Character theme – You can decorate according to your favourite character. This can also dictate the colour of food you have as well as the tone of the party. For example –
    • Harley Quinn – Use lots of red, black, and white decorations and food. Harley is quite fun but with a dark edge.
    • Batman – Use lots of black decorations and bat motifs. Can be a serious or camp theme.
    • The Joker – Use joker cards and pictures/posters decorated with the Joker's makeup and smile. The Joker is all about mayhem – whether it be camp or dark.
    • Catwoman – Use lots of black decorations and cat motifs. This can be more of a sexy party theme.

See also Superheroes Party Theme Ideas

Thanksgiving

Event Themes

Historically, Thanksgiving in America was a day to thank god for a successful harvest. Today the holiday is all about food (especially turkey), parades and American football, with maybe a Pilgrim or Native American on the side.

Thanksgiving is on the second Monday of October in Canada, and the fourth Thursday in November in America.

Celebrating Thanksgiving in Australia

And why not!  It's up to you whether you want to use the Canadian or American date.

Thanksgiving Party Products & Decorations

Common decorations in America like pumpkins, fall (autumn) leaves and indian corn may be hard to find, but you could try making your own. Kids could have fun making handprint turkeys. Have them trace one hand on blank white paper, draw a face on the thumb and color the fingers like colorful feathers. The turkeys can be used to decorate the house. (see one here)

  • Make Thanksgiving/fall placemats by collecting variously shaped leaves from around your home. Paint one side of the leaves with acrylic paint  in fall colors (brown, yellow, orange, red) and place them paint-side-down onto plain cloth placemats. Remove the leaves and set aside to dry before using.

Thanksgiving Food Ideas

Thanksgiving is almost a practice for Christmas. Fortunately most ingredients are in the shops already – and cheaper now than on Christmas Eve.

  • Turkey
  • Apple Pie
  • Pecan Pie
  • Pumpkin Pie – use that pumpkin from Halloween!

Australia Day themed parties

Event Themes

Australia Day is on January 26 every year and marks the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788 and what many see as the invasion of this continent. Across Australia there are parades, barbecues, parties and fireworks, citizenship ceremonies, protests and mixed feelings. It is a day to reflect on what it means to be Australian.

Some think we should move it to a more neutral day – Like Wattle Day on the 1st of September.  What do you think?  Read on below for some ideas for an Australia-themed party.

Or try something different and have an Aussie Icon's Party with a options like Edna Everage, Australian politicians, etc.

Australian Things To Do & Eat On

  • Try some of these quintessentially Australian foods:
    • Prawns, lamb steaks, barbecued mango, potato salad, coleslaw, hamburgers, damper, prawn and avocado skewers.
    • Learn about bush tucker
  • You'll need a range of drinks for children and adults, alcoholic and non-alcoholic. If you're going to a public park, make sure you take plenty of water, as there aren't always clean drinking taps around.
    • Children: Fruit juice poppers, apple juice, fizzy drinks, water.
    • Adults: Beer, wine, water, fizzy drinks, orange juice, water.
  • You can't forget the deserts:
    • Lamingtons, icy poles, Anzac biscuits, pavlova, decorate a cake for Australia (or even bake a cake in the shape of Australia!).
  • Backyard and beach sports. Play cricket, soccer, football and gripball.
  • If you're looking for something to do on Australia Day in your city, see the BCL January What's On pages for each capital city and their respective states: Adelaide | Brisbane | Canberra | Darwin | Hobart | Melbourne | Perth | Sydney | If you're arranging an event, you can advertise it free on those pages.

 

Saturday Night Fever Party Ideas

General Party Themes, Movie & TV Themes

The film was released in 1977 and stars a young Travolta. By night he is the king of the local disco, 2001 Odyssey. Have fun with this theme! Play some 70s disco, practice your jives and boogies, wear some flares and sparkly 70s costumes and decorate with disco balls and lights. Another film from the late 70s disco era is Xanadu, starring Olivia Newton John.

Clothing and Costumes

In the film Travolta wears a white suit, but there are plenty of 70s disco costumes to choose from. These include flares, sparkly shirts and roller skates. Browse the shops below for some costume ideas.

  • Costumes.com.au is based in Melbourne and delivers costumes and accessories (including shoes, hats, wigs, party supplies and more) with flat rate delivery Australia-wide. See their 1970s costumes

Entertainment and Music

Music for a Saturday Night Fever party should include a lot of 70s disco. Songs by the Bee Gees featured heavily in the movie and soundtrack. Other artists include KC and the Sunshine Band and Yvonne Elliman.

Party Ideas

Watch the film, play the soundtrack, have a dance competition and play 70's or Saturday Night Fever trivia.

  • For more inspiration, including food ideas, see 70s party.

Ghost Parties

General Party Themes

Ghost parties can include humourous ghosts, schlocky ghosts (think b-films of yesteryear), friendly or not-so-friendly ghosts from childhood stories, stylish and sophisticated dinner party ghosts, or full-on horror ghosts.

These parties are flexible enough for you to throw a dedicated ghost party or you could combine our party suggestions below into a Halloween / Friday the 13th party, vampire party or zombie party.

An alternative to throwing your own ghost party is to go on a ghost tour – we've compiled a list of these at the bottom of the page.

Ghost Costumes

The most iconic ghost image and the simplest to achieve is the white sheet ghost – simply raid your old linen and cut out eyes in the appropriate places.

But ghosts come in many other forms:

  • The bio-exorcist ghost, Beetlejuice
  • Casper the Friendly Ghost
  • Slimer, the green ghost from Ghostbusters
  • The crew of the Flying Dutchman (Pirates of the Caribbean)
  • Bloody Mary
  • The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future
  • Ghostface from Scream

If you're not interested in being a ghost yourself, you could always do some ghostbusting.

Ghost Decorations and Party Supplies

  • Decorate your haunted house with white, grey, and black decorations including spider webs, spiders, and hanging streamers.
  • To create the right ambiance, use fairy lights or LED candles.
  • If you are interested in particularly grotesque decorations, there are some great fake blood products on our zombies theme page

Ghost Party Food

As with most parties, your ghost party can be as simple or as elaborate as you wish. At the more sophisticated end of the spectrum is the ghost dinner party. You can get particularly creative with this and have everyone come as a dead famous person of their choice.

Here are a few ghost party food ideas that you could incorporate:

  • Marshmallow Man – create mini versions of this iconic character from Ghostbusters by using toothpicks to connect the marshmallows.
  • Vanilla cupcakes with white icing – the easiest way to get that bright white icing is to use specially-made cake icing
  • Bloody Mary – Vodka, tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco sauce with your choice of garnish.
  • Green jelly – serve in a large bowl as edible slime. Mix with vodka if you wish.

For more spooky or grotesque food ideas, see our spooky parties, vampire parties, and zombie parties

Ghost Tours

Outer Space Party Ideas

General Party Themes

20 July (AU time) is the anniversary of the first moon landing.

Party Supplies and Decorations

Make stars, planets and moons from cardboard, foil, styrofoam balls and glow-in-the dark paint and hang them on the walls and ceiling. Or get some ready-made glow-in-the-dark stars. Use a black light bulb to for bring out the glow.

  • Cool Things – Specialise in stocking products that are simply cool. They are based in Launceston, Tasmania and deliver Australia wide and internationally. Orders can be gift wrapped complete with a message to the lucky recipient. Cool Things have a remote control solar system mobile.

Costumes

Dress like an astronaut, a planet or star, an alien or recreate the era when man first landed on the moon – see our 60s party page. Popular characters from related to space include members from Star Trek, Lost in Space, Men in Black, as well as Buzz Lightyear and Marvin the Martian. Also check out our Star Wars party page.

  • Costume Box – Thousands of Fancy Dress costumes for adults and kids for all occasions. Sydney-based online store with delivery to Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Flat fee delivery within Australia. Most costumes are dispatched within 24 hours. All costumes displayed are in stock. Search for outer space.
  • See more party costumes for children and adults.

Outer Space food ideas

  • Bake star shaped cookies and to make them shiny, wrap them in foil.

Aussie Icons Parties

Country Themes, General Party Themes

These are an alternative to the usual Australia Day flag-waving parties, but also good for any time of the year.

Here are some Aussie Icon ideas but once you start thinking about them, there are lots more. Don't forget to practice the voices and cliched lines.

  • Australian TV / Comedy Characters
    • Dame Edna is the obvious one, or extend it to all of the Barry Mackenzie cast with Bazza himself, Les Patterson, Madge.
    • Norman Gunston (the Little Aussie Bleeder) you need a comb over and some toilet paper
    • Kath & Kim
  • Australian Politicians.  The wigs for Julia, the budgie smugglers for Tony Abbott… Think of your favourite, and least favourite, politicians – at any level of government, current or old-timers.
  • Australian Music, Musicians and Bands
    • 70's Bands. Don't forget at least one Molly Meldrum
    • Bee Gees – all those costumes and hairstyles and songs
  • Australian Films – not necessarily your favourite or the best films, think of the films that offer the best characters, props, music or games.
    • Priscilla Queen of the Desert – everything from the drag queens to the outback Aussie's in their singlets.
    • Mad Max!
    • Crocodile Dundee
    • Strictly Ballroom
  • Aussie Cliches – you've got a lot of freedom to expose your prejudices here
    • The Aussie Bloke and Sheila
    • Lifesavers, Surfers and Beach Girls.
    • Footballers and other sports “personalities”

Aussie Icon Party Costumes, Gifts & Prizes

Wigs, glasses, accessories and maybe a bit of make-up are often all you need – unless you want to go all out and have a Priscilla Party.

  • Costumes.com.au is based in Melbourne and delivers costumes and accessories (including shoes, hats, wigs, party supplies and more) with flat rate delivery Australia-wide. Options for same day to Melbourne metro, order online and pick up from their warehouse in Kilsyth, Victoria. Start with their Australia Day theme costumes
  • See also green party and gold party for green and gold costumes, body paint, party goods, etc.

Sex And The City

Movie & TV Themes

Sex And The City Party Ideas

It was the cultural phenomenon of the late nineties and early naughties. Four single, sexy and successful women living and working in New York City. We lived and died with Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda's successes, struggles and failures in love, life and work.

Get the girls together and get ready for a Sex And The City marathon, complimented with cosmopolitans, LBDs and lots and lots of gossip.

Costume and outfit ideas

This is your chance to be as outrageous as you like – or try something really simple a plain black T-shirt is great to show off some bling from the costume shops.

Decorations

Try black and hot pink for tablecloths and balloons, then add Party Lights and Things that Glow.

Food and Drink

Food ideas include starters of prawns and little sandwiches. Dinner can be Chinese take-away (it's Carrie's slump food and a staple of Miranda's diet).

Drinks are, of course, cosmopolitans. If not everyone likes them, make sure you have supplies to make different cocktails as well as non-alcoholic drinks.

Party Ideas

  • Watch your favourite episode/series. It's going to be tough deciding on just one or two episodes, especially if everyone weighs in on the decision. So be warned that you may end up having more Sex and the City parties than you planned…
  • For more cocktail party ideas see our cocktail theme page.

Medieval and Renaissance Parties

General Party Themes

Medieval and renaissance parties can focus on the sophistication of the castle setting or the rowdiness of the tavern and the cast of characters can range from Kings and Queens, Lords and Ladies, Princes and Princesses to knights, court jesters, and tavern wenches.

Medieval re-enactment fairs are held in Australian each year. Activities include jousting, archery, fighting tournaments, masque balls, and banquets. Some Australian fairs are…

Medieval and Renaissance Costumes

Yellow Party Ideas

Colour Themes

Yellow is a warm and cheerful colour for a party

  • Sing along, or have competitions to see how many songs you know with “Yellow” in the title. Here are just a few to start with… Yellow Submarine, Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree, Mellow Yellow, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road…
  • See who can think of the most yellow flowers
  • Make everyone dress up in a yellow costume

Yellow Costumes

Yellow costumes include yellow zoot suits, bumble bees, Charlie Brown, the Bride from Kill Bill, the Simpson, rubber duckies, chicks, the yellow Wiggle, fire fighters, princesses, clowns, dancers, and more.  Browse these online shops for yellow costumes:

  • Costumes.com.au is based in Melbourne and delivers costumes and accessories (including shoes, hats, wigs, party supplies and more) with flat rate delivery Australia-wide. Options for same day to Melbourne metro, order online and pick up from their warehouse in Kilsyth, Victoria.

Yellow food ideas

  • For yellow fruit salad, chop up a selection of yellow fruit and mix in a bowl with a bit of fruit juice to prevent browning. Yellow fruits include bananas, apricots, pawpaw, mango, peaches, starfruit, lychees, and pineapple.
  • Yellow jelly: buy a packet of jelly crystals, or for a fruitier version use yellow fruit juice (try pineapple juice) and unflavoured gelatin — the packet usually has instructions.
  • Bananas wrapped in foil and baked or cooked on the barbecue will become very sweet.  The skin will turn black but the fruit inside will be yellow.  Serve with custard!
  • Yellow birthday cake – try our butter cake recipe with lemon icing — delicious and yellow.
  • Yellow vegetables include corn, squash, yellow zucchini, yellow capsicum/peppers, yellow tomatoes.
  • Rice cooked with saffron or turmeric becomes a rich yellow or golden colour.  These spices can also be added to curries.
  • Yellow drinks include natural lemonade and pineapple juice.  Yellow alcohol drinks and liqueurs for cocktails include Chartreuse and Galliano.

More Colour themes for Parties

Easter Party

Event Themes

Easter time gives you the excuse to take days off work and eat huge amounts of chocolate. Having a party then, is easily justifiable.

Easter Costumes

If you've ever had the urge to dress up as a bunny or even just wear their ears on your head, an Easter party is the perfect place to do so.

  • Costumes.com.au is based in Melbourne and delivers costumes and accessories (including shoes, hats, wigs, party supplies and more) with flat rate delivery Australia-wide. Options for same day to Melbourne metro, order online and pick up from their warehouse in Kilsyth, Victoria. See their Easter costumes.

Easter Gifts

See the BCL.com.au website for Easter Eggs & Chocolate – Everything from fun Easter eggs in buckets, boxes and baskets to sophisticated Easter egg gifts for the chocolate connoisseur.

Cape Dressup Theme Parties

General Party Themes

There's something special about capes. They can give you a comfort like a cosy blanket, yet at the same time tempt to you swirl and flourish.

You realise this simple party theme has a lot of scope when you start thinking about all the different sorts of characters who wear capes – from Little Red Riding Hood to the Caped Crusader (Batman) and Darth Vader. Even Elvis had a cape!

Characters who Wear Capes

  • Superman
  • Batman and Batgirl
  • Vampires
  • Darth Vader
  • Devils
  • Red Riding Hood
  • Elvis
  • Some knights
  • Phantom of the Opera
  • Hercules
  • Romans and Greeks
  • Zorro
  • or you could just wear a cape over your normal clothes and see how much it affects the way you move

Alphabet Parties – Letter ‘Z’

Alphabet Themes

Suggestions for parties and costumes starting with Z.  It's a hard one – how many can you think of? Until now – when it's Z for ZOOM parties.

With a ZOOM party, you can still have a theme and dress up – or you can play mystery object.

Here are some ideas for Z characters and costumes.

  • Zac Efron
  • Zelda
  • Zen
  • Zero
  • Zeus – part of a Roman Party
  • Zebra – or go all Jungle & Safari
  • Zig Zags – for costumes (just add some zigzag braid to everyday clothing), decorations, food…
  • Zipper – the costumes with the most or longest zips win a prize.
  • Zodiac Sign – everyone can dress as their star sign – or the star sign of the host.
  • Zombie – Zombie Party
  • Zoo Animal – Zebra is a double Z but any zoo animal could do. Who will be the zookeeper?
  • Zoot is the saxophone player in the Muppets. Blue hair in the right place, and a real or toy saxophone should do it. (http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Zoot)
  • Zorro – see our Spanish Fiesta page
  • Zucchini – how many dishes can you put zucchini in – quiches, salads, cakes, dips…
  • Zulu
  • ZZZZZ (have a sleepover or pyjama party)

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Dressing up as an occupation gives you plenty of scope for creativity and indulging in a little humour. Think about how characters with these occupations have been characterised in films and television. Use accessories and catchphrases to exaggerate their qualities and give plenty of clues.

Not many occupations beginning with Z, all we can think of are…

  • Zookeeper
  • Zoologist
  • Zealot – all your (least) favourite fanatics

Can you think of any more?

‘Z' Decorations

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Alphabet Parties – Letter ‘Y’

Alphabet Themes

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Alphabet Parties – Letter ‘X’

Alphabet Themes

If your name's Xavier, and you have more than four friends, maybe you should use your surname to choose the party theme.

  • X – Axis
  • Xbox
  • Xerxes
  • Xena Warrior Princes
  • X-men
  • X-Ray
  • Xylophone
  • XXXX (Brisbane beer)

More ‘X'

  • X marks the spot – treasure hunts.
  • X – no longer.  Celebrate the things you have left behind – ex-partners, ex-careers, ex-habits

Dress-ups – Jobs starting with ‘X'

Dressing up as an occupation gives you plenty of scope for creativity and indulging in a little humour. Think about how characters with these occupations have been characterised in films and television. Use accessories and catchphrases to exaggerate their qualities and give plenty of clues. Not many occupations beginning with X, all we can think of are…

  • X-ray technician
  • Xerox operator
  • XXXX brewery worker

‘X’ Decorations

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Alphabet Parties – Letter ‘W’

Alphabet Themes

Will the wicked wizard wear wellington boots to the party?

  • Wally (Where's Wally) You could dress up as lots of Wallies. 😉
  • Warwick Capper
  • Wellington Boots – wear anything you like above as long as you wear the boots.
  • Wench – for a girl's night or a hen's party
  • Werewolf
  • Wicked Witch of the West – Wizard of Oz Party
  • Wiggles
  • Wild West
  • Wilma Flintstone – Caveman Party
  • Witch – Spooky Party
  • Wizard of Oz – Wizard of Oz Party
  • Wolf with Red Riding Hood or the Three Pigs, etc
  • Wonder Woman
  • Woody Allen
  • World Map
  • Worm
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Wuthering Heights – and Kate Bush. Check out this video to give you an idea.

Wactivities!

There are so many starting with W.  Get your guests to…

  • wobble
  • wrestle
  • wriggle
  • whine
  • whimper
  • whisper
  • whistle
  • play whist
  • wear wigs

Dress-ups – Jobs starting with ‘W'

Dressing up as an occupation gives you plenty of scope for creativity and indulging in a little humour. Think about how characters with these occupations have been characterised in films and television. Use accessories and catchphrases to exaggerate their qualities and give plenty of clues. Some occupations beginning with W are…

  • Waiter / Waitress
  • Warden
  • Weather reporter
  • Warder
  • Welder
  • Woodcarver
  • Woodcutter
  • Writer – dress up as a famous writer, carrying one of your books as a clue.
  • Winemaker

Food starting with ‘W'

  • waffles – sweet and savoury
  • wine!
  • white anything
  • walnuts on their own or in cakes, salads and other dishes
  • Waldorf salad
  • Watermelon
  • Watercress
  • Weiner Schnitzel – do bite-size pieces as finger foods
  • Wasabi
  • Wensleydale cheese (Wallace & Grommet)
  • Welsh rarebit – melted cheese on toast. Jazz it up by mixing in a mustardy cheese sauce and put on small toasts.
  • Wafers
  • Worcestershire sauce

‘W’ Decorations

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Alphabet Parties – Letter ‘V’

Alphabet Themes

Here are some ideas to get you started. Follow the links to related themes.

  • Vagrant
  • Vampire – Vampires
  • Venice and all things Venetian
  • Venus, Goddess of Love – Roman Parties
  • Venus Williams
  • Velma Dinkley (from Scooby Doo)
  • Vera Lynn
  • Video Game Characters
  • Vikings
  • Vince Noir – Mighty Boosh Party
  • Vincent van Gogh
  • Vixen
  • Vladimir Putin
  • Colour violet

Dress-ups – Jobs starting with ‘V'

Dressing up as an occupation gives you plenty of scope for creativity and indulging in a little humour. Think about how characters with these occupations have been characterised in films and television. Use accessories and catchphrases to exaggerate their qualities and give plenty of clues. Some occupations beginning with V are…

  • Vaudevillian
  • Violinist
  • Valet
  • Ventriloquist
  • Veterinarian
  • Vocalist (singer)
  • Vicar
  • Village idiot
  • Vintner (winemaker)
  • Volcanologists

Food & Drinks starting with ‘V'

  • Make a large “volcano” cake or decorate cupcakes like volcanos with icing as lava
  • Vanilla-flavoured things
  • Vodka
  • Vol-au-vent
  • Vine leaves
  • Vindaloo curry
  • Vegetables of all kinds
  • Restrict yourselves to vegetarian or vegan recipes and see how creative people can be

‘V’ Decorations

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Alphabet Parties – Letter ‘U’

Alphabet Themes

Underneath the arches…

  • Ugly – have an ugly dress competition
  • Umbrella
  • Undead
  • Uncle Sam
  • Uncle anyone else.
  • Underwear – wear it on the outside if you're not brave enough for just the underwear
  • Unidentified Flying Object
  • Union Jack
  • Unisex party – can your guests manage to dress up so nobody can tell…
  • Upside-down party
  • Usher
  • Ute

Dress-ups – Jobs starting with ‘U'

Dressing up as an occupation gives you plenty of scope for creativity and indulging in a little humour. Think about how characters with these occupations have been characterised in films and television. Use accessories and catchphrases to exaggerate their qualities and give plenty of clues. Some occupations beginning with U are…

  • Umpire
  • Undercover Agent
  • Undertaker
  • Underwriter (insurance)
  • Urban Planner – choose a local area or topic and compete for good (or silly) ways to make your town better.
  • Urologist
  • Usher

‘U’ Decorations

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Alphabet Parties – Letter ‘T’

Alphabet Themes

T – Tricky! Dress as something beginning with T, Bring something beginning with T, or have food or drink beginning with T (including the obvious!)

Dress-ups – Jobs starting with ‘T'

Dressing up as an occupation gives you plenty of scope for creativity and indulging in a little humour. Think about how characters with these occupations have been characterised in films and television. Use accessories and catchphrases to exaggerate their qualities and give plenty of clues. Some occupations beginning with T are…

  • Talk show host
  • Taste Tester
  • Taxidermist
  • Taxi Driver
  • Teacher
  • Technician
  • Theologian
  • Thespian
  • Toastmaster
  • Tour Guide or Travel Agent
  • Town Crier – oh no, not a whole room of them!
  • Trainer
  • Train Driver
  • Tradesman
  • Translator
  • Treasurer (of the country? or just a local money counter?)
  • Truck driver

Things to Do

  • Tug of war if you are having an outdoor party

‘T’ Decorations

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Alphabet Parties – Letter ‘S’

Alphabet Themes

An S party costume could be simple, silly, serious or sexy – which would you prefer?

Foods starting with ‘S'

  • Strawberry
  • Sausages
  • Salads

Dress-ups – Jobs starting with ‘S'

Dressing up as an occupation gives you plenty of scope for creativity and indulging in a little humour. Think about how characters with these occupations have been characterised in films and television. Use accessories and catchphrases to exaggerate their qualities and give plenty of clues. Some occupations beginning with S are…

  • Safety Engineer
  • Sailor
  • Salesperson
  • Schoolteacher
  • Scientist
  • Seamstress
  • Secretary
  • Servant
  • Singer
  • Sleuth
  • Soldier
  • Solicitor
  • Special agent
  • Statistician
  • Stewardess
  • Stripper
  • Stock broker
  • Stunt double
  • Surgeon

‘S’ Decorations

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Alphabet Parties – Letter ‘R’

Alphabet Themes

Round the rugged rock… time to roll your “R”s at a parrrrrty.

Dress-ups – Jobs starting with ‘R'

Dressing up as an occupation gives you plenty of scope for creativity and indulging in a little humour. Think about how characters with these occupations have been characterised in films and television. Use accessories and catchphrases to exaggerate their qualities and give plenty of clues. Some occupations beginning with R are…

  • Rabbi
  • Racing Driver
  • Ranger
  • Rat Catcher
  • Receptionist
  • Robber
  • Rock Star
  • Rodeo Rider
  • Railway Worker
  • Radiologist
  • Radio DJ
  • Reporter
  • Researcher
  • Restaurant Owner
  • Rescue Worker
  • Ringmaster
  • Risk Management
  • Roadie
  • Real Estate Agent
  • Rocket Scientist (It's not. Yes, it is!)

‘R’ Decorations

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 Alphabet Parties – Letter ‘Q’

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Lots of Queens but what about the Queenslanders? Is that a good idea?

Light up your life with an L party. Dress as something beginning with L, Bring something beginning with L, or have food beginning with L

  • Queens of all kinds
  • Queen – Medieval and Renaissance or Egyptian Party
  • Queen of Hearts – Mad Hatter's Tea Party
  • Queen & Freddie Mercury – check out  1980s Themes
  • Queenslanders – dress as your (least) favourite Queensland politician.
  • Quentin Tarantino
  • Qui-Gon Jinn – Star Wars Party
  • Questions – make games out of asking questions with your guests
  • Quests – from Don Quixote-like dreams to everyday ambitions, everyone has one but will they share it?

Dress-ups – Jobs starting with ‘Q'

Dressing up as an occupation gives you plenty of scope for creativity and indulging in a little humour. Think about how characters with these occupations have been characterised in films and television. Use accessories and catchphrases to exaggerate their qualities and give plenty of clues. Some occupations beginning with Q are…

  • Quality Controller
  • Quantity surveyor
  • Quartermaster
  • Queen
  • Quilter
  • Quiz Master – or Quiz Contestant. Stage your favourite quiz from tv – Chaser? Pointless?

‘Q’ Decorations

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Alphabet Parties – Letter ‘P’

Alphabet Themes

Party play time! Try some of these P themes.

Dress-ups – Jobs starting with ‘P'

Dressing up as an occupation gives you plenty of scope for creativity and indulging in a little humour. Think about how characters with these occupations have been characterised in films and television. Use accessories and catchphrases to exaggerate their qualities and give plenty of clues. Some occupations beginning with P are…

  • Palm Reader
  • Painter (artist or walls)
  • Parking Inspector
  • Pilot
  • Pirate
  • Plumber
  • Poet
  • Policeman / Policewoman
  • Politician or Prime Minister
  • Porn star
  • Postman
  • Priest
  • Professor
  • Prude – imagine a party where all the guests are prudes!  Talking about all the things you disapprove of could get out of hand…
  • Psychiatrist
  • Psychoanalyst

Places starting with ‘P'

Select a country, city or place beginning with P and use that as the base of your theme – try Paris, Peru, Penang, Poland, Pennsylvania.

Food starting with ‘P'

Eat it or dress-up as it

  • Pineapple
  • Pumpkin
  • Pickle
  • Peas

‘P’ Decorations

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Alphabet Parties – Letter ‘O’

Alphabet Themes

Online, offline, over and out. Try some of these o themes.

Dress-ups – Jobs starting with ‘O'

Dressing up as an occupation gives you plenty of scope for creativity and indulging in a little humour. Think about how characters with these occupations have been characterised in films and television. Use accessories and catchphrases to exaggerate their qualities and give plenty of clues. Some occupations beginning with O are…

  • Obstetrician
  • Organist
  • Orthodontist
  • Optometrist
  • Ombudsman
  • Office Manager

‘O’ Decorations

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Alphabet Parties – Letter ‘N’

Alphabet Themes

Novel ideas for nice or naughty parties.

Dress-ups – Jobs starting with ‘N'

Dressing up as an occupation gives you plenty of scope for creativity and indulging in a little humour. Think about how characters with these occupations have been characterised in films and television. Use accessories and catchphrases to exaggerate their qualities and give plenty of clues. Some occupations beginning with N are…

  • Nanny
  • NASCAR driver
  • Naval Officer
  • News Reader / Reporter
  • Night watchman
  • Novelist
  • Nun
  • Nurse

‘N’ Decorations

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Alphabet Parties – Letter ‘M’

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Mmmmm, time for some mischief?

  • Magic – get practicing those magic tricks.
  • Matador – Spanish Fiesta
  • Marilyn Monroe – Marilyn Monroe Party
  • Mary – A room full of fictional and real Marys
    • Mary, Mary quite contrary
    • Mary had a little Lamb
    • Mary Poppins
    • Mary Queen of Scots
    • Mary from Peter, Paul, and Mary
    • Mary Shelley (wrote Frankenstein)
  • Master Chef
  • Matchmaker
  • Medieval and Renaissance Party
  • Mermaids
  • Mexican party – see our Spanish/Mexican Fiesta page
  • Michael Jackson
  • Michael Moore
  • Mime
  • Mister Magoo
  • Mister Men – the children's series bring the books and collectibles, identify with them, dress up as them. Who will be Mr Grumpy or Little Miss Trouble?
  • Mohican – everyone has to wear one
  • Mona Lisa
  • Mondrian
  • Money – and Monopoly
  • Monk
  • Mozart
  • Mouse – as in three blind mice, or Dangermouse, or Mickey and Mini Mouse.
  • Moustaches – all shapes and sizes on males and females.
  • Mullets – no, not the fish, that hairstyle that is so 70s.
  • Mummy – Spooky Parties
  • Muppets – dress up as or bring along your favourite Muppet. How many Miss Piggy's can you fit in one party?
  • Musclemen and Body Builders.
  • Mutant – Spooky Parties

Dress-ups – Jobs starting with ‘M'

Dressing up as an occupation gives you plenty of scope for creativity and indulging in a little humour. Think about how characters with these occupations have been characterised in films and television. Use accessories and catchphrases to exaggerate their qualities and give plenty of clues. Some occupations beginning with M are…

  • Magician
  • Magistrate
  • Marine Biologist
  • Marketer
  • Martial artist
  • Masseuse
  • Master Chef
  • Master of Ceremony
  • Mathematician
  • Mechanic
  • Mercenary
  • Meteorologist
  • Midwife
  • Milkman
  • Miner

‘M’ Decorations

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 Alphabet Parties – Letter ‘L’

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Light up your life with an L party. Dress as something beginning with L, Bring something beginning with L, or have food beginning with L

  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Ladybug / Ladybeetle
  • Lamp
  • Lara Croft
  • Learner – what part of your life needs L plates?
  • LED gadgets, decorations, slippers – yes slippers
  • LEGO – can you ever be too old?
  • Leopard
  • Leper
  • Leprechaun – St Patrick's Day Party
  • Licorice – eat it, dress up as it.
  • Lion
  • Lizard
  • Lobster
  • Loch Ness Monster
  • Lois Lane – Superheroes
  • Lucy – I love Lucy
  • Luke Skywalker – Star Wars Party
  • Lulu – rememeber her with a 1960s Party

and all the “Littles

  • Little Red Riding Hood
  • Little Bo Peep
  • Little Jack Horner
  • Little Voice (movie)
  • Little Miss characters like Little Miss Trouble, Little Miss Bossy

Foods starting with ‘L'

  • Lemon – lemon tarts, lemon sorbet, a slice of lemon in your gin..
  • Lollipops and Lollies (try the old fashioned ones)
  • Licorice
  • Lettuce
  • Lentils

Dress-ups – Jobs starting with ‘L'

Dressing up as an occupation gives you plenty of scope for creativity and indulging in a little humour. Think about how characters with these occupations have been characterised in films and television. Use accessories and catchphrases to exaggerate their qualities and give plenty of clues. Some occupations beginning with L are…

  • Laboratory assistant
  • Lawyer
  • Lecturer
  • Lion tamer
  • Librarian
  • Lifeguard
  • Limousine Driver
  • Loan shark
  • Lobbyist
  • Local Government Inspector
  • Locksmith
  • Logician
  • Lumberjack – I'm a lumberjack and I'm ok…

‘L’ Decorations

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Alphabet Parties – Letter ‘K’

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In the land of kangaroos, koalas, Keiths and Kevins, Kath & Kim, surely you can think of something beginning with K.

Dress-ups – Jobs starting with ‘K'

Dressing up as an occupation gives you plenty of scope for creativity and indulging in a little humour. Think about how characters with these occupations have been characterised in films and television. Use accessories and catchphrases to exaggerate their qualities and give plenty of clues. Some occupations beginning with K are…

  • Karate teacher
  • Kimino
  • Kindergarten teacher
  • King
  • Kingmaker
  • Kitchen hand
  • Knee doctor
  • Knowledge worker
  • Koala handler (khaki and lots of scratches)

Food starting with ‘K'

  • Kalamata olives
  • Kangaroo meat
  • Kebabs
  • Kedgeree
  • Keema curry (mince and peas)
  • Kidney  beans (chili con carne or salads)
  • King prawns
  • Korma curry
  • Ketchup – and everything to go with it
  • Kiwi-fruit
  • Kippers
  • Kale

‘K’ Decorations

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Alphabet Parties – Letter ‘J’

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Jump to it and have a party with costumes, decorations or show-and-tell beginning with J.

  • Jack Sparrow – Pirate Party
  • Jack the Ripper
  • Jack and Jill – get your pail of water and go as a couple
  • James Bond 007
  • Janis Joplin
  • Jar Jar Binks – Star Wars Party
  • Jester
  • The Jetsons
  • Jimi Hendrix
  • Joker
  • Jockey
  • John Lennon – Beatles Party
  • John Wayne
  • Judge – Judge Judy – and excuse for gowns and wigs
  • Jungle Party
  • Julius Caesar – Roman Empire Party
  • Jukebox – anyone old enough to remember the real ones? Try a 50s or 60s party.
  • Jumbo anything
  • Jumping – anything that jumps

Dress-ups – Jobs starting with ‘J'

Dressing up as an occupation gives you plenty of scope for creativity and indulging in a little humour. Think about how characters with these occupations have been characterised in films and television. Use accessories and catchphrases to exaggerate their qualities and give plenty of clues. Some occupations beginning with J are…

  • Jackaroo / Jillaroo
  • Janitor
  • Jeweller
  • Jewel Thief eg Pink Panther
  • Jockey
  • Journalist
  • Judge
  • Juggler

Foods starting with ‘J'

  • Jaffa Cakes and Jaffa sweets
  • Jam tarts, jam doughnuts, jam drops.
  • Jelly
  • Jellybeans, Jelly Babies
  • Jubes

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Alphabet Parties – Letter ‘I’

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I spy with my little eye, something beginning with “I”

  • Ian Thorpe
  • Icarus
  • Inflatable – furniture, hats, costumes, balloons, anything inflatable.
  • Igloo
  • iPod/iPhone and iEverything else
  • Indian – Bollywood
  • Inuit
  • Mr. or Mrs. Incredible – Superheroes
  • Indiana Jones – Indiana Jones Party
  • Iron Man
  • Isaac Newton
  • Animals beginning with I – iguana, ibis, insects…

Dress-ups – Jobs starting with ‘I'

Dressing up as an occupation gives you plenty of scope for creativity and indulging in a little humour. Think about how characters with these occupations have been characterised in films and television. Use accessories and catchphrases to exaggerate their qualities and give plenty of clues. Some occupations beginning with I are…

  • Instructor
  • Intelligence agent
  • Intensive Care doctor, nurse etc
  • Investigator
  • Inventor – challenge your guests to bring along an example of an invention that has made a difference to their lives, or eveyone try to come up with an invention that would make their lives better right now.
  • Investment Advisor

Foods starting with ‘I'

  • Ice and Ice Cubes
  • Ice cream
  • Iceberg lettuce
  • Italian anything

‘I’ Decorations

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Alphabet Parties – Letter ‘H’

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Put your horrible, hairy hat on and go party!

Think about…

  • Hair!  The musical, or just a mad, bad hairy, hirsute party.
  • Han Solo – Star Wars Party
  • Handyman or handywoman
  • Hannibal
  • Hans Christian Anderson – choose a character from one of his many fables… like the Hare and the Tortoise
  • Harrison Ford – Indiana Jones Party
  • Harry Potter
  • Hat party – wear whatever you like below – it's the hat that matters.
  • Hawaiian Party
  • Harajuku Girl
  • Has-beens – dress up as an ex-politician and see who remembers them. (Watch The Drum for inspiration.)
  • Henry VIII – or any other King Henrys.  Look for the “I'm Henry the 8th” song by Herman's Hermits from 1965 (here's a youtube with lyrics)
  • Hercules
  • Hermes
  • Hillbilly
  • Hippy – have a 60s party with lots of flower power and hippy clothes and music
  • Hitler
  • Hobbit
  • Hologram (Rimmer from Red Dwarf)
  • Horns – anything with horns… a bull, a devil, a viking
  • Captain Hook – Fairy Tale Party
  • Homer Simpson
  • Hyacinth Bucket – from the BBC sitcom Keeping Up Appearances. Get out those wigs and accents.

Dress-ups – Jobs starting with ‘H'

Dressing up as an occupation gives you plenty of scope for creativity and indulging in a little humour. Think about how characters with these occupations have been characterised in films and television. Use accessories and catchphrases to exaggerate their qualities and give plenty of clues. Some occupations beginning with H are…

  • Hairdresser
  • Handyman
  • Hatmaker – you'd have to wear one of your creations.
  • Health worker – lots of scope there
  • High School Teacher
  • Hitman – not a real one!
  • Homeopath
  • Horse breeder / trainer
  • Hospital worker – lots of scope there
  • Hotel worker – you'll have to work to make it convincing.
  • Housewife – desperate or otherwise
  • House builder
  • Horror fiction writer

Foods starting with ‘H'

  • Hamburgers
  • Hash browns
  • Hazelnuts
  • Herb breads
  • Honey
  • Honeycomb
  • Hors d'oeuvres
  • Horseradish
  • Hummus

‘H’ Decorations

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Alphabet Parties – Letter ‘G’

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G has a lot of options but if you get stuck, just put “good” or “great” or “green” in front of lots of other things. Try these for starters…

  • Gandalf
  • Gangster
  • Geek
  • Geisha
  • Genghis Khan
  • Genie
  • have a George party – dress as any George including
    • George Bush
    • George Harrison – Beatles Party
    • King George
    • George Orwell
    • George Jetson
    • Boy George (1980s, androgyny)
    • George Michael
  • Ghost – Ghost Party
  • Ghost Buster
  • G.I. Joe
  • Gingerbread – eat it and dress up as gingerbread people – run, run as fast as you can…
  • Gladiator – Roman Empire
  • Globe
  • Glove party – wear any type of glove with or without and accompanying costume
  • Glow in the dark party
  • Goblin
  • Goldilocks – Fairytale Party
  • Golfer
  • Gorbachev
  • Gorilla – Jungle & Safari
  • Goths
  • Grease – the movie with Danny, Sandy, Frenchie and Rizzo
  • Grim Reaper – Spooky Party
  • Geriatric or Grannie party – make everyone wear grey wigs and dress like they are 70+
  • Grunge
  • Gumby – remember Gumby and Pokey?
  • Gunslinger – Wild West
  • Gypsy

Dress-ups – Jobs starting with ‘G'

Dressing up as an occupation gives you plenty of scope for creativity and indulging in a little humour. Think about how characters with these occupations have been characterised in films and television. Use accessories and catchphrases to exaggerate their qualities and give plenty of clues. Some occupations beginning with G are…

  • Garbage Collector
  • Gardener
  • Gatekeeper
  • General Practitioner (GP)
  • Gemmologist
  • Geologist
  • Goldminer / Gold Digger
  • Government worker / advisor
  • Groom
  • Guard
  • Guide of any kind
  • Gym instructor

Foods starting with ‘G'

  • Gruel
  • Grapes
  • Gorgonzola and Gouda cheese
  • Gerkins
  • Ginger, gingernut biscuits, crystalised ginger
  • Goulash
  • Guacamole
  • Garlic
  • Green Tea
  • Granny Smith apples
  • Gumballs
  • anything starting with Green

‘G’ Decorations

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Alphabet Parties – Letter ‘F’

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Fantastic party themes and fabulous foods beginning with F.

Think about…

  • Fairy
  • FBI Agent
  • Fireman
  • Fire Hydrant
  • Fisherman
  • Flamingo
  • Flapper – have a 1920's Party and get everyone to wear a flapper dress
  • Flashing things – gadgets that flash, not human flashers. See our lights and things that glow page
  • Flower Power Girl – 1960's Party
  • Flowers – dress up as any flower – a daffodil, a rose – or in excessively floral clothing
  • Fluffy – wear something fluffy, dress as fluffy animals.
  • Fortune Teller
  • Fossils
  • Frank Sinatra
  • Freddie Mercury
  • Fred Flintstone – Caveman Party
  • Freddy Krueger – Spooky Party
  • French Fries
  • Frenchman – French Party
  • Frenchy from Grease – have a  Grease Party
  • Frisbys
  • Frogs

Dress-ups – Jobs starting with ‘F'

Dressing up as an occupation gives you plenty of scope for creativity and indulging in a little humour. Think about how characters with these occupations have been characterised in films and television. Use accessories and catchphrases to exaggerate their qualities and give plenty of clues. Some occupations beginning with F are…

  • Farmer
  • Fast Food Worker
  • Film Director
  • Fireman
  • Fisherman
  • Flamenco Dancer
  • Florist
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Fruiterer
  • Funeral Director

Foods starting with ‘F'

  • Fairy bread and fairy floss
  • Fish
  • Fruit – and figs
  • Fried everything
  • Falafel

‘F’ Decorations

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Alphabet Parties – Letter ‘E’

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Excellent, electrifying, eccentric and extraordinary party themes and foods beginning with E.
  • Ears – think of all the fictional characters with special ears.
  • Eel
  • Elf party – dress as one of the many types of elves
  • Egg Timer – use egg timers and set challenges or limit the time people can talk on topics
  • Egyptian – Egyptian Party
  • Eiffel Tower – have a French themed party
  • Einstein – have a party to celebrate science and scientific thinking
  • Dr. Elliot Reid – Doctors, Nurses and Patients Party
  • Elton John
  • Emu
  • Envelope
  • Elephant
  • Elvis – Elvis Party
  • Emperor of any era – perhaps not in your new clothes though.
  • Dr. Evil
  • Eskimo
  • Etch A Sketch
  • Eurovision Contestant – Eurovision Party
  • Ewok – Star Wars Party

Dress-ups – Jobs starting with ‘E'

Dressing up as an occupation gives you plenty of scope for creativity and indulging in a little humour. Think about how characters with these occupations have been characterised in films and television. Use accessories and catchphrases to exaggerate their qualities and give plenty of clues. Consider some occupations beginning with E…

  • Economist
  • Electrician
  • Emergency anything (fire, ambulance etc)
  • Engineer
  • Entertainer
  • Entrepreneur
  • Executive

Food starting with ‘E'

  • Eggs – chocolate eggs, boiled egg boats…
  • Eggplant

‘E’ Decorations

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Alphabet Parties – Letter ‘D’

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Delightful, delicious and de-lovely – party themes and party food beginning with D.

Dress-ups – Jobs starting with ‘D'

Dressing up as an occupation gives you plenty of scope for creativity and indulging in a little humour. Think about how characters with these occupations have been characterised in films and television. Use accessories and catchphrases to exaggerate their qualities and give plenty of clues.  Think about some occupations beginning with D like…

Party Food & Drink starting with ‘D'

  • Danish pastries
  • Desserts – that's right, skip the savoury food and have an indulgent dessert party.
  • Dips of any kind – you could cater for the entire party with a selection of dips and crackers, breads, carrot and celery sticks.
  • Drumsticks – finger food but you must have plenty of finger bowls or wipes.
  • Doughnuts
  • Dumplings

‘D’ Decorations

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Alphabet Parties – Letter ‘C’

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Clueless or Cluedo? There are lots of options for parties beginning with C.

    • Have a creative craft party. Get in some supplies and see what people come up with. You might find some hidden talents

Foods starting with ‘C'

Make one or more foods starting with C the theme of your decor, food and even costumes

  • Carrot – orange party (although carrots come in purple too)  for carrot cake, carrot sticks with dips, carrot curls, carrot juice and carrot in savoury dishes
  • Cheese
  • Chocolate – start with a chocolate/punch fountain, chocolate cakes…
  • Cocktails
  • Coffee
  • Cupcakes

Other Things starting with ‘C'

Dress-ups – Jobs starting with ‘C'

Dressing up as an occupation gives you plenty of scope for creativity and indulging in a little humour. Think about how characters with these occupations have been characterised in films and television. Use accessories and catchphrases to exaggerate their qualities and give plenty of clues. Some occupations beginning with C are…

  • Cab Driver
  • Car Salesman
  • Carpenter
  • Cartoonist
  • Cat Burglar
  • Censor
  • Chauffeur
  • Chimney sweep
  • Choir master or chorister
  • Cleaner
  • Clockmaker
  • Clown
  • Checkout Chick
  • Cheesemaker
  • Clerk
  • Comedian
  • Cook / Chef
  • Coroner
  • Courier
  • Cowboy
  • Croupier
  • Customs Officer

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Alphabet Parties – Letter ‘B’

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Why have a ‘B' theme party? ‘B'cause you can!

Brighten up your life with an B party. Dress as something beginning with B, Bring something beginning with B, or have food beginning with B

Food starting with ‘B'

You don't need to do all the catering yourself – challenge your guests to bring something that begins with B.  You can give guidelines, sweet B, savoury B, drinks beginning with B, etc so you get a balance. Remember if you are stuck you can include brands.

Savoury dishes include… Bread and bagels. Beans of all kinds (fresh beans, dried beans or jelly beans!) Bangers (ie sausages). Bruschetta (make small bite sized) Brazil nuts

Sweet dishes include… Berries, bananas. Baklava. Biscuits or biscotti.

Drinks include… Beer, Brandy, Bacardi, Baileys.

Dress-ups – Themes starting with ‘B'

  • Babar
  • Baby Spice
  • Banana
  • Bananaman
  • Barbie
  • Barney Rubble – Caveman Party
  • Barrel
  • Basil Fawlty
  • Batman – Superheroes or Batman Party
  • Mr. Bean
  • Beatnick
  • Beer
  • Beethoven
  • Belly Dancer
  • Betty Boop
  • Betty Rizzo (Stockard Channing) – Grease Party
  • Big Bang Theory – BAZINGA!!!!
  • Big Foot
  • Bikie
  • Bill Gates
  • Black – try a black theme
  • Blue – try a blue colour theme
  • Bobby
  • Bollo – Mighty Boosh Party
  • Bowtie party – everyone has to wear one and/or dress as someone famous for wearing bowties – or combine to make a bowler hat and bowtie party
  • Boy – everyone, regardless of age and gender, dress as boys
  • Bride
  • Bubbles – blowing bubbles, Bubbles from Abfab
  • Buddhist Monk
  • Buffy
  • Bugs Bunny
  • Burlesque party
  • Burger
  • Buzz Aldrin – Outer Space
  • Buzz Lightyear

Dress-ups – Jobs starting with ‘B'

Dressing up as an occupation gives you plenty of scope for creativity and indulging in a little humour. Think about how characters with these occupations have been characterised in films and television. Use accessories and catchphrases to exaggerate their qualities and give plenty of clues. Some occupations beginning with B are…

  • Ballet Dancer – male or female, elegant or not!
  • Baker
  • Banker or Bank Manager
  • Barber
  • Bartender
  • Barrister
  • Bricklayer
  • Builder
  • Bus Driver
  • Butcher
  • Butler

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Alphabet Parties – Letter ‘A’

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Light up your life with an A party. Dress as something beginning with A, Bring something beginning with A, or have food beginning with A

So your friends Alice and Albert are throwing an ‘A' theme party to justify their purchase of an aardvark costume five years ago. They're ready for the party, but what about everyone else? It's hard to think of costume ideas, so here are some for an ‘A' theme party.

  • ABBA
  • Ace – Ace Rimmer, Ace Ventura, the Ace of Spades or any other suit
  • Albatross
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Alien
  • Amazon – have a Jungle & Safari party
  • Amy Winehouse
  • Anakin Skywalker – part of a Star Wars Party
  • Andy Warhol
  • Angels sweet or spooky like the angels in Dr Who
  • Animals – any animals, jungle animals, farm animals
  • Ant, ant-eaters or Adam Ant!
  • Apple – the fruit or the computer…
  • Art Garfunkel
  • Assassin
  • Astronaut – Outer Space
  • Atomic Bomb
  • Austin Powers
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Aviators and airline pilots, stewards, etc
  • Award

Dress-ups – Jobs starting with ‘A'

Dressing up as an occupation gives you plenty of scope for creativity and indulging in a little humour. Think about how characters with these occupations have been characterised in films and television. Use accessories and catchphrases to give plenty of clues. Consider some of these occupations beginning with A …

  • Accountant
  • Acrobat
  • Activist
  • Actor / Actress
  • Adventurer
  • Advocate
  • Airline Pilot or Aviator
  • Airline Steward
  • Ambulance driver
  • Animal trainer or animal anything else.
  • Archaeologist
  • Archer
  • Architect
  • Artist
  • Astronaut
  • Astrophysicist
  • Athlete
  • Auctioneer
  • Author
  • Avon lady

‘A' Foods & Decorations

Food – cater or bring a plate with apple, apricot, anchovies, avocado, aubergine (eggplant), Agnolotti, almonds, aniseed (ooo… black jelly beans!), arrowroot (biscuits or the real thing). You can expand this with brand names, recipes, etc.

Countries – Australia, America (or sould that be U), Argentina, Armenia, Albania, Antigua and Barbuda, Afghanistan, Algeria, Azerbaijan, Andorra, Angola, Austria, Anguilla, Akrotiri and Antarctica

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Spanish & Mexican Parties and Fiestas

Country Themes, General Party Themes

Goodbye Australia, hola España!

You might choose to have a fiesta for a number of reasons. Perhaps it's the 5th of May and you want to celebrate the Mexican Army's victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla (“Cinco de mayo”). Or, perhaps.. not?

Whatever your reasons, there are four things you need to transform your party into a fiesta – costumes, decorations, food and music.

Fiesta Party Costumes

Whether you're the host or a guest, attending a fiesta without a costume is absolutely inexcusable! Think facial hair, wide brim hats, serapes (colourful ponchos) or simply reds and yellows. You could try sticking pins all over yourself like a cactus, but you might not have many friends by the end of the night.

  • Costumes.com.au is based in Melbourne and delivers costumes and accessories (including shoes, hats, wigs, party supplies and more) with flat rate delivery Australia-wide. Options for same day to Melbourne metro, order online and pick up from their warehouse in Kilsyth, Victoria. See their Spanish costumes and Mexican costumes.
  • Costume BoxFiesta and Mexican themed costumes, including the all-important Sombreros. Costume Box are based in Sydney with delivery to Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Flat fee delivery within Australia. Most orders will be dispatched within 24 hours of purchase.

Fiesta Party Decorations

To successfully pull off a fiesta, you'll need heaps of decorations to transform your house into, as the Spanish say, “una casa”. A few chilies here and there just won't cut it, and if you haven't got at least one fake (or real!) cactus then you're just not trying!

Fiesta Party Food Ideas

Spanish food will set the mood at your Fiesta. Luckily, a lot of popular Spanish food is perfect for party fingers. Think tapas, tacos and nachos. Drinks? Well you can't go past tequila!

Fiesta Party Music

Music at a Fiesta is essential. You can stick with traditional flamenco guitar music, or you could get adventurous and dig around for some Spanish Pop, Opera or even Heavy Metal!

Fiesta Party Ideas

  • Piñata

    There are two reasons why you should have at least one piñata at your fiesta:
    1. They originated from Mexico.
    2. You get to hit them with a stick as hard as you can.

  • Macarena Dance Off

    The Macarena is a famous Spanish song and dance, and is introduced to most Australian kids in early high school. It is possible, though, that at least one guest at the Fiesta won't know the dance moves. Perhaps you should suggest on the invitations to do some YouTube research before the night.

    Rules of the Dance Off:
    1. Put your CD player on repeat.
    2. Dance The Macarena.
    3. Last one standing wins.
    It's simple, really!

Fiesta Party Phrases – Things to say in Spanish

Remember short vowels and rrrrrrroll those rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr's!

  • “Hola, cómo estás?” Hello, how are you?
  • “Estoy muy bien, gracias!” I am very good, thank you!
  • “Dónde está la comida?” Where is the food?
  • “Quiero más tequila!” I want more tequila!
  • “Vamos a bailar!” Let's dance!
  • “Dónde está el baño?” Where is the toilet?
  • “Adiós!” Goodbye!
  • “Hasta luego!” See ya later!

Pink Parties

Colour Themes

Have a pink party for someone who loves pink, or for events like breast cancer fundraisers. Pink Ribbon is the Cancer Council's fundraiser for breast cancer research – have a pink party to raise funds for breast cancer.

Pink Costumes

Pink costumes include fairies, princesses, flamingos, the Pink Panther, butterflies, bunnies, the pink Power Ranger, and pink poodles.  Browse these online shops for pink costumes:

  • Costumes.com.au is based in Melbourne and delivers costumes and accessories (including shoes, hats, wigs, party supplies and more) with flat rate delivery Australia-wide. Options for same day to Melbourne metro, order online and pick up from their warehouse in Kilsyth, Victoria.

Pink food ideas

  • Drink strawberry milk, pink lemonade, or pink champagne.
  • Add a bit of beetroot to hummus dip to turn it pink.
  • Make a potato salad with pink-skinned potato varieties like desiree or pontiac.
  • Eat pink marshmallows, pink fairyfloss, or turkish delight.
  • Scones with strawberry jam and whipped cream with a drop of pink food colouring.
  • For pink fruit salad, chop up a selection of pink fruit and mix in a bowl with a bit of fruit juice to prevent browning. Pink fruits include watermelon, strawberries, pink grapefruit
  • Have pink jelly or strawberry icecream – serve with a pink wafer!
  • Pink lamingtons and pink coconut ice.
  • Garnish dishes with pink edible flowers.
  • Pink birthday cake – try our butter cake recipe but add a bit of pink food colouring to the cake batter and cover with pink icing — delicious and pink.  Decorate the cake with small pink marshmallows, pink dragees, or pink dyed desiccated coconut – do this while the icing is still moist so it sticks.

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Melbourne Cup Party Ideas

Event Themes

The Melbourne Cup is held on the first Tuesday in November every year.  A lot of offices and schools have Melbourne Cup parties, and some people like to host get-togethers with their friends. Even if you're not going to the races, you can still dress up and have fun on the day!

Melbourne Cup Party Outfits & Costumes

  • Costumes.com.au is based in Melbourne and delivers costumes and accessories (including shoes, hats, wigs, party supplies and more) with flat rate delivery Australia-wide. Options for same day to Melbourne metro, order online and pick up from their warehouse in Kilsyth, Victoria. More details about delivery here. They have some horse related costumes for comic effect.
  • Costume Box – For a slightly less serious party, check out Costume Box's horse and jockey themed costumes. They are based in Sydney and deliver Australia-wide. Costume box have a wide range of fancy dress, make-up, masks, and accessories for adults and kids.

Melbourne Cup Office Party Ideas

Many offices have competitions and sweepstakes on Melbourne Cup day. To add a little bit of fun, why not have some small prizes for the winners. Below are some shops with inexpensive but cool toys and prizes.

  • Coolthings – The latest cool gadgets, gizmos & gifts that make you say “That's Cool”. Delivery to anywhere in Australia and also overseas. They have gifts and gadgets from as little as $5.

Melbourne Cup Cruises & Events

  • See BCL Melbourne: Melbourne Cup for cruises and tours

Toga Parties

General Party Themes

Toga parties are a popular ritual among uni students, usually during Orientation “O” Week celebrations. Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans wore togas during ancient times, so for more party and costume ideas visit our Egyptian and Roman Empire party pages.

Toga Party Costumes

You can make your own toga costume with a bedsheet and a pair of sandals or glam it up with some of these more exotic toga costumes.

Complete your toga with accessories such as sandals, leaves in your hair, gold bangles, dark eye makeup, a sword, and gold body paint. Remember to wear something under your toga!

  • Costumes.com.au is based in Melbourne and delivers costumes and accessories (including shoes, hats, wigs, party supplies and more) with flat rate delivery Australia-wide. Options for same day to Melbourne metro, order online and pick up from their warehouse in Kilsyth, Victoria. You'll find lots of togas in their Roman and Grecian costumes.

Toga Party Decorations

Use a colour theme of red, white, and gold. Decorate with vine leaves and candles to complete the ancient look.

Toga Party Ideas

Toga parties are known for their wild games. Award prizes to the winners.

  • Bob for apples or grapes. Fill a large bowl with water or punch and have guests bob for fruit. Whoever gets the most fruit in a specific time wins!
  • How low can you go? Play a game of limbo, all you need is a stick and someone to hold it.
  • Have a competition for the best male and female togas.

For more ideas see Egyptian parties and Roman Empire parties.

Retro Games Theme Parties

General Party Themes

Remember Pac-man? Tetris? Space Invaders?

Indulge in a little nostalgia with a retro-themed party. Choose one game or any for the theme.

Retro Games Party Ideas

  • Cool Things based in Launceston, Tasmania and deliver Australia wide and internationally is the place to go if you love gadgets. They have windup pac man and space invaders for prizes, general amusement, competitions and annoying each other. Jazz up your party and retro fit your drinks with gadgets, mugs and ice-cube trays for pacman gadgets, mugs and ice-cube trays or tetris gadgets or space invaders
  • Decor – Tetris get some boxes, cover with coloured paper and use black tape to tape them together to make tetris shapes. You can use big boxes – big enough to sit on – smaller boxes to leave scattered on tables and watch people trying to resist fitting them together.
  • Decor – Pacman use black table runners or carpets and mark dotted lines for your pacmen. Choose black and coloured takeaway plates, cut the black plates into 6 and overlay a piece on each coloured plate to make the mouth.
  • Equipment show and tell – get everyone to search in their garage for their old Ataris, Amigas etc and see if any of it still works. Even if it doesn't just the sight could bring a tear to the eye of an old gamer.

Retro Games Clothing and Costumes

Make or buy costumes for your favourite game. Imagine a room full of pacmans!.

  • Costume Box – Thousands of Fancy Dress costumes for adults and kids for all occasions. Most costumes dispatched within 24 hours. All costumes displayed are in stock.

1990s Themed Party Ideas

Decade Themes

The 90s are not that long ago, but that doesn't mean you can't throw a 90s party. This party lets you enjoy (ironically or otherwise) all the fabulous fashion and music of the last decade of the century. Browse down the page for food and party game ideas.

This decade brought the internet, modems, mobile phones, computer games.

90s Clothing and Costumes

  • Costumes.com.au is based in Melbourne and delivers costumes and accessories (including shoes, hats, wigs, party supplies and more) with flat rate delivery Australia-wide. See their 1990s costumes
  • Early 90s: Layered and frizzed hair, under-cuts (haircut for boys), shell suits, leggings, ‘Blossom' hats, hypercolour, high-waisted jeans, bright colours, baggy pants, flannel tops, Nike clothes, Doc Martens.
  • Later: Pierced belly buttons, metrosexual-wear, spaghetti-strap dress over a crop top, the ‘Rachel' haircut, butterfly hair clips, cargo pants, cup of Starbucks coffee, WWJD bracelets, Bootleg jeans.

90s Party Products & Decorations

  • Coolthings has some cute retro products from the 90s – do you remember tetris and pacman, or lava lamps?

90s Party Ideas

  • Decor – Grunge posters, Posters of stars, movies and TV shows, technology-themed colour scheme (silver)
  • Themes – Computers and the internet – including classic games like Pacman and Tetris, Grunge, Hypercolour, Metrosexuals, Novelty Rappers (MC Hammer, Sir Mix-a-Lot, Vanilla Ice), X-Files
  • Celebrities – Cindy Crawford, Helena Christensen, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Moss, Lucy Lawless (Xena), Meg Ryan, Mel Gibson, Monica Lewinski, Nirvana, Pauly Shore, Pearl Jam, Salt n Pepper, The Spice Girls.
  • Activities – Watch Sex and the City and Friends, do 90s dances like the Macarena and Running Man, Yo-yos, Texting competition (who can send a text message the fastest) and 90s Karaoke.

90s Party Food

The standout party-maker of the 90s was definitely the cocktail, especially the Cosmopolitan.  For those that were too young to be drinking cocktails, lollies can set the scene.

  • Cocktails and Drinks – Cosmopolitans, Cowboys, Manhattans and Martinis
  • Lollies: Pushpops, Warheads, Nerds, Bubble Tape, Edable jewelry
  • See also our Sex and the City theme

90s Music and Entertainment

Remember these? – Alanis Morissette, Backstreet Boys, Bon Jovi, Bryan Adams, Celine Dion, Green Day, Guns n Roses, Mariah Carey, Marilyn Manson, Meatloaf, Metallica, Nirvana , Oasis, Offspring, Pearl Jam, Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, REM, Ricky Martin, Robbie Williams, Silverchair, Shania Twain, Smashing Pumpkins, Spice Girls, Take That, TLC, Whitney Houston

Decades and Milestones

Decades: | 1920s | 1950s | 1960s | 1970s | 1980s | 1990s |
Milestones: | 30th Birthday | 40th Birthday |

Cocktail Parties

General Party Themes

From the heyday of the Rat Pack to the modern resurgence, cocktail parties have always been (at least in theory) a great way for adults to mingle. Apart from being great fun, cocktail parties are suitable for almost any occasion, from social gatherings to work functions. They can be elegant or simple, depending on the host's preferences. Scroll down the page for cocktail party planning, decorating and food ideas.

Music and Entertainment

Jazz, easy listening and classical music playing quietly in the background will help set the tone of the party. The music should be background ambiance and not overwhelm the conversation.

Cocktail Party Outfits

Cocktail parties have traditionally had a semi-formal dress code. Stylish clothing and accessories are a must.

For humorous cocktail outfits, see the Adult Party Costumes page.

Cocktail Party Products

Cocktail parties are meant to be sophisticated and the decor should reflect this. Black, white, red and silver colour schemes suit this theme. Choosing  or 2 of these colours and using them for the decorations and partyware is an easy way to set the mood. White or colour-coordinated tealights are a cheap and easy way to add ambience.

Using drink charms helps people to keep track of their drinks and will reduce the number of glasses used

Cocktail Party ideas

Invitations – These will set the tone for the party.  If you are having an additional theme (such as black and white) make sure that the invitations reflect this. Use the invitation to specify the dress code and give party guests an idea of what to expect from the party. Remember to provide your details so guests can RSVP.

Decor – There is no specific decor associated with a cocktail party, but there are certain arrangements that make for a more pleasant experience. Having gentle lighting and appropriate music (like jazz or classical) playing quietly in the background will help set the mood.  For the comfort of your guests make sure there is plenty of room to move and provide adequate seating.

Food – Only light food is needed at a cocktail party. It is best to make refreshments  ahead of time and refrigerate them until they are ready to be eaten. Some suggestions include: simple canapés, antipasto and platters with gourmet cheese, crackers, nuts, cold meats and fruit.

Drinks – Cocktail parties require more thought and effort being put into the drinks than other parties. Below are some hints to get you started.

  • Decide ahead of time what drinks you will be serving and have several lists drawn up for guests to look at. Restricting the number of spirits you use will make the bartender's job easier.
  • Make sure you have the equipment you need to make specific cocktails (eg mixers and blenders) before the party starts. Don't forget the ice, sugar, salt, mixers and garnishes.
  • Have plenty of glasses on hand and get someone to collect and wash glasses periodically. Using drink charms helps people to keep track of their drinks and will reduce the number of glasses used.
  • Finally, have some easily accessible non-alcoholic drinks available for those who are not drinking.

Side Note – Have a contingency plan for guests who consume a little too much. Have designated drivers and taxis available. Be prepared to drive or accommodate guests if they have no other way to get home.

Gold Parties

Colour Themes

Go for gold! Bring the bling! Celebrate Olympic gold, gold rushes, or the glamour and opulence of this rare metal.

Gold is a popular theme for big parties like New Years Parties, and for 50th wedding anniversaries (the ‘golden anniversary').

For a black and gold party, see also Black Themed Parties. For a Aussie green and gold party, see also Green Themed Parties.

Gold Costumes

  • Costumes.com.au is based in Melbourne and delivers costumes and accessories (including shoes, hats, wigs, party supplies and more) with flat rate delivery Australia-wide. Options for same day to Melbourne metro, order online and pick up from their warehouse in Kilsyth, Victoria.

Gold party ideas

  • Gold rush party games – hide gold cardboard tokens or chocolate coins in a container of sand and ask your party guests to search for buried treasure, either with their hands or a sieve.
  • Olympic gold – have a sports trivia contest or play mini sports (see Sports Party) and award gold medals to the winners.

More Colour themes for Parties

Canada Theme Parties

Country Themes

Canada is the world's second biggest country by land mass – Australia is only number 6.  Celebrate all things Canadian with a Canada themed party.

Canada Party Dates

You can have a Canadian party whenever you want, but here are some notable events you could mark:

  • 15 February is National Flag of Canada Day, celebrating Canada's famous red maple leaf.
  • 1 July is Canada Day (Fête du Canada), formerly Dominion Day. Sometimes called Canada's birthday, it is the anniversary of the legislative creation of Canada.
  • The second Monday in October Canada's Thanksgiving Day.

Canada Party Costumes

  • Costume Box (AU store) – Thousands of fancy dress costumes, wigs, hats, accessories and masks. Based in Sydney, flat fee delivery within Australia. Most costumes dispatched within 24 hours.

Canada Party Ideas

  • Famous Canadians is a great costume party theme. Famous Canadians include:
    • Actors: Pamela Anderson, Jim Carrey, Keanu Reeves.
    • Musicians: Alanis Morrisette, Bryan Adams, Neil Young, Sarah McLachlan, Leonard Cohen, Celine Dion, and Justin Bieber.
    • Kate Beaton, web cartoonist
    • Linda Evangelista, supermodel
  • Red and white theme – The colours of the Canadian flag. See our pages for red themed parties and white themed parties for costumes, party supplies, decorations, and more.
  • Maple leaves – Symbol of Canada and prominently featured on the flag. You could cut out some maple leaves from red card for decorations or party invites.
  • Canadian food includes maple syrup, Canada's most famous export, delicious on pancakes, and poutine, a Quebecois dish of French fries and fresh cheese curds, covered in gravy.
  • Play Trivial Pursuit – invented by Canadians Chris Haney and Scott Abbott.

Halloween Parties

Event Themes

Halloween is a great party theme – lots of scope for dramatic decorations and outrageous costumes, plus trick or treat games.

Halloween Costumes & Accessories

  • Costumes.com.au is based in Melbourne and delivers costumes and accessories (including shoes, hats, wigs, party supplies and more) with flat rate delivery Australia-wide. Options for same day to Melbourne metro, order online and pick up from their warehouse in Kilsyth, Victoria. They have lots of Halloween costumes and props for all ages.

Halloween Party Food

Halloween parties can mean gruesome food, or colour-themed food. Set the mood with Halloween Tableware and use pumpkins and cauldrons to contain sweets, lollies and other prizes.

  • See if you can find some Halloween cupcake papers! Try orange icing and a piece of licorice. You could even get arty and cut the licorice into spider shapes.
  • BBQ sausages with lots of tomato sauce or ketchup to look like bloody fingers. Or meatballs on toothpicks in a pool of red sauce. Use a squeezy mustand bottle to add lines of yellow in the red…
  • Red, orange, yellow or green jellies. Use dabs of cream, chocolate buttons and other sweets to make into creepy objects.
  • Pumpkin pie, stuffed capsicums.

For some more spooky party ideas see our vampire party page.

Blue Party Ideas

Colour Themes

There a massive range of blues from baby blue through to royal and navy blue.

Blue Costumes

Blue costumes include police officers, whales and dolphins, fairies and princesses, the blue Power Ranger, the blue Wiggle, Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, and lots more. Browse these online shops for blue costumes:

  • Costumes.com.au is based in Melbourne and delivers costumes and accessories (including shoes, hats, wigs, party supplies and more) with flat rate delivery Australia-wide. Options for same day to Melbourne metro, order online and pick up from their warehouse in Kilsyth, Victoria.

Blue food ideas

  • Blue is a very rare food colour in nature.  Lots of foods can be dyed blue but don't expect your party guests to eat much – most humans find blue food highly unappetising!
  • There are a few blue lollies, including ones that will dye your mouth bright blue!
  • Try blue dyed lemonade, blue sports drinks, or cocktails including blue curaçao.

More Colour themes for Parties

Egyptian Parties

Country Themes, General Party Themes

(you could combine this with an Indiana Jones party)

Egyptian parties revolve around a desert environment and the Kings and Queens of the Egyptian world – Cleopatra, King Tutankhamen (King Tut), and Queen Nefertiti.

Pairings – Nefertiti and Akhenaten, Tutankhamun and his (possible) stepmother Nefertiti, Cleopatra and Julius Caesar.

Egyptian Costumes

  • Costumes.com.au is based in Melbourne and delivers costumes and accessories (including shoes, hats, wigs, party supplies and more) with flat rate delivery Australia-wide. Options for same day to Melbourne metro, order online and pick up from their warehouse in Kilsyth, Victoria. See their Egyptian themed costumes including Cleopatra, Pharoahs and Marc Antony
  • Costume Box – Thousands of Fancy Dress costumes for adults and kids for all occasions. Sydney-based online store with delivery to Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Flat fee delivery within Australia. Most costumes dispatched within 24 hours. All costumes displayed are in stock. See their costumes and accessories – Egyptian costumes

Egyptian Party Ideas

  • Decorate with lots of gold and white decor and partyware, use images of pyramids, tombs, hieroglyphics, mummies, and camels.
  • Bake golden biscuits in a triangle shape and decorate with yellow or gold icing.
  • Have a mummy-wrapping competition – see who can wrap their ‘mummy' the fastest. You may need to stock up on toilet paper for this one.
  • Play music that features harps, lutes, and lyres.

See also Roman Empire parties and Toga parties.

American / 4th of July Party Ideas

Country Themes, Event Themes

On the 4th of July, 1776, The United States of America declared independence from Great Britain by adopting the Declaration of Independence. Traditionally the holiday celebrates America becoming an independent nation, but today it's more commonly just a celebration of being American and of all things American. For expats, it can be a chance to indulge in shared memories.

Americana / 4th of July Party Costumes

  • Costume Box are a Sydney-based online store with delivery to Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Flat fee delivery within Australia. Use their site search for “America” and you'll find lots of costumes.

Americana / 4th of July Food Ideas

Banana splits are an easy to make American favorite. Peel a banana and slice it in half lengthwise, placing the two halves spread apart in a bowl. Add a few scoops of ice cream in between the banana halves, decoratively pour/drizzle chocolate syrup over the ice cream and garnish with whipped cream and a cherry or three.

  • Have a BBQ. Hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, devilled eggs, corn on the cob, watermelon, freshly squeezed lemonade and apple pie are some “all-American” foods to include.
  • Don't want to BBQ? Then just make chili dogs. Cook some hot dogs and place them in buns, pour on some hot chili (Stagg's canned chili works well) and top with tasty cheese.
  • Make an American flag cake. You can use food colouring or, for a slightly healthier option, strawberries and blueberries on white icing.
  • If you can get your hands on some root beer then root beer floats are a must! Just put a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream into glasses of root beer and top with whipped cream to make this American classic.
  • Add some red and blue food colouring to some water and make red, white (clear) and blue ice cubes to add to drinks.

Americana / 4th of July Party Ideas

  • Traditionally, fireworks have played a big part in 4th of July celebrations in America. However, fireworks are illegal in Australia, so we have to find our fun in other ways. Throw streamers or confetti, and use noise makers like party blowouts and party poppers
  • Give the kids some sparklers and glow sticks to run around with.
  • Instead of hosting a party AND making all of the food, have a potluck. Ask everyone who attends in advance to bring one of their favorite dishes to go with your American dishes.
  • Celebrate American popular culture by watching American shows or movies – you could choose your favourite and make it the theme.
  • Play American music. For example, The American National Anthem (The Star-Spangled Banner), God Bless America, The 1812 Overture (associated with 4th of July thanks to the Boston Pops), Stars and Stripes Forever, Yankee Doodle.

Other Patriotic American Party Dates

Of course there are many occasions other than the 4th of July to celebrate all things American

  • Third Monday of January – Martin Luther King Jr Day.
  • 20 January – Inauguration Day, every fourth year at the beginning of each new presidential term.
  • First Sunday in February – Super Bowl Sunday.
  • Third Monday in February – Presidents' Day, in honour of George Washington's birthday on 22 February.
  • 2 February – Groundhog Day.
  • Last Monday in May – Memorial Day for members of the US armed forces.
  • 19 June – Juneteenth, marking the abolition of slavery in Texas.
  • First Monday in September – Labor Day, usually marked by a local parade and barbecues or picnics.
  • 17 September – Citizenship Day or Constitution Day, to celebrate the adoption of the US Constitution.
  • Second Monday in October – Columbus Day, marking the anniversary of Christopher Columbus's arrival in the Americas.
  • November – American Presidential Election
  • Fourth Thursday in November – Thanksgiving.

Hollywood Parties

Movie & TV Themes

You've got a lot of scope with a Hollywood party. You could ask people to come as their favourite movie character or actor, or you could specify a movie genre (action, musical, western, chick flick) or era (silent movies, black & white, talkies, colour, etc).

Hollywood Party Costumes

  • Costumes.com.au is based in Melbourne and delivers costumes and accessories (including shoes, hats, wigs, party supplies and more) with flat rate delivery Australia-wide. Options for same day to Melbourne metro, order online and pick up from their warehouse in Kilsyth, Victoria.

Hollywood Party Products & Decorations

Entrance is everything, be sure to have a red carpet and ask your guests to strike a pose for the camera as they arrive. Hire or make your own arch for guests to pose under. Wind fairy lights around it for a sparkle effect. For elegance, stick to red, gold, black and silver and light some candles. For a cheesy Hollywood party, decorate with real or fake palm trees.

Hollywood Food Ideas

  • Your food should be as glamorous as your theme. For toasts, martinis, sparkling juice or champagne is a Hollywood must.
  • Finger food works best with this theme, such as cheese platters, olives, dips, fruit kebabs and mini sandwiches.
  • Bite size desserts include chocolate-dipped strawberries, profiteroles and mini-tarts.
  • If you're having a cake, make it dark chocolate with real or edible red roses to decorate.

Hollywood Party Ideas

Themes:

  • For wilder parties, young Hollywood is the most obvious choice. Think Paris Hilton, diva-antics and a fluffy white dog for your handbag.
  • Another option is famous Hollywood break-ups. Ask guests to dress as their favourite couples from the past. These can be as zany as Michael Jackson and Elizabeth Taylor or as A-list as Brad and Jen.
  • Pick a blockbuster and have everyone dress as their favourite character. Choose one with an interesting wardrobe such as Moulin Rouge or Indiana Jones.

Activities:

  • Having a prize for the best dressed can encourage people to find a costume.
  • Alternately you could stage your own Academy Awards and give prizes for Best Actor/Actress.
  • Have an autograph book for guests to sign.

Related Party Themes

Star Wars Party Ideas

Movie & TV Themes

Star Wars Toys & Collectibles

Star Wars Costumes and Clothing

  • Costumes.com.au is based in Melbourne and delivers costumes and accessories (including shoes, hats, wigs, party supplies and more) with flat rate delivery Australia-wide. Options for same day to Melbourne metro, order online and pick up from their warehouse in Kilsyth, Victoria. They have Star Wars costumes, accessories, and party supplies
  • Costume Box – Costumes and accessories for everyone, from infants to adults. See their Star Wars costumes and accessories for lightsabers, masks, complete costumes, gloves, helmets and more. Based in Sydney with flat rate Express Post delivery Australia Wide, most orders are dispatched within 24 hours.

Star Wars Party Ideas

  • Everyone must talk like Yoda for the entire duration of the party.
  • Jedi vs. Sith Tug-of-War.
  • Make a Death Star cake and decorate it with action figures

Cops & Robbers Party Ideas

General Party Themes

There are a few different options for a cops and robbers party theme: think American law enforcement officials, CIA and FBI agents, British bobbies, or sexy cops and robbers. Have a 1970s and 1980s cop show theme (shows include Miami Vice, Magnum PI, or Life on Mars). Or have an Australian-themed cops and robbers party with convicts and Australian bush rangers such as the infamous Ned Kelly.

Cops & Robbers Party Products

Decorate in police colours – blue and white. Convict colours include white and black or orange and black. Simulate the flashing lights of a cop car with strobes and party lights.

  • Cool Things is all about the latest gadgets and gizmos to make you say “that's cool.” They are based in Launceston, Tasmania with Australia-wide delivery. Play amateur sleuths with some “spy gear and gadgetry

Cops & Robbers Party Ideas

  • Send out summons / citations / notices to appear as invitations.
  • Brand all of your guests with an identification stamp upon entry.
  • Make your own “Wanted” posters using photos of your guests.
  • Write up a list of silly “laws” that guests have to follow throughout the night.
  • For more decade-specific costume, party, and decorations ideas for your cops and robbers party see our –

Fairytale Party Theme Ideas

Character, General Party Themes

Once upon a time…

Older fairy stories, many penned by the Brothers Grimm, were written for adults as well as children. They were a little more sinister than the polished Disney versions. Reclaim the fairytale theme and transform your party into an enchanting event. As many characters are princesses or princes, fairytales make an elegant theme. Host a dinner party or a tea party in the garden. See the shops below for costume and decorating ideas.

Clothing and Costumes

Couples can come dressed as a fairytale combination such as Beauty and the Beast, Red Riding Hood and the Wolf, Goldilocks and one of the three bears, or Snow White and one of the dwarves. Singles can dress as their favourite character including Pinocchio, King Titan, Cinderella, Prince Charming, Puss in Boots, the Queen of Hearts, Rapunzel, or Alice in Wonderland.

Or get creative and go as a frog looking for a princess to kiss him, a sheep looking for Little Bo Peep, Chicken Licken /Chicken Little / Henny Penny who sky is falling…

Place tea light candles on the ground and tables. If it's an outdoors party hang lanterns or fairy lights.

  • Costumes.com.au is based in Melbourne and delivers costumes and accessories (including shoes, hats, wigs, party supplies and more) with flat rate delivery Australia-wide. Options for same day to Melbourne metro, order online and pick up from their warehouse in Kilsyth, Victoria. They now have Party supplies as well.

Party Food

Food plays an important role in fairytales. Food can be poisoned, it can be magic; it can be used to lure children into a trap or to determine a princess from a peasant. Read on for some fairytale food ideas.

  • The apple from Snow White.
  • Beans and golden eggs from Jack and the Beanstalk.
  • Porridge from Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
  • Gingerbread from The Gingerbread Man.
  • Breadcrumbs from Hansel and Gretel.
  • Peas from The Princess and the Pea.
  • Cakes and drinks can be labeled Eat Me and Drink Me similar to the food Alice ate in Wonderland.
  • See also Wizard of Oz party ideas
  • Or Second Childhood party ideas

Scotland & Scottish Party Ideas

Country Themes

Many Australians and New Zealanders have family connections to Scotland. This, plus a shared love of sport and sense of humour, makes Scottish parties a fun and popular theme.

Scottish Party Dates

You can have a Scottish party whenever you want, but here are some notable events you could mark:

  • 25 January is Burns Night, marking the birthday of great Scottish poet Robert Burns.
  • 6 April is Tartan Day, the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320.
  • 1 July is International Tartan Day.
  • 24 November is Billy Connolly's birthday.
  • 30 November is St Andrew's Day, feast day of the patron saint of Scotland.
  • Hogmanay, the Scottish New Year's celebrations.

Scottish Party Costumes

  • Costume Box (AU store) – Thousands of fancy dress costumes, wigs, hats, accessories and masks. Search for ‘Scottish‘ or ‘kilt‘ or ‘tartan' to find their Scottish costumes. Based in Sydney, delivery within Australia and international. Most costumes dispatched within 24 hours.
  • Jokers Masquerade (UK store) – A very large range of high quality costumes for adults. Based in England, they ship to Australia. Search for ‘Scottish‘ or ‘tartan‘  to find Scottish costumes and accessories.

Scottish Party Ideas

  • Tartan – Don a kilt plus sporran, or decorate with tartan ribbons.
  • Blue and white theme – The colours of the Scottish flag. See our pages for blue themed parties and white themed parties for party supplies, decorations, and more.
  • Play some AC/DC – Bon Scott, Angus Young, and Malcolm Young were all born in Scotland and formed AC/DC after moving to Australia.
  • Play Celtic music, including but certainly not limited to the bagpipes – traditional Scottish music features harps, tin whistles, fiddle and guitar. In the late 20th century Scotland produced many punk, rock, and alt-rock groups, so there's something for everyone.
  • Eat Scottish food – Haggis is perhaps the most famous Scottish dish but there's plenty more – salmon or haddock, mashed potatoes, pies, shortbread, oatcakes and cheese. Drinks include Scottish beers, Scotch whisky, and hot toddies.

Office Parties

General Party Themes

Organise an office morning tea or luncheon celebration and inject a bit of fun in the working day!

How to Make an Office Party Calendar

  • Organise a birthdays list so no one gets forgotten.
  • If you don't have a designated person who is responsible for organising parties, make a party roster. Once you have an office party calendar for the year (birthdays plus other special events), divvy it up by fortnight or month.
  • Our top tip – have two or three people rostered on for party duty at any one time to spread the workload – they can remind each other, and there's no problem if someone is off sick.
  • If you do have a designated person who organises the office parties, make sure someone else steps in for their birthday. And don't leave the receptionist or admin assistant to organise Office Professionals Day – ouch!
  • Add major events like Valentines Day, Office Professionals Day (Secretary's Day) – see Secretary's Day Gift Ideas, End of Financial Year, Christmas in July, Halloween, Melbourne Cup and of course Christmas
  • For other party events, see our monthly party idea pages:
  • And, of course, add any other of our general party themes that take your fancy.

Office Party Tips

  • Finger foods are usually best. Simple finger foods include crackers or crunchy veg sticks and cheese or dips, pikelets (from the supermarket) with jam and cream, fruit, and the usual chips and lollies. Get a cake for birthdays. And a bottle of sparkling water, fruit juice and soft drink.
  • Buffets are good for major events but take more time and organisation. Easy basics like a hot chicken, ham, bread rolls and butter, cherry tomatoes and washed salad leaves go a long way, or pick up some ready-made platters.
  • Stick with disposable plates, cups, and utensils or someone will be stuck with a mammoth cleanup task – see party catering supplies.
  • Who pays? If you don't have a budget, you could ask everyone to chip in – but be aware that not everyone might want to contribute their lunch money to office parties, so keep it modest.
  • Build a small collection of party decorations (streamers, candles, special birthday-person hats, etc) for office use – see party decorations.

Office Party Rules

If you're planning a social event and night or on the weekend, especially where alcohol is available, make some ground rules and ensure everyone know them.  Go further than telling everyone they shouldn't drink too much and embarrass themselves, make it a rule that everyone should watch out for each other.

  • No giving drinks to anyone who has already had too much.
  • No games that encourage over-indulgence.
  • If someone is getting into trouble, help them out. No “bystander effect” excuses.
  • No illicit drugs.

Gifts for Workmates

Gifts for a Work Team

To celebrate a team achievement, project completion, or a job well done

  • Caricature King – Unique caricatures made from a photo you supply. Get digital caricatures from under $50 and print your own special cards.

More Adult party ideas

Spooky & Ghost Party Ideas

Event Themes, General Party Themes

The spooky theme is great fun for adults as well as children. This theme is not just for Halloween, it can be used for Friday 13th parties or any time you feel like being spooky. Browse down the page for food and party game ideas.

Halloween Clothing and Costumes

Some costume ideas include vampires, witches, evil bride & groom, zombies, ghosts and characters from movies (Scream, Friday the 13th, Texas Chainsaw Massacre).

The zombie idea is very flexible, you could be a zombie doctor, zombie bride, zombie business man or zombie pop star.

Spooky Party Food

Spooky parties are a great opportunity to eat strange, gruesome and disgusting foods you can't serve any other time.

  • Tomato soup makes great ‘blood'
  • Stuff lychees with red grapes to make creepy eyeballs
  • Freeze jelly or soft drink in a thoroughly cleaned rubber glove and float in punch.
  • Dismembered fingers: Make short-bread dough into finger-shaped cylinders.  Pinch dough slightly to form knuckles and draw in lines (to make curling fingers, drape over rolled-up aluminium foil). Bake and cool. Use icing to paste on almond halves for fingernails. Blood red icing for the ends of fingers is optional
  • Worms in dirt: put some worm lollies in Milo.
  • Put sultanas into drinks to make bugs

For some more spooky party ideas see our vampire party page.

Bastille Day or French Party

Country Themes, Event Themes

Have a French themed party for Bastille Day which is celebrated on 14 July each year. Bastille Day commemorates the anniversary of the 1790 celebration named Fete de la Federation, which was one year after the storming of the Bastille prison.

Bastille Day Party Products & Decorations

Serve French champagne and decorate in the colours of the French flag, red, white and blue! See our red, white and blue party theme pages.

Bastille Day Costumes

  • Costumes.com.au is based in Melbourne and delivers costumes and accessories (including shoes, hats, wigs, party supplies and more) with Melbourne pick-up or flat rate delivery Australia-wide. See their French Revolution costumes
  • Costume Box – Thousands of fancy dress costumes, wigs, hats, accessories and masks. Sydney-based online store with delivery to Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Flat fee delivery within Australia. Most costumes dispatched within 24 hours. All costumes displayed are in stock. See their range of National costumes or use their site search for french and france.
  • Jokers Masquerade (UK store) – A very large range of high quality costumes for adults. Based in England, they ship to Australia. Search for ‘Frenchcostumes for French maids, French army costumes and a Frenchman kit.

Mardi Gras Party Ideas

Event Themes

Mardi Gras runs from mid-February to the first week in March in Sydney – but if you can't be there for some or any of it, you can still join in the spirit for Mardi Gras and have your own Mardi Gras-themed parties.

Mardi Gras Party Costumes and Decorations

Let's face it – while you need some decorations for the venue, the main thing you decorate for Mardi Gras is yourself. It's a chance to be adventurous in every way.

Mardi Activities

  • You need lots of music – make sure you have open space for dancing – and karaoke!
  • Decorate a platform or stage like a mardi gras float.
  • Have a party on parade night and have the real parade on a big screen.
  • Prizes for best costumes, eg
    • best male costume (by a man, by a woman)
    • best female costume (by a woman, by a man)
    • best drag costumes
    • best group costumes
  • Food and drink should be cocktail-style – nobody is going to sit down with a knife and fork.

Rocky Horror Party

Movie & TV Themes

It's just a jump to the left…Rocky Horror parties are all about schlocky science fiction, picture shows, double features, and having an old fashioned sing-a-long.

Cast of characters: Brad and Janet, Dr Frank-N-Furter, Magenta, Columbia, Riff Raff, Eddie, Rocky, Dr Scott, and the Narrator.

Rocky Horrow Show Costumes

  • Costumes.com.au is based in Melbourne and delivers costumes and accessories (including shoes, hats, wigs, party supplies and more) with Melbourne pick-up or flat rate delivery Australia-wide. See their Music and Singer themed costumes for Rocky Horror character costumes
  • Costume Box – Hundreds of fancy dress costumes and accessories, all in stock. Sydney-based online store with delivery to Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Flat fee delivery within Australia. Use their site search for “rocky” and you'll find some Riff Raff and Frank N Furter wigs.
  • Costume Warehouse and Fantasy Lingerie for the even more adventurous. Adults costumes only. FREE GIFT with orders over $100
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Rocky Horror Picture Show Party Ideas

  • You will have to do the Time Warp (again).
  • Watch the movie and perform alongside it or just sing along – great fun for large groups of people.
  • Red lips as decorations or as a cake.
  • Have a Riff Raff to greet all your guests.
  • If you have a smaller group, have a proper sit down dinner. Set out mugs/beer steins to use as wine glasses and have the inappropriate amount of cutlery. It's up to you whether you serve food using the flinging method.
  • See also our page on 70s party ideas

Circus and Carnival Theme

General Party Themes

Roll up, roll up for the party of the year! A visit to the circus or carnival always includes lots of fun, entertainment, bright colours, food, music and prizes. What better theme for a party! A circus/carnival theme would be best suited to an outdoors venue where your guests are free to try their hand at juggling, handstands or clowning.

Nominate someone with a loud voice to be the ringmaster and dress them accordingly.

Decorations

  • Create a carnival atmosphere by decorating in bright colours with flags and streamers.
  • String up fairy lights.
  • Create a circus ring or stage in the backyard or living room.
  • Make a booth using cardboard and hand out popcorn or fairy floss to your guests. The more adventurous could turn this into a kissing booth.

Circus and Carnival Costumes

  • Costume Box have lots of circus costumes and accessories to choose from including clown costumes, bowties, honking red noses, goofy shoes, wigs, suspenders, and more. Costume Box are based in Sydney with flat rate Express Post Delivery throughout Australia.

Circus and Carnival Activities

  • Nominate a ringmaster to announce activities to your guests.
  • Ask guests to have a party trick ready to perform in the circus ring. Examples include magic acts, puppetry, a joke, a mime, hand stands or acrobatics and juggling.
  • Ask a friend (or hire someone) to face paint.
  • Organise carnival games such as –
    • Pin the nose on the clown
    • Bobbing for apples
    • Ring toss
    • A Hoola Hoop competition
    • Balloon Dart – Stick inflated balloons to a sheet of thick cardboard. Attach this to a wall and ask your guests to hit them with darts.
    • Duck shoot
  •  Hand out prizes such as rubber chickens or large stuffed toys.

Food

Carnival food includes obvious favourites such as fairy floss, popcorn, hot dogs, hamburgers, French fries, mini pizzas, toffee apples, and lollies.

Roman Empire Parties

General Party Themes

A Roman Empire party can be as lavish (Roman banquet) or as easy (toga party) as you like and can feature the leaders of the Roman military (Marc Antony, Julius Caesar), gladiators and soldiers, and Roman gods and goddesses.

Pairings – Cleopatra and Marc Antony, Cleopatra and Julius Caesar

Roman Empire Costumes

  • Costumes.com.au is based in Melbourne and delivers costumes and accessories (including shoes, hats, wigs, party supplies and more) with flat rate delivery Australia-wide. Options for same day to Melbourne metro, order online and pick up from their warehouse in Kilsyth, Victoria. See their range of Roman and Grecian costumes.

Roman Empire Party Ideas

  • Toga party – One of the easiest party types, toga parties were made infamous by the John Belushi movie, Animal House. To create a toga, use a piece of white fabric or buy a ready-made one. See our page on Toga parties.
  • Gladiator party – Think of movies like Gladiator and the TV series Rome. Soldiers and gladiators can party alongside their military leaders like Julius Caesar and Marc Antony.
  • Roman banquet – This involves eating several courses of rich and exotic foods – think spicy dishes, roasts, and anything unusual. And lots of grapes!
  • Roman decor – Decorate with vines, white partyware, columns and pillars, and statues.
  • Chariot races – Chariots can be made out of cardboard and decorated with lots of red and gold.

See also Egyptian parties and Toga parties.

Indiana Jones Party

Character, Movie & TV Themes

Indiana Jones Party Costumes

Dress as Indiana Jones with a leather jacket, distinctive wide-brimmed fedora and bullwhip.

  • Costume Box – Thousands of fancy dress costumes, wigs, hats, accessories and masks. Most costumes dispatched within 24 hours. All costumes displayed are in stock. Based in Sydney, they ship Australia-wide at a flat rate. See their Indiana Jones costumes.

Archaeology Themed Toys

  • Coolthings is a gadget shop based in Launceston, Tasmania. They have cool science gifts and gadgets including dinosaur fossil, archaeology excavation and ancient Egyptian themed kits.

Christmas In Winter!

Event Themes

Do you dream of a White Christmas? Or at least a cold one?

Christmas in June and July parties have become popular in Australia – not just with northern hemisphere expats but also Aussies who grow up with that divide between the winter Christmases in films, songs and books and our mid-summer visits from an overheated Santa.

Do you have presents at Christmas in July parties? Not to the same extent… Secret Santas and lucky dips perhaps, especially if you want some activities and games to keep the kids busy.

It's about sharing food and dressing up.  The two things that our hot Christmases discourage is the full Christmas feast and putting on something classy with more than one layer. This is your chance to indulge.

This makes it the ideal time to talk about changing the December Christmas celebration to a more sustainable low-waste celebration.

Christmas Gifts – Secret Santa & Lucky Dips

If you don't want to do the whole Christmas gift exchange thing, a novelty gift for each guest works well – either chosen for each guest or as a lucky dip.

  • Coolthings – All about the latest cool gadgets, gizmos and gifts that make you say “That's Cool”. Based in Tasmania with quick delivery to anywhere in Australia. There are lots of Secret Santa and novelty gifts here for all ages and tastes. Choose gifts that will give long-lasting pleasure and memories.

Christmas Games & More…

Games are a great Christmas tradition.  They keep people amused and busy, provide ways of mixing and meeting new people.

Doctors, Nurses & Patients Party

General Party Themes

A great theme for someone who is graduating from a medical degree, for someone who loves medical shows such as E.R, Scrubs or Grey's Anatomy or just for the fun of it! Ask your guests to dress as doctors, nurses or patients. You can easily have bandages on hand for people without a costume.

Doctors Nurses & Patients Party Products & Decorations

Stick to a colour theme of red and white. Decorate with balloons and streamers. You could also blow up medical gloves as balloons and use bandages as streamers.

Marilyn Monroe

Character, Movie & TV Themes

Marilyn Monroe Theme Parties

Marilyn Monroe is the icon of glamorous Hollywood parties and offers plenty of opportunities for flirtatious renditions of “I wanna be loved by you…” and “Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend”.

Hollywood Party Costumes

  • Costume Box – Thousands of Fancy Dress costumes for adults and kids for all occasions. Most costumes dispatched within 24 hours. All costumes displayed are in stock. See their Hollywood ideas” and “Marilyn” costumes and accessories.

Hollywood Party Products & Decorations

Entrance is everything, be sure to have a red carpet and ask your guests to strike a pose for the camera as they arrive. Hire or make your own arch for guests to pose under. Wind fairy lights around it for a sparkle effect. For elegance, stick to red, gold, black and silver and light some candles. For a cheesy Hollywood party, decorate with real or fake palm trees.

Marilyn Food Ideas

  • Your food should be as glamorous as your theme. For toasts, martinis, sparkling juice or champagne is a Hollywood must.
  • Finger food works best with this theme, such as cheese platters, olives, dips, fruit kebabs and mini sandwiches.
  • Bite size desserts include chocolate-dipped strawberries, profiteroles and mini-tarts.
  • If you're having a cake, make it dark chocolate with real or edible red roses to decorate.

Marilyn Party Ideas

  • Have a prize for the sexiest, funniest or weirdest Marilyn.
  • Compile a trivia contest of Marilyn quotes and movies.
  • Karaoke!

Related Hollywood Party Themes

New Years Eve Parties

Event Themes

Why should we celebrate the New Year? Why not! New Years parties are exciting. It's a time to celebrate what one year has brought and what the next may bring.

You might choose to have a New Years dinner with family or a drink with friends. What ever you choose, your party should be oozing with excitement and enthusiasm for what the coming year may have to offer. But…. how?

New Year Costumes

Although New Years parties don't usually have a strong costume theme, your usual weekday attire will not suffice. Think glitter, sparkles, or something that flashes or glows. Of course the best option is all four together! Get them from the shops above

Hens Party and Girls Night Out

Event Themes, General Party Themes

Celebration or last Hurrah!

So you’re in charge of organising the Hen’s party and you have no idea what you’re going to do.

Here are a few different ideas – some classy, some quirky but hopefully all fun.

More Ideas for Hens Parties

  • Have a theme party – Anything goes here, but popular themes are the 50s, the 80s, angels, and pinups. You can dress up in costume and those who can handle it can go out in their getup afterwards. Check out Themes For Parties for themed party ideas: 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and many more…
  • Do lunch, dinner, or high tea – Plan a civilised (or not so civilised) lunch or dinner at the bride’s favourite restaurant.
  • Go on a wine tour – If you like a good drop and fine food but want something classier than a pub crawl, a wine tour is a good option for a small group. See BCL for winery tours in Adelaide & SA, Tasmania, Melbourne and VIC, Hunter Valley, NSW, and Sunshine Coast, QLD
  • Do a class – Get the girls together and learn a fun new skill by taking a class in chocolate making, painting, life drawing, belly dancing, or cocktail making. See BCL for:
    • Cooking classes in Adelaide & SA, Melbourne & VIC, Brisbane & QLD, Sydney & NSW

White Parties

Colour Themes, General Party Themes

You can go for all white decorations for your party – or combine to have a dramatic black and white, red and white or blue and white party – or have a toga party.

White Costumes

White costumes include angels, rabbits, brides, white tuxedos, Snow White, rhinestone jumpsuits, Star Wars Imperial Stormtroopers, and 18th century powdered white wigs.  Browse these online shops for white costumes:

  • Costumes.com.au is based in Melbourne and delivers costumes and accessories (including shoes, hats, wigs, party supplies and more) with flat rate delivery Australia-wide. Options for same day to Melbourne metro, order online and pick up from their warehouse in Kilsyth, Victoria.

White food ideas

  • Chicken sandwiches: white meat in white bread makes white sandwiches.  Add a bit of white mayonnaise for flavour.
  • Steamed fish and steamed rice.
  • Potato and leek soup (vichyssoise).
  • Rice bubbles with milk.  Rice bubbles can also be made into a white version of chocolate crackles.
  • Coconut milk-based dishes like laksa can be white (some of the spices may turn them orange or red).  Make with chicken or tofu.
  • White cheeses like feta, goat's milk cheese (chèvre) and cream cheese served on rice crackers.
  • Side dishes include mashed potato, potato salad and pasta salad.
  • Garlic dip – made with philly cheese and lots of fresh crushed garlic.
  • For dessert: Cheesecake, lychees with icecream, yoghurt, or coconut sorbet, or marshmallows and white chocolate.  Or buy a box of milk-based paddle pops.
  • Cream!
  • White drinks include milk and lemonade.  Alcohol drinks and white liqueurs include Baileys Irish Cream, white chocolate Godiva and clear spirits like gin and white rum.  White wine may or may not count depending on how strict you are about the rules!

More Colour themes for Parties

Purple Parties

Colour Themes

Purple means lots of things to different people – from the colour of women's suffrage to the “one-eyed, one-horned flying purple people eater”!

Purple Costumes

Purple is a favourite colour for 60s psychedelic era costumes and loud zoot suits.  Other purple costumes include royalty (once upon a time they were the only ones who could afford purple dyes), mermaids, fairies, and purple people eaters.  Browse these online shops for purple costumes:

  • Costumes.com.au is based in Melbourne and delivers costumes and accessories (including shoes, hats, wigs, party supplies and more) with flat rate delivery Australia-wide. Options for same day to Melbourne metro, order online and pick up from their warehouse in Kilsyth, Victoria.

Purple food and drink ideas

  • Purple coleslaw: shred or finely chop some red cabbage and dress with a vinaigrette or mayonnaise.  Add some chopped red onion if you like the taste.  Sprinkle with some dried cranberries for an interesting twist.
  • Purple Carrots – use the new purple carrots – careful they stain fingers.
  • Beetroot makes anything purple – bake it, put in a salad, or crack open a tin.
  • For purple fruit salad, chop up a selection of purple fruit and mix in a bowl with a bit of fruit juice to prevent browning. Purple fruits include blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, plums, red grapes, cherries.  Dragon fruit and passion fruit are purple on the outside.
  • Purple jelly: buy a packet of jelly crystals, or for a fruitier version use fruit juice (try grape juice) and unflavoured gelatin — the packet usually has instructions.
  • Purple meringues made from egg whites, sugar, and food colouring.  Serve with berries!
  • Purple drinks include grape juice and juice blends with blueberries or other purple berries.  Make purple ice cubes by adding a small amount of food colouring to water before putting in ice cube trays and freezing.  Herbal teas, fruit teas and tisanes come in a wide range of colours and can be served hot or as an iced tea.
  • Purple alcoholic drinks include sangria made with red wine and a purple fruit juice, and cocktails made with the liqueurs Parfait Amour and Black Sambuca.

More Colour themes for Parties

St Patrick’s Day & Irish Parties

Event Themes

Although St Patrick's day was originally to commemorate Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, it has become a secular celebration of Irish culture.

Everyone must wear something green on St Patty's Day! You can either keep it simple with green ribbon, a hat or badges or check out the costume shops below to go all out as a cheeky leprechaun or lucky Irishman.

  • Costumes.com.au is based in Melbourne and delivers costumes and accessories (including shoes, hats, wigs, party supplies and more) with flat rate delivery Australia-wide. Options for same day to Melbourne metro, order online and pick up from their warehouse in Kilsyth, Victoria. See their St Patrick's Day costumes.

Green food ideas

  • Green fruit salad – cut up some green fruit and mix with a dash of fruit juice to prevent browning. Green fruit includes kiwi fruit, green apples, green grapes, honeydew melons, and starfruit.
  • Make green jelly.
  • Serve desserts with green custard, cream, or yoghurt dyed with green food colouring.
  • Choc chip mint icecream and pistachio icecream are already green.
  • Biscuits, cakes, and muffins with pistachio nuts have a green tinge.
  • Green eggs and ham – add a few drops of green food colouring to scrambled eggs and mix in some diced ham.
  • Snack on celery and cucumber sticks dipped in guacamole or other green dip.
  • Spinach and cheese pie – if you make your own pastry you could dye that green too.
  • For a side dish serve green vegetables – zucchini, asparagus, peas, green beans, spinach, broccoli, cabbage, brussels sprouts.
  • Eat green pasta – it contains spinach which adds more colour than flavour. You could serve it with some green vegetables and basil pesto.
  • Drink green tea or green cordial. Put a couple of drops of green food colouring in a glass before pouring in milk and watch it magically turn from white to green. Cocktails including Creme de Menthe or Midori will be green. Browse Dan Murphys for spirits and liqueurs delivered around Australia.

Red Themed Parties

Colour Themes

Red is a colour of speed, danger and excitement.

Red Costumes

Red costumes include devils, Little Red Riding Hood, Santa, femme fatales, flamenco dancers, racing drivers, and royalty. It is also associated with love and passion.  Browse these online shops for red costumes:

  • Costumes.com.au is based in Melbourne and delivers costumes and accessories (including shoes, hats, wigs, party supplies and more) with flat rate delivery Australia-wide. Options for same day to Melbourne metro, order online and pick up from their warehouse in Kilsyth, Victoria.

Red food ideas

  • For red fruit salad, chop up a selection of red fruit and mix in a bowl with a bit of fruit juice to prevent browning. Red fruits include strawberries, watermelon, red apples, cherries, plums, raspberries, blood oranges, pomegranate seeds, and red grapes.
  • Red jelly: buy a packet of jelly crystals, or for a fruitier version use red fruit juice (try blood orange juice) and unflavoured gelatin — the packet usually has instructions.
  • Red pasta: some supermarkets sell red coloured pasta containing tomato or carrot.  Serve with a tomato-based pasta sauce.
  • Rhubarb is a versatile red vegetable that makes nice desserts like rhubarb pie or rhubarb crumble.
  • Tomato soup and tomato ketchup are red.
  • Red drinks include blood orange juice, tomato juice, grape juice, and red tea (rooibos). Red alcoholic drinks include red wine, rosé wines, sangria, crème de cassis (mixed with white wine to make an aperitif called kir).

More Colour themes for Parties

Superheroes Party Ideas

Character, General Party Themes, Movie & TV Themes

Whether you choose a general superhero party or narrow it down to a specific superhero, these parties provide lots of scope to choose a character (don't forget all the villains and support characters), lots of silliness overacting the part and even some superhero tournaments.

Superheroes Party Costumes

  • Costumes.com.au is based in Melbourne and delivers costumes and accessories (including shoes, hats, wigs, party supplies and more) with flat rate delivery Australia-wide. See their massive range of Superhero costumes

Superheroes Party Ideas

Themes:

  • Superhero couples. Many superheroes have love interests – think Superman and Lois Lane or Spiderman and Mary Jane.
  • Villains and heroes. The Green Goblin, Darth Vader, The Joker, Harley Quinn, and Magneto are just a few notorious villains to go up against Spiderman, Anakin Skywalker, Batman, and Wolverine.
  • Superhero masquerade ball. For an elegant twist to the superhero theme.
  • Heroes from space. These include Jedi Knights, Buzz Lightyear and Superman.
  • Superman
  • Batman
  • Star Wars
  • Spiderman

Activities:

  • Make a Deathstar piñata and use light sabers instead of sticks.
  • Play theme music from superhero movies at intervals throughout the party. You could make your guests do something silly when they hear their character's theme music.
  • Have theme related games like an Indiana Jones Treasure hunt or a Heroes vs. Villains tug-of-war.

Superheroes Food Ideas

Superhero comics and movies are usually eye catching with lots of bright colours. Use food colouring and lollies to make your party food just as colourful.

  • For Green Goblin salad, use plenty of lettuce, spinach, cucumber and beans.
  • Mix soft-drink and ice-cream for spiders.
  • Two-face jelly. Place red and yellow jelly beside each other in a bowl and garnish with a coin to see who gets heads or tails.

Casino Theme Party

General Party Themes

Casino and poker games are a great adult theme party. Host an intimate get-together for a simple poker night with drinks and nibblies. Or go to town with a Vegas style casino night with flamboyant costumes, cocktails, and decorations.

Casino Outfits and Costumes

Poker players usually dress formally in suits and ties. You could also dress as a pimp in a bright suit with heavy rings, a dollar sign necklace, and a walking stick. Or you could dress as a gangster complete with a cigar, hat, and tommy gun. Women tend to wear skimpy dresses with feather boas or showgirl costumes.

Poker/Casino Night Food Ideas

  • Food – When playing card games guests will have their hands full, therefore simple snack foods are best.  Fill a few bowls with potato chips, wedges, dipping sauce, nuts, and other bite size foods. Remember to provide guests with napkins so that the table and cards all stay clean.
  • Drinks – Provide your guests with an assortment of drinks including traditional casino drinks such as cocktails, wine, spirits and beer. Also provide non-alcoholic drinks to cater for all your guests.

Oktoberfest! Party Ideas

Event Themes

Just because you don't live in Germany that doesn't mean you can't have your own Oktoberfest celebration. See below for beer, tankards to drink your beer from, food to eat while you're drinking your beer, and German costumes to wear while you're drinking your beer.

Oktoberfest Food

Food served at Oktoberfest is traditionally hearty fare such as sausages, hendl (chicken), käsespätzle (cheese noodles), potato salad, sauerkraut and onions, along with Bavarian delicacies like roast ox tails and Äpfelpfannenkuchen (apple pancakes).

Set up a long table in your garden and set all the food out with a ready supply of disposable plates and napkins.