Its always fun to get your friends together and have some fun. You don’t need anything more than some food and friends. But if you want to take it to the next level you can create a theme night to entertain your guests. Whether you are celebrating a birthday, a holiday, or just a Saturday night these are some fun ideas to make your next party memorable.
Give your guests the chance to get a little competitive. You can either provide the games for the night or have your guests each bring their favorite game. Set up tables or play spaces around the house, then take turns giving the games a go. Split your guests into small groups to play some of these party favorites: The Game of Things, Bananagrams, Sequence . Or keep the group large and play Bingo, Apples to Apples, or Bunko. If it’s a family event have some kid games too. You can give out prizes for the winners/losers.
Have party snacks at every table. You can have a drink area where guests can serve themselves in between games. Make cute name tags and color code them so guests have to move together to the next game. Game night requires your guests to mingle and meet new people. Everyone will laugh and enjoy the night.
Mystery Wine Tasting
Have your guests bring a bottle of wine to the party. Provide them with a bag to hide the label and mark it with a number. You can separate the whites and the reds if you wish. Every guest gets a wine glass and a scoring sheet. Throughout the night your friends will taste the various wines keeping the type and region hidden. They can score the taste of the wine or vote for the one they liked best. The person who brought the winning wine can receive another bottle of wine or a small prize.
You can set out appetizers to eat while guests are tasting; fruit, small desserts, a charcuterie tray. Or make a dish of something that can feed a crowd; pasta, salad and garlic bread. Remember to check the keys at the door or better yet have a designated driver or Uber on hand to get your friends safely home.
Monte Carlo Night
For my husband’s 40th birthday party we threw him a Monte Carlo Night. We hired a casino rental to bring various tables and dealers for the night. We had a roulette table, craps table and poker table. Guests mingled from one table to the next gambling with chips and winning big. At the end of the night they turned their chips in for raffle tickets. Then we drew tickets and gave out gift cards to restaurants, movie theaters and Amazon.
We served tacos for dinner and had that available throughout the night for guests to enjoy. We also set up a table with desserts and candy. I found lots of decorations and party supplies with this theme at the party store and put touches throughout the house. We still talk about this party as one of our favorites.
Movie nights are fun for everyone. We do them for small groups and as fundraisers at the kids’ school. For school we hire a company to set up the screen and sound system. It’s great because you don’t have to worry about making sure the sounds is right or the screen is big enough. But for a home party we put out a screen, or white bed sheet, and hang it on the wall. We set out pillows, blankets and chairs for our guests to get comfortable. We provide popcorn, hot dogs, candy and drinks. Then we play the movie.
You can have a trivia game while you are waiting for the lights to go down and give out movie themed prizes or movie tickets to the winner. Show a cartoon before the start of the show or a vintage trailer. I found a this one on YouTube.
Another fun theme for a party is to have your guests come dressed up in the decade of their choice. Or choose your favorite and have guests come all decked out. A 70’s party is fun with a disco theme. An 80’s party where guests dress like Madonna, or Prince. A 50’s sock hop is great for the whole family. Make sure to have a photo booth so guests can have photos to remember the night. I bought an Instax camera years ago and bring it out for parties so my friends can take home a photo.
For my sister’s 40th we had a prom party. Guests were asked to dress for the prom in their “finest” attire. Maybe Jen can share her photo from that night. It was priceless. We did a “Best” survey and at the end of the night crowned a Prom Queen and King. Everyone had a blast remembering their prom experiences and sharing High School stories.
Now all you have to do is pick a theme and get those invitations out. We’d love for you to share your favorite party theme.