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Have you always longed to walk the red carpet and go to a movie premiere? Or perhaps your dream is to attend the Oscars. Well, why not make your dreams a semi-reality the next time you throw a party? Throw a Hollywood theme party for your friends.
There are plenty of party products on the market designed to transform your home or banquet hall into an Oscar-worthy setting. Here are some ideas:
Hollywood theme party decor: use rich fabrics like velour or sequins, strobe lights can imitate the paparazzi, purchase gold statues, an acceptance speech podium, movie posters, banners, stage lights, glamorous-looking tiaras, party packs of plates, napkins, utensils, etc., decorative film strips, star-studded gift bags, silver border place cards, Hollywood street signs, red carpet, no autographs please sign, movies trivia party DVD and popcorn paraphernalia are just some of what's on the market at party stores.
Costumes: ask guests to arrive as their favorite movie star. Or ask them to be in formal glamorous attire (which can mean a black dress with fake flashy baubles for the women and a suit or even one of those t-shirtsÂ that look like a suit jacket)
Activities: Hollywood charades. Guess who everyone is based on their costumes and mannerisms. Also, you can create a Hollywood Walk of Fame. Have guests dip their hands into easily removable paint or into fast-drying plaster upon arrival and create your own walk in the party area with the results
College theme parties are some of the hottest parties around. College kids absolutely love to host theme parties and tend to go all out when doing so. Here are some examples of college theme parties in case you are in the mood to party like a college kid.
Toga party: have everyone dress up in a toga. Togas can easily be made from any fabric found in a fabric store. The really ambitious can even buy a row of fake foliage to wear as a crown on top of their heads.
Nuts and bolts party: when the guests arrive the women reach into a bag of hardware and grab a nut; the men reach into another bag of hardware and grab a bolt. The party is spent trying to find out whose nut and bolt fit together.
Lei party: Everyone starts out wearing a Hawaiian lei. Party goers go around asking questions to try to get other party goers to say "no." This becomes fun when the questions get absurd and the party goer must answer "yes" or come up with another creative answer or face danger of losing her lei. If someone says "no," then person who asked the question steals their lei and puts it on themselves. The person with the most leis at the end of the evening wins.
Around the world party: each area of the room features a drink from around the world. For example, a White Russian represents Russia and a Margarita represents Mexico. To keep expenses down, the drinks can be featured as shots. Of course, if drinkers are underage then the drinks should be made virgin style.
Pajama party: guests show up wearing pajamas and party all night in their flannels and puppy dog slippers.
Marriage party: both girls and guys pick a number out of a hat and then are paired up if their number matches. They are tied together by the wrist with string or duct tape. In order to get divorced, they must perform a task. Divorce can happen if they aren't compatible, have to use the bathroom or want to stop playing. At the end of the night, the couple(s) still attached win.
70's party: everyone dresses up in their grooviest clothes and dances the night away to 70's music. This can be done with any decade.
Graffiti party: guests show up in plain white t-shirts and everyone is given a marker. Party goers spend the night doodling and writing messages on each other's shirts.
Pink party: everyone wears pink (yes, the guys too). Drinks are pink. Decorations are pink. It makes for a fun setting and is great for picture-taking.
Cops and Robbers: one gender (the cops) must leave an inexpensive but recognizable item in a dish. The other gender (the robbers) must take an item. The cops then spend the night trying to find the robber who took their item. Once they find them, they must handcuff themselves to the person to ensure that they don't steal again.
Buy supplies in holiday or special occasion party themes far in advance if you know you will be having a party to celebrate that theme in the future. This will save you money because specialty items are often slashed after that time of year passes. For example, buy supplies for the following party themes at the following times: Halloween supplies in November; Christmas supplies in January and graduation supplies in July or August. Then look in party warehouse stores and at party supply websites for slashed prices and scoop up the deals.
Pirate parties are a huge hit with kids. Here are some ideas for pirate-inspired fun and games :
If you are having a theme party outside, then you should keep in mind these party ideas while planning:
Party ideas for tailgating are endless, especially since tailgaters have taken pains to perfect the art of tailgating in the new millennium. Here are some party ideas from the experts to ensure your next tailgating party -- whether it's before a baseball game, football game or concert -- is the best.
Many graduation party themes center around the year of graduation. There are plenty of products on the market that spell out the graduate's proud year. Check into online stores such as to find plates, napkins, cups, decorative hangings, confetti, ceramic mugs, favors, coasters, serving dishes and many other products that will enhance your graduation year theme. A lot of the items are inexpensive. For example, a 32-piece graduation tableware package can be purchased for less than $8.
Other graduation ideas include decking the party in the graduate's high school colors as one last hurrah or decking the party in the graduate's college colors as a celebration of where he will be heading.
For college graduates, one could use the college colors as a final farewell and have fun decorating with mock or real office or business items to signify his introduction into the working world.
With the recent success of the Hollywood Blockbusters "Pirates of the Caribbean" and "Pirates of the Caribbean 2," the nation seems to have pirates on the brain. Why not throw a pirate party in keeping with the theme?
Here are some fun party ideas for a surprise Halloween pirate party for kids:
Here's a party idea for the woman who is excited about becoming a grandma for the first time -- a Grandma-to-be shower!
Throw a fun party for your favorite grandma-to-be and ask friends and relatives to bring an item that grandma is sure to need when she's caring for her new grandchild. Grandma will need bibs, a stroller, a car seat if she plans to drive her grandchildren around, a high chair, portable crib, baby blankets, formula and plenty of diapers.
Use theme party decorations to spruce up the event. Perhaps combine baby shower decorations with "over the hill" decorations for a fun touch. Or just stick to traditional balloons and streamers. Have fellow grandmas offer words of wisdom to the new grandma in town.
These type of parties can be as elaborate or as simple as you wish. Perhaps you only have grandma's closest friends over and they only bring a small item to give such as diapers or bibs. Decide on your budget and goals before you plan.
|Sheri Ann Richerson|