Gala Theme Ideas

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Gala Theme Ideas
Throw a gala themed around Greek mythology. (Top of Greek Column on Lofos Ardittou Building in Athens image by DocAcesRock from

When you want to throw a gala event, the theme that you choose is an important part of making the evening memorable. A theme focuses your gala, and it gets people engaged in what is going on around them. Whether you are celebrating a specific person or you are throwing a gala event for charity, there are many choices suitable choices available to you.


A Prohibition theme encourages the participants to dress in the classy, flattering clothing from the 1930s. Keep the lighting smoky and dim, and serve classic drinks from the Prohibition era, like sidecars and gin cocktails. Entertainment can consist of a jazz band and a lounge singer. This is a good way to get everyone into costume without making it too outrageous.


When you are looking to host a very dramatic gala, choose a masquerade theme. A masquerade theme encourages the guests to go all out with their costumes and offer prizes for the most exuberant, creative costumes present. During the early part of the evening, keep everyone masked, and arrange for a dramatic unmasking at midnight.

Fire and Ice

If you want to make sure that your gala event is visually arresting, choose a fire and ice theme. Decorate the room in vibrant shades of flame red and ice blue and encourage your guests to dress accordingly. Bring in caterers who are capable of preparing food with gouts of fire and complement the hot food with some icy dessert. A fire and ice theme can be as formal or casual as you care to make it, and can suit many different occasions.

Greek Mythology

Throwing a gala based on Greek mythology allows the attendees to get as fancy or as simple as they want with their togas and tunics. Set up the venue using tall columns and open spaces and look for caterers who provide traditional Greek food. Set up an olive bar with a dozen different types of olives and offer laurel wreaths for all of your guests.

Casino Night

If you have a crowd that loves to game, consider hosting a casino night. Decorate the venue with plush red carpet and decadent bars and set up gaming tables throughout. Whether your guests want to play a casual hand of poker, try their luck at roulette, or play some baccarat, there is a game for everyone. A classy casino night keeps the guests circulating and interacting with each other.

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