Some themes for corporate parties include dance nights, such as a '50s sock hop, a '70s disco fever event or a salsa night, parties inspired by cuisine, such as a Hawaiian luau, a Texas barbecue or a picnic, or casino nights with an exotic location theme such as Las Vegas, Monaco, or a Caribbean island. Since many company parties occur during the holiday season, themes such as White Christmas, a masquerade ball or holidays around the world are also popular.
A successful theme is one that helps the planner, because it suggests many aspects of the party. For instance, a '50s sock hop leads to the idea of decorating a room like a high school gym, having participants dress in leather jackets or poodle skirts, and incorporating bottles of Coca-Cola, 45 RPM records and sunglasses into table decorations. The menu may be similar to that of a diner or drive-in, with milk shakes, burgers and French fries. Activities might consist of dancing the Twist, holding an Elvis impersonation contest or having a hula hoop marathon.
A recent company achievement or milestone can also inspire a party theme. For example, a company celebrating 50 years in business might throw a golden anniversary party, with gold-colored decorations, dance music popular 50 years earlier, and desserts decorated with real gold leaf.