Event Themes


Decor, Catering, Entertainment & Rental Ideas

The 11 Wackiest Event Themes We've Ever Seen

Here's a look at how planners managed to pull off bashes with decidedly nonstandard themes (a toilet party, anyone?)

Idea File Posted September 24, 2013, 7:15 AM EDT

Go Wild: 17 'Jungle Book'-Inspired Ideas for Events

The spring release of Disney's live-action film could bring out more animal print, palm trees, and wildlife at events in 2016.

Idea File Posted December 30, 2015, 7:45 AM EST

14 Whimsical, Travel-Theme Ideas for Events

See how planes, trains, road trips, hot-air balloons, and other travel-related motifs influenced the look of benefits, product launches, and other activations.

Idea File Posted December 30, 2015, 7:00 AM EST

Think Like 'The Martian': 8 Out-of-This-World Activities for Events

From fortune-tellers to telescope rentals, there are plenty of star-gazing activities and entertainment options to add to events.

Idea File Posted September 16, 2015, 7:45 AM EDT

10 Ideas for a Cuban Event Theme

Inspiring ideas for decor, activities, and more from the Caribbean country.

Idea File Posted August 11, 2015, 7:15 AM EDT

9 Ideas for Matching Desserts to a Theme

Here are clever ideas for desserts that follow a specific event theme.

Idea File Posted June 16, 2015, 7:30 AM EDT

18 Ideas for Classic Americana-Inspired Event Decor

Event professionals have interpreted the concept in styles from folksy to elegant.

Idea File Posted April 1, 2015, 7:30 AM EDT

Winter Warm-Up: 11 Ideas for Beach-Theme Events

Conjure a cheerful, sunny vibe with decor, catering, and activities—regardless of the weather outside.

Idea File Posted December 29, 2014, 7:15 AM EST

21 Ideas for Black-and-White Parties

From black-and-white straws to striped linens, here are clever ideas for executing the classic theme.

Idea File Posted March 20, 2014, 7:30 AM EDT

13 Ideas for Sophisticated Mardi Gras Parties

From a dainty king cake to a sleek table design, here are ideas for a sophisticated Mardi Gras party.

Idea File Posted February 27, 2014, 7:34 AM EST

10 Whimsical Ideas for 'Wizard of Oz'-Themed Events

Idea File Posted March 4, 2013, 1:14 PM EST

11 Ideas for Fairy Tale-Theme Events: Teacup Rides, Powdered Wigs, and More

Add a touch of whimsy to events with these fairy tale-inspired ideas.

Idea File Posted February 1, 2013, 7:30 AM EST


Ideas From Events

15 Camp-Theme Ideas From the Engage!14 Wedding Summit

The conference for luxury-wedding professionals offered plenty of gift, catering, and decor concepts for outdoorsy-theme events.

Event Report Posted June 25, 2014, 7:45 AM EDT

Miami Gala Gives 'Wizard of Oz' a Glamorous Update

For its 20th anniversary, the InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Ball gave a "couture twist" to the yellow brick road, Dorothy's Kansas farmhouse, and other iconic venues from the classic film.

Event Report Posted November 4, 2014, 7:30 AM EST

8 Festive Ideas for Chinese-Theme Events

From fan dancers to dim sum, here are ideas for hosting a Chinese-inspired event from the Royal Ontario Museum's Forbidden Prom.

Event Report Posted April 24, 2014, 7:46 AM EDT

6 Surprisingly Elegant Ways to Serve Carnival Food

Ted Baker's circus-inspired party for its spring/summer collection served artfully presented funnel cakes, popcorn, corn dogs, and other fare.

Event Report Posted March 7, 2014, 7:30 AM EST

6 Tropical Party Ideas to Warm Up Winter Guests

The opening party for the Chicago Botanic Garden's Orchid Show had Hawaiian music, pink cocktails, and other tropical tropes.

Event Report Posted March 5, 2014, 7:30 AM EST

4 Extravagant Ideas for 'Gatsby'-Style Entertainment

A tech-job staffing firm hosted a party with costumed entertainers and a tightrope walker that performed 30 feet over the dining room.

Event Report Posted January 8, 2014, 7:00 AM EST

11 Ideas for a Glamorous Speakeasy-Theme Event

From roving poker games to deco-inspired decor, here's how to pull off a 1920s-era corporate party.

Event Report Posted January 6, 2014, 7:15 AM EST

Pantone's Color of 2014: 14 Ideas for Fuchsia and Purple Events

Pantone has announced its color of the year for 2014: Radiant Orchid.

Idea File Posted December 9, 2013, 1:42 PM EST

See How This Fund-Raiser Recreated the 1950s

From mini TV dinners to vintage-style sofas, the hospital gala used budget-conscious tropes to bring the 1950s to life.

Event Report Posted October 1, 2013, 7:30 AM EDT

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