Party Planning Ideas: Fun Ideas, Themes, Food, and More for Your Party

If you’re planning a special celebration, sometimes having the right party planning ideas and resources can make the difference between a stress-inducing dud and a relaxing romp of a good time. Really! With a bit of organization and creativity, you can take some of the stress away from planning a party while making it a fun event your guests will remember for a long time to come.

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On this page, you’ll find lots of useful and fun party ideas, including things like how to choose a theme for a party, fun theme and game ideas, and all the help you’ll ever need to plan, cook, and display your party food menu.

Planning a more low-key, dinner party style event? Check out my dinner party ideas and recipe page for help with that.

Or if you’re planning a family party and looking for some fun family celebration ideas, drop by my friend Carol’s site, Celebration Ideas Online. It’s full of great crafts and games and creative ideas for celebrating as a family.

Birthday Party Planning

Unique Birthday IdeasUnique Birthday Ideas

From fun places to set your party unique things to do with your guests, this page will give you lots of tips for planning a special birthday celebration.

Planning a 40th birthday partyPlanning a 40th Birthday Party

40 is a big one, and you don’t want to go small! This page is full of ideas for planning a 40th birthday party, including 40th birthday themes, activities, games, foods, decorations and more. Lots of fun and creatve ways to celebrate going over the hill!

Funny 40th Birthday IdeasFunny 40th Birthday Ideas

Is the guy or girl of honor a good sport? Have fun with their party. These are some totally funny and creative 40th birthday ideas. Including funny games to play, hilarious gag gifts for the big four-oh, menu and funny food ideas, and more. Mean = funny. Within reason, of course!

80th Birthday Party Ideas80th Birthday Party Ideas

Reaching 80 is definitely something to celebrate! This page is full of great ideas for themes, activities, gifts, and more for planning an 80th birthday party. Lots of great ways to honor eight long decades full of life.

90th birthday party ideas90th Birthday Party Ideas

80? Ha! It’s not all that impressive to a 90-year-old. Find some great ideas for planning a 90th birthday party for this big milestone birthday! From keeping the guest of honor comfortable to tips on planning activities and  buying gifts, you’ll find lots of help here.

Parties by Occasion

Ideas for Retirement PartiesIdeas for Retirement Parties

Great ideas for planning a retirement party, from creative and fun party themes, to invitations and decorations, to choosing your party food– everything you need to know!


Party Food Planning and Menus

Buffet RecipesBuffet Recipes and Set-Up

Ideas for serving a buffet style party food spread, including recipes, menus, practical set-up tips, and lots of photos to give you some creative decorating ideas for your table.

Party Platter IdeasParty Platter Ideas

Ideas for putting together party food trays, including ideas for great recipes, themed party trays, and more. Everything you need to feed a crowd!

Party Food PlanningParty Food Planning

This page has lots of helpful –and practical!– tips and suggestions for planning a partymenu. Includes tips on planning your food quantities, putting together a good menu, and more.

Party Food SuggestionsParty Food Suggestions

More help and ideas for planning a menu. Tips on creating your own finger foods and appetizers for parties, as well as lots of party food recipes! Most of these recipes will make your life a little easier but taste and look great on a buffet table.

How to Calculate Food for a PartyHow to Calculate Food For Parties

Help calculating food quantities for different sizes of parties. Includes a handy party food quantities chart, and tips on planning beverage quantities, too.

Buffet Party Food IdeasBuffet Party Food Ideas

Lots of fun party planning ideas and tips for choosing your buffet menu. Includes food themes, creative ideas, lots of recipe links, and more.

Summer Party FoodSummer Party Foods and Themes

These are some really fun and special party food ideas for awesome summertime parties. Includes great ideas for summer party themes, ss well as suggestions and recipes for the perfect summer spread: light, simple, cool, and refreshingly casual.


Party Games and Entertainment

Icebreaker Games for Small GroupsIcebreaker Games for Groups

Got a small group of people for your party and want get everybody to be instant friends? These party icebreaker games are just the ticket. I know the idea of an icebreaker is cheesy, but trust me… these suckers WORK.

Adult Birthday Party GamesVisitor-Submitted Creative Games

Lots of people have great ideas for party games… especially my visitors to Divine Dinner Party! This page is chock full of their party game ideas.