If you remember the teasing that ginger kids were often subjected to back in primary school, the idea of a ginger-themed party may seem a bit odd. However, whether it's due to the extinction myths that surfaced in 2007 or merely down to the fact that we're not in the playground anymore, gingers are now being celebrated for their difference, and ginger-themed parties are becoming increasingly popular among students and young adults—particularly the ginger ones!
No themed party is complete without costumes, and you've got a vast array of characters and celebrities to choose from with a ginger-themed bash.
If you want to get in touch with your inner child, try any of the Weasleys from Harry Potter, Ariel from The Little Mermaid, Blossom from The Powerpuff Girls, or Pippi Longstocking.
There are plenty of comic-book characters to choose from, too. Think Poison Ivy, Black Widow or Jean Grey for the ladies, and Banshee, Red Arrow or Lightning Lad for the men!
If you haven't got the time or money to spend on a costume, then there are plenty of ginger celebrities. Simon Pegg, Nicole Kidman, Prince Harry or Lindsay Lohan are all good choices as they're easily recognisable.
As with any party, buying drinks for everybody can be expensive. Why not add a red-head twist to the popular BYOB policy?
Guests could bring orangeade, ginger beer, orange alcopops, or orange juice. Clear spirits like vodka can be added without ruining the colour!
There are plenty of orange cocktails you can make too, if you've got time. Orange martinis, mango margaritas and tequila sunrises are all sure-fire hits. For something bubblier, try a classic Buck's Fizz.
Vodka jelly shots usually go down a treat, and you can buy orange jelly in even the smallest of supermarkets. If you're feeling particularly adventurous, add hard orange candies to vodka until they dissolve, and then serve as shots. Forget "taste the rainbow"—orange, yellow and red are all you need for a ginger-themed party!
One of the benefits of throwing a ginger-themed party is that you don't have to think too hard about snacks and nibbles. Anything ginger-flavoured or orange-coloured will do!
For savoury snacks, think carrot sticks, cheese-flavour tortilla chips, cheese puffs, Red Leicester cheese, and red peppers.
Where sweeter things are concerned, your best bets are gingerbread men, crystalised ginger, orange confectionary, and nectarines.
How you decorate the venue, whether it's your front room or the village hall, really depends on the celebration.
Avoid pumpkins if possible, unless you want people to remember your ginger-themed party as a Halloween party!
If you're outside, a small bonfire would add a nice touch, and serve as a nod towards the "fiery red-head" stereotype as well as keeping the guests warm. If there's going to be alcohol at the party, then covered tea-lights or LED candles would be a much safer idea, and can be used indoors, too.
Red and gold bunting, yellow streamers and appropriately-coloured silly-string are all simple, safe, and fun ideas for interior decoration. There won't be too much cleaning to do the morning after, either!