There are a million reasons to throw a dinner party. It’s a great way to hang out with friends, despite everyone’s busy schedule.

Though on the other hand, it can get stressful for you to be the one throwing the party. Maybe you or your friends are bored of just having plain dinner. Maybe you want to spice things up a bit.

Or this could even be your first time ever throwing a dinner party.

Either way, you may need a list of go to dinner party ideas to make things easier for you.

10 Best Dinner Party Ideas for Themes

Themes are a fun and easy way to spice up your party. There are a hundreds of dinner party ideas for themes.

Murder Mystery

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This is an interactive theme. You can create characters for your friends to be and create a way to have the murderer randomly chosen. Then you and your friends can work together to figure out who it is.

Create finger food that people can walk around with as they search for clues. You can even create a fancy main meal like that you would see in a mansion where a murder took place.


Pros

  • Casual look
  • Preferably for adult mid 30's
  • No fancy mask  and props required

Cons

  • Clothes are not comfortable 
  • To hot to use in summer
  • Can't double as a smoker

​The Roaring 20s


For this theme, ask your guests to dress like they are living in the 1920s. Tell them not to hold back.

You can serve popular alcoholic drinks and food from the era. It shouldn’t be too hard to find some recipes.

Of course, it doesn’t have the be the 20s, it could be any decade that you like.


Pros

  • Nice throwback theme
  • Clothes are easy to find

Cons

  • Teens may not love it

Quality

Price

Good

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​Game Night


No one really plays board games anymore, but you can change that. Have your friends bring their favorite board games. You can make finger food that people can snack on while playing.

This is a great way to disconnect from technology and enjoy each other’s company.


Pros

  • Fun for groups
  • Lots of game choices
  • Suitable for Kids

Cons

  • Need to create costumes
  • Adults age may not like it

Quality

Price

Good

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​Disney Movie Themed


Disney movies offer many opportunities to theme a dinner party around. Movies like Beauty and the Beast, Alice in Wonderland, Lady and the Tramp, and more are popular among everyone. These movies in particular offer some meals that you can mimic from.

Use iconic images to decorate the table and the rest of your home.


Pros

  • Happy theme for everyone
  • Kids love it
  • Fun and fancy

Cons

  • Need some costumes
  • ​Expensive

Quality

Price

Good

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​Holiday Themes

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Holidays are an easy theme to work with. Many people already do this without thinking. You can create seasonal dishes and use holiday appropriate decorations.

If you want, you can be unexpected and not have the holiday party at the right time. For example, having Christmas in July.


Pros

  • Suitable for this upcoming Christmas

Cons

  • ​None

Quality

Price

Good

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A Color Themed Party

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​Pick a favorite color and use it in everything. The decorations, the tableware, and even the food. Have your guests dress in those colors as well.


Pros

  • ​Elegant Theme
  • Single Color motif

Cons

  • Pink theme must be hard for male guest

Quality

Price

Good

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​Red Carpet


Who doesn’t want to walk a red carpet? Give your friends a reason to dress in their best. If they want, they can even dress like their favorite celebrity. You can play the interviewer and ask them what they are wearing.

Just make sure that you don’t serve super messy food, because everyone is wearing their best.

It might be especially fun to do this when an awards show is happening.


Pros

  • ​Classy Theme
  • Very Elegant
  • Nice fashion showdown

Cons

  • Suitable for adults and teens
  • ​Expensive

Quality

Price

Good

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Favorite Book Themed Party


With books like Harry Potter and Games of Thrones being so popular, people will love a dinner party themed around them. You don’t have to use these 2 titles but these, in particular, have plenty of decorations.

You can create food or deserts that look like they belong in the world from the book. Maybe you can even get special silverware to reflect the book you chose.


Pros

  • Favors for book lover
  • Affordable outfits

Cons

  • Not suitable for non-book lover
  • ​Teens may not like it

Quality

Price

Good

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Make Your Own Food

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You can include your friends in with this theme. You can choose food like pizza or tacos and get all the ingredients needed to make them. Create a make your own bar and let everyone pick what they want.

People can talk about why they chose certain ingredients and maybe encourage others to try something new.


Pros

  • ​Very easy to prepare
  • Outfits are not limited

Cons

  • ​Not so classy theme
  • Very limited food choices

Quality

Price

Good

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​Regional Themed


There is delicious food all over the world. You can choose one specific area and create a theme around it. For example, Mediterranean or Japanese food is delicious, and both countries have diverse and interesting cultures.

You can take your time and learn about a culture outside of your own and throw a fun party to teach others.


Pros

  • ​Open for everyone
  • Open for all culture

Cons

  • ​none

Quality

Price

Good

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How to Make Party Planning Easier

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You want this process to be as easy as possible. First of all, take a few deep breaths when you feel over your head.

Getting so stressed out that you make yourself sick or make the whole thing not fun is pointless. If at the dinner party, you are unhappy, your guests will sense it.

Plan Ahead

There is nothing worse than running out of something in the middle of the party. Spend some time taking inventory of your plates, glasses, and chairs. You don’t want anyone wandering around wondering where they can sit, and you don’t want to spend time trying to find extra chairs.

Have Everyone Talk to Each Other

An easy way to ensure a good party is making sure people talk to each other. This can be hard if some of your guests don’t know each other. Try nudging them to talk to each other. Even if you have to introduce them.

You can have your guests play games with each other to avoid any awkwardness. Everyone will have more fun if they are chatting with one another.

Play Music

Music is an easy way to ensure no awkward silences. Play some gentle music that can easily be in the background without taking over the conversation.

Are You Ready to Party?

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Now that you have some dinner party ideas and recipes, are you feeling more prepared? Hopefully, you are now excited to throw your party and spend time with your friends. See if they have any recipes that you should try as well.

Everyone, including you, should have fun.​​

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