Who doesn't love a party?
Get great party theme ideas, party decorations, games, and more.
Make your party especially easy and fun! Maybe add a costume? (At least a party hat of some sort)! And most of these parties you can modify with no problem to fit the needs of your group, as well as for which season or holiday. Planning creative party ideas can be an exciting senior activity.
For many of these parties you can simply make changes to colors and basic décor, and voila! You have another event! Plus we'll point you to some easy craft ideas to go along with them. So take a look and see what you can do for your family, club, group or campus.
Keep in mind, just about any of these parties can be either a
simple snack and beverage event; or a more involved dinner and
entertainment occasion complete with appetizer, entrée, salad, and
dessert. Make them as basic or elaborate as you'd like.
Wine and Chocolates
Party theme ideas with chocolate are always well-attended. It's
perfect for any special occasion, and also for an open house, or
anything the public may attend, including fund raisers. In fact, for many activities directors that I know, this has been one of the most popular occasions.
This type of party is ideal to incorporate into another party, such as birthday, anniversary, New Year's, Christmas and winter holidays, etc. A party within a party, so to speak.
Get lots of wine and chocolate treat ideas
including recipes, and more details on our page, Have a Wine and Chocolates Party!
English Tea Party
And this is not just for women! During my travels in England (three times), Victoria, British Columbia, and on cruise ships (as well as local tea shops) I have experienced many a tea time. And I can say for a fact that party theme ideas with tea are definitely attended by men as well.
You generally do want to get out your best dishes, table linens, candle holders, vases of fresh flowers, etc. to set the ambiance. It's always in order to have guests dress up a bit too. And don't be too concerned if it is not totally "authentic" according to the manner in which the English serve tea. This is, after all, a party just for fun.
Serve small, delicate sandwiches, a variety of pastries, scones,
jams, etc. If you have a tiered serving platter, it will look
spectacular at a party like this. Plus lots of different types of teas,
including herbal for those who prefer it. Also serve coffee, and
consider hot apple cider too.
Party theme ideas with fishing can be held any time of year, even in winter (when you wish it was nice enough outside to go fishing). And even when guests can't actually go fishing, for various reasons. Just bring it all indoors – it's all in the ambiance you can create. Or in summer, bring it to the patio.
On our fishing party page
we have some creative party ideas for decorating, even some craft projects too. And we
point you to some fabulous fish recipes as well. This party is always a
favorite, and one of the really fun ones to plan; there are so many
options. One of the most creative party ideas I've seen was a bridal
shower for my daughter. It was fishing themed – the groom's family are
really into fishing. So several of the concepts from that event are
mentioned on our fishing party web page. It was very unusual and fun.
In the U.S., the main patriotic celebration during the year is the Fourth of July. But there is also Memorial Day, Flag Day, and Veterans Day. Plus a host of local and state celebrations for particular clubs and groups.
These patriotic party theme ideas use the traditional red, white and blue colors. But of course any colors can be used, depending on your state, country, or local event. The main thing is to create a colorful ambiance with your theme...
Food and the serving and eating tables are of prime importance in
this type of party. Themed paper goods are always available at party
stores, and you can get some really attractive ones. Or make your own!
You can find all kinds of foods in red, white and blue, especially
fruits. Punch, wine, koolaid and other beverages (with a few
blueberries) are colorful too. Even ice cubes made out of punch. And, of
course, do have some strawberries dipped in white chocolate (see our
page on how to
make chocolate covered strawberries.)
Painting clay pots (learn more at the link) with acrylic paints and stencils, and then adding foliage, red flowers and flags, is an easy way to dress up a patio or even use as a centerpiece on the table. See more 4th of July crafts at this link.
Be sure to have at least the host or hostess come in costume, but
also encourage all guests to wear something to follow any party theme
ideas. Entertainment is easy, (and it's most ideal if you can get some
live musicians) – Sousa marching music and patriotic songs. Also
consider a dance, including a square dance. Other entertainment can
include a pie baking contest or bake sale, and a raffle. And of course,
when able – fireworks!
Fiestas make fabulous party theme ideas, whether for traditional celebrations or any time. All the bright colors really lift the spirits – and that is one of the secrets to a really great fiesta – vivid color. On our special fiesta activities page we have many ideas on how to do just that.
Plus some really great menu possibilities too (have you tried chocolate covered chicken?) Chocolate, after all, is originally from the Central and South American areas, and is included in many dishes.
You may have seen the amusing film, "Like Water For Chocolate" – it's a good one to watch in conjunction with a fiesta, if you have time for a movie too. There also may be someone from a cultural center or a school who may be interested in doing some volunteer dancing or music for your festivities (in exchange for your fiesta feast, or course!)
We also have an excellent homemade sangria recipe, and dessert
ideas. And don't forget a little Latino music, an all-important feature
of a fiesta. So if you're looking for something lively to host, do go to
Party Theme Ideas – From Our Readers
In the Share section of our Elderly Activities
page, we have had several people write in with very interesting party
theme ideas. So I'm going to share them below, with links to their
This one is one of the really unique party theme ideas, and was submitted by one of our readers. I am also familiar with a nearby campus that hosts a pickle tasting party from time to time. And not just the cucumber types either. There are all sorts of pickled foods you can use, as well as herring.
And what about a beverage? Beer is always good, but so is a more
tame tea and coffee. It depends on your group. So see what our reader
says about their Pickle Tasting Party experience, and how to do it.
Easy Karaoke Evening
Or afternoon. You would be amazed sometimes at just who ends up being the gutsiest when it comes to getting in the limelight at the microphone. And who has a really good voice. But the voice doesn't really matter; music and singing party theme ideas are very popular even without a great voice.
See what one of our reader shares about planning their easy karaoke event.
And remember, it can be as causal as you'd like, with either basic CD
music or a pianist, or more "authentic" with renting a karaoke machine
from a party rental store.
Happy Hour Activities
Happy hours can become so popular that some folks I know would have some version of these party theme ideas every week if they could. Again, one of our readers shares what they did for their Happy Hours.
You can do a series of Happy Hours as well – from margaritas, to
martinis, to beer, to wine, to colored drinks, to drinks from around the
world. The food can be from around the world as well, and either simple
snacks or a more formal appetizer presentation. Be sure to always
include something non-alcoholic. And you may also want to have a limit
on how many drinks per person! Drinks can also be served in small
glasses, if you sampling several things at a given party.
Luau party theme ideas are also really reviving for spirits during winter or in nasty weather. But they're equally as exciting in the summer, especially out on a patio. Needless to say, there are loads of paper goods for your table and décor available in party stores.
And you can make some crafts too – such as fun napkin holders, even wine charms with colorful beads or mini leis. See what little trinkets are available at craft stores for this. Stickers and stencils are always to be had, and can come in handy for decorating just about anything.
One of our readers has a lot of great ideas for a luau on her page at this link, so be sure to read it. It's sure to inspire you with possibilities for your decorating, activities and menu.
More Party Theme Ideas:
Have you taken a look at our Kindle books? We have a special book just for party themes and party planning. It's all-encompassing! With loads of new ideas and tons of details, pictures, and instructions. Several of the parties on this web site are in it, and lots of new ones too.
Plus, the Kindle book is very much enhanced with much more info, and fun. And there are recipes to go with the themes (many are my Dad's own specialties -- he was a gourmet cook).
So if you need creative party ideas, this will be a life saver. Especially if you don't have time to find ideas or even recipes. You can get more specific info about this book at Fun Party Themes For Seniors.
You may already have your own basic ideas for ambiance and food, and how to host such an event. So here are a few more theme ideas:
Winter holiday parties are always popular, and if you'd like some special treats, see our page about holiday treats for seniors.
Whatever parties you decide to have, be mindful of your guests and any dietary or physical limitations they may have. Be sure to serve non-alcoholic beverages too if you're serving alcohol, and some no- or low-salt snacks, as well as sugar-free sweets. It will be so much appreciated.
Party Games !
Are you looking for some great party games? Well do we a great Kindle book for you! See it at:
71 Fun Games for Seniors!
It's got over 71 games, and is neatly categorized for ability levels and occasions. Plus, there are special sections for Party Games and Holiday Games (although many other games can certainly be adapted for these as well). Lots of games to go along with party theme ideas. So do check it out!
More help for party theme ideas:
Easy Craft Ideas -- Don't miss our "craft central" area that will point you to various crafts on our web site for your party theme ideas. Some great ones for centerpieces too!
Easy Healthy Recipes -- If you're looking for some recipes for your parties, be sure to check out our "recipe central" page that will refer you to various categories of interest.
How To Make Mulled Wine - This is a perfect party recipe for favorite occasions, especially in chilly weather (including in spring, summer and fall on those dreary days). Lots of helpful hints, and my friend's (an excellent cook) favorite recipe.