All the decades have been done. Gatsby-mania is gone. Pirates are passé. You’re fresh out of interesting ideas for your New Year’s Eve party theme.
Fear not. To make sure your party is all anyone talks about in 2019, we’ve put together a list of 10 creative and on-trend theme ideas for your 2018 New Year’s Eve event.
1. Diet Starts Tomorrow
We all know the drill: In January, we diet. But it’s December 31st, so tonight let’s go down in a blaze of glory. This theme lets guests indulge in all the good stuff in a fun blowout before their New Year’s resolutions start. Think decadent cocktails, doughnuts walls, and fried food galore.
2. Time Travellers’ Ball
This theme is the ultimate fancy dress party. Instead of limiting costumes to a single decade, your “time travelling” guests can take inspiration from a person or style from any year, past or present. Dinosaurs, ancient Egypt, famous historical figures and pop icons — the possibilities are endless.
3. Candy Crush
In 2018, the world had an obsession with all things sweet and colourful. Immersive exhibitions like Sugar Republic and Museum of Ice-Cream were insanely popular and everyone wanted to fill their Instagram feeds with pops of candy colour. Tap this trend for your NYE party by theming it with all things bright and colourful — and a dessert table filled with sweet treats.
4. Heroes & Villains
An oldie but a goodie. With the non-stop release of superhero movies in 2018, comic books are on trend and provide great costume choices for themed New Year’s parties.
5. Bubbles & Bowties
For a modern take on a sophisticated black-tie soiree, try “Bubbles & Bowties”. Guests are encouraged to dress in formal wear for a champagne-filled event. Mix it up with trendy varietals like Prosecco and natural sparkling wine, Pétillant-naturel.
6. The Best of 2018
Celebrate the close of 2018 with everything that got people talking throughout the year. From the royal wedding to Beyonce and Jay-Z’s pastel powersuits, this theme encourages guests to dress as an iconic moment or person from the year. Think pop-culture references, major events, political statements, and celebrity deaths.
7. Disney Dance
Did you know Mickey Mouse turned 90 this year? Celebrate with a red, black, and white themed Mickey Mouse party, or a Disney theme where guests dress as their favourite classic character. Styling will be a breeze, with retail stores filling with goods to mark the 90th anniversary year.
8. Glitter Gala
For an event that shimmers and shines, you can’t go past a glitter theme this New Year’s Eve. Encourage guests to dress with sparkle and offer glitter face or body painting on site. Need a quirky idea to raise money for charity? Dare bearded guests to donate their facial hair and wear a glitter beard if you hit a fundraising target.
9. Musical Magic
The smash-hit movie, La La Land, reinvigorated the world’s love of musicals. Celebrate New Year’s Eve with a musical themed event, encouraging guests to dress as their favourite musical characters. Karaoke or a ‘Sing-A-Long’ musical screening is a must.
10. Tourist Trap
For a fun take on the classic beach theme, dress your event space as an airport lounge, hotel lobby, or resort bar and ask guests to dress as summer holiday tourists. Think selfie-sticks, Hawaiian shirts, palm-print maxi-dresses, and wearing socks with sandals.