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18 Color Theme Party Ideas for 2023

Last updated: June 12, 2023

No one likes a boring party.

As the host, it’s your responsibility to make sure the guests enjoy themselves. A color theme party is one way to do that.

In this post, I’ll write about a bunch of different color theme party ideas so you can make your party unique and fun.

Why you should listen to me: Hi! My name is Nick Gray. I have attended thousands of parties and wrote a book about them. The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times wrote about me, and I’ve been called a host of "culturally significant" parties by New York Magazine.

Color Theme Party Ideas

Here are some ideas for you to add color to your next party! Each of these ideas can be done individually or combined for a multi-colored fiesta.

1. Flowers

Combine the party’s color theme into the floral arrangements. Flowers come in all shapes and sizes, so they can be easily utilized at your next party.

You can use them as backdrops, table arrangements, or centerpieces. Flowers create a natural and beautiful ambiance. 

Flowers may also be utilized to set diverse moods. Such as warm colors for a comforting environment or dark colors for a professional one. 


2. Vibrant Refreshments

Use refreshments by adding the party’s color theme into the food and beverages that are being served. 

Having color-coordinated refreshments will enhance the party’s aesthetic appeal and sense of unity. It may also give a festive touch to the event. Your guest will think it’s a fun and engaging way for visitors to connect with the party’s theme. 

Additionally, it may be utilized to set various moods. 

Vibrant Refreshments

3. Plates and Tableware

Plates that match the party’s color theme will help to make the event more aesthetically pleasing and coordinated. 

It may also be an enjoyable and engaging method for attendees to participate in the party’s theme and create a celebratory atmosphere. 

Overall, using plates may be a wonderful way to add color and create a distinctive party atmosphere.

Plates and Tableware

4. Table Cloths

Table clothes are affordable and come in all colors. This allows you to combine your party’s color theme into the table clothes. 

This can give the gathering a more appealing aesthetic and coherent feel.

Additionally, it may be utilized to customize the occasion by printing the tablecloths with the attendees’ names or a special message. 

Table clothes may be a wonderful way to add color and create a classy party atmosphere.

Table Cloth

5. Balloons

As a practical and affordable décor choice, you should utilize balloons for your theme party. They come in all shapes, colors, and sizes.

Get creative with your ideas, and build substantial decorations like: 

  • Arches
  • Garlands
  • Sculptures
  • Centerpieces 
  • Balloon animals

Balloons are an excellent complement to a themed celebration. Since they may even be utilized to spell out messages or numbers. 

6. Artwork

Artwork allows for a more personal and unique approach to party decoration. It can be used to create a focal point within the party space, drawing attention and setting the tone for the party. 

Artwork can be used to reflect the party theme. Whether it’s through the use of specific colors, subject matter, or style.

Make the artwork interactive with your party theme. You can have a DIY art station where guests can create their own artwork. Customizable art is your best option, such as painting plain t-shirts or tote bags.

Use artwork at your next party to add depth and interest to the space.


7. Colored Names Tags

You always need name tags at all of your events. They take your event from “oh no I don’t know anyone here” to “hey this interesting person just walked up and started talking to me”. 

The Cualfec name tags on Amazon, as of January 2023, are still my favorites. They come in many different colors. 

Six different colors of Hello my name is name tag badges for color theme party ideas

These name tags are a quick and easy method to incorporate the party’s color theme into your event. Colored name tags can also be employed to create a unified appearance: everyone in green can do icebreakers together, same for red, blue, etc.

8. Party Hats

Party hats are a classic party item that gives any event a joyful feel. Personally, they make me feel like a kid again! 

Since they come in all different colors, they are an easy item to make your party color-coordinated.

Colorful party hats may be utilized to provide attendees with a fun picture opportunity. Set up a photo booth with backgrounds and decorations that coordinate with the party’s color theme. This gives guests a special memory they can share online.

Party Hats

9. Bows and Ribbons

These are an easy and affordable method to incorporate the party’s color theme into the occasion. 

Embellish these objects with bows and ribbons:

  • Gift bags
  • Balloons
  • Centerpieces
  • Chairs
  • Table runners
  • Garlands
  • Backdrops
  • Flower arrangements
  • Table settings
  • Lighting fixtures 

Get your guests involved by setting up a DIY station where attendees may make their own bows or ribbons.

Bows and Ribbons

10. Holiday Decor

By combining certain hues and holiday-related decorations, your party theme can really pop!

In general, holiday decorations may be a wonderful way to add color and create a special party atmosphere.

It is an engaging method for visitors to participate in the party’s theme and have an enjoyable time. 

Holiday Decor

11. Colored Fruit Basket

A fruit basket with a color scheme that is in line with your party’s color theme provides an elegant appearance.

Provide a variety of fruits for attendees to eat during your event. Colorful fruit baskets may also be utilized as a method to bring a healthy and delectable touch to the party. 

You can make a lot of small fruit baskets for a table centerpiece. Or you can have one main one with all the other food. 

The only problem is that your party decoration will get eaten! 

Colored Fruit Basket

12. Guest Dress Code

By encouraging your guests to wear a certain color palette, your event will be SUPER coordinated.

It’s a great way to foster a dynamic environment that increases the sense of participation among the attendees. 

The party will become more official as a result of the guest’s dress requirements.

Keep in mind that this is a lot harder to pull off than other color theme party ideas. 

Guest Dress Code

13. Colored Drinks

Offer a wide variety of drinks, each of them in correspondence with your party’s color theme. 

You could provide these colored drinks: 

  • Kombucha
  • Dark beer
  • Seltzer
  • Fruit juice
  • Tea
  • Wine
  • Cocktails

And if you can’t find drinks that match your color theme, you can always add food coloring to them. 

Colored Drinks

Note: For readers of my book, please know that all of this stuff is extra. For your first party, just follow my list of party supplies. This post is bonus content that we have added for advanced party hosts.

14. Present Color Wrapping 

Blend the party’s color theme into the gifts that you plan to give. 

This is another party decor that comes in all colors and sizes, making it easy to incorporate in your event. 

If it’s not a birthday party, you will have to give gifts to all of your guests so they don’t feel felt out. 

Colorful present wrapping may be a wonderful approach to add a lively aspect to your party atmosphere.

Present Color Wrapping

15. Streamers and Banners

These can be hung just about anywhere with ease. 

But you can get creative with them too! You could use them to spell out a message, or to form a backdrop for a photo booth. 

Overall, streamers and banners can easily be setup up anywhere in your party location. 

Streamers and Banners

16. Costumes and Accessories 

A sense of immersion always makes your guest more interested in your event. Encourage your visitors to dress up in a particular theme by using costumes and accessories.

This festive touch will be a fun and engaging way for visitors to connect with the party’s theme. Plus it’s another conversation topic for people to ask each other about their costumes. 

Costumes and Accessories

17. Lights

A dance floor, a stage, or a photo booth are just a few examples of areas to highlight with lights. 

Lighting may be utilized to provide a variety of moods, such as warm lighting for a comforting environment. Or dim lighting for a more exclusive feel. 

Use lights at your next party to provide a distinctive look.


18. Party Favors and Gifts

Your take-home goods, party favors, and presents should correspond with your party theme. What a great way for your guests to remember your event and get excited about the next one!

Giving gifts and party favors expresses gratitude to attendees for coming, making them feel special. 

Party Favors and Gifts


I hope this post helped you to get more color theme party ideas. 

Remember: it is your duty as the host to entertain your guests and keep things interesting. When you use something like a color theme, it makes your party memorable – and makes the pictures even more interesting!

Hey there! My name is Nick Gray. I love parties and events more than anything else in this world. Well ok, I might love swimming more. But anyway, my goal is to get 500 people to host their own party using the formula in my book

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About the author

Nick Gray is the author of The 2-Hour Cocktail Party. He’s been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and in a popular TEDx talk. He sold his last company Museum Hack in 2019. Today he’s an expert on networking events, small parties, and creating relationships. Read more about Nick Gray here.

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