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Cocktail Party Planning
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Lighting & Aroma
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Choosing A Theme
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Cocktail Party Checklist
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Cocktail Party Planning Ideas: Unique Party Themes For Adults

A cocktail party may have a theme as simple as the color Teal or as detailed as a Retro cocktail party, complete with Snack People!  Regardless, the theme is central to your event’s continuity and distinction.

Adult Cocktail Party Theme Ideas
Beach/Surfer
Nautical
Under the Sea
Hawaiian Luau/Tiki
Happy Birthday
Color
Rubber Ducks
Kokopelli
Pirate
Western
River Raft
Construction
Disney
Sponge Bob
Naughty & Nice
Casino
Magic
White Trash/Trailer Park/Redneck
Baby/OBGYN
Back to School
Music
Seasonal
Summer Picnic/Ants
Spring Floral
Autumn Harvest
Winter Ski Lodge
Shapes
Stars
Multi-color Dots
Cities
New York, New York
Chicago Gangster
New Orleans Bourbon Street
Miami Beach
Hollywood Glamour
Time
Roaring 20s
Rock n Roll 50s
James Bond or Hippie 60s
Disco 70s
Rock Star 80s
Animals
Safari/Serengeti
Jungle
Bears
Barnyard
Moo-ving (Cow)
Pink Elephants
Nationalities
Viva Italia
Chinese
Around the World
Greek Gods & Goddesses
Jamaican/Reggae
Space
Cosmic
Celestial:  Sun, Moon, Stars
Holidays & Events
Mardi Gras
Kentucky Derby
St. Patrick’s Day
4th of July
Graduation
Gay Pride
Easter Bunnies
New Year’s
Halloween (use one)
Owls
Cat
Ghost
Witch
Christmas (use one)
Snowman
Trees
Snowflakes
Candy Canes

Whether your theme is inspired by a guest of honor, holiday, event or other purpose, it will serve as your guiding reference for planning party invitations, flow, decorations, lighting, cocktails and music.

Guest of Honor Themes

Although you may be hosting a party for the guest of honor, choose a theme that everyone will enjoy and remember. For example, a Birthday Luau or Pink Flamingo Birthday is much more creative and memorable than an Over the Hill party.

If you want to relate the theme to the birthday boy or girl, instead of a 30th Birthday Party, throw a “Bon Voyage 29 Party” or simply use the guest of honor’s favorite color as your theme.  Here are some ideas for inclusive birthday party themes specific to the guest of honor, I'm sure you can think of more:
  • Favorite Color –Color theme
  • Birth Decade or Year – 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s
  • XX and still hot! – Mexican Fiesta theme
  • Bon Voyage XXs – Nautical theme
  • Magical XXth – Magic theme
  • Favorite TV show or movie – Specific TV or movie theme
And remember, every theme can be adapted with a few extra touches and surprises for the birthday boy, anniversary couple, graduate, divorcee, bachelorette, or honoree.  See Birthday Considerations for details.

Once you have chosen a theme, you are ready to put together your guest list and invitation.