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50 ideas for memorable theme parties 

click to enlarge A 1950s-themed party could include malts and milkshakes, 
hamburgers and fries, a juke box (or DJ) and dancing.

A 1950s-themed party could include malts and milkshakes, hamburgers and fries, a juke box (or DJ) and dancing.

Theme parties can be as inventive and as unpredictable as the guests invited. Make sure to carry the theme throughout all your party plans, including invitations, decorations, attire, food and drinks. If you expect people to dress a certain way, let them know, and make sure your theme doesn't require too much work on the part of the guests. Letting them know the theme before the party builds anticipation for the event.

Here are 50 ideas for themes:

• 1950s sock hop

Alice in Wonderland

Arabian Nights

• Around the World

• Backyard games

• Beach party

• Beer tasting

• Cars/trucks/trains/ airplanes

• Casino

• Circus

• Cocktails and cupcakes

• Color themes: black, white, pink and purple are current trends

• Dessert table

• Detective/mystery

• Dinosaurs/ dragons

• Disco

• Fairies

• Fairy tales (from Cinderella to Peter Pan)

• Favorite TV show

• Fiesta

• Garden party

• Historical figures & events

• Hollywood

• Jungle

• Karaoke

• Legos/construction

• Luau

• Magic

• Masquerade/costume

• Moustaches

• Outer space

• Parisian

• Princess

• Puppet show

• Rock/pop star

• Safari

• Sports

• Super heroes

click to enlarge A dragon-shaped cake locks in the "dragons" theme for a youngster's birthday party.
  • A dragon-shaped cake locks in the "dragons" theme for a youngster's birthday party.

• Surprise party

• Tea party

• Tennessee Williams

• The '20s

• The '60s

• The '80s

• The Renaissance

• Underwater/mermaids

• Vampires (Twilight, True Blood, Dracula)

• Vintage/retro

• Western

Wizard of Oz

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