Sure, dinner parties are typically for celebrating some sort of life event (a birthday, an engagement, retirement -- you get the idea), but there's no rule saying you can't throw one just because!
We've rounded up 8 easy and fun dinner party themes to get the party-throwing juices flowing. Enjoy!
Color Palette Party:
Choose a color and run with it! All-green foods, green decor, and guests dressed head-to-toe in the same hue... you get the idea! Don't want to stick to just one? Throw a ROYGBIV/rainbow party instead or a black and white party.
Whether you throw a 1920s bootlegging party, a 1950s casserole potluck, or a medieval mead-swilling, turkey leg chomping feast, pick an era that speaks to you and go all out with an historically accurate menu, drinks, decor and/or costumes.
Throw a party inspired by your favorite book, movie, play, or even board game! If it's a food-centric movie or book, even better. If not, focus on decor and/or creating the right ambiance.
Did you know that May is National Strawberry Month? Or that April is National Grilled Cheese Month? Take a look at this list of 'food months' and throw a dinner party based on one of your favorite.
Favorite Foods Potluck:
The idea for this one is simple: everyone makes and/or brings their favorite food. It's a fun way to get to know people and will make for an interesting and unpredictable feast!
Make food using ingredients from your garden or local farmer's market and invite guests to do the same! It's a great way to use up surplus from an overly bountiful garden and/or to support local farmers.
Skip the main course and go straight for dessert! Whether you provide a range of desserts or go potluck-style, this is a great theme for those with a sweet tooth!
Craft Beer-Tasting Party:
Plan a night to taste various local microbrews or share the efforts of your own home brewing endeavors! Not a beer person? Throw a wine tasting party instead.
Have some more ideas to add to this list? Tell us some of your favorite dinner party themes in the comments!