Special occasions don’t typically require a reason to be celebrated. They’re ‘special’, and ‘special’ and ‘celebration’ go together like PB & J. But what if there aren’t any special occasions and you’re looking for an excuse to throw a backyard shindig with your close family and friends (and maybe one or 12 of their family and friends?) Enter: theme parties. Also fondly referred to as ‘the perfect excuse to plan an extravagant event’. The warm weather is right around the corner, I can feel it! So with that knowledge, here are the perfect themes for your upcoming summer backyard party.

1. Alice in Wonderland Tea Party

I would totally be lying if I said I wasn’t lending you a personal idea from my theme party archive with this one. I mean, who doesn’t want to get dressed up, sit at a harvest table drinking tea (spiked or otherwise, we’re not here to judge), with twinkle lights draping the trees and finger foods a plenty?

2. Gatsby Garden Party

Yeah, yeah, I haven’t read the book either. But who doesn’t want to have their own romanticized Gatsby party in their own backyard?

3. Pool Party

This is pretty self-explanatory. Bikinis, swim trunks, drinks, barbeque, and great music is all you’ll need to ensure this party is a success!

4. Slip and Slide Contest

This could act as a complementary aspect of any party, but why not let it stand alone so you have one more reason to throw a backyard party this summer? Roll out the slip and slide and take turns running and sliding through your backyard. It’s the perfect way to cool off in the summer heat while showing off your creative moves for extra points!

5. Dance Party

Strobe lights, disco lights, twinkle lights – lights will help set the mood no matter what kind of music you choose to play. Pick twinkle lights for an event with classic or jazz and strobe or disco lights for some upbeat house music! Maybe you’ll be lucky enough to witness a dance-off!


6. Black Light Party

Plugging in black lights around your backyard is the perfect way to transition an afternoon party into evening. As the sun starts to set, colours will start to glow and the real fun will start!

7. Lawn Bowling Party

Growing up, lawn bowling was always my thing. In fact, lawn bowling is still kind of my thing. Keep it fun or make it interesting by making teams and turning it into a tournament! We’ll leave the prizes up to you.

8. Hawaiian Luau

Limbo, hula skirts, lays, and tropical drinks are just a few of the things you’ll get to enjoy at a backyard Hawaiian luau! We can’t all realistically vacay to a tropical destination whenever we feel like it, but thankfully with this theme, you don’t need to!

9. Mexican Fiesta

Anything that involves tacos and napping is a the top of my list when it comes to events I’d like to attend. Why not host a Mexican Fiesta in your backyard this summer? Have margaritas and other tequila-based beverages readily available, a variety of Mexican food (maybe a make-your-own burrito bar?) and festive music to keep the spirits high and stand out from the variety of other summer parties your guests will be attending this year!

What are some of your favourite themed parties? Let us know by commenting below, and be sure to check out our selection of canopy tents, seating options, and variety of lighting available to make your themed party one to remember!