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Here is a gigantic list of 390 party themes that are perfect for birthday parties, costume parties or festive celebrations for adults.

Yep, move over kids, it’s time for the grown-ups to have some theme party fun! If you have spent so long planning kids parties that you’ve run out of creativity for coming up with a party for you and your own friends, look no further. 

There are 390 party theme ideas for you to choose from ahead of inviting all your favourite family and friends to join you for the mother of all parties

Use this big list of themes to get creative with your next birthday party, anniversary party or even Christmas get-together party. Just because you’re grown-up doesn’t mean you can’t play dress-up! 


You know your party guests – and yourself – best. So gauge just how much effort everyone is likely to put into getting dressed up for a themed party. If the answer is absolutely zero, then go for a theme that doesn’t involve fancy dress. You can easily theme a party with fun invites, decorations, food and music. 

But if you know that everyone is ready, willing and able to go full force with their fancy dress outfits, then the sky’s the limit with the party theme suggestions on this list. 

The only other thing to bear in mind before diving into the list of theme ideas is how much time you have ahead of your party

If you’re going for a full-on party theme you want to give your guests a good amount of time to plan and get their outfits together. Around a month should do it for most themes. 

The same goes for being realistic about how much time you have to prepare for the party. Don’t go for an over-the-top fancy theme that you just don’t have the time to prepare for. 

A quick note: Whilst plenty of themes below can be adapted or are suitable for kids parties, if you are looking specifically for kids party themes, I’ve got a separate post with a big list of 99 of the best themes for kids parties.

Right, back to the big list. I’ve created a huge list of party themes in alphabetical order. If you scroll past this list you will also find specific ideas for the following:

Right, are you ready to dive in?


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390 Party themes! Great theme ideas for adult parties

I’ve literally added every single conceivable idea for a party theme to this list. Some of the themes are food inspired, some are distinctly retro or nostalgic. There are plenty of ideas for dress-up and costume parties, but also plenty of ideas for simply having a party decor and party food theme.

  1. 1920s – Flapper
  2. 1920s – Gangster
  3. 1950s – Rock n roll
  4. 1960s – Swinging 60s London
  5. 1970s – Hippie 
  6. 1970s British punk 
  7. 1970s Disco Party
  8. 1980s Movie stars
  9. 1980s Pop stars 
  10. 1990s Pop stars
  11. 2000 Pop stars 
  12. 80s Club night 
  13. 90s Club night
  14. Abigail’s Party  
  15. Alice in Wonderland
  16. All American
  17. A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  18. Ancient Rome
  19. Andy Warhol The Factory 
  20. Angels and Devils
  21. Animal Kingdom
  22. Anime
  23. Anything but Black
  24. Arabian Nights
  25. Around the world
  26. Astrology
  27. Austin Powers
  28. Avengers
  29. Awards after-show party
  30. Back to Prom
  31. Back to school
  32. Back to the Future
  33. Back to the Future
  34. Back to the noughties dance party
  35. Backyard BBQ
  36. Bad Santa
  37. Barbie
  38. Barbie and Ken
  39. Baseball Greats
  40. Basketball / NBA party
  41. Basketball Heroes
  42. Baywatch
  43. Beach party
  44. Better Call Saul
  45. Big Bang Theory
  46. Black, gold, silver theme 
  47. Black & White Movies
  48. Black and white colour theme
  49. Black tie
  50. Bluey
  51. Board game night
  52. Bob Ross painting party
  53. Boho
  54. Bollywood
  55. Brazilian Carnival
  56. Breakfast at Tiffany’s
  57. Breaking Bad
  58. Bridgerton
  59. Britain’s Got Talent / TV talent show
  60. British royal family through the ages
  61. Brunch party
  62. Buffy The Vampire Slayer
  63. Bugsy Malone 
  64. Burlesque
  65. Camping party
  66. Candy theme
  67. Carnival
  68. Casino – the movie
  69. Casino night
  70. Characters from 80s movies
  71. Characters from 90s movies
  72. Characters from stage musicals 
  73. Characters from noughties movies
  74. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  75. Cheerleaders
  76. Chinese New Year 
  77. Chocolate fountain party
  78. Christmas in July
  79. Christmas sweater party
  80. Chronicles of Narnia
  81. Cinco de Mayo
  82. Circus
  83. City Slickers
  84. Class Disney character
  85. Classic 80’s (think Ferris Buller, Pretty in Pink)
  86. Clueless
  87. Coachella festival at home
  88. Cocktail party 
  89. Cocomelon
  90. Comedy show characters
  91. Comic books
  92. Cook-off or bake-off theme
  93. Country Bumpkin
  94. Country music
  95. Craft party
  96. Crazy hair
  97. Cricket afternoon tea
  98. Dance battle
  99. Dancing With The Stars/Strictly Come Dancing
  100. David Bowie
  101. Dead zombie pop stars
  102. Dead zombie movie stars
  103. Death to my youth party 
  104. Denim and diamonds
  105. Dessert bar
  106. Dia De Muertos/Day of the Dead
  107. Die Hard – everyone dresses as John McClane
  108. Dinner party 
  109. Dirty Dancing
  110. Disco
  111. Doctor Who
  112. Downton Abbey
  113. Dr. Seuss
  114. Dress as the thing you most fear
  115. Dress as your favourite celebrity
  116. Dress for the decade you were born
  117. Dress up as your favourite character from a TV show or film!
  118. Dr Who
  119. Egyptian Theme
  120. Elvis through the decades party 
  121. Enchanted forest
  122. English High Tea
  123. Escape room
  124. Fairy Tales
  125. Famous couples
  126. Famous Dead People
  127. Famous Sports People
  128. Fancy Dress (anything goes)
  129. Fantastic Beasts
  130. Favourite popstar
  131. Favourite things party
  132. Fire and ice
  133. Fondue
  134. Footballers and Wives (or husbands) 
  135. Footballing heroes
  136. Fresh Prince of Bel Air
  137. Friends (the TV show) 
  138. Game of Thrones
  139. Gameshow
  140. Gaming
  141. Gaming party
  142. Gangsters and Flappers
  143. Garden party
  144. Geeks and tech bros
  145. Ghostbusters
  146. Ghosts and ghouls
  147. Girls night in
  148. Glamping
  149. Glam Rock
  150. Glam squad
  151. Glastonbury at home 
  152. Glee
  153. Glitter and sparkles
  154. Glow in the dark
  155. Golf 
  156. Goth
  157. Grammys party
  158. Grease
  159. Great Leaders from History
  160. Great Wall of China
  161. Grill and chill
  162. Halloween
  163. Hamptons at home
  164. Happy Days
  165. Harry Potter
  166. Harry Styles
  167. Havana Nights
  168. Hawaiian Luau
  169. Heavy metal
  170. Heroes vs villains
  171. High tea
  172. Hip Hop
  173. Holographic
  174. Horror film classics
  175. Hot Tub Time Machine
  176. House of the Dragon
  177. Ibiza Chillout 
  178. Ibiza Rocks
  179. Ice cream bar
  180. Iconic footballing heroes
  181. International food
  182. James Bond
  183. Jane Austen novels
  184. Jane Fonda 80s workout party
  185. Jelly and ice-cream 
  186. John Hughes 80s party
  187. John Hughes movies
  188. Karaoke party
  189. Keeping up with the Kardashians
  190. Kids show characters
  191. Kings and Queens party
  192. La Dolce Vita 
  193. Las Vegas
  194. Lego
  195. Line dancing
  196. Lord of the Rings
  197. Love & romance
  198. Mad Hatter’s Tea Party
  199. Mad Max
  200. Mad Men
  201. Madonna through the decades
  202. Magic show
  203. Magnum PI
  204. Makeover
  205. Mama Mia
  206. Mardi Gras
  207. Martin Scorsese movies
  208. Marvel Characters
  209. Masks and Mimosas
  210. Masquerade ball
  211. Mediaeval
  212. Memory lane 
  213. Mermaids and mermen 
  214. Mexican fiesta
  215. Miami Vice
  216. Milkshake bar
  217. Minute To Win It
  218. Mission Impossible
  219. Moulin Rouge
  220. Movie marathon
  221. Movie stars of the 80s
  222. Movie stars of the 90s
  223. Movie stars of the noughties
  224. Murder mystery
  225. Music festival in your yard/back garden
  226. Music video party
  227. Neighbours (TV show)
  228. Neon UV party
  229. New York New York 
  230. Nightmare Before Christmas
  231. North Pole
  232. Notorious figures from history 
  233. Oktoberfest
  234. Olympians/Olympics
  235. Olympic heroes
  236. Onesie party
  237. Oscars party
  238. Outer space
  239. Painting party
  240. Pantone Colour of the Year
  241. Parisienne nights 
  242. Pastel colours
  243. Peace and love
  244. Peaky Blinders characters
  245. Pierrot 
  246. Pirates of the Caribbean 
  247. Pizza
  248. Plant and sip gardening party
  249. Poker party
  250. Pool party
  251. Pop art
  252. Pop culture
  253. Popstar 
  254. Pot luck party
  255. Pretty in Pink
  256. Pretty Woman
  257. Primary Colours Only
  258. Priscilla Queen of the Desert
  259. Project Runway
  260. Pulp Fiction
  261. Pyjama Party
  262. Quentin Tarantino movie characters
  263. Race day
  264. Rainbow party
  265. Real Housewives
  266. Reality TV Stars
  267. Red, blue and white
  268. Red carpet
  269. Redneck/Hillbilly party
  270. Reggae
  271. Retro
  272. Retro board games 
  273. Retro rave 
  274. Retro video games
  275. Revisiting your school prom
  276. Rio Carnival 
  277. Rockabilly
  278. Rock n Roll
  279. Rockstar
  280. Rocky Horror Picture Show
  281. Roller disco
  282. Safari
  283. Salsa 
  284. Sandra Dee sleepover party
  285. Saturday Night Fever
  286. Scavenger hunt
  287. Science fiction
  288. Scooby Doo mystery party
  289. Selfie party
  290. Seven deadly sins
  291. Shakespearean characters
  292. Signs of the zodiac
  293. Silent disco
  294. Silver soirée
  295. Slumber party
  296. Smores and hotdogs campfire
  297. SNL 
  298. Social media influencer party
  299. Spaghetti Western
  300. Spa pamper party 
  301. Speakeasy
  302. Speed dating/matchmaking party
  303. Spielberg movie characters
  304. Sports Day
  305. Spice Girls
  306. Springtime in Paris
  307. Squid Game
  308. St. Patrick’s Day
  309. Star Trek
  310. Star Wars
  311. Stranger Things
  312. Strictly Come Dancing / Dancing With The Stars
  313. Studio 54
  314. Summer camp
  315. Sumo party
  316. Super Bowl
  317. Superheroes
  318. Superstar DJs 
  319. Surf’s Up
  320. Surprise party
  321. Survivor
  322. Sushi train 
  323. Taco bar
  324. Talent Show 
  325. Tantrums and tiaras 
  326. Tartan & Scotch
  327. The Bachelor / Bachelorette
  328. The beautiful and the damned
  329. The Breakfast Club
  330. The Crown
  331. The Future
  332. The Godfather
  333. The Goonies
  334. The Greatest Showman
  335. The Great Gatsby
  336. The Grinch
  337. The Inbetweeners
  338. The Kardashians
  339. The Mandalorian
  340. The Muppets
  341. The Nightmare Before Christmas
  342. The Queen’s Gambit chess party
  343. The Rocky Horror Picture Show
  344. The Simpsons
  345. The Sopranos
  346. The Wizard of Oz
  347. Things starting with a certain letter
  348. Things That Fly
  349. Thrift Shop Finds (set a budget)
  350. Tiger King
  351. Time Travellers
  352. Titanic
  353. Toga party
  354. Top Gun
  355. Toy Story
  356. Transformers
  357. Trashy/tacky dress-up party
  358. Travel themed
  359. Tropical
  360. Truth or dare games
  361. Tux and Tiaras
  362. TV show characters 
  363. Ugly bridesmaid dress theme 
  364. Ugly sweater
  365. UK prime ministers through the decades
  366. Under the Sea/ Nautical
  367. Underwater/ocean
  368. Unicorn
  369. US presidents through the decades
  370. Venice Beach muscle party
  371. Video Killed the Radio Star
  372. Vintage Funfair Themed Party
  373. Vintage garden party
  374. Vintage Hollywood
  375. VIP party
  376. Viva Las Vegas
  377. Walk Like An Egyptian
  378. Westside Story
  379. White partyBlack party
  380. Wig party
  381. Wild west
  382. Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory
  383. Wimbledon whites
  384. Wine and cheese
  385. Winter Wonderland
  386. Wizard of Oz
  387. Woodstock
  388. Woody Allen movies
  389. Zen 
  390. Zombie Apocalypse Party


TV shows make great party themes. They are particularly brilliant if there is an iconic character or characters, such as Ross and Rachel for a little nostalgia, or Jon Snow and Daenerys for an epic fantasy style party.

Reality TV shows also make a great basis for creating a party theme for a party for adults. Keeping Up With The Kardashians provides endless opportunities for creative dressing up fun, as does the Real Housewives.

Favourite and super popular TV shows from across the decades make great party themes. Here is a list of TV shows that would make great party themes, either because they have iconic characters or iconic storylines or just because they offer up the chance to have lots of fun.

  1. Bay Watch
  2. Better Call Saul
  3. Breaking Bad
  4. Bridgerton
  5. Doctor Who
  6. Downton Abbey
  7. Favourite TV comedy show
  8. Favourite TV detective show
  9. Favourite TV quiz show
  10. Friends
  11. Fresh Prince of Bel Air
  12. Game of Thrones 
  13. Happy Days
  14. House of the Dragon
  15. Keeping up with the Kardashians
  16. Mad Men
  17. Magnum PI
  18. Miami Vice
  19. Neighbours
  20. Peaky Blinders
  21. Project Runway
  22. Real Housewives
  23. SNL 
  24. Squid Game
  25. Star Trek
  26. Stranger Things
  27. Strictly Come Dancing / Dancing With The Stars
  28. The Crown
  29. The Inbetweeners
  30. The Muppets
  31. The Simpsons
  32. The Sopranos
  33. The Walking Dead


Movie inspired party themes make for really big, fancy parties. Think milestone parties, like 30th, 40th, 50th etc. You can pick a film that was huge in the birthday person’s year of birth.

Go for parties with iconic characters, such as James Bond, Cher from Clueless or Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Or think about how the movie could inspire the party venue – or the party venue could inspire the party theme!

  1. Abigail’s Party  
  2. Austin Powers
  3. Avengers
  4. Back to the Future
  5. Breakfast at Tiffany’s 
  6. Casino
  7. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  8. Classic 80’s (think Ferris Buller, Pretty in Pink)
  9. Clueless
  10. Die Hard – everyone dresses as John McClane
  11. Dirty Dancing
  12. Fantastic Beasts
  13. Ghostbusters
  14. Grease
  15. Harry Potter
  16. Hot Tub Time Machine
  17. Iconic horror movie characters
  18. James Bond
  19. John Hughes movies
  20. Lord of the Rings
  21. Mad Max
  22. Mama Mia
  23. Martin Scorsese movies
  24. Moulin Rouge
  25. Pirates of the Caribbean 
  26. Priscilla Queen of the Desert
  27. Pulp Fiction
  28. Quentin Tarantino movies
  29. Saturday Night Fever
  30. Spaghetti Western inspired
  31. Star Wars
  32. The Breakfast Club
  33. The Godfather
  34. The Goonies
  35. The Greatest Showman
  36. The Great Gatsby
  37. The Mandalorian
  38. The Nightmare Before Christmas
  39. The Oscars – Academy Awards 
  40. The Rocky Horror Picture Show
  41. The Wizard of Oz
  42. Titanic
  43. Top Gun
  44. Vintage Hollywood movie stars
  45. Woody Allen movies


Music inspired party themes. Well the sky is the limit. Pick from a favourite band or artist or pick a music genre or music from a certain decade.

Music inspired parties are great for invoking a sense of nostalgia, especially as they lend themselves to you getting really creative with the music playlist.

  1. 1950s – Rock n roll
  2. 1970s British punk 
  3. 1970s Disco Party
  4. 1980s pop stars 
  5. 1990s pop stars
  6. 2000 pop stars 
  7. 80s Club night 
  8. 90s Club night
  9. Back to the noughties dance party
  10. Characters from Musicals (stage or film)
  11. Coachella festival at home
  12. Country music
  13. Dance battle
  14. David Bowie
  15. Disco
  16. Elvis through the decades party 
  17. Favourite popstar
  18. Glam Rock
  19. Glastonbury at home 
  20. Glee
  21. Harry Styles
  22. Hip Hop
  23. Ibiza Chillout 
  24. Ibiza Rocks
  25. Karaoke party
  26. Line dancing
  27. Madonna through the decades
  28. Music festival in your yard/back garden
  29. Music video party
  30. Reggae
  31. Retro rave 
  32. Rockabilly
  33. Rock n Roll
  34. Rockstar
  35. Roller disco
  36. Saturday Night Fever
  37. Spice Girls
  38. Studio 54
  39. Grammys winners


Sports party themes don’t necessarily mean having to play the actual sport. Get everyone to dress up as a sporting hero from the world of football or basketball.

  1. Baseball heroes
  2. Basketball / NBA party
  3. Basketball Heroes
  4. Cheerleaders
  5. Cricket afternoon tea
  6. Footballing heroes
  7. Iconic footballing heroes
  8. Olympic heroes
  9. Sports Day
  10. Superbowl


Give your party a fun theme if you want to really make sure your Christmas party stands out as THE party of the holiday season. There is so much pressure to have fun at Christmas that sometimes a theme is the best way of getting the party started.

Think Christmas movies or simply think glamour and luxury. Christmas number ones is a particularly fun idea, where everyone can choose their favourite Christmas number on and dress up as the music artist.

  1. 12 Days of Christmas 
  2. A Christmas Carol
  3. A winter wonderland
  4. Bad Elf on the Shelf 
  5. Bad Santa
  6. Black and gold 
  7. Candycanes
  8. Christmas crackers comedy 
  9. Christmas Elvis
  10. Christmas games night
  11. Christmas HoeDown
  12. Christmas in Vegas baby!
  13. Christmas masquerade ball
  14. Christmas movie marathon
  15. Christmas number ones
  16. Christmas on the beach
  17. Die Hard – everyone comes as John Maclane
  18. Dress as a Christmas bauble
  19. Funny Christmas hats
  20. Gingerbread house building
  21. Ornament making party
  22. Snow and ice
  23. Tartan and Scotch 
  24. The Grinch 
  25. The Nightmare Before Christmas
  26. The Nutcracker
  27. Ugly Christmas sweaters
  28. Wreath making party


If you want to take your Halloween party to the next level it is well worth giving it a theme. It’s also a great way of getting everyone to dress up, because a general theme of ‘Halloween’ can sometimes be overwhelming.

Go for current spooky favourites from the world of TV or film, like Stranger Things of Squid game or go for movie classics, like Halloween or It, or Freddy Kruger in Nightmare on Elm Street.

  1. A Nightmare on Elm Street
  2. Beetlejuice
  3. Black and white 
  4. Dead zombie movie stars
  5. Dead zombie pop stars 
  6. Dia de los Muertos
  7. Escape room
  8. Fortune telling party
  9. Ghost white party
  10. Ghouls night in 
  11. Halloween (The movie)
  12. Hallo-Wine party
  13. Haunted gingerbread house
  14. Iconic horror movie characters
  15. It
  16. Mad scientist 
  17. Murder mystery
  18. Neon glow party
  19. Rocky Horror Picture Show
  20. Scooby Doo
  21. Scream (The movie)
  22. Smores and hotdogs campfire
  23. Squid Game
  24. Stranger Things
  25. Vampire / Dracula
  26. Zombie prom night


Once you’ve chosen your party theme you need to work out how to bring it to life. Here’s a quick list of ideas for things you can do and include.

  • Themed party invitations – include dress-up ideas/instructions
  • Themed decorations
  • Party music playlist
  • Themed party food
  • Themed party food plates and cups
  • Themed party drinks – create a special themed cocktail?
  • Themed party favours


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McKenzie Lindgren

Saturday 12th of November 2022

GREAT themes! I’ve been searching for -hours- and I cannot believe the themes you came up with! They're awesome! However, now that I’ve picked out a few great themes from your list I don’t know how to obtain plates, napkins, cups, decorations, etc. to go with the theme. Any ideas? Will it all be DIY? Or spending a bunch of money on Zazzle? 🤷🏼‍♀️ Please help, advise, guide. 🙏🏻

Luci McQuitty Hindmarsh

Tuesday 15th of November 2022

Glad the ideas have been useful. Without knowing the themes you've gone for it would be hard to advise specifically. But if you want to keep your budget down I'd suggest going for a couple of key items that go with your theme, then picking a colour scheme that works with it. Invitations, pinatas and cakes are a great way of bringing a theme to life, as are party bags. I will be working on content bringing some of the top themes to life over the next few months, but as you can imagine, it's a big job for a team of one! Good luck with your party.