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15 Best Ideas for Theme Parties for Adults

Looking for ideas for theme parties for adults? These are our favorites. We love any excuse to dress up, so we’ve done many of them.

This is the second year going through a big transition the month of my birthday, and with my closest friends scattered in different cities, I’ve been feeling a bit homesick and missing the old days when we were all together in one place.

Jacob, knowing this, put together a surprise video so that my family and friends could wish me a happy birthday. I saw the video first thing in the morning, and I was on the verge of tears. I probably would have cried if Jacob wasn’t around. I’m thankful that they took the time to surprise me that way! I know it was especially difficult for those who hate being in front of the camera. I’m going to watch it every time I’m feeling a little sad!

It was the sweetest gift and reminded me that I am so blessed to have such amazing people in my life. Long-distance relationships are always hard, but I’m grateful that they take the time out of their busy lives to skype / google hangout with me, send me snail mail, and keep up with me via facebook, instagram, twitter, etc. I know social media can be a timesuck, but it has also been such a blessing to be able to keep in touch that way.

Theme Parties for Adults Ideas

  1. Pick a Letter of the Alphabet – We picked B last minute and went to the store to pick up everything that started with the letter B.
  2. Decades (20s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, etc) – we did a 80s rollerskating night.
  3. Adult Prom – whether you enjoyed your actual prom or not, you can remake the whole experience as an adult. We got dressed up, rented a limo, went to Cheesecake Factory, and hosted a dance party.
  4. Beer Tasting or Wine Tasting
  5. Murder Mystery
  6. Casino Night
  7. 1920s Speakeasy
  8. Hollywood Red Carpet – my gfs set a premiere for my bridal shower since our wedding was a musical theme.
  9. International Food Night
  10. Karaoke Night – All our friends dressed up as their favorite singer.
  11. Comic Book/Superhero/TV Character
  12. Game Night with everyone dressed up as their favorite character. We did this in 2021.
  13. Safari Themed – we all dressed up as animals, and some went the extra mile and did face painting.
  14. Masquerade
  15. Tiki Bar

B-themed party

Jacob also put together a last-minute themed party with the three B’s: bowties, beer, and bundt cakes! :) Wait, birthday, so four B’s!  He is amazing. I’m so grateful for everything he did to make me feel special and for our new friends in Vegas who helped host and celebrate my birthday with me. They are the nicest people. See? I don’t hate ALL youtubers!

Themed party with things starting with the letter B: bowties, beer, bundt cakes, and birthday! Love a good theme party!Pin
Themed party with things starting with the letter B: bowties, beer, bundt cakes, and birthday!Pin

The winner of the best (handmade) bowtie is…
Themed party with things starting with the letter B: bowties, beer, bundt cakes, and birthday!Pin
Themed party with things starting with the letter B: bowties, beer, bundt cakes, and birthday!Pin

Karaoke is now on a new level when you have professional back up dancers! Instagram vid is courtesy of maryerika. Thanks all for making it such a fun and memorable night!

AND, last but not least, I’m so thankful for YOU who took the time to leave me comments on my blog wishing me happy birthday. You guys made my day! I couldn’t have asked for a better birthday. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!

What is something that makes you feel loved? What’s your love language? I wanna know! If you don’t know what I mean, read the book or skim it!

I know I was supposed to write a different gratitude post this week, but I wanted to first show my appreciation to all the wonderful people in my life. This is week 24 of practicing gratitude on my blog. You can see all my other gratitude posts here.

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  1. shoutingchow

    Dude Jacob is so thoughtful and I always love your themed bday parties. They’re such cute ideas! I like your bow tie and hairstyle. Looks great together!

    I told David about the video and he got jealous of how thoughtful Jacob is :p hahaha

    Just reminded me to take the test since David just took it too. I guess my love languages changed since it use to be just Quality Time but now it got tied with Words of Affirmation.

    1. esther julee

      Thanks girl! :) Haha Forget about the competition. I can’t even compete.. :P

      What did he get for his? I think mine has been pretty consistent as words of affirmation. And a little bit of everything else doesn’t hurt ;)

      1. shoutingchow

        Haha don’t be silly. Deep down i know you’re a sweet, soft person. You jus don’t know how to show it :p

        He’s quality time so it works since we like to spend time with each other =D

        Oh yea – a lil bit of everything never hurts :p

        1. esther julee

          haha only to YOU! :P i’m usually grumpy to everyone else..

          and remember how we were telling you somehow you were good at all 5? -______-;; haha you make sophia and i feel guilty all the time.

          1. shoutingchow

            It’s ok. I’m grumpy to David. We can’t always be nice all the time :p

            hahah i didn’t know that and dude i’m not good at all 5! man i miss y’all <3 <3 s.h.e.

  2. hahaa. you forgot another B. you also had Bboys!
    i had no idea jacob had planned all that.. he’s super creative! and probably is the more thoughtful out of the 2 of you.. =P

    have you seen my big fat greek wedding? my fav line…
    ‘there’s a hole in that cake’

    i have to try those bundt cakes.. i have seen them all over facebook. why all the hype? are they that delicious?

    1. esther julee

      Oh yeah! 5! He definitely is the more thoughtful one. I have to write things down or I will forget. It’s a gift that I do not have.

      I don’t remember that. I might have watched it in passing like if it was on tv but wasn’t really paying attention. might have to watch it for real this time! recommend me a new drama – funny one please!

      i think they just look way cuter.. but is the same as regular cake. i love donuts bc I’m classy like that :)

  3. Melissa | Dash of East

    What an awesome theme!! Esp the beer part. And the bowties. And the bundt cakes… mmm, I could really go for one of the red velvet ones right now.

    I’m glad you had a great birthday! I hate seeing myself on video, and I won’t tell you how many times I had to tape my message so that I didn’t sound and look like a complete idiot :) <3

    1. esther julee

      You know me.. that’s my fave part! :)

      I know what you mean. We just recorded a really short vlog and I feel SO awkward. I don’t even want to watch it!!

  4. Tidy-Up Gal

    Happy Happy Belated Birthday! I’m glad it was an enjoyable day for you, and I wish you a great new year!

  5. Jessica Angeles

    Seriously, that video was so thoughtful! And what a fun theme for a birthday party! It looks like you had a great time!

    1. esther julee

      He is definitely the more thoughtful and creative one out of the two of us. :) It was definitely one of my fave birthdays ever. :)

  6. carly

    The video he put together for you was so sweet & such a good idea! I love the B theme as well! Looks like such a great time! Happy belated birthday!

    1. esther julee

      I really loved it all. He did such a good job. :) Thanks so much @carlyblogshere:disqus

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