March 31, 2023

NPR Life Equipment listeners share pictures from their greatest themed events. Left: visualization board for a Vampire Nights themed get together; center: 80s fashion ski get together; proper: Olympics get together.

Images credited from left to proper: Gabby Kanu; Arik Kolbat; Tom Czech and Elisabeth Novak


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Images credited from left to proper: Gabby Kanu; Arik Kolbat; Tom Czech and Elisabeth Novak


NPR Life Equipment listeners share pictures from their greatest themed events. Left: visualization board for a Vampire Nights themed get together; center: 80s fashion ski get together; proper: Olympics get together.

Images credited from left to proper: Gabby Kanu; Arik Kolbat; Tom Czech and Elisabeth Novak

Have you ever ever considered throwing a building site-themed Christmas get together (with wreaths embellished with toy vans and instruments)? Or a ski weekend within the spirit of the 80s, when company ski down the slopes in retro gear?

These are simply a few of the sudden methods our viewers has celebrated the vacations and the winter season.

Final month, we requested folks to inform us about their largest theme get together and the methods that made it so profitable. As you intend your personal get-togethers and celebrations for the following few weeks, consider these concepts to impress your company and kick the temper up a notch.

Massive takeaway? Consider a transparent theme for the get together forward of time, however make sure you depart room for enjoyable and spontaneity.

Listed below are 6 out of the field get together concepts from our viewers.

1. Mix two unrelated subjects

Vehicles and Christmas: My husband and I hosted quite a few themed New Yr’s Eve events. Someday our theme was “Joyful Holidays”. Wreaths have been adorned with miniature building automobiles and instruments, snacks have been served within the backs of plastic toy dump vans, and a desk was coated with brown paper and became a building website. The menu consisted of do-it-yourself desserts, a plate of cheese and fruit, and loads of dried fruit and nuts strategically stacked across the website. — Jim Kendall, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Jeanne Sherwood threw a Derby de los Muertos-style get together: a combination of Kentucky Derby and Dia de los Muertos. Friends dressed as zombies in jockey uniforms or derby outfits.

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Horses and skeletons: I as soon as threw a Derby de los Muertos-style Halloween get together. I embellished my storage doorways to appear to be stables with skeletal horses peeking out. Every horse had a nameplate with a creepy title similar to Scary Killer, Midnight, Enchanted, and Witch’s Brew. Friends have been requested to decorate up in derby-themed costumes, animals or folks, useless or alive. — Jeanne Sherwood

2. Discover any random purpose to have a good time

Carla Burke throws an “F-You Winter” themed get together the place everybody gathers to gentle up outdated Christmas timber.

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On the left is a celebration visitor, and on the correct is spouse Kate L. CC, who hosted a themed brunch to have a good time the brand new striped material swimsuit.

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Farewell to winter We’re having a “F-You Winter” Christmas Tree Burning Celebration. We save our tree and set fireplace to it to have a good time the top of the lengthy Midwest winter. We normally do that in March when the climate will get heat sufficient for an out of doors get together. It is extremely humorous! —Carla Burke

Rejoice the brand new costume: This Labor Day weekend, my spouse and I had an ideal themed get together: seersucker brunch. The impetus for the get together got here when my spouse purchased herself a seersucker swimsuit this summer time, just because she at all times wished one. I discussed that it is a disgrace she did not get an opportunity to put on her beautiful new costume, so perhaps we must always throw a debut get together for him. She beloved the thought, and the seersucker brunch was born. –Kate L., Chicago

3. Make a Visualization Board

Gabby Kanu shares her imaginative and prescient for her Vampire Nights Halloween get together. She says she began planning the occasion 4 months upfront.

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Yearly I throw a Halloween get together. My theme this 12 months was Vampire Nights. Individuals got here dressed as Victorian vampires or well-known film vampires. There was a signature blood-red drink, trivia from vampire films, and a dressing up contest. The primary place was taken by a bottle of crimson wine with a vampire cape.

My skilled recommendation is to make a visualization board. This can provide help to keep on observe and keep true to your subject. I have been to events and not using a clear theme and so they really feel disorganized. I made a decision that I wished folks to know what was taking place the second they walked within the door. –Gabby Kanu

4. Take note of the time

Tom Cech and Elisabeth Novak hosted an Olympic get together in the course of the Tokyo Video games. The decor consists of the Olympic rings, nationwide flags and the Olympic torch.

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Contributed by Tom Cech and Elisabeth Novak

Throughout the Tokyo Video games, my spouse and I had an Olympic get together.

Crucial facet of any sports activities get together is the timing of the sporting occasion. Nevertheless, the Olympics are troublesome. [because there are so many games].

First, I obtained a replica of the grasp schedule from the Worldwide Olympic Committee web site. I selected Saturday with probably the most fascinating occasions and transformed the beginning time [of the games] to my native time zone. The primary occasion was in athletics at 6:00 pm, so we gathered everybody round 5:00 pm. We have been aiming to complete dinner earlier than the USA play the 8:00 knockout seashore volleyball match. At 21:00, swims for gold medals befell. watched badminton at 2am and lots of slept and awoke at 7am to catch the ultimate 100m earlier than leaving.

We put in three TVs in the lounge and one TV within the eating room. It is unbelievable to have so many thrilling sports activities broadcasts on the similar time. — Tom Czech and Elizabeth Novak, Chicago

5. Be large or go dwelling

Yearly, Arik Kolbat throws an 80s-style ski weekend. Friends are strongly suggested to put on their greatest classic snow gear.

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Yearly, Arik Kolbat throws an 80s-style ski weekend. Friends are strongly suggested to put on their greatest classic snow gear.

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My hottest theme get together is my annual 80s ski weekend in Killington, Virginia. Each spring I carry over 100 folks to the slopes dressed of their greatest retro gear, and at night time we rock out to an 80s cowl band. There are group pictures displaying all the colour of DayGlo and I am handing out awards with titles like “Golden Leggings Award for Excellence” and “Massive Hair and Massive Air”.

I’ve just one rule: costume within the fashion of that period all weekend. Whether or not at breakfast or within the rubbish heaps, you will need to stay, breathe and [embody the theme] all weekend. It is an unbelievable time and company hold coming again 12 months after 12 months. –Arik Kolbat

6. Let folks do their very own factor

We had a “Jorts and Reviews” themed get together. The idea was easy: put on shorts [jean shorts] and current a PowerPoint on a subject of your selection. Regardless of only a few days’ discover, our pals actively participated in discussions on subjects that ranged from the comical to the area of interest and considerably insane. Somebody made a presentation about the very best parking spots within the Higher Denver space, why It is a fantastic life horrible film and unreliable animals.

A very good theme is sort of a carpet in a room. It ought to unify the occasion, however not be the dominant focus. In our case, a very powerful factor at our get together was spending time with pals. So whereas we had loads of time for reporting, we additionally had a spot for folks to hang around and go about their enterprise. –Sean Yun, Denver

Because of all those that shared their suggestions for a Life Equipment themed get together.

Edited by: Beck Harlan. Hearken to Life Equipment on Apple Podcasts in addition to Spotifyor join our E-newsletter.

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