5 Theme Party Ideas for Less

You don't need a reason to throw a theme party. These are five of our favorite theme parties, all with easy party ideas you won't stress over adding to your to-do list.

You'll notice that with virtually any party, you can incorporate a theme by taking a few key parts and adding a thematic twist. Party menus, cocktails, playlists and decorative embellishments can all be tied together to create a theme party for less. Sometimes all it takes is a bit of clever renaming, funky garnishes and reworking what you've already got on hand!


  • The most popular theme party out there, you needn't require guests wear a lei and grass skirt, or construct an official tiki bar to make it a luau theme party. Instead, embellish your table or drink bar with inexpensive decor like Patti Allan did and choose a themed party menu with Hawaiian flair to add some luau fun to your celebration for less.

  • Planned almost as often as a luau, 80s theme parties really require just two things to make them a success: themed cocktails and totally 80s playlists. Rename and embellish your favorite cocktails with 80s lingo, then create your ultimate 80s playlist for an easy theme party idea for less.

  • Look to your favorite TV shows or movies for theme party inspiration. My friends and I are big fans of Mad Men, so we take Sunday nights (when it's on) as an opportunity to get together for dinner and drinks to watch the premiere and finale each season. Drawing from the show itself we plan out special menus (a la Betty Draper), drinks and dress in our favorite 60s style. A super easy theme party and so inexpensive!

  • Sometimes all theme party decor comes down to is color and choice embellishments. In fact, you could have all you need lying around all ready and just don't realize it. Check out this black and white theme party decor Chris Nease styled for a glamorous 1940s masquerade theme party at home to get inspired.

  • When the weather works, we love the idea of transforming a regular old weekend BBQ into a Carribean beach theme party - even if sand is hard to find! By adding beachy garnishes to plates and glasses, getting creative with your playlist and lighting outside you, too, can bring a beach theme to your backyard for less.

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