Perhaps it's a holdover from sorority days, but I'm still a sucker for a good theme party. I've found that people get into them because (whether consciously or not) they recognize that anyone can throw a party, but throwing a good theme party takes extra effort.
One of my favorites is the Grown-up Pajama Party (I suppose you could also call it an Adult Pajama Party, but just be aware that "adult" carries certain connotations with it....then again, maybe that's what you're going for). The thing to remember with this theme is to play with the juxtaposition of Adult vs Child. Here are the elements:
Decor: Decadent lounge. I was working with a cold basement that had those cinder block walls, but luckily, also had fabulously cushy red carpeting. To cover up the walls, I bought inexpensive red polyester and hung it to the walls with looped duct tape (Ah, duct tape...is there anything it can't do?). Candles spread about the room (AWAY from the polyester!), and pillows on the floor created the finishing touch.
Food: The greatest hits from childhood, dressed up. The menu included little gourmet pizzas, organic hamburger sliders, and Rice Krispie treats dipped in dark chocolate, but I also went old school with offerings such as cans of EZ-Cheez (you know you want to squirt some directly into your mouth) and Triscuits. I also set up a "Make Your Own (Grownup) Cocoa" bar, complete with hot chocolate and a variety of schnapps and liqueurs. The peppermint schnapps and Godiva liqueur were especially popular.
Music: This was a lot of fun! The majority of the crowd had come of age in the late 80s, so I borrowed heavily from that era. Lots of early Madonna and Janet Jackson mixed in with some current hits. You should have seen the reaction when "Lucky Star" came on - good times!
Guests: Everyone was instructed to wear sleep attire. Some were a little fancier than others, but for the most part the guests relished the opportunity to be comfortable at a party. I'm reminded of a quote from the movie Clueless...something about Cher preferring to stay home and veg, as her party clothes are quite constricting. So true, so true.
Activities: Board games were scattered throughout the party space, including Twister. The winner of the Twister contest was adorned with multiple candy necklaces, hers to wear for the rest of the party. There's always a queen bee, you know.
All in all, a fantastic time was had by those in attendance. This is one theme I'm happy to recycle!
Anyone for Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board?