Non-Traditional Party Themes

by Donni Jones
Liven up your next party with a non-traditional theme.

Liven up your next party with a non-traditional theme.

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Traditional party themes, such as cocktail, birthday and holiday parties, are enjoyable but sometimes you want to try something new. There are '60s and '70s parties, black and white bashes and fire and ice balls but even those have become commonplace. Try a completely new, non-traditional theme for your next party.

Lunar Muse

Throw an eclipse party. Make a faux eclipse by cutting a large starburst from cardboard and spray painting it white. Then cut a smaller circle and spray paint it black, tape it in the center of the starburst and hanging on a wall. Put up streamers and balloons. Cut from cardboard moons in all phases, wrap them in aluminum foil and hang them from the ceiling. For party games, play Pin the Moon on the Sun: give blindfolded guests a try to put the moon in your faux eclipse. Have two matching beginner-level eclipse jigsaw puzzles made; separate guests into teams to see which will put it together faster. Have eclipse-themed karaoke with songs such as "Total Eclipse of the Heart" by Bonnie Tyler, "Pink Moon" by Nick Drake, "Eclipse" by Pink Floyd and "Bad Moon Rising" by Creedence Clearwater Revival. For beverages at a kid's party, serve satellite soda or moon milkshakes; at an adult's, waxing white Russians and waning whiskey sours. Serve eclipse eggrolls, orbit oysters, full moon fajitas, lunar lobster rolls and crescent calzones, with moon pies for dessert.

Capital Idea

Everyone loves money, so host a money party. Send invitations promising everyone a fabulously rich time. Along with streamers and balloons, hang large construction paper 100 and 500 dollar bills. Hang an "I Love Money" banner. Fill mismatched vases with Monopoly money and set them around the room. For party games, show everyone a simple bit of origami using a dollar bill. Have everyone put a dollar in a jar and their names in a basket; later draw the name of the lucky winner. For karaoke, use songs such as "Mo Money Mo Problems" by Notorious B.I.G., "She Works Hard for the Money" by Donna Summer, "Take the Money and Run" by The Steve Miller Band and "I Wanna Be Rich" by Calloway. Serve money margaritas and cash cosmopolitans and such foods as prosperity pork sliders, money meatballs and well-off wasabi rolls. Bake up some cupcakes, and pipe onto each "rich," "fortune" or "gain."

Dotty Revelry

Try having a polka pot party. Make polka dot decorations: cut circles of all sizes from cardboard, spray paint them bright and bold colors and hang on the walls and from the ceiling. Hang polka dot ribbons and streamers. Fill vases and a punchbowl on the food table with little spray-painted Styrofoam balls. Let everyone get a polka dot off the wall to decorate with markers, paint and stickers. Hide Styrofoam ball polka dots in the backyard or around the house for everyone to hunt for. Hire a dance teacher for an hour to teach everyone how to polka. Let kids drink purple polka dot pop and adults can drink pineapple polka dot pina coladas. Serve round food: meatballs, deviled eggs, hush puppies, cherry tomatoes with ranch dip and for dessert, rounded Rice Krispie treats, melon balls and donut holes.

Freezing Fun

Celebrate winter or escape the heat of summer with an icicle party. Decorate with blue, silver and white balloons and streamers and fake icicles carved from Styrofoam. Buy acrylic ice cubes on line and place buckets of them all over the place. Play Pin the Nose on the Snowman; use a Styrofoam icicle for the nose. Fill a large jar with little styrofoam icicles; see who can comes closest to guessing the number. You'll find plenty of relevant songs for karaoke: "Cold as Ice" by Foreigner, "Black Ice" by AC/DC, "Funky Cold Medina" by Tone Loc" and "Frozen" by Madonna. Feed guests subzero sandwiches, cold calzones, goose bump grape juice and wintry white Russians.

About the Author

Donni Jones has been an editor and writer since 1996. She has edited articles for and contributed content to numerous publications, magazines and online businesses such as and She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of West Florida.

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