An easy way to choose a theme is to shop for the
paper plates and napkins first. Build a theme
around the picture or print on the plates. This
will always give your event a natural tie-in
with the coordinating decorations.
2. There are so many sources from which to draw
when choosing a theme.
You may want to use an
occupation, movie or cartoon character, hobby, special event, holiday,
place, sport, a special song, poem, book or
movie, historical eras, cities, foreign
countries, just to name a few. Certain
motifs may be more expected, especially if you
choose to celebrate around the
holidays. Choose themes where you can vary the
motif. For example if you choose a Christmas
theme, try using angels, Santa, snowflakes or
bells, if you choose
to use Valentine's Day, try using a cupids,
candy hearts, Love & Kisses or animal
3. If you use a nature theme incorporate the use
of plants, flowers, trees and include
a variety of colors and textures. The use of
butterflies or birds brings
touch of nature to a theme. Use geographic
regions in nature to pull
together such as the
beach, mountains, a lake, or an island.
4. If you have a special hobby or collection,
you could bring items to use as centerpieces
or just for display. Ask a friend or family
member, with a unique collection, to share their
items for a day. Many people have great
collections of angels, snowmen, dolls, bells
or other items related to a particular theme.
5. The possibilities are endless.
Motif = Is the visual representation of your
theme, which is created by the use of objects or
symbols. If you use the theme "Hearts"
you may want to incorporate the
a cupids or hearts with arrow to represent Love
is in the Heart. Carry this theme in all the
aspects of planning the event. Invitations,
decorations, paper goods,
centerpieces, party favors, etc. Use different
elements to pull a theme together.
several theme ideas and see how many words
relate to the theme that
you can play off of to developed
Movies = film, director, stage lights, movie camera, actors, stuntmen, music, stars, Oscar, premier, marquee, popcorn, clapboard, scripts, etc.
Wild West = horses, cowboys, guns, barbwire, country music, cowboy hats, chaps, bandannas, plaid shirts, branding irons, etc.
Decide on what atmosphere
or mood you want to create. This is where you
want to refer back to your list of words. Add words to the list that will portray your mood. If you choose a Fiesta theme you may include bright colors for Mexico, piρatas, maracas, sombrero hats as center pieces, etc. Continue these elements throughout the event. Invitations use the mexicali fonts.
You'll want to select a color scheme that are
used primarily in the theme you have chosen.
Most themes are related to a way of life or a dream, which in your experiences or research usually have a tone or colors that relate that memory or experience to you. Colors set the tone of your theme, so be sure to carry them throughout the party.
The texture of the decorative items you choice
will express the look and
feeling of your theme. Fiesta = straw hats, piρatas, bright color paper mache;
Halloween= black backdrops, hanging figures, orange pumpkins, etc.
It make you look organized, imaginative, resourceful,
and a good host or hostess working to make your
guest feel comfortable and entertained.
Incorporate your theme into all areas of the
event, the invitations, the publicity,
registration, food, decorations, entertainment
to reinforce the overall effect.