Writing about party themes, is like a walk down memory lane for us. Considering most of the ideas are from one of our birthdays. Point is, it makes us feel good to share themes, as they are special memories. And I remember my umbrella party, as if it were yesterday. It was pouring outside & there were umbrellas everywhere – on the walls, on the cake, on my clothes! Amazingly perfect. I should also add that I love the rain. To the point where, it can cheer me up on the saddest day. So, my parents hit the nail on its head with this theme choice. Let’s go through some ideas for the theme. Shall we?
Before we get into the details, I would recommend thinking of all the types of umbrellas. Think of colours and designs. It’s not just about a typical long black umbrella. It’s also about beach umbrellas, parasols, oriental ones, bubbles & more. Once we get thinking, there is so much you can do on any of them!
Let’s start at the very beginning. With ideas on how to let people know about the party. And I’m thinking of something more elaborate than sending umbrella emojis in a text. Not, that there’s anything wrong with that. Still.
- My card had been a flat card folded in the middle, with an umbrella on one side and raindrops in the background
- Cutout of umbrellas on innovative backgrounds
- Real umbrellas/ novelty umbrellas with the message written on top.
- Pop up umbrellas in cards
- Paper umbrellas, which can be handmade
Odd as it may sound, it’s possible to incorporate umbrellas in your menu & on the food counters. Off the top of our heads, we came up with these.
- Desserts in an umbrella shape – cookies, cakes, brownies etc
- Make your own sandwich counters with the ingredients kept in an umbrella shape
- Umbrella shaped food identifiers
- Layer fruit/vegetables to resemble umbrellas
- Umbrella cake toppers
- Umbrella Straws/skewers
Now, this is the part, that brings everything together – the decor. It’s how you can make the party memorable. To the extent, that you wouldn’t need to work on anything else. Here, are some of our ideas:
- Using an umbrella to make a centerpiece. You can use a full sized one or put small paper umbrellas into a readymade one.
- Table mats cut out in an umbrella shape
- Umbrella bunting with the umbrellas hung at regular intervals upside down.
- Umbrella bunting with cutouts stuck on it or hung on it
- Novelty umbrellas as props
- Backdrops: Beach/ sunshine, Raindrops, Oriental gardens and Rainbow backdrops
- Make seating like a scene from the beach or poolside with big beach umbrellas and chairs ste around it.
- Have stalls with enormous umbrellas on top. Use different kind of umbrellas for different places for food and have appropriate food under them.
- Umbrella cut outs scattered. I would recommend small ones for this.
- Place names as umbrellas
I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this before. But, we truly believe that games are the life and soul of a party. The theme-related games we played included:
- Toss a Ring/balls into an upside down umbrella
- Dress Up dances using different umbrella props
- Match the dress and the umbrellas
- Umbrella Piñata
- 4 corners ( or in this case, 4 colour /type of umbrellas)
GOODY BAGS/ PARTY FAVOURS
It is always fun to get a goody bag. And it’s definitely not for kids alone. We thought of these ideas, which are good for everyone.
- Customised candy that resembles umbrellas. We used different kinds of candy to make an umbrella.
- Have a photo booth with umbrella props and backdrops, so that the photos can be taken home.
- If you want a traditional gift, you can stick umbrella cutouts or have pop up umbrellas on the packaging.
- Customised/Color coordinated/novelty umbrellas
I’m sure there’s a lot that can be done with umbrellas! Send us your suggestions or ideas.