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Published on January 30th, 2015 | by gareth

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Party Themes That Are Inspired by Broadway Plays

Every party needs a theme whether it’s your child’s birthday party or an elegant dinner. The important factor is to choose a theme that suits your personality and the event. If you love Broadway plays and musicals, use it as inspiration for your next party. If you need a few tips, consider the following:

The Book of Mormon

While a lot of plays and musicals lend themselves well to costume parties, The Book of Mormon may be one of the best because the characters in this play are easy to emulate. For example, your guests can dress up as Mormon missionaries by wearing white dress shirts, thin black ties and black pants. And, of course, they need to carry a Book of Mormon. Other costume ideas include a skeleton costume with top hat, the African King and Queen, Jesus and a Ringleader Devil.

Since much of the play takes place in Uganda, serve African treats like peanuts, mango slices and crunchy kale snacks. Set them out in African-print bowls to really tie the theme together.

The Lion King

If you can sing “Hakuna Matata” in your sleep and you named your kitties Simba and Nala, then a Lion King-themed party is for you. For this party theme, it’s all about the decor. Decorate with animal-print balloons or check your local party supply store for Lion King character balloons. Set your table with an animal-print tablecloth trimmed with a grass skirt and put out animal-print glasses, plates and napkins. Guests can come dressed as their favorite character or African animals like giraffes, elephants or gazelles.

Since lions enjoy a good meaty meal, consider barbecuing steaks for your guests or whip up some tasty kebabs. Pair your meal with some exotic fruits and vegetables. Then, for dessert, make some savannah-themed banana cupcakes or bug-shaped candies for Timon and Pumba. Finally, prepare banana daiquiris for your drinks.

Annie

For an Annie-themed party make the color red the star of the party. This means you should cover your table with a red tablecloth and then set it with red plates, glasses, silverware and napkins. Upon arrival, dress your guests in curly red wigs or give them 40s-inspired costumes and jewelry. Because Annie is full of so many memorable songs, rent a karaoke machine to see who has the best pipes.

If you don’t want to be as literal, look for ways you can add small touches of Annie in your party. For example, you can dress in a 40s-inspired cocktail dress and serve champagne and fancy hors ‘doeuvres. Place a red runner down your table and use red as an accent color in small decorations like candles, napkins and serving bowls. Play 40s music, including a couple of tunes from the show.

Local Theater

If you want to do something really unique, take your party out on the town. If you live in the New York City area, take your friends and family out to see your favorite play on Broadway. Make the whole evening special by dining at a nice restaurant in the city before the play and going out for drinks afterward. If you don’t live in the area, look for plays at your local theater. Either way, your guests will love experiencing the show with you.


About the Author

Syndicated movie & game critic, writer, author and frequent radio guest. His work has appeared in over 60 publications worldwide and he is the creator of the rising entertainment site and publication “Skewed and Reviewed”. He has three books of film, game reviews and interviews published and is a well-received and in demand speaker on the convention circuit. Gareth has appeared in movies and is a regular guest on a top-rated Seattle morning show. He has also appeared briefly in films such as “Prefountaine”, “Postal”. “Far Cry”. and others. Gareth is also an in-demand speaker at several conventions and has conducted popular panels for over two decades.



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