5 Fun and Affordable Themed Birthday Party Ideas

It’s time for your birthday party and you lack ideas? Don’t worry – this world is full of good people who are willing to share some of the best ideas that they have so that you could organize a great party. However, some parties are more expensive to organize than others, and if you’re on a tight budget, then your pool of choices is a bit more limited. That doesn’t mean it’s impossible, though, as there are some amazing themed party ideas that you can turn to anytime. Without further ado, take a look at some of the ideas that will make your birthday party extremely memorable and unique:

What’s your birthday wish?

Great Gatsby

Who wouldn’t like to be Gatsby for at least one day? Well, if it’s your birthday party, you can make that dream come true. Of course, since you probably don’t have the money to rent a huge villa and invite hundreds and hundreds of people over, you might want to simply invite your closest friends to your apartment. The thing that makes a party a Great Gatsby one is the dress code – so make sure that your guests come dressed in the Roaring Twenties fashion. It’s quite easy to dress up in this decade, mostly because it’s actually quite a popular theme. As far as the drinks are concerned, you can always go with wine and whiskey, but if you want to go the extra mile, you can make your party a cocktail one. Drinking cocktails is always interesting and super fun, and it definitely goes with the theme.

1001 nights


Was your favorite childhood cartoon Aladdin? Then you’re probably enjoying the live action movie, but regardless of that, the theme of 1001 nights is an extremely interesting one. Apart from the drinks that you will serve (and you can practically serve anything you want), you should invest a bit in the decorations. The most important thing is to make it really Arabic, so you might want to rent shisha in Sydney or any other major city and enjoy the night in a completely different manner. How many parties have you attended that could fit this description? Probably zero, so why not throw one?

Formal dress up

If you lack any original ideas and you’re really on a budget, then you could simply go with the good old formal dress up style. Even though it might sound daunting and unoriginal, this is by far one of the easiest and most successful themed parties because everyone will respect the dress code. As far as the activities are concerned, you can either choose it to be a mingling party, a music party where you will rave with your high heels and ties on, or organize a cocktail party where you will play different games. The choices are endless, which makes this party a great option. You can do whatever you want while still having a dress code.

Pajama party

My best friend and I love pajama parties! We always have fun!

No matter how old you are, you should never forget about the child inside of you. One way to make everyone remember that is to throw a pajama party. This is definitely not something that’s very popular among adults but that doesn’t mean that you cannot do it. Simply find a venue (or host it at your apartment) and make everyone come dressed in their pajamas. They can also come dressed regularly and change into pajamas at your house. This party promises to be extremely comfortable, cozy and fun, so make sure to have plenty of booze, snacks, movies and music and there you go!

Pool party

And finally, if you’re lucky enough to have access to a pool, you can always throw a pool party. Sure, the weather plays a very important role, but this is an ideal option for everyone who was born in spring, summer, or even fall (so it’s only the winter kids who cannot benefit from this option). Hire a bartender, make summer cocktails for the guests, get some inflatables that you will throw in the pool and you have yourself a party. A pool party is always the best party.

Man smoking hookah on a beach side restaurant next to the sea at Bali, Indonesia.

Finding the right theme for your birthday party might be a bit challenging, but the good thing is that you always have the next year to perfect something that you overlooked this year. Your job is to find the theme that you want, and you will easily find cheap decorations or even DIY projects to enrich the space. Have a great one and good luck!

18 thoughts on “5 Fun and Affordable Themed Birthday Party Ideas”

  1. I think one should attend or host a themed party at least twice a year! I think a Great Gatsby-themed New Years party would be a lot of fun!

  2. I love the pajama party idea! Never thought of it but it sure is an affordable and fun theme. Everyone already has what they need!

  3. These are great ideas seeing as parties can get so expensive nowadays! I was at a Great Gatsby party a couple years ago, shortly after the new one came out, and it was great!

  4. A pajama party is always nice. A great movie, lots of popcorn and other finger foods make for a fun time with friends or family.

  5. These are some great themes that can be used for just about any social occasion like prom and quinceanera. Very good ideas.

  6. These are all great ideas especially if you’re feeling extra creative and have a lot of time to spare! I’d go for the pajama party!

  7. So many great party ideas! I love the idea of a great gatsby, pj and ofcourse a pool party. Birthday parties are much for fun for the parent when they are affordable.

  8. Themed birthday parties are fun and adults can have them too. I often associate most of them with kids because it’s huge wuth kids.

  9. I am mostly lost with new ideas when it comes to hosting parties. Thanks for these great ideas some of which I would put into effect.

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