Okay, so you may have thrown some of these parties already and some of them may be variations on a traditional party, but these parties need to be thrown by someone immediately if not sooner.
1. Where's All Your Stuff? Party
Just moved into your first apartment or new house? Well, throw a "Where's All Your Stuff?" Party!
You or you and your roommate(s) don't have anything yet, and likely just blew most of your expendable cash on the first month's rent and security deposit. Now you have to furnish the place. This party allows for your friends and family to donate to your new home. Each guest brings an item of furniture (whether brand new or something they pulled out of their garage), or a donation (gift card or cash) so that you can start living in your new apartment and save up to buy REAL things. In return, you write down each thing that people bought so that when that person needs a blender for his or her new apartment, you'll happily oblige because he or she brought you that toaster you love. Now, this sounds similar to a house warming or a grad party, but the idea is more of a pot luck but for household needs--most of which probably will be recycled things or favors such as, "Hey, I have a truck. I'll pick up that sofa you found on Craigslist for you."
Bare--you don't have much stuff yet, if anything.
Make the house as comfortable as possible. Go to Dollar Tree and splurge on cups, forks, knives, spoons, plates and all that jazz.
Food and Drink:
Work with what you have, but you can never go wrong with a keg, a few bottles of wine, cases of soda and pizza.
2. Nostalgia Party
Remember the 90s? How about the 80s? 70s? You've probably been to a retro party where everyone dresses up in mullets and tie-dye, but this party is actually about nostalgia for an era that you participated in beyond pooping your pants for the last few years of that decade.
Invite a large group of friends that could be nostalgic for the same time period you want your theme to be. Examples: 90s, 80s, high school, elementary school, summer camp, college, etc. Have everyone dress up from that nostalgia period and bring things to really set the mood: photo albums, other clothes, vintage items, music, yearbooks, toys, etc. Bring it all together and go back in time for a night.
Theme/Decorations/Food and Drink:
The actual theme, decorations, food and drink of your party entirely depends on which nostalgic time you select. For a 90s party you might want to go with grunge, movie posters from that time period, run some old Nicktoons in the background, etc. If you go high school, bring back your school colors, mascot, and leave the cliques at the door.
3. Pet Party
This is more of a commitment than just a one off grand old time, but not only will you improve your life, but you'll be helping your community. Contact your local ASPCA, animal shelter or Pet Store that has transitioned from mills to rescues and find out what their events policy is. A few times a year, these institutions get together in a large public park and attempt to find homes for their animals by exposing them to families. Organize a similar event on a smaller scale in order to have a good time for everyone.
Invite all of your friends and family to a large park or rec center. Have the kids play with the pups and kitties. Play games, and get everyone involved whether it's via pet adoption, donation (cash or supplies) or perhaps signing up for volunteer work. The animals get interaction with people and might find homes, and who doesn't like to play with animals? Make sure to bring some Benadryl for that one guy that loves dogs, but is terribly allergic.
Paw prints, doggie bowls for snacks and food, the organization could provide some items with their logos on them, you can even get themed tshirts made.
Food and Drink:
4. Try Something New Night
Try something new and find out new things about your friends with this pot luck party.
Have a drawing of who should bring what type of item. Suggested categories: food, drink, game, exercise, product. Split these among your guests, you can definitely have doubles of the categories and people can bring more than one. The idea is to get your friends to try new things and also get them to experience things that you really enjoy that they haven't tried yet for whatever reason. When you're prepping for the party, be sure to make some new food and drinks that you haven't tried before, and perhaps some guilty pleasure ones that your friends wouldn't expect--this can range from home cooked recipes that are sacred to family gatherings to those chips you REALLY love from Acme. Get everyone together to try something new. At the end of the evening, fill out cards with 5 new things that each person has to try and then throw a reprise party to find out how it went.
New. Keep things fresh, exotic, and different.
Keep it simple. The party will come to life with everyone's experiences that they are bringing to the party.
Food and Drink:
Try new things and your favorite things!
5. The Most Wonderful Time(s) of the Year Party
If you're like me, holiday parties are your favorite things to plan and throw because of the incredibly fun themes and mutual fun amongst the guests. I threw a Christmas in July party on July 25th this year--it was a challenge to find Christmas themed anything in Los Angeles in July, but I pulled it off!
The big holidays thrown into one party or a party for the holiday of your choice, even if it's nowhere near that holiday. If you go with the first one, you combine all the aspects of your favorite holidays and throw them into one party. Most of your shopping can be done online at Oriental Trading or something like that. Everything from music, to food, to decorations are the variations from different holidays. The singular holiday one is a similar idea, but make sure to be authentic to the last detail from the invitations to the decor!
Holiday: Valentine's Day, Christmas, Thanksgiving, New Years, St. Patrick's Day, 4th of July, Halloween, etc.
Depends on your holiday!
Food and Drink:
Depends on your holiday, but you can't go wrong with finding some really rad ideas on Pinterest.