The Greatest List of Party Theme Ideas Ever

When it comes to planning your staff Christmas party, summer party, significant birthday, school reunion or annual charity gala dinner, choosing a theme is an excellent way to make it memorable, fun and enjoyable (to plan and attend!).
However, choosing a party theme that suits your event and guests does need some consideration. What theme is most likely to resonate with your crowd and suit the type of event you’re hosting?

To help you choose the best theme for your party or event, we’ve compiled a huge list of ideas to get the creative juices flowing. 
Once you’ve chosen a theme we suggest you get a large piece of paper and start brainstorming all the iconic images you can think of (perhaps start a Pinterest board). This will help you decide on the décor, invitation design, costume suggestions and the food and beverage. 
Once you have the vision, then you’re well on your way to creating an amazing party!
Be creative, be bold and be inspired by The Greatest List of Party Themes Ever....

Classic party themes (16)

  • Halloween Party
  • Pirate Party/ Treasure Island
  • Hollywood
  • Fancy Dress (anything goes)
  • Wild West
  • Under the Sea/ Nautical
  • Famous Dead People
  • Heroes vs Villains
  • Superheros
  • Zombie Party
  • 15 Minutes of Fame
  • Toga Party
  • Animal Kingdom
  • Gangsters and Flappers
  • Angels and Devils
  • Ghosts and Ghouls

Party themes inspired by TV shows (15)

  • Favourite TV Detective
  • Favourite Kids Show
  • Favourite Murder Mystery
  • Game of Thrones
  • Favourite Comedy Show Character
  • Star Trek
  • The News
  • Dr Who
  • The Kardashians
  • Reality TV Stars
  • X Factor (or any other “talent” show)
  • Jane Fonda Fitness Videos
  • Downton Abbey
  • Mad Men
  • Neighbours vs Home and Away

Party themes inspired by Movies (17)

  • Avengers
  • Black & White Movies
  • Academy Award Winners/ Oscars Party
  • Disney Classics
  • Australian Films 
  • Horror Film Classics
  • Star Wars
  • Characters from one Director’s movies (e.g. Alfred Hitchcock Movies, Quentin Tarantino, Steven Spielberg)
  • The Great Gatsby
  • Greese
  • Rocky Horror
  • Studio 54
  • 007 Bond
  • Wizard of Oz
  • Priscilla Queen of the Dessert
  • Classic 80's (think Ferris Buller, Pretty in Pink)
  • Mission Impossible

Party themes inspired by geography, nations and cultures (22)

  • Around the World
  • Mexican Fiesta
  • Paris Nights
  • Multi-cultural Party
  • British Punk 
  • Australia vs New Zealand
  • True Blue Australian
  • I think I’m Turning Japanese
  • Bollywood
  • All American 
  • Miami Nights
  • The British Royal Family
  • Winter Wonderland
  • Hawaiian Luau
  • Tartan & Scotch 
  • Havana Nights
  • Great Wall of China
  • I love Italy
  • Brazilian Carnival
  • Oktoberfest
  • Arabian Nights
  • Walk Like An Egyption

Party themes inspired by the alphabet (2)

  • Choose a letter and come as something that starts with it (there’s 26 to choose from!)
  • Come as something that starts with the first initial of your name

Party themes perfect for gala events (5)

  • Masquerade Ball 
  • Casino Royal
  • Red Carpet Glam
  • The Oscars
  • Black & White Ball

Party themes inspired by time (18)

  • Ancient Rome
  • Medieval
  • Toga Party
  • Time Travellers 
  • Hot Tub Time Machine
  • Historical Figures
  • Notorious Figures from History
  • Great Leaders from History
  • The Future
  • War Time
  • 50’s party
  • 60’s Party
  • 70’s Party
  • 80’s Party
  • 90’s Party
  • Back to Prom
  • Retro
  • Back to school

Party themes inspired by books (7)

  • Harry Potter
  • Characters from your favourite children’s book
  • Lord of the Rings
  • Literature Greats
  • Dr Seuss
  • Alice in Wonderland/ Mad Hatter’s Tea Party
  • Jane Austen novels (or pick another significant author with lots of great characters)

Party themes inspired by colour (7)

  • Choose a colour and make that the theme. Popular ones include “white party”.
  • Rainbow Party
  • Pantone Colour of the Year
  • Primary Colours Only
  • Neon Party
  • Anything but black
  • Black & White

Party themes inspired by significant dates (5)

  • Halloween Party
  • Christmas in July
  • Bad Christmas Jumper Party
  • Santa Clause Party
  • Chinese New Year

Party themes inspired by music (7)

  • Rock n Roll 
  • Popstars
  • Woodstock 
  • MTV Awards
  • Favourite Musician of all time
  • Characters from Musicals (stage or film)
  • Video Killed the Radio Star

Party themes inspired by fashion (4)

  • Pyjama Party
  • People In Uniform
  • Op Shop Finds (set a budget)
  • Tux and Tiaras

Party themes to suit kids parties (15)

  • Bluey
  • Lego
  • Paw Patrol
  • Pirate Party
  • Disney Characters
  • Book Week Characters
  • Things That Fly
  • Zoo Party (come as your favourite animals)
  • Favourite TV Show Characters
  • Favourite Movie Character
  • Superheros
  • Transformers
  • A particular movie (Frozen, Moana… popular ones currently)
  • A Bugs Life 
  • Toy Story

Final note…

Whatever theme you choose, make sure it’s clear to those attending before they turn up. Make sure the theme is not too vague and is something your guests will have interest in or knowledge of. 
Once chosen ensure the invitation to the event matches the theme and clearly states the desired dress code – it might even be worth adding some suggestions on costumes. Having your guests come dressed the part will create momentum and engagement for the event before they even turn up!
For more advice on planning themed parties check out this post:
P.S. Did we miss one of your favourite party themes? Let us know in the comments below…