Top Party Themes for Baby Boomers


Here are some groovy theme parties to throw for Boomer birthdays, anniversaries and retirements.

1. Luau celebration. When Hawaii became a state in 1959, it sparked a tourism boom (no pun intended) that was so pronounced it – and Don Ho – promptly got absorbed by popular culture. “Gidget” went there, Elvis went there and even the Brady Bunch vacationed in the islands. Kiddos coming of age in the years following WWII were continually tempted by the allure of ocean breezes, boogie boards and poi products. The islands still rank high as vacation destinations, the luau likewise as one of the all-time popular party themes. Boomers were among the first to appreciate both.

2. Party of a Decade. Though the timespan depends on the context of the discussion, the Baby Boom by most accounts occurred about 1946 into the early 60s, so it is often helpful to think in terms of early Boomers and late Boomers. The early wave came of age in the 60s and a whole lot of them are retiring now. Those who came later finished high school in the 1970s – and in the 70s, the 50s party first became popular! That means there are at least three decades the members of this generation love to party to.

3. Zebra retro. Big, colorful florals, op art and zebra patterns were all iterations of the strong, “mod” patterns fashionable in the 1960s for clothing, accessories and even home furnishings. A zebra party is another way to go retro, and as luck would have it, it also happens to be an “in” party theme for multiple generations right now so there are plenty of decorating options to be had. The fashion plates and the Boomers who adore the excesses and exaggerations of the Austin Powers movies really dig this party, baby, in both regular and hot pink.

4. Murder mystery. Boomers grew up playing Clue (as well as other classic board games such as Candy Land and Monopoly) and many of them likewise enjoyed the first Clue-based murder mystery role-playing parties of the 1980s. Combine nostalgia, humor and lots of entertaining activity during a dinner party with a Boomer as guest of honor, starting with the coolest licensed murder-oriented props around.

5. Music. When you read above about the luau and Don Ho, does the song “Tiny Bubbles” run through your head? Background music is far more than just about movies; it is woven inextricably with our memories and therefore comprises a powerful force in our personal and shared histories. Match the party soundtrack to theme and mood, and include some of the party VIP’s selections. You can also spotlight music itself – check out the new Music Note decorations as well as established favorites Music of the Night, Disco and Jazz/1920s collections.

While there’s no substitute for knowing the tastes and interests of the Baby Boom generation co-worker, friend or relative in your life, we hope discussing popular themes has helped you work those creativity muscles! Explore even more on the Themes pages, and let us know how it goes.

How the World’s Most Famous Casinos Decorate for Guests


Nobu Hotel and Restaurant, Las Vegas

When you decorate for an event, it’s easy to think “bigger,” “better,” and “bolder,” but that’s not always what the professionals desire. There are two sides to event decorating at the world’s top casinos – splendor balanced with elegance.

The new restaurant  Nobu, in partnership with Caesar’s Palace, in Las Vegas, has recently opened, and they have performed some major remodeling to make their dining and private event spaces feel intimate. David Rockwell, of the Rockwell group, who designed Nobu’s spaces, says that “You’ve got a 340-seat restaurant that feels like a series of intimate, semi-private rooms,” and the idea is that the area resonates intimacy. In partnership with Caesar’s Palace, Nobu’s cozier atmosphere is the perfect pair to Caesar’s opulence.

Recreate Nobu’s style at your event

To recreate the intimate table settings, even on a budget, fabric and lighting is essential. Private parties are catered to using screens and carefully draping fabrics and setting lights. Use paper lantern lights to create personal ambiance for each table at your event; large white paper lanterns can provide the perfect effect.

Make sure your guests know they are VIP’s with the right backdrops and use muted fabrics around the seating area to set off their special location. Personalized mint tins for favors at each place setting are reminders of your special event that your guests can take home with them (and use during the party)! After all, what says “Vegas” more than personal attention and exclusive glamour?

A coffee party like the Bellagio Barista for your next company event

The Bellagio Las Vegas has a special private room for events featuring premium espresso. This may seem like the last thing you’d expect from a swank Vegas experience, but high end doesn’t always have to mean gold, glitz, and glamour; in this case, the quality and glamour is implicit in the surroundings.   This is perfect for a corporate event or company party, because it is memorable and functional.

Bellagio Barista

You can recreate the look of the Bellagio by draping our Silver Liquid Metallic Fabric from the ceiling. Cover your chairs with Black Stretch Fabric Chair covers, use our black napkins and have guests use elegant personalized Noir Mugs to compliment beverages in sparkling glassware.

Make it a high-end circus – not just for kids!

The Le Cirque restaurant at the Bellagio offers a different sort of private event experience for casino guests. Using items from our birthday store, you too can bring the vigorous and exciting vibe of the The Cirque to your birthday party, after-prom,  retirement party, or other events. Create one-of-a-kind personalized candy jars to give as favors at your Le Cirque event, use gossamer fabric to stream from the ceiling or drape your chairs in orange to give the look and feel of the big top in a unique way, creating an event to remember!

decorating fabrics

Honor Company Heroes with a Morale Booster, Retirement Party


The time has finally come where your valued employee who has been with your company for many years is retiring. This employee has done such a good job working for you, you feel that they deserve something special, right? Throw them a retirement party!

Have a Slide Show

A slide show gives all the guests a better understanding of how valuable the honored employee has been over the years. Give some background information on the employee, such as where he or she grew up and where he or she graduated, and then talk about how his or her family life is or what some of his or her favorite hobbies are. This would be a great time to include some photos that bring back funny memories to the employee and guests!

Theme It!

Know what the employee of honor’s favorite hobby is? Or what his or her favorite sport is? Theme the decorations according to what the employee’s tastes are. Perhaps he or she is a movie buff. Maybe he or she likes the great outdoors. Or maybe throw a fifties party to humorously remind the employee of his or her childhood! Find out what he or she likes, then theme your party accordingly.

Big Money, No Whammy

Who doesn’t like to gamble? Set up a casino table so that the guests can have some fun while enjoying the company of their fellow coworkers. Blackjack, poker, roulette, and slot machines are a few classic and popular casino games.

The Company Presents…

Time for a little payback! Host a roast of the honored employee. Roasts provide a humorous outlet to a retirement party while still honoring and recognizing the talents and service of the employee.

Dance the Night Away

Include a dance floor in your retirement party! For the songs that are played, a good idea would be to play the music with which the honored employee grew up. For older employees, some dance songs would include “Land of 1000 Dances” by Wilson Pickett or “In the Mood” by Glenn Miller. If the employee is younger, good dance songs would include “Cotton Eye Joe” by Rednex or “I Like to Move It” by Real 2 Real.

Send your valued employee into retirement with a fun retirement party. Create memories that will stay with him or her forever.

Clever Party Themes for Retirement Roasts


Retirement roasts are typically over the top. To set the right tone for roast party planning, you’ll need to start with a theme that’s chock full of cheeky goodness.

Looking Back
To best utilize this party planning strategy, choose an era that the guest of honor looks back on with the most nostalgia, such as the 1960s or the Mesozoic.

Yes, we are possibly suggesting a dinosaur theme, and if you decide to take the plunge into the Cretaceous you will not be disappointed with the dinosaur party supplies available.

For an adult dinosaur-themed party, we suggest backing the guest of honor’s seat with palm tree and dinosaur standees, hanging a couple of inflatable pteranodons overhead, and finishing with dark green and gold streamers and tableware.

Take the sting out of telling the retiree that she’s a million years old and almost extinct by using a groaner of a slogan as a distraction, something like:

“Charlene: Here since time began but still Tricera-Tops with us!”

Looking Forward
This roast strategy depends on the retiree’s having a passionate hobby or interest and turning it against him.

Let’s use the example of golf being the passion, because you probably already know much of the drill. There’s the selection of colors and patterns you can use for a golf party (green, argyle or loud plaid), other decorations (tissue grass, life-sized golfer standee), wearables (visors), table confetti (golf tees), and some golf stories and jokes for the entertainment (insert here).

The same formula can be used for any avocation, aspiration or destination. If the retiree is moving to a coast, “beach party” could be the theme, with “beach bum” in the slogan. If he or she is hoping for more quality time in retirement with one-armed bandits, it’s time for a casino night party. Colors, decorations, wearables/favors, tableware and personal stories will suggest themselves in no time.

Be sure to take special care with the guest of honor’s “hot seat.” To use the beach party example above, you could use raffia floral fringe to cover the seat back, and flank the chair with personalized surfboard standees or surf shack sign props.

Looking Fearful
By this time you know whether your soon-to-be-former colleague can take a joke, and if he or she can, and is already making comments about being over the hill or put out to pasture, why not say, “Hey, let’s go with that thought!”

You can swipe Over the Hill theme balloons, inflatable canes and coffin gift boxes for your roast, shroud the hot seat in black and add tombstone and skull decorations from Halloween party supplies.

For “out to pasture,” rustle some livestock from farm party supplies.

To soften this sort of “fear of the unknown” style of theme, check our Western theme party supplies to explore a “riding into the sunset” retirement roast. We have a couple of appropriately themed murals, either of which would serve as a beautiful starting point for reflecting a retiree’s move into a new life chapter — and leave most of the jokes about age, obsolescence and impending doom to the emcee.

The Gold Standard Retirement Party


The greatest step in a person’s working relationship with the world is retirement. They did it the old fashioned way, “They earned it.” Make them know you understand that with a retirement party that goes for the “gold.” Start by inviting friends, family, and fellow workers with a custom invitation. A custom invitation is the easy, fun, and fast way to go. Custom designed invitations come to you in only 5 business days.

The Whole Kit-N-Kaboodle Cleans Up
A lot of the party time will be spent at the table with eating and fellowship. Put gold tableware on your shopping list. Grace the table with a gold plastic table cover and the gold plastic kit-n-kaboodle featuring knife, fork, spoon, and dinner and salad plates. Big party planners should go for the gold 100’ plastic table roll to cover all dinner and serving tables. What’s nice is all these items make for easy clean-up after party goodbyes have been said.

Add Those Little Extras
Your retiree is special so add a memorable moment when guests toast the achievement with the battery activated LED accent water lights toasting glass. It flashes red, blue and green! Add that little extra to the dining and serving table tops with the swirls and stars confetti and focus on the theme of the party with a retired centerpiece.

Something for The Ride Home
Party favors are always nice gifts for the party goers to receive when coming to the party. The favor celebrates the event and is given to attendees at the outset of the party. But at your next gold standard retirement party give a “going away” party favor. Give out the create-a-candy bar favor with personalized chocolate bar wrappers. Other wonderful, flavorful ideas are the create a custom mint tin and the create a cookie tin favor. Just some sweet ideas for your gold standard retirement party coming up!

What neat things happened at your retirement party?

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