Themed parties are loads of fun, and a great way to break the ice at your wedding, corporate event, or birthday party. Here are some of the best we’ve seen in Melbourne over the years, as well as a few we’d love to see in the future.
Choose a letter from the alphabet (the first letter of the birthday boy/girl’s name perhaps?) and instruct your guests to come dressed up as something that begins with that letter. Lots of scope for creativity.
If you’re planning a corporate event, why not combine it with your company’s charity efforts and turn it into a themed charity event? Some of the most popular in Australia include The World’s Greatest Shave (March onwards), Red Nose Day (June 24), National Pyjama Day (July 22), Daffodil Day (August 26), and Movember (held throughout the month of November).
The simplest (and easiest) theme of all. Start by hiring uplighting to set the colour of the room, then you can colour-theme your décor, and involve your guests by asking them to wear an item of that colour.
There is nothing more comfortable in the hot Australian summer than partying barefoot, in a hula skirt or Hawaiian shirt. Borrow some boards from your surfie friends, some ukuleles from your hipster ones, source some Hawaiian music, stock up on ham, pineapples, and cocktail ingredients, and you’re in business. And if you really want to cool off how about a Hawaiian pool party?
If you live in Victoria this is a good day to hold your party, as it’s a public holiday, and people are usually getting together anyway. Hire a projector screen so you can watch the big race live, get your guests to dress up as jockeys (or horses), or hold a race of your own!
Who would ever have thought the 90s would become hip again? Our DJs have been getting lots of requests for Backstreet Boys, the Macarena, MC Hammer, Achy Breaky Heart, LL Cool J, Wonderwall, and even… *cough* The Bartman at parties recently. And who could forget the grunge look? Combat boots, unbuttoned lumberjack shirt over a print tee, long hair - done. Or go the neon parachute pants, denim overalls with one strap hanging down, bike shorts, bum bag, rollerblades… oh dear. Add the finishing touches by decorating your room with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Spice Girls posters.
We all know about Halloween and St. Patrick’s Day, but have you heard of…
National Hat Day (January 15)
Opposite Day (January 25)
National Kazoo Day (January 28 - on second thought, give that one a miss)
Something On A Stick Day (March 28)
Golfer’s Day (April 10)
Scrabble Day (April 13)
Hairstyle Appreciation Day (April 30th)
National Doughnut Day (first Friday in June)
Donald Duck Day (June 9)
National Pink Day (June 23)
Embrace Your Geekness Day (July 13)
Teddy Bear Day (September 9)
International Talk Like A Pirate Day (September 19)
Wear Something Gaudy Day (October 17)
Punk For A Day Day (October 25)
or Absurdity Day (November 20)?
Although we haven’t yet had the honour of being invited to a Something On A Stick themed event, we did recently perform at a St Patrick’s Day wedding, where we dressed our PA system up as a leprechaun.
Steampunk fan? Release your inner-nerd with an old world/science fiction themed party. Go for that Victorian England or Old West look, by incorporating old mechanical tools, gadgets, paintings, and furniture into the décor, and dressing up to the nines, with petticoats, corsets, dramatic make-up, boots, hats, coats, eyeglasses, goggles, canes, and fob-watches. A difficult one but well worth the effort!
This is a good one if you want to make it easy for your guests to dress up - superhero costumes are a breeze to source, and there are dozens to choose from. Put the theme music from the TV shows and movies on during the start of the night, or show old Batman episodes on a projector.
Gangsters, pinstripes, ringlets, spats, art deco, big band music - what’s there not to like about a Roaring 20s style swing party?