7 birthday party themes that your guests will love

Nothing builds anticipation and excitement like the announcement of a birthday party theme. Drinks or dinner with pals is great. Chuck in themed costumes, decorations and entertainment and suddenly your guests are happily chatting amongst themselves, whipping one another into an excited lather.

When picking a birthday party theme, however, you still need to keep it fresh and exciting. You want your guests to erupt in squeals of approving excitement, rather than clenched smiles of thinly-veiled bemusement.

Here are our picks for top birthday party themes to ensure your guests rock up to your event, on time, in costume, ready to party.

Theme: Jungle Boogie

First of all, the name alone should conjure up images of good times and electric dance moves. Jungle Boogie is just that: dressing up as your favourite animals, throwing together a foot-stompingly good playlist, and turning your chosen space into a jungle. Think lots of greenery, fruity snacks, and at least one signature cocktail.

Space inspo: Brunswick Mess Hall. With its inside-meets-outside vibes, it’s perfect for a Jungle Boogie.

Jungle vibes at The Brunswick Mess Hall.

Theme: Murder Mystery Party

The humble murder mystery has had a resurgence in the past decade. Better suited to smaller groups (up to 20 people), murder mysteries are a great way to keep everyone entertained all night. If most of your guests are wallflowers, this might not be their jam. But if you have mates who love to dress up and get into character, this is perfect. In a nutshell, a murder mystery is kind of like a live-action Cluedo. You go through the night, in character, until the murderer is accused (correctly) and revealed.

Space inspo: You could host your murder mystery in a space that fits your theme. Heritage-style spaces always suit, like one of these historic venues in Sydney.

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A dining room at historic venue, Q Station Manly.

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Theme: Disco Party

Disco is back, baby! Sparkles, sequins, neon and lights. Disco theme is one of the most fun styles to style. From the ostentatious use of mirror balls and lights to the excessive use of hairspray and chunky jewellery, there is so much you can do with a disco theme, whether you’re thinking of going. with a gloriously tacky or glam Studio 54 vibe. A disco birthday party theme also promises a night of heavy beats and popping dance moves.

Space inspo: Anywhere with a good sound system and flashing lights will fit the bill. Evie’s Disco Diner in Fitzroy comes pre-styled so you can frock up and rock out.

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Pre-styled: Evie's Disco Diner is bringing the disco vibes.

Theme: Under the Sea Party

The Under the Sea birthday party theme has a decent amount of interpretation. Colourful, or deep blues only, homages to famous films and ‘80s proms to creatures of the deep, you and your guests can make their own creative choices. It’s also up to you whether you want to serve seafood as snacks – the jury is still out on that one.

Space inspo: Any aquarium, like these in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth, is the obvious choice. After all, where better to host an Under the Sea party than underwater? A tiki-themed venue could also work if you’re flexible with aesthetics.

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Melbourne Aquarium takes you under the sea.

Theme: Alphabet Party

Pick a letter, and base your entire party, including all costumes, around that one letter. For example, T party! Dress up as a T-Rex, serve tacos and tequila, and cover the space in tinsel. Alphabet parties allow all your guests to get extra creative. Bonus points for playing bands or songs that only start with your chosen letter.

Space inspo: Easy! Pick a venue that starts with your chosen letter. Tailoring the menu to your chosen letter may be a bit trickier, but for extra, you may be able to order special items.

A is for Arts Centre Melbourne.

Theme: Havana Nights

Strictly for the warmer months, the ‘Havana Nights’ theme allows you to whip out your most flamboyant skirt, your most colourful decorations and mix up some cracking rum cocktails. Cuban cuisine is also great for sharing. Mini Cuban sandwiches and croquetas will go down a treat after a few drinks.

Space inspo: Dress it up, or dress it down. Typically, go for a venue that has a good mix of indoor/outdoor space, and plenty of room for a dance floor.

Greenfields has a great balance of indoor/outdoor.

Theme: Black and White

The Black and White birthday party theme is an absolute classic. Synonymous with gala dinners and formal events, the Black and White theme is a good choice for those looking to host a sophisticated event. Think: flutes of bubbly, roving canapés and a smart casual dress code.

Space inspo: Blank canvas venues and galleries make the perfect backdrop for black and white-themed events. Also, private boats also add that extra something special.

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This kind of space, like at Neon Parc, make great blank backdrops.

By theming your birthday party, you can add that extra element of anticipation and excitement to your event.


Looking for more party theme ideas?

When a special occasion is right around the corner and you need to come up with a fun party theme, here are some ideas to consider for your next party:

Themes for Kids' Parties

Princess Party

This is a classic party theme. If your daughter wants to be a princess, she'll love a princess-themed party. Invite friends to dress up as either princes or princesses and have a royal adventure! Activities could include crown-making, painting tiaras, crafting wands, and playing castle games.

Sleepover Party

A sleepover is a great way to celebrate a special occasion with your kid's friends. Set up comfortable sleeping arrangements and plan fun activities like movies, board games, karaoke, or scavenger hunts.

Sports Party

Sports make an easy and customizable party theme! Whatever your sport of choice, make sure you get a game going to burn off the birthday cake!

Art party

Express creativity and have fun with this great party theme! You'll need some supplies like paints, crayons, markers, modelling clay, or play dough. Set up an arts and crafts activity table so that the kids can paint or make their own creations to take home.

Adult Party Themes

Roaring 20s

The roaring ‘20s was an era of glamour and style, so why not recreate this for your special day? Have guests dress up in flapper dresses or zoot suits as they dance the Charleston and sip on classic cocktails.

Beach party

Embrace the laid-back atmosphere of the beach for your next party. Encourage guests to come in bathing suits and sunshine vibes as you play beach games, sip on tropical cocktails, and have a great time!

Masquerade Ball Theme

For a more sophisticated atmosphere at a party, a masquerade ball is always a good option. Your party planner can make this theme so atmospheric with the décor and candles. This is a fun and exciting theme for adults. Provide masks for your guests and encourage them to get dressed up in their best formal attire. As the night progresses, they can take off their masks and let loose on the dance floor!

Vegas Night

If you’re looking for a more extravagant party atmosphere, why not plan a Vegas night? This is an ideal way to celebrate a milestone birthday. Transform your space into a mini-casino and let the games begin! Guests can play card games and board games, throw dice at the roulette table, or try their luck at the blackjack table!


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