Tips for a great theme party

Face Painting TorontoBy Heidi Loney

Having a party? Why not make it into an event by creating a theme party. It’s great for all ages and it will be a change from the norm. These tips will help you get started:

  1. Decide on a theme. Ideas can come from brainstorming with friends and family, the internet, books and magazines or pop culture such as movies and television. Be as creative as you like.
  2. Decide on a date for your themed event. Make sure that it doesn’t conflict with any important family or work event or holiday (unless the theme is tied to the Holiday)
  3. Create invitations that are tied into your theme. Mail or hand deliver the invites – it creates more excitement than a phone call or email. Allow at least two weeks before the party for mailing and ask that everyone RSVP so you know they received the invitation. Sometimes they get lost in the mail.
  4. Make a list of all of the things that need to be accomplished before the party date. This might include food and drinks that you want to serve as well as music, decorations, party games and entertainment (like a face painter!), prizes, etc. You will feel less overwhelmed if you have written everything down.
  5. The party doesn’t have to cost you a bundle. Ask guests to bring one item that you select for them that ties into the theme. This could be a food dish or a beverage. Include this in their invitation.
  6. To encourage guests to dress in costumes, offer incentives such as door prizes (that can be purchased at the dollar store) or lottery tickets.
  7. Ask friends ahead of time to help with music and equipment or helping serve food and drinks. This will make you job as the host/hostess less stressful and you will be able to mingle with guests.
  8. Have plenty of bottled water and non-alcoholic beverages available for guests.
  9. Set an end time if you don’t want guests to overstay their welcome. You don’t want them to have too much fun! Don’t forget to have some cash on hand for taxis.

Some popular theme party ideas are:

  • Great Gatsby / Prohibition – Roaring 20’s
  • Colour theme: pink, blue, etc.
  • Titanic Era
  • Tiki / Hawaiian
  • Disco – 1970’s
  • Mods and Rockers
  • Mexican Fiesta
  • Vicars and Vixens
  • Superheroes and heroines
  • Screen Heroes and Heroines
  • Legends
  • Medieval Knights / Lord of the Rings
  • Agatha Christie / Murder Mystery
  • Pirates
  • Wizards / Harry Potter
  • Fantasy / Sci-fi
  • Carnival / Circus

Major events that make great themes:

  • Holidays
  • Weddings
  • Anniversaries
  • Showers (Bridal and Baby)
  • Stag and Does
  • Birthdays
  • Graduations
  • Proms
  • Fundraisers (church and school)
  • Engagement
  • Oktoberfest
  • Patrick’s Day
  • Halloween
  • Mardi Gras



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Happy Faces Party is In Banff for Bodyssey & Beyond 2016!

Bodyssey & Beyond

A view of downtown Banff, AB.

The team from Happy Faces Party arrived in Banff, Alberta yesterday for the Bodyssey & Beyond 2016 face and body painting conference at the gorgeous Banff Centre for the Arts nestled between the mountains in Banff Alberta. The conference is hosted by CAFABA – Canadian Association of Face and Body Artists. Our face painting artists and balloonists will be attending workshops all week fine tuning our skills!

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