If there’s one thing I’ve learned from studying at a state university, it’s that people love a good theme party. My Monday morning brunches are often filled with friends’ tales of creative costumes. At college, there seem to be certain, standard, go-to themes—think Toga Party or Luau. But with New Year’s Eve upon us, why not branch out? Here's how to throw a theme party with a literary twist.
The Glamorous Gatsby Gala: Break out your flapper gear and put on some jazz music; this party is sure to be the bee’s knees. Jay Gatsby was known for his infamous and fabulous parties, so why not follow his lead? Enough of the Cupid Shuffle and the Cha Cha Slide; the Charleston is now the cat’s pajamas. Shake your gams and make sure you’re puttin’ on the ritz all night long. Be sure to include a symbolic green light in the distance. Oh, and don’t let your friend Daisy drive the yellow jalopy!
A Puritan Prom: Yes, that’s probably an oxymoron, but it’s time to party like it’s 1649! For this party, I suggest making your own scarlet letters and wearing them all through the night. Indulge in such Puritan revelry as reading and abstaining from sin. You can sing hymns throughout the evening and accuse your friends of being witches. Your best bet for this party is to make sure no one has any fun at all—unless you go as Hester Prynne and live in sin. Best place to host it? A city on a hill, of course!
A Bingley Ball: It’s time to take it back to a time when chivalry wasn’t completely dead. That’s right, take a lead from Pride and Prejudice and throw your own ball! Forget the bumping and grinding, or whatever the kids are doing nowadays, and try dancing face to face. Yup, actually turn around and face the cutie with whom you are dancing. Learn to waltz. Learn to act classy. You may just meet your own Mr. Darcy. Just make sure your mother doesn’t come to this dance. No one wants another nosy Mrs. Bennet around.
A Midwinter Night’s Party: To party or not to party: that is the question. The answer is most definitely to party. The course of true love never did run smooth, but your party can with the right atmosphere. Speak in sonnets and quote to your heart’s content. Dress as your favorite Shakespearian character. (NOTE: If you are a boy and you have not hit puberty yet, you must dress as a girl) For a successful party, base it on a comedy, not a tragedy. Parties are not fun when everyone dies at the end.
If themes be the food of love, party on.
What are you doing for New Year's Eve?
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