Let the festivities begin. It’s the busiest time of year, and can sometimes seem stressful, but don’t let it be! There’s so much to look forward to during Christmas; the lights! the decorations! the baked goods! Not to mention the epic parties. Here’s my roundup of the 5 best party themes that will leave your guests wanting the festivities to last all year long. Take your holiday hosting skills to a whole ‘nother level by throwing your memorable bash on Party Bus Logan!
1. WINTER WONDERLAND – ALL WHITE PARTY
Don’t stress if you can’t find an all white outfit, anything sparkly or magical works too 🙂 Tulle, tiaras, feather boas anyone? As for guys, wear a white button up and stick with khaki pants. Whites and ivories mixed with shiny metallics or anything that shimmers. This snow-kissed inspiration will make for a top-notch, classy, party resulting in Instagram photos to boot. You’ll be singing “Dreaming of a White Christmas” all cozied up next to each other in the party bus. This pristine party theme has a touch of glam and will definitely be a night to remember! Equally as stylish and glam, would be an all black party.
BONUS IDEA: Have your guests bring a “gag” gift and play The WHITE Elephant game on board. Guests are given numbers as they arrive, and they select gifts in that order — with a twist. The person assigned with #1 picks out a gift and opens it so all can see what it is. The person assigned with #2 gets the choice of “stealing” #1’s unwrapped gift or choosing a wrapped one from the pile. If #2 steals #1’s gift, then #1 must choose and open a wrapped gift. The best part of this game is it’s loads of fun and completely FREE.
2. UGLY SWEATER PARTY
Once thought to be incredibly tacky, an authentic 80’s ugly Christmas sweater is actually really hard to find! Your bus ticket is an ugly sweater, so no one allowed to board without one! Guests will be forced to get creative, or borrow from Great Aunt Trudy. We definitely recommend letting loose for the holidays and a great way to do that is acting ridiculous with friends! The highlight of any ugly Christmas sweater party is always the fashion show and what better runway than the bus aisle for your Christmas sweater walk-off. Have prizes for the “tackiest” or “most offensive” catwalk.
BONUS IDEA: Make the night even uglier with a Karaoke Contest. All participants must choose an annoying holiday song and sing it to the worst of their ability. The most ear-wrenching rendition wins a prize. This game will surely have everyone LTAO.
3. CHRISTMAS COSTUME PARTY
This party is sort of like Halloween, but it’s Christmas themed. Clever costume ideas are Santa (duh!), Mrs. Claus, Santa’s helper, candy cane, reindeer, present, Christmas tree, gingerbread man, snowman, snowflake, or a nutcracker. You could always set your party theme to a classic Christmas movie like Elf, A Christmas Story, Christmas Vacation, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Nightmare Before Christmas, or our favorite: Polar Express. Instead of boarding a train, you’ll be boarding the Party Bus. Perhaps our driver will dress as a train conductor and come punch your ticket! Your movie can be playing in the background on our LCD TV.
BONUS IDEA: Picking just the right games can ensure an evening filled with laughter and moments that are, downright pee your pants funny! Christmas Charades is always fun with a large group and is sure to have everyone laughing. Here’s a link to free Christmas charades printables or split into 2 teams and come up with your own Christmas themed cards to have the opposite team act out. Before the game even begins, set the stakes for the losing team to keep the laughter rolling all night.
4. MURDER MYSTERY CHRISTMAS PARTY
Crime, suspicions, accusations, and taking on a character, is there anything better than a murder mystery party? Murder mystery parties are a guaranteed hit with any group of people and are great during Christmastime or New Years. Purchase a kit online complete with characters, a background story, costume suggestions, and instructions on how to host. Guests receive information before the event, then throughout the night of the party, more evidence is leaked. The task is to put all the clues together and solve the murder. The more outrageously your guests dress up and the more they stay in character, the greater potential for an entertaining evening.
BONUS IDEA: Our roundup of some highly rated murder mystery kits and resources:
All Ages: There Might Be No Christmas 8-16 Players
Ages 18+: Murder in Manhattan 10-25 Players
Agest 13+: T’was The Night Before Murder 3-16 guests
5. CITY-WIDE SCAVENGER HUNT
It’s no secret that I LOVE scavenger hunts. These types of parties can be intimidating to plan, but with their sophisticated twists, are totally worth it! Here are my tips for throwing an epic city-wide scavenger hunt, even on the Party Bus!
First, choose locations. Stick with a general theme, for example, Christmas themed locations could vary from a local park housing the perfect “christmas tree”, finding a certain Christmas book in the local library, or a local business that serves hot cocoa or Christmas cookies. Play on city’s landmarks and points of interest. Finding interesting locations can be the key to a memorable scavenger hunt.
Second, choose your clues. Tap into trivia and history about Cache Valley and get creative! Use a variety of clues such as maps, audio, puzzles, riddles, and verbal form. There are two ways to approach clues: You can give the entire list of clues to each team and send them off searching for the items from anyplace. Or you can hide the clues at various locations, with each clue telling where the next clue can be found, along with what item must be found.
If you plan on throwing this party on the bus, the teams would be transported all together so sending them in different directions would be impossible. One way to make this work is splitting your guests into 2 teams, they each work together to solve the clue to find the location. Once at that location, a simple challenge must be completed (i.e. finishing a 20oz dulce de leche hot chocolate from House of Pop). Whoever wins gets a point, the team with the most points at the end WINS. This combines Amazing Race-like challenges with a city-wide scavenger hunt. Make sure to have prizes for the winners.
Long after the party is over, guests will remember traipsing through town looking for that elusive Elf or trying to get a selfie with the whole group including that particular lamppost on Center St. and Marindale Avenue.
BONUS IDEA: Want someone else to do the work? Download 36 fun, creative challenges for any urban area (plus points & rules) for only $8. Yay!
I hope you enjoyed my five parties themes that you definitely need to host. From elegant to hysterical, everyone has their own way of party planning and entertaining guests. Whether it’s a birthday party or a family celebration, it doesn’t have to be stressful, and taking a few extra pre-planning steps will guarantee memories for a lifetime.