13 Party theme ideas for your next celebration

Themed parties are a fantastic way to take your celebration from average to amazing! With so many different fancy dress themes to choose from, it can be tough to decide which direction to go in. To help you out, we’ve put together a list of some of the most popular fancy dress themes to get you inspired.

Transport yourself back in time with a decade-themed party. Whether it’s the roaring 20s, the groovy 60s, or the neon-colored 80s, there’s sure to be a decade that resonates with you. And with so many iconic fashion trends to choose from, your costume options are endless. Find an outfit online or have a rummage in your local charity shop.

80s party

Grab your salopettes and ski goggles and head over to the chalet for dancing and shots! This is a great theme for an autumn/winter party as you can hold it in an alpine themed marquee complete with ice sculpture and vodka luge!

apres ski

Get ready for your close-up with this Hollywood-inspired theme. From classic Hollywood icons like Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn to contemporary stars like Beyoncé and Lady Gaga, the world of Hollywood fashion is rich with inspiration.

13 Party theme ideas for your next celebration

Turn up the heat and head to the tropics for this party theme! This is always popular with guests as it’s so easy to put a costume together. There’s lots of vibrant decor to choose from, and delicious cocktails are a must!

13 Party theme ideas for your next celebration

5. Superheroes and Villains

Who hasn’t dreamed of being a superhero at some point in their life? From Batman to Wonder Woman, there are endless options for costumes in this theme. And if you’re feeling a little more villainous, there’s always the Joker, Harley Quinn, or Maleficent.


Hosting a James Bond party can be a lot of fun and is a great way to channel the sophistication and style of the iconic spy. Sleek and glamorous is the way to go for decor and dress, and of course serve your guests Vesper Martinis and Champagne! Add a casino area for an authentic feel, and don’t forget to play the Bond themes as people arrive.

James Bond 007

Add an air of mystery and elegance to your fancy dress party with a masquerade ball theme. From ornate masks to flowing gowns and tuxedos, this theme is perfect for those who appreciate the finer things in life.

masquerade party

Create a star-studded event with this theme. The costume possibilities are endless and the fun begins as soon as your guests arrive on the red carpet. As well as hiring a DJ you could also set up a karaoke machine for your stars to belt out a classic tune!

13 Party theme ideas for your next celebration

Bring the excitement and glamour of the casino capital to your event with a Las Vegas party. Guests can wear cocktail dresses, suits or even iconic Elvis jumpsuits! Add a casino table with ‘funny’ money for your guests to bet with and offer a prize for the person with the most winnings.


10. Sports

For the sports enthusiasts out there, this party theme is perfect. From footballers to basketball players, tennis stars to Olympic athletes, there are countless options for sports-inspired costumes. And if you’re feeling really creative, why not dress up as your favourite sports mascot?


Transport your guests to the days of cowboys, saloons and square dancing with a Wild West Hoedown! Jeans, a shirt and a Stetson are all that’s needed for a costume – cowboy boots are optional! Hire a country band to play and to coordinate the line dancing.

13 Party theme ideas for your next celebration

12. London Underground

Your guests can get really creative with a Tube party. Ask them to dress up as one of the 272 stations on the network. Some ideas include; a baker (Baker St), Paddington Bear (Paddington), James Bond (Bond St), zoo animal (Regent’s Park), football kit (Wembley Park or Arsenal), Barbie & Ken (Barbican). The list is endless!

13 Party theme ideas for your next celebration

13. Colour Theme

A colour themed party looks striking and it’s fairly easy for guests to find costumes. Decorate your venue in the same colours, and even serve food and drinks that match. Whether you choose black and gold, black and white, red or white, it will definitely be stylish!

13 Party theme ideas for your next celebration

There you have it – a list of some of the most popular fancy dress themes to help you get started on your next costume party. With so many options to choose from, the sky’s the limit when it comes to creativity and fun. So go forth and let your imagination run wild!

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