A chill party in someone’s dorm or apartment is a great move when looking for some simple plans. But screw simplicity. It’s time to think outside of the box and throw a party with a little bit of flair. You don’t have to go Gatsby-level and break the bank, but a fun theme can easily elevate a get-together into a night to remember.
Disney Channel Chique
As fun as Y2K is to do, it’s been done before. Though if the early 2000s still pique your interest, the fits found on Disney Channel during that time are just as memorable. Layers upon layers of mismatching patterns, jewelry that is way too big and sequins…so many sequins. Whether you have a character in mind or not, its a great way to “Shake It Up.”
Middle School Throwback
This theme might require a text to your parents as it’s centered around the good old days of middle school. Find a horrible picture of you back then that speaks to you and try to replicate it. It’s like a throwback Thursday but from puberty hell.
For this theme everyone needs to partner up. You can do it by choice, but random selection can make it funnier. Partners dress up as each other so that everyone is wearing a fit that belongs to their partner. Bonus points if partners are a secret and the game is to guess who’s dressed as who.
Rice Purity Decades
The Rice Purity Test is an online quiz that assigns you a score based on how “pure” you are. While the test of your wild side doesn’t have any true merit, it can be a fun thing to incorporate into a theme. Whether your score is in the ’80s, ’60s, or even the ’20s, you dress up like you were in the decade of your score.
Back of the Closet
The glory of this theme is that there is no real theme to it. All you have to do is wear that one outfit you have wanted to wear for a while. Whether it’s a beautiful dress you bought but never put on or a Halloween costume from years ago that you still love. It’s the controlled chaos of this theme that gives it charm.
Come dressed in your outfit fit for a coronation. The trick is to not have anyone dress as the bride and groom but as the cast of characters you might spot in attendance. Over the top hats, gaudy sunglasses. Anything that gets across the message of “yes I’m British and I’m making it your problem.”
This article was published in Distraction’s Winter 2023 print issue.
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