This Saturday is my birthday, and I wanted to have a party. I had been thinking for months about it. I needed a theme. I settled on the Black and White Ball due to the fact my favorite author, Truman Capote, threw one in the 60s. Plus, it makes for great photos! As I started to plan though, it occurred to me that I should share tips on how to plan out the perfect themed party for you guys.
1. Send out a clear and concise invitation that is also themed.
To many it may seem obvious, but I have been invited to tons of themed parties over the years that aren’t wholly themed from start to finish. The best way to convey your theme ideas to others is to have invitations to match. Your invitation will need to include: who is being honored, day and time of the event, and of course dress code. You can’t expect anyone to know what you’re thinking unless you’re clear. It is also important to be concise, because people don’t want to read paragraphs about your party just to get to the meat of what the invitation is about.
2. Plan your decor accordingly.
Now you have people coming to your soiree, but you have to plan your decor accordingly as well. You don’t want your event to look haphazard or ill planned. For my birthday party, we started with white streamers and black balloons and built up from there. I even got eye patches for people to wear like pirates. Hey, it’s black and white! Anything goes as far as decorations are concerned so long as it fits within your chosen theme. If you’re having a superhero party then maybe a few spiderwebs in the corner make sense. Seriously, you should just have fun with it.
3. Plan your food to fit the feel and theme of your party.
For a black and white party, you can either have all black and white food or you can have black and white bases for foods while adding pops of color. I think the pops of color will add a little bit more depth to the photos. My menu is based on the theme though as we have deviled eggs, macaroni and cheese pizza, and mini grilled cheeses on the menu. I’ve seen so many themed parties over the last year that are super well done with things you just have laying around the house. If you’re having a Star Wars themed party then you can put a black sheath around the bottom of some Otter Pops and make lightsabers for example. It’s about creativity as well as the theme, but you want people to feel what your theme in every aspect of the evening.
4. Party games
Your party games should be about how you want your guests to feel. For my party, I selected Mad Libs as the main party game. I loved the idea of being playful with my friends even though we were hosting a ball. The rest of the party games for my party are still being decided. You can buy a Spider-man web spitter if you’re having a superhero party and see who has the ability to spray theirs the furthest. Again it is only limited by your own creativity.
5. Don’t plan so much you don’t have fun
This is your party remember. You want to be sure to enjoy it as much as your guests do. This is probably the most of the five tips that I can give you. I’ve been planning parties for family and friends for years, but you have to love it. You don’t want to ever host an event that feels like a chore when you’re supposed to be celebrating, especially your own birthday!