When you're looking to throw a birthday party, celebrate some exciting news, or get together just because you can, having a theme can give the festivities and extra spark. Here are some tips on how to really go all in on these fun themes.
1. Spy For a Day
Good For: Adult’s Birthday, Anniversary, Baby Announcement, Kid’s Birthday, Just Because
Take your friends and family through a “spy course” for a new party idea! Engage your team in a scavenger hunt to search for clues to a mystery of your choosing, or just to discover the town.
If you’re a fan of the big action scenes, what better way to feel like a highly trained agent than to dash and dodge your way through a local laser tag arena?
For something to do at the home base, take any objects from around the house and test out your creativity with the minute-to-win-it style spy tool builder game. With items such as markers, rulers, pens, plastic cups, empty plastic bottles, ping pong balls or anything else you can think of, let each spy choose 3 items to put together with tape and rubber bands in 3 minutes to create a tool they can use on a mission. After the time is up, each spy will demonstrate their tool. The crowd favorite wins!
Give Back With Your Party: If this is a gift giving occasion, you can set up your Party With a Purpose page and ask that they give to Valley of the Sun United Way to break the cycle of poverty instead of giving a traditional gift.
2. Garden Stroll
Good For: Adult’s Birthday, Baby Shower, Bridal Shower, Kid’s Birthday, Just Because, Spring Celebration
To enjoy a laid-back evening with a garden theme, have your guests bring a dish created with one item from their garden and enjoy a fresh potluck dinner together. Add in some tea and nice outdoor scenery and you could have a good old fashioned tea party with a potluck twist.
Or, take your guests away to a beautiful place by visiting a public botanical garden or orchard near you. You’ll see a variety of flowers and trees plus you could get the chance to speak with some experts about the different plants they are working on.
For the experienced gardener, one way you could host a garden party is to invite anyone who may want to learn about gardening to join you in a day of gardening! Children and adults could both enjoy an activity where they can grow their own plant. Gather some basic gardening tools to teach them about, gloves, either a big planter for you all to do together or individual planters for guests to take home, soil, sunscreen if you’ll be outside, and make sure to have plenty of water for both yourselves and the plants.
Give Back With Your Party: You and your guests can share the fun with other families by creating GARDEN KITS for them to enjoy together.
3. Clothing Swap
Good For: Baby Shower, Just Because
Everyone enjoys getting new clothes, wouldn’t it be so much easier if you could just exchange the ones you don’t wear anymore for something new? Do a clothing swap with friends and make a new kind of shopping! Have everyone gather up clothes they’re done wearing that are still in good condition and meet up together to host your own clothing swap.
You could do a trade style swap where for every one clothing item you give, you receive a new one in return.
Or if you want to just get rid of your old clothes, you can let everyone just go through and take what they like. This can be an especially helpful idea for new or expecting parents!
Give Back With Your Party: You and your friends can put your clothes up for sale with each other at low prices where the money is donated through your PARTY WITH A PURPOSE PAGE. You could even donate the clothes that are left to be handed out at the next PROJECT CONNECT.