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The 5 Most Popular Party Themes on PartySlate — Plus, Real Event Examples to Inspire Your Own

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We love a good party theme. A party theme can help you select the perfect venue, from a blank canvas at a loft event space to a glamorous luxury hotel ballroom. A party theme can beautifully inspire décor, from centerpieces and table linens to backdrops and balloon arches. Crafting a menu around a party theme can lead to an immersive — and delicious — event experience. Even guest attire can be inspired by a well-chosen party theme. 

Many visitors to start gathering inspiration for their events by exploring different party themes — and we have many, many to explore. From sports-themed birthday parties to fashion-themed Bat Mitzvah celebrations, PartySlate features celebrations with themes of all kinds. But over the past six months, there were 5 unique party themes that you searched for more than any others. Scroll to see’s 5 most-popular party themes, plus an inspired event we love for each theme. 

1) Neon Theme Party

Raw industrial space with neon-geometric installations and neon uplighting.
photographer: L. Bishop

San Francisco, CA

Neon was truly everywhere at this creative and inspired corporate event, hosted at Mezzanine SF in San Francisco. From geometric light installations to a light-up neon foosball table (and much more incredible décor from Blueprint Studios), the planners at Roar Events incorporated the neon party theme into each and every event element. Even the delicious hors d’oeuvres from Culinary Eye Catering & Events were complemented and highlighted by neon accents, including neon-printed menus (teasing chocolate-dipped donut holes) and bright orange and blue serving dishes.

photographer: L. Bishop | planning & design: Roar Events | décor: Blueprint Studios | venue: Mezzanine SF | caterer: Culinary Eye Catering & Events | rentals: Blueprint Studios – Rentals

For more glow and neon party inspiration, see our full feature “7 Neon Party Ideas that Have Us Aglow — Plus Inspiration from Real Parties

2) Great Gatsby Theme Party

Art Deco-themed table with overflowing red roses, black-feathered centerpiece with gold vase, and candlelight.
photographer: Sharon Levy Photography 

Miami, FL

Now that we’re back in the 20s again, The Great Gatsby is inspiring celebrations of all kinds. So many events, in fact, that we dedicated an entire article to the theme. But since the article’s publish date, PartySlate has seen an even bigger influx of Gatsby-themed celebrations, including this milestone birthday party, hosted at the Historic Alfred I. Dupont Building in Miami. Glitz, glam, and plenty of gold accents made this a party to remember. The planners and designers at LV Event Designs highlighted the historic venue with cascading red roses, gilded bars, and plenty of on-theme entertainment. 

photographer: Sharon Levy Photography | planning & design: LV Event Designs | venue: Historic Alfred I. Dupont Building

For more 20s-era party inspiration, see our full feature “23 Great Gatsby Party Themes & Ideas That Will Take you Back in Time.”

3) Halloween Theme Party

Catering table featuring Bloody Beet / Beet Tartare / Blood Syringe / Goat Cheese Snow

photographers: Vivian N Photos, André Maier Photography & Karlie Louise Photography

New York, NY

This is one of the most creative Halloween parties we have ever seen. The planners at NYLUX Events orchestrated a memorable celebration at Union West, thanks in large part to an impressive roster of creative partners. Guests enjoyed bites, treats, and sweets from some of New York’s most talented caterers, including Wafels & Dinges, Neuman’s Kitchen, and Creative Edge Parties. And we won’t soon forget about the spooky-chic décor from Patrick J Clayton Productions, Drape Kings, and other design partners, as well as perfectly-printed signage and menus from Alpine Creative Group. Beautini also ensured all guests were in costume — in style. 

photographers: Vivian N Photos, André Maier Photography, & Karlie Louise Photography | planner: NYLUX Events | décor: Patrick J Clayton Productions, Carlos Rivas Design & Production, GreenRoom Event Rentals, Drape Kings, & McQueens Flowers | venue: Union West | caterers: Wafels & Dinges, Neuman’s Kitchen, Creative Edge Parties, Pinch Food Design, Mini Melanie, Sterling Affairs, & Purl Bar | beauty: Beautini 

For more spooky party inspiration, see our full feature “10 Halloween Party Ideas You Need at Your Spooky Soirée.”

4) Tropical Theme Party

Candlelit ballroom shot of table with white orchids against backdrop of pale pink curtain and tropical leaves.
photographer: Sara Kauss Photography 

Palm Beach, FL

The professional planners at Creative Touch Party Design took notable cues from the Palm Beach, Florida surroundings to inspire their vision for this glamorous, tropical wedding. The stunning ballroom at the Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach was transformed into a tropical paradise as a result of elevated palm, pineapple, and pink décor from the design team at Xquisite Events. This incredible event team offers us the perfect example of how to put an elegant, modern spin on a fun, creative theme. 

photographer: Sara Kauss Photography | planning & design: Creative Touch Party Design | décor: Xquisite Events | venue: Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach

For more tropical and island party inspiration, see our full feature “10 Tropical-Theme Party Ideas for a Celebration in Paradise.”

5) Disco Theme Party

purple floor with close-up of iridescent saddle and glittering-mini disco balls
photographer: Kari Otero Photography 

New York, NY

This disco-themed Bat Mitzvah at SECOND., planned by Florie Huppert Design, took our breath away with glittering disco balls and shimmering balloons. Total Entertainment kept guests on the neon-lit dance floor all night long. Anyone needing a quick break could happily relax on a luxe lounge area by Bubble NYC Event Rental Furnishings. Ovando Design and Production kept the seated dinner just as impressive with lavish orchid centerpieces, while Shake and Share Media gave guests a chance to hit the photo booth and make some memories.

photographer: Kari Otero Photography & Gustavo Campos | planning & design: Florie Huppert Design | décor: Ovando Design and Production | venue & caterer: SECOND. | entertainment: Total Entertainment | rentals: Bubble NYC Event Rental Furnishings | photo booth: Shake and Share Media | a/v & lighting production: Fusion Productions | balloons: Balloon King | graphic design: FHD Invites You

For more 70s-era inspiration, see our full feature “28 Disco-Theme Party Ideas that Will Take You Back in Time.”