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.

Birthday Ideas for Women

She Deserves the Best Birthday

You know her. She’s the one who keeps it all together, when everything seems to be falling apart. The same woman, who charms you with her smile, energizes you with her personality and captures you with her heart. This is the lady who makes everyone else’s birthday magical and special. It’s her turn now, and there’ll be no holding back, when you consider all the neat birthday ideas for women and theme party supplies, readily available and at your fingertips.

Before you do anything else, remember that this birthday needs to be centered on your guest of honor, taking into account all those intimate little details, right down to the party invitations and decorations, that will make this day special for any women’s birthday. Consider what makes her so amazing, as a unique and wonderful person, not because of all the things she does for you. It’s easy to spoil her, when you know what makes her tick, and can incorporate an array of personalized products into her very special event.

Now that you’ve gotten a little more personal, it’s time to think about this special lady’s actual birthday. Is this one of those milestone birthdays, where you’ll want to incorporate milestone birthday party supplies into your decorations? Is she a champion of breast cancer awareness, and proud to display pink ribbon products any chance she gets? Perhaps she’s a dedicated bargain shopper, and will be thrilled to learn that giving her the perfect birthday party didn’t even come close to breaking the bank, because you relied on discount party supplies, instead of paying full price for all those fancy decorations.

Whether you plan a birthday celebration that is quiet and intimate, or an all-out bash that is talked about for months, the most important thing you can do when planning a woman’s birthday, is to love and appreciate the heart and soul of the woman who has always captured yours.

Whoa Baby! A Zebra Party?

Looking for a wild, fun, unique party theme for a young girl, a teenager turning sweet 16, a long over due girls’ night out party, or even a bachelorette party?  A zebra party is just the wild theme to bring out the fun loving party girl divas, whether young, old, or somewhere in between!  The black and white random striped pattern is playful and coordinates well with any accent color, although hot pink is the hot accent color right now.

These invitations say F-U-N from the get-go!  For a birthday party send out either of these zebra print invitations: animal prints zebra invitation or the super stylish invitations with a zebra print design and a pink center.  For a funky sweet sixteen party, send out the super stylish sweet sixteen invitations.  Girl’s night out invitations feature a pink background with a woman in a zebra print dress holding a martini, or opt for the martini vertical invitations or the high heels vertical invitations.  So many different ways to put together a sensational party atmosphere!

Deck out the party space with zebra print decorations!  Start with draping zebra stripes print gossamer or zebra patterned flat paper on the walls of your party space.  Hang zebra print paper lanterns from the ceiling at different heights to create dimension and interest, or choose solid white and solid black paper lanterns.  Balloons are great, inexpensive fillers, so use a ton of zebra print latex balloons.  For a birthday party, add a few super stylish mylar balloons to a balloon bouquet.  There is even a special super stylish sweet 16 mylar balloon for a spectacular sweet 16 party.  The super stylish hanging cutout is a perfect cool decoration for a birthday party.  For girl’s night out or bachelorette party decorations, use the black high heel standee, the pink high heel standee, or the martini and cosmos standees. A zebra print banner will highlight your event with style and pizazz!

The wild zebra print tablecover goes great with solid color plates and napkins, or switch it around and use a solid color tablecover with funky zebra print tableware.  The super stylish sweet 16 kit-n-kaboodle is a complete party tableware set for 8!  There are a few tableware items for girls night out occasions, including a martini and high heel centerpiece.  Another cool centerpiece for any event is the sparkling dot centerpiece.

Party Favors
We have tons of amazing zebra print party favors to thrill your guests!   Surprise your guests with personalized candy bars, chocolate lollipops, lip gloss, soap favors, notepads, drink mixes, travel mugs, candy jars, and more!

Don’t hold out on expressing your wild side, break free with these fantastic zebra theme party supplies!

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