4 Theme Parties Ideas You’ve (Probably) Never Tried

I am huge, huge fan of theme parties. Everything’s better when you’re wearing a costume and listening to costume-related music right? Here are a few of my favorites:


Toast party

What? Yes. If we want to be fancy, we’ll call these ‘tartines‘ but let’s be real – this is toast with fancy stuff on it. This is the perfect party if a) you’re feeling lazy b) it’s hot. You just buy up  a million baguettes or loaves of french bread and ask your guests to bring a topping of their choice!

Food: things that go on toast – Nutella, avocados, hummus, bleu cheese + peaches + honey, balsamic mushrooms + fontina
Music: Bread (GET IT!!!!???)


Famous Mustaches Throughout History

Mustaches are to the 00s what goatees were to the 90s, and why not celebrate their popularity with party? Your guests can come clad as their favorite mustache owner and you can even served themed food! We threw a party like this for our housewarming in Wellington, New Zealand – I was a Frenchman and The Mister was Charlie from Lost. Which is to say he made his hair greasy, parted it unflatteringly and wrapped bits of paper towel around his fingers.

Possible Costumes: Dali, Frida Kahlo, Magnum PI, Hulk Hogan
Food:mustache cupcakesgummy mustaches, milkshakes (increases likelihood of milk mustaches)
Music: Frank Zappa, Gogol Bordello, The Killers, Queen


What I Wanted to Be When I Grew Up

Oh, we’ve come so far from our fantasies of old, haven’t we? I’m not tall enough to be a ballerina, or math-tastic enough to be an architect but we could surely overlook these realities for one night. Imagine a party stuffed with people dressed in their childhood dreams, noshing on the food of 1987. Awesome, yes? A friend of mine attended one of these parties dressed as a Star Wars Trooper!?

Possible Costumes: singer, veterinarian, pro basketball player, um, tiger?
Food: Cheesy Poofs, Big League Chew, Kool aid, popsicles
Music: New Kids on the Block, Bon Jovi, The Bangles, anything circa Elementary School


Rubik’s Cube Party

Warning: this party is best for those who are single/under 25. It might just be embarrassing for us old fogies. The theme here is pretty straight forward, everybody arrives at the party in ensembles made up of pieces of clothing in the different colors of the Rubik’s cube squares – you know, red hoodie, blue t-shirt, green skirt, yellow tights. During the course of the evening the goal is to switch clothes with your buddies to assemble an outfit that’s monochromatic. I imagine this switching of clothing might be accompanied by some making out and flashing of underwear. Maybe.

Possible Costumes: solid-colored clothing of your choice in red, orange, yellow, green, blue and white
Food: jello shots, nibs, cheddar cheese cubes, those square Japanese watermelons
Music: Ice Cube (HA!)

What’s the best theme party that you’ve been to? Tell us all about it in the comments!

photo credits: teapot queen // NASA // rolex blog // krista



i am a huge fan of the moustache party. especially those cupcakes. i just spent a semester in france, and my friend’s host dad had the most impressively bushy moustache i have ever seen. when he talked, you couldn’t see his mouth, but his moustache was very animated.


I think I am slightly too old (and way too un-single) to take part in a rubik’s cube party. But man! I wish I had thought of that when I was still in college!


I want so badly to go to #1 and #2! I have been to a James Bond themed party and a party brought to you by the letter T (it was a birthday party for a friend with initials T.T. and she was twenty two – another friend and I went as a Twister board and spinner).

pretty face

Those are GOOD ideas. Must same them. Another one I love is ‘tube stations’ – which is particularly fantastic in London what with ‘Angel’ and ‘King’s Cross’ etc


Great ideas! I had a theme party once, it involved dressing up as your favorite celebrity and we put down a red carpet and everything… it was so much fun! I was SJP btw 😉


I want a gummy mustache!

In high school, some kid had a “B” party, just like what Erin described. This was usually the time when girls got a chance to dress up all “risque”. Well a really awesome girl I knew dressed up as a bag. A trash bag.

Kooky theme parties are the best 🙂


Your dress like your parents party music selection is pretty dead on. My father is OBSESSED with the Dire Straits…


My hubs could solve a Rubik’s cube in under 30 seconds in college, and when I first saw that, I instantly knew that Rubik’s cubes could be sexy. So right on!

Sadly, I can’t remember the last themed party I went to.


These are such fun theme party ideas, I particularly love the Rubik’s cube and what I wanted to be when I grew up ones 🙂 haha so clever! i love 80s theme parties myself…and once I went to one themed “bright and tight” lame leggings, heyyyy! haha!

ana b.

Mmmm…i think it’s a riff on the Dress Like Your Parents Party but there was a odd theme party I went to last year themed Grandma and Grandpa on Crack.

But maybe this year I’ll be lucky enough to be invited to a Yes Man style 300 party.

Eyeliah @ stylesymmetry.com

The parents party is a killer idea!! We did Rockstar for my bday last week, not a famous rock star but what you would wear if you were were a rockstar. I really liked the added fun of a theme party, it’s my new plan to always have a theme.


oh i would LOVE to be invited to a mustache party! never liked themed parties but a mustache aprty might just be the one that would win me over.


I do love these ideas, they’re much more fun than alphabet dressups and boring themes like Hollywood. If only an occasion would come up!


We had a party last year which had the theme “Dress like it is/and you are from 1985 and are invited to a party whose theme is the Year 2001”.
It took a little explaining but it worked out in the end.

1985 humans thought the year 2001 was going to be INSANE!


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