50 Party Themes For Adults

50 party themes for adults

Whenever I’m planning a party, the first thing I do is choose a theme. Partly because it makes it so much easier for me to plan the rest of the party (I can then simply choose food, drinks and decorations to loosely fit the theme) but mainly because I know that most people l-o-v-e themed parties!

There are a lot of fun party ideas out there, many of them perfect for kids or college parties, but if you’re looking for something a bit more grown up than a Frozen theme and more unique than a classic Toga shindig, here are my top 50 party themes for adults:

♥ Wes Anderson Movies – so many great characters to choose from!

Wes anderson partyVia Orange Juice etc.

♥ Oktoberfest – bring the famous German beer festival to your house.
♥ Midsummer’s Night Dream – or a ‘Shakespeare’ party
♥ Steampunk party
♥ Woodstock ’69
♥ Jazz Age lawn party

jazz age lawn partyVia Keiko Lynn

♥ Voodoo party
♥ Color party – pick any color of your choice
♥ House of Horrors
♥ ‘Love Boat’ party
♥ Wine & Cheese Tasting party
♥ ‘Night Circus’ party – this one is definitely on my to-host list!

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Via Delicious Reads

♥ Champagne Party – especially great for NYE.
♥ Make Up Your Own Super Hero party
♥ Christmas in July
♥ When I grow up I want to be…(a nice twist on the old ‘uniforms’ theme)
♥ Cabaret/Burlesque
♥ Outdoor Movie Night

the breakfast club movie nightvia Pretty Mayhem

♥ Havana Nights – Cuban inspired food, music and drinks, what’s not to love really?
♥ Game Of Thrones party – Winter is coming.
♥ I love NY! party (or any city of your choice)
♥ Retro Tiki party
♥ A Night in Monte Carlo (Casino Glam’ theme)
♥ Old Hollywood (could also be an ‘old hollywood oscar party’ where you award fake Oscars to your guests)
♥ Mad Men (or simply 60’s) Cocktail Party


Via Hostess With The Mostess

♥ Bon Voyage
♥ Wild Wild West Party
♥ Vampire Ball party
♥ Tequila mockingbird party – guests dress up as classic literary characters but with an alcohol twist.
DIY Spa Party – perfect for a girls night in!
♥ Sherlock Holmes Murder mystery Party

sherlock holmesVia Catch my party

♥ Quentin Tarantino party
♥ Black Sails (Pirates) party
♥ Greek Mythology
♥ A night in Wonderland (a darker take on Alice in wonderland)
♥ Seven Deadly Sins
♥ 1001 nights/ Moroccan inspired party

moroccan party

Via Amy Atlas

♥ Mardi Gras
♥ Ugly Sweater party
♥ Rags to riches
♥ 70’s glam pool party (for those lucky enough to have a pool)
♥ ‘I can’t believe your wore that out’ party – guests wear the craziest outfit they can think of using things they already own.
♥ A Sophia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette party

Marie Antoinette party

Via 100layer cake

♥ Round the world party
♥ Harajuku party – take inspiration from Japan’s famous neighborhood.
♥ Venetian Ball (Masquerade)
♥ Apres-ski party (think fondue, snow pants, mulled wine, etc)
♥ 5o’s American Diner party
♥ Glamping party – turn your backyard into a glam’ camping paradise (adult with kids will love that one too!)
♥ 80’s Prom – the dresses! the hair! the music! Yes.

What’s the best themed party you’ve ever attended? Do you have any favorite ideas from the above list?

  • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait

    they all sound amazing! What a great idea – I love the outdoor cinema idea, and of course, the champagne theme!!! great work as always lady xx

    • http://www.prettymayhem.com/ Pearl – Pretty Mayhem

      Thank Cait! I wish you lived in Melbourne so that we could throw parties together :)

  • http://nerdydirtyflirty30.com Jess

    I am seriously considering a 1985 themed party for my 30th this year. The 80’s are such a terribly fun theme to dress up as! And the music rocks!

    • http://www.prettymayhem.com/ Pearl – Pretty Mayhem

      I think a 1985 theme would be heaps of fun! We hosted a big 80’s party at our house about 5 years ago and it was really awesome. Everyone got into the theme and dressed up in all kinds of crazy 80’s inspired costume (I was Jem). I made a bunch of nostalgia food (like fairy bread) and cheesy cocktails (B52’s, jello shots and cuba libres) and we danced to 80’s music all night. Best night ever! Have a blast!

  • http://lifeloveandhiccups.blogspot.com Sonia@ LIfe Love and Hiccups

    The I cant believe you wore that out party… oh I so want to have one of them lol xx

    • http://www.prettymayhem.com/ Pearl – Pretty Mayhem

      We did something along those lines for my 29th (the dress code was ‘Stand out from the Crowd’) and started the festivities by playing lawn bowls in our costumes at a local club. I think the other people at the club found us VERY entertaining. Haha.

  • Lucy @ Bake Play Smile

    Having just finished the last Mad Men season I would totally throw one of those parties! Love these great ideas!

    • http://www.prettymayhem.com/ Pearl – Pretty Mayhem

      I miss Mad Men already. I especially loved the costumes in the first few seasons, the ladies looked so beautiful!

  • http://www.permanentprocrastination.com/ Permanent Procrastination

    I would love to have a ugly sweater / christmas in July party seeing as you can’t really have it at Christmas here due to the weather.

    Tegan xx – Permanent Procrastination

    • http://www.prettymayhem.com/ Pearl – Pretty Mayhem

      Me too! I always feel a bit weird cooking a ham or turkey in 35+ degree weather haha. Also, mulled wine just does not work in summer…

  • http://thetravellinglindfields.blogspot.com.au/ thetravellinglindfields

    Great post – although most of your themes make me realise I am a different generation to you – lol.

    • http://www.prettymayhem.com/ Pearl – Pretty Mayhem

      Thank you xx

      ps. I could imagine you throwing an awesome ‘around the world’ party considering all your traveling experience :) You’d have so many great stories to share with your guests!

  • http://www.ispyplumpie.com/ Liz @ I Spy Plum Pie

    They all sound SO fun. I do love a themed party!

    • http://www.prettymayhem.com/ Pearl – Pretty Mayhem

      I love themed parties too, this was a fun post to put together :)

  • http://blahblahmagazine.com.au/ Bele @ BlahBlah

    Oh, I love the sound of a Jazz on the lawn party. I’m trying to get motivated to organise my husband’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas party x

  • http://www.glamourcoastalliving.blogspot.com/ Glamour Coastal Living

    Oh some great ideas here!I have had a few themed parties from your list – there are still many more I would like to try however ;)

  • http://www.thebuilderswife.com.au Nicole @ The Builder’s Wife

    I’m adding the champagne party to my list of must do’s!