Around the World Theme Party Ideas

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Around the World Theme Party Ideas
Celebrate different cultures with an "around the world" theme party. (map of the world image by Cristina Cazan from

Just like language and culture, partying is a concept found the world over, albeit in different forms. While you won't be able to fly your guests from the White Cliffs of Dover to the Great Wall of China, you can still celebrate each country's and culture's similarities and differences with an "around the world" theme party.

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While T-shirts and jeans may be common the world over, different countries and communities around the globe wear different clothing for various reasons, be it for religious or practical purposes. Encourage your guests to dress up in outfits typical of various cultures. For example, a guest wishing to embrace Japanese culture may come to the party dressed in a kimono, while a man may wear a kilt to show interest in Scottish culture. To truly express the "around the world" theme, guests can wear outfits combining clothing from several different cultures. For example, a female guest might wear a Dutch bonnet and a sari, a dress popular in South Asia.


Expose your guests to foods outside of their normal diets at your "around the world" theme party. Offer foods from different parts of the world. For example, serve your guests a meal of bratwurst, a type of German sausage, and paella, a dish popular in southwestern Spain. Consider serving your meals as if your guests were trotting around the globe from country to country. For example, you could start with Spanish appetizers known as tapas, move on to savoury French crepes for the main course, and wash it all down with some authentic German beer.


Music is a universal concept. While it may take on different forms around the world, each type of music can be appreciated for its unique contribution to melody, rhythm and instrumentation. Take your guests on a world tour by playing folk music from around the world. Play some ska, a popular form of music in Jamaica. Follow it up with some klezmer music from Eastern Europe or some marabi from South Africa. Make a playlist and move from country to country with each song.

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