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Choosing the perfect theme for your party

Posted on: July 17th, 2015 by Charlotte

When you decide to hold an event, there are a huge number of decisions which need to be made.

One of the simplest ways to decide what direction your party should take is to pick a theme. Once you have chosen a theme, you can select food and drink, invitations, music and entertainment which fits in with your vision.
Here are our top tips for picking the perfect party theme:

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Make sure the theme suits the occasion

The first thing to think about is the occasion which the event is celebrating. Make sure whatever theme you choose is suitable for the people who will be attending the party and that it will be well received. Steer away from controversial or cheeky subjects at corporate events where the aim is to network and make business contacts or if there will be children among the guests. It is best to choose a theme which fits in naturally with the occasion.

Consider colour

One of the simplest themes you can choose is a colour scheme. A black and white ball oozes sophistication and glamour, while red and green are perfect for a Christmas party. They are also ideal for charity fundraisers if the good cause is already associated with a particular hue. A colour theme gives you a great starting point when thinking about decorations for the venue, dress code and even the catering.

Make it personal

If you a choosing a theme for a private event like a birthday party, engagement do or wedding, it is best to pick something which is personal to you. Go for something you really love like a favourite film or book or include details which tell your guests more about you as a person. One great way to add personal touches to an event is to name tables after your theme, which could be anything from cities you’ve travelled in to the names of your favourite albums.

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Stick to budget

One of the main deciding factors when it comes to selecting a theme is money. If you are attempting to organise an event on a shoestring, there is no point trying to pull off a lavish Monte Carlo-themed event with a black tie dress code, champagne fountain and late night casino. Be realistic about what your budget is and take it into account when drawing up a shortlist of ideas.

Run your idea past your friends

If you think you’ve had a fantastic and original idea for a theme, take a moment to run it by some of your friends or your event planner. Sometimes it takes a different perspective to spot potential pitfalls or they may have some brilliant ideas of their own which will bring your theme to life.

Look at what’s on trend

One good potential source for theme ideas is to look at what is popular while you’re planning your event. This could be a particular film which is breaking box office records or a colour scheme straight off the catwalk. Choosing an on trend theme will make the event seem up-to-date and current.

Seasonal is simple

Depending on what time of the year your event is being held, it may be possible to link it in with the season. Christmas, Easter and Halloween are always popular themes but you could also go for a summer garden party or an icy winter wonderland.

If in doubt, trust traditional

Don’t get yourself too worked up trying to come up with something innovative and new. If you’re struggling for ideas, don’t be afraid to fall back on an old favourite. This could be a party linked to a particular era like the roaring twenties and the Great Gatsby or a 1950s-inspired rock and roll celebration. Other popular themes include James Bond, Hollywood glamour and a colourful fiesta.

Whatever theme you decide to choose for your event, don’t forget that the main objective is to have fun. Papillon Events can help you organise a celebration to remember, taking all of your ideas and bringing them to life. Our staff will listen carefully to all your requirements before planning a spectacular party which is perfectly suited to your sense of style, your budget and your vision.