8 Best Theme Party Ideas for Adults

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Anybody can do a party, but it needs discipline and strict planning for the party to become successful. Once a particular party theme is chosen, creativity and inventiveness must be strictly obeyed. The party theme style determines, the music, food, drinks, outfits, and decoration.

By far you can read all over the internet thousands of different them party ideas, but do you know if they are indeed popular by your guests. As a party host, your guest comes first and it is crucial to pick out a party theme that is liked and admired.

In cooperation with google we came up with the top 8 list of google most searches for theme party ideas:

Before you become very excited and jump into the planning stages, please consider the following first:

  • The interest of your invited guest. It makes no sense if nobody has any kind of connection or interest in a certain theme: The party will flop!
  • The age of the guest (kids, teenager, or adults)
  • The time of the year plays also an important role
  • Effort for decoration, food, drink, and outfit (budget)

Our theme party ideas for adults are kept short and straight to the point without much blah, blah, blah!

#8: Summer Party Themes

Summer Party Themes Ideas

There are times you so much need a vacation under the sun, beach, and cocktails. However, it is not possible at the moment. Instead of feeling down, bring the summer fun to your home.

Outfits Ideas:

Insist on a strictly enforced beach look for all the guests. Otherwise, there will be no real summer fun feeling when guests arrive in casual attire like jeans and shirts. You can also choose a more casual (no beach outfit) attire, but tell your guest before what fashion style you tend to lean on:

Beach Outfits:

  • Men Beach Outfit: Shorts, Flip Flops, T-Shirts
  • Female Beach Outfit: Sling Dress or a sleeveless Beach Party dress

Regular Summer Party Outfits:

  • Denim jumpsuit in a slim-fit dress (female)
  • Sundress dressy sandals (female)
  • Nice Summer Shirt with Short and dressy sandals (male)

Decoration/Fun Ideas:

  • Choose Caribbean/Reggae Music in the background such as Bacardi Feeling or songs from Bob Marley
  • Get an Inflatable paddling pool in case you do not have a swimming pool to host the party
  • Without some beach sand, there is no real feeling of summer. Get some playground sand and put some deck or lounging chairs on it.
  • Get some beach umbrellas and if possible a portable beach bar. In case it is not possible, put bamboo mats on a table and add a sun canopy made out of bamboo (easy & quick to do)
  • Use Palm leaves as a table decoration
  • Add glass beads and shells as decoration on tables
  • Have a hammock for guest to relax or flirt (hang in between two trees)
  • Bottle cooler made of the outer melon rind: Get 4-6 melon, empty them and serve finger-food inside the hollow peel. Also, perfect for crushed iced to cool drinks
  • Serve drinks in empty coconut shells
  • Entertain guest with Limbo Dance Competition: Get a longer wood stick and leave some space

Food/Drink Ideas:

Summer, fun, and tropical all have one in common: Delicious cocktails are a must! Either mix yourself or hire a professional barkeeper for the extra kick. Your guests will be amazed.

  • Blue Curacao Cocktail
  • Caipi Bowle Cocktail
  • Mojito Cocktail
  • Mango Fun Mocktail (Non-Alcoholic)
  • Fresh fruit snacks such as star fruit, pineapple or mango
  • Garlic Shrimps (Recipe here)
  • Spiced Oranges
  • Cold Asparagus wrapped with Ham

Also Interesting to Read: Muffin Tray for Dips & Snacks Tip

# 7: 70s Theme Party

70s Theme Party Ideas

For the young generation, the ’70s seems very distant, but for us born earlier, the ’70s was by far the best period for party, fun, and music. Some remember the Flower-Power or Hippie times, others enjoyed Elvis or Queen.

Outfits Ideas:

  • Bell-bottom jeans with Tie-dyed shirts
  • Shirts and jackets with wide lapels
  • Poncho
  • Tie-dye shirt or jacket
  • Peasant blouse or skirt
  • Halter-top dress
  • German Army jacket

Decoration/Fun Ideas:

The ’70s party was crazy with nonstop partying. To show this happiness everything needs to be bright and colorful. As a matter of fact, the more neon color you add, the better it is.

  • A unique Flower Power Invitation telling your guest attendance is only allowed in ’70s outfits.
  • On YouTube, many great nonstop video mixes are lasting 4- 6 hours playing the best songs from the ’70s
  • Get a disco ball and some (laser-) lights for the visual effect
  • Balloons need to be in flashy colors like neon yellow, orange, or green – The flashier to better!
  • If you can organize some movie posters from the ’70s, let them hang on the wall
  • Draw a billboard with bright colors to show “we are in the ’70s”
  • Cover tables with bright orange or yellow table cloths
  • Create your own “Peace Signs” and hang them
  • Do not forget the “Smiley Face” in yellow color
  • Create chill areas with beanbags, mattresses and pillows to allow your guest to chill and chat like in the ’70s
  • If you hire a DJ, get an old-style mixer with record-players from Technics. Playing ’70s music from records is a must.
  • Hang garlands and tinsel curtains
  • Have incense ready for the right smell

Food/Drink Ideas:

Our best suggestion for a 70’s party theme most popular authentic food & drink choices:

Also Interesting to Read: Muffin Tray for Dips & Snacks Tip

#6: Casino Theme Party

Casino Theme Party Ideas

There is something magic about Las Vegas, we all know this! A casino themed party seems right to celebrate unforgettable moments. Therefore, let your guests enjoy the excitement and upbeat the fun with casino games such as slot machines or roulette rounds.

Outfits Ideas:

A casino party is not complete with the proper outfit. All the decorations and food mean nothing when guests arrive in their normal look.

  • Go Las Vegas Style: Wear an Elvis Costume
  • Be part of Cirque du Soleil
  • Wear a Frank Sinatra Costume
  • Wear a nice Cocktail Dress
  • Transform into Al Capone
  • White shirt with black nylon suspenders and a black pant
  • Wear a black suit with an ’30s style hat

Decoration /Fun Ideas:

Create an old Las Vegas feeling with a slot machine and playing card decoration. It is essential once your casino party starts a sense of magnificence is present:

  • Use casino card night plates and napkins
  • Clue a playing card at the end of a tooth-stick and add all over the food
  • Get inflatable Slot Machine Fruits and hang them as decoration
  • Use only the colors of red, black, and white (Roulette table)
  • Create Playing Cards Hanging Decoration
  • Get a big “Welcome Las Vegas” sign
  • Create chairs that look like a dice
  • Add balloons in colors of red, black, and silver
  • Have table cloth runners in red and playing cards design
  • Get a roulette table and let your guest play for fun
  • Have a slot machine on display
  • Get a Casino Scent from Caesars Palace, Flamingo, Golden Nugget, Harrah’s, Mirage, Bellagio, Rio, Venetian, or Wynn creating the real authentic feeling of a casino

Food/Drink Ideas:

Even a casino high roller player gets hungry and thirsty at some point in time. Here are our favorites:

  • Mini baked potatoes
  • Slot machine fruit (Cherry, Banana, Watermelon, Grapes)
  • Cheese Balls
  • Sandwiches with ham and cheese
  • Popcorn Shrimp in cocktail sauce
  • Bake brown brownies and decorate as a dice number 1 to 6
  • Guacamole Dip
  • Barbecue Spare Ribs
  • Lady Luck Cocktail
  • Poker Face Cocktail
  • Wild Card Cocktail
  • Snake Eyes Cocktail

#5 Jungle Theme Party

Jungle Theme Party Ideas

Yes, the jungle fever has broken out, not only for kids. In recent times it becomes quite popular to have a jungle-themed party for adults.

Outfits Ideas:

  • Wear jungle costumes such as Jean & Tarzan
  • Dress as animals or jungle dwellers

Decoration /Fun Ideas:

The decoration of the theme is very important as the atmosphere and ambient needs to be present. The color of the decoration should be green and brown:

  • Place wild stuffed animals everywhere in the corners
  • Make/buy exotic animals out of cardboard paper
  • Get large potted plants from the outside as a base.
  • Buy big plastic leaves for decoration or as a substitute use “Green Balloons
  • Make a big sign to great your guests “GO WILD”
  • A good substitute for jungle lianas are “Green Streamers
  • Spider web: Hang some nets on the walls which gives a great effect. You can either buy a net from the hardware store or use a mosquito net. Also hanging the net on the ceiling is suitable
  • A Palm Tree is also a part of the jungle. You can either add in the form of real ones (borrow from somebody) or you can get some inflatable palm trees.
  • Add Wood and water: Depending on the party style, you can run suitable background music such as water splashing sounds. Also, any type of wood furniture (patio furniture as well) can be used
  • Use bamboo mats to decorate walls or garden fences

Food/Drink Ideas:

For the perfect jungle atmosphere, I highly recommend to set up a buffet on a nicely decorated table with a green tablecloth or an army tarn net. This will give the typical jungle feeling at all times. If you have some coconut shells, you can use them as decoration around the buffet as well.

  • Tropical snacks such as macadamia and cashews nuts
  • Dried Fruit such as Coconut Chips, Mango or Pineapples
  • Piña Colada Cocktail
  • Virgin Colada Mocktail (non-alcoholic)
  • Crazy Coconut Mocktail (non-alcoholic)
  • Cheese Platter with Pineapple, Mango or Grapes
  • Barbecued Ham & Pineapple Kebab sticks with bell peppers and onion

#4: Carnival Theme Party

Carnival Theme Party Ideas

A Carnival party is pure fun as all guest arrives in their most crazy costumes. No limitations are set, anything can happen. The Carnival of Rio celebrates yearly the joy of life. Be part of it!

Outfits Ideas:

Make sure that a crazy carnival costume is a must, otherwise, it destroys the mood of the whole party. Besides, the guests who arrive without a costume might feel very misplaced, that’s for sure.

  • Greek Goddess Costume
  • Pirate of the Caribbean Costume
  • Be a geek/nerd
  • A full Rio Carnival Costume
  • A Venice Carnival outfit
  • Cosplay Costume of your favorite Manga Character
  • Minion costume
  • Beer costume
  • Angry nurse

Decoration /Fun Ideas:

A carnival party has to be bright and colorful. A good deco is a must for the perfect party mood and bright colors will bring fun into the party.

  • Multi-color streamers
  • Colorful Balloons ( a lot of them)
  • Hang crepe paper on wall and curtain rod
  • Have glitter/confetti everywhere
  • Get Venetian Masquerade Masks

Food/Drink Ideas:

Our top favorite carnival food and drink ideas. Of course, as Brazil is the leading country in the world for its carnival celebrations, we have to include all the Brazilian top favorites:

  • Bagel sandwiches
  • Pretzels
  • Popcorn
  • Brazilian potato and vegetable skewer
  • Potato croquettes
  • Cheese platter
  • Exotic fruits
  • Caipirinha Cocktail
  • Mango Fun Mocktail (Non-Alcoholic)
  • Chiquita Punch Mocktail (non-alcoholic)
  • Bloody Mary Cocktail
  • Piña Colada Cocktail

#3: 80s Theme Party

80s Theme Party Ideas

I have to say that the ’80s were just cool and a great period to remember. The Techno period slowly gathered momentum in Europe and the tapes to record music were iconic. Do you still remember the big walkman’s and headsets we all walked around to listen to our favorite tunes? Of course, music plays an important role in this theme.

Outfits Ideas:

Many ask what to wear to an ’80s theme party? Here are the most popular choices:

  • Night-fever disco costume with extreme flared trousers
  • Neon punk brat with neon gauntlets, tights, skirt
  • Tracksuits in zebra look, a muscle shirt, and white sports socks
  • Madonna: Black stockings, high-topped hair, lace overlay, leopard skin print, black hairband, and cuffs
  • Jeans Look: jeans jacket with a white shirt
  • Neon leggings

Decoration /Fun Ideas:

A quite easy theme to organize as not much is needed for the party to become successful

  • Of course, only party hits of the ’80s are allowed – No exceptions!
  • Hire a DJ and let him play the hits with 2 record-players and a mixer as like in the ’80s
  • Make invitation cards featuring the iconic tape. If you want to make something unique, get old tapes and use them as your invitation card.
  • Retro is a must: Get rid of all modern furniture or decor and replace it with typical old retro.
  • In case you still have an old jukebox, use it!
  • Create a spectacular dance floor with a disco ball, laser light, and make a lot of fog (rent a fog machine)
  • The ’80s are all about dancing, therefore use the main space as the dance floor and create only a small corner for drinks and food
  • Do you still have a ghetto-blaster? If yes, use as decoration or let the tunes of the ’80s come out of it
  • Get retro-style bar stools and bar tables to spread the spirit of the time
  • Decorate generally with garlands and hand out confetti

Food/Drink Ideas:

As dancing is the main focus of an ’80s party, prepare easy to do finger foods and drinks:

  • Blue Curacao Cocktail
  • Blue Curacao Passion Mocktail (non-alcoholic)
  • Florida Flip Mocktail (non-alcoholic)
  • Batida de Coco Cocktail
  • Whiskey Cola Drink
  • Cuba Libre Cocktail
  • Amaretto Liquor
  • 3-Color Pasta Salad
  • Jell-O Pudding Pops
  • Homemade Pizza Rolls (click link for recipe)
  • Barbecue Spare Ribs
  • Spinach Dip in Bread Bowls
  • Cheese Balls

#2: 90’s Theme Party

90's Theme Party Ideas

The 90’s theme party comes in number two of the most favorite themes and is not very difficult to implement. Without a doubt, this party theme is on the rise as many might even have their outfits still in their closets hidden.

Outfit Ideas:

Being a host or a guest, the correct outfit is a must. Here are some of the most popular ideas:

  • Tight-fitting crop tops
  • Mesh dresses
  • Neon leg warmers
  • Leggings and bell bottoms
  • Plateau sneaker
  • Spaghetti strap dresses
  • Blouses with floral patterns
  • Cycling shorts
  • Nirvana Style: A colored Lumberjack shirt with dark jeans (male) or black tights (Female) and ruffled hair
  • Spice Girls Style: Miniskirt with a crop top and plateau shoes
  • Wear sweatpants and a t-shirt (The most popular: Adidas 3 stripe jacket + pants combo)

Decoration/Fun Ideas:

  • Give your guest a neon scooter party invitation
  • Make a big game console “Gameboy” display
  • Hang VHS cassette as decoration
  • Rainbow spirals are the symbol of the 90’s. Place them everywhere on tables, chairs, and walls
  • Typical items from the ’90s for decoration: Tamagotchis, Chupa-Chups Lollis, snap bracelets or pacifiers
  • Have a relax corner and play the classic series of Knight Rider, Friends, Seinfeld, or Beverly Hills 90210 on TV

Food/Drink Ideas:

With all the party going on, your guests will get hungry and thirsty. Add a small table aside from the dance floor:

  • Pasta salads
  • Meatballs
  • Cheese sticks
  • Sausages
  • Barbecue Spare Ribs
  • Small bite hamburgers
  • Martini Cocktails
  • Capri Sun Cocktail
  • California Mocktail (non-alcoholic)
  • Vodka Red Bull Cocktail Bowl

#1: Hawaiian Theme (Luau Party)

Hawaiian Theme Party Ideas

The google top searched party theme is the Hawaiian/Luau Theme. As it comes in as no surprise, the beach outfit and bikini style coupled with palm trees, sangria, and summer hit Hawaiian music is the most popular party theme of all time.

Outfit Ideas:

A tropical Hawaiian outfit is a must. What would all the wonderful food and decor be when everybody dresses just normal.

  • Flip Flops are a must
  • Shorts
  • Hawaiian T-shirt
  • Get a Hawaiian Luau Party Outfit

Decoration /Fun Ideas:

Tropical decor typical for Hawaii do set the proper scene and ambient for your guests.

  • Choose Happy Hawaiian Music in the background
  • Get a Tiki Hut to present food or drinks
  • Tiki Torches: Add the torches on outside locations in a safe place.
  • Lanterns and pennant chains also give a nice Luau feeling
  • Get inflatable palm trees or place real ones in the corners
  • Get some beach umbrellas and if possible a portable beach bar. In case this is not possible, put bamboo mats on a table and add a sun canopy made out of bamboo (easy & quick to do)
  • Add Hawaiian hula garlands as decoration and also give each guest one to wear
  • Add colorful balloons
  • Decorate your tables with an artificial grass table cloth
  • Place Pineapples on tables for decoration

Food/Drink Ideas:

Authentic Hawaiian food and cocktails is a must to serve giving the party the right inspiration and atmosphere. Please choose some of our simple and easy to prepare food & drink ideas:

  • Serve Seafood Snacks
  • Barbecued Ham & Pineapple Kebab sticks with bell peppers and onion
  • Fresh Fruits of the season
  • Grilled calamari finger-food
  • Chicken Kababs with pineapple
  • Hawaiian Macaroni Salad
  • Fresh Pineapple Salsa
  • Fresh Mango Salsa
  • Hawaiian Coleslaw with pineapple
  • Blue Hawaiian Cocktail
  • Mai Tai Cocktail
  • Mango Fun Mocktail (Non-Alcoholic)
  • Apricot Girl Mocktail (non-Alcoholic)
  • Hawaiian Cheese Bread


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