It is difficult and hectic to plan a party, especially when it comes to planning the theme – not only does it need to be fun and memorable, but it also has to be not too over-the-top, or else your guests might not cooperate. As a result, most parties end up having coloured themes, which is aesthetically pleasing but not that much different from everyone else, or scrape the theme altogether.
Fret not, because here are some ideas that you can consider for your next party, be it a baby shower or a 21st birthday, along with venues that will be perfect for the theme!
For a chill and whimsical party, consider a Hippie/Boho/Gypsy theme. It involves tie-dyes, dream catchers, warm woods, and soothing acoustic or guitar music in the background. Have your guests dress up as though they are going for the Coachella festival (or the Laneway Festival, in the Singapore context), and you can also provide metal tattoo stickers for your guests to complete their looks!
Found along Haji Lane, Piedra Negra is a Mexican restaurant with a breathtaking and unique interior décor, offering plenty of options for photo backdrops. It takes up two units of shop house, and has a capacity of 70 standing/25 sitting guests. For event bookings, it has an events team to assist you in the planning. (Discover More)
The Reading Room
Previously listed on Bars for the True Hipster, The Reading Room is a quaint space at Chinatown that has a maximum capacity of 60 standing/50 sitting guests. It is a cozy space for an exclusive, intimate party, with plenty of books, board games and card games available. Its menu includes pasta, burgers, and also has a newly revamped brunch menu with dishes such as truffle scrambled eggs and Portobello omelette. (Discover More)
Potato Head Folk
Run by the same group behind Potato Head Beach Club in Bali, Potato Head Folk is situated in an iconic shop house at the corner of 36 Keong Saik Road. It takes up 4 storeys with a different whimsical concept on each level. It also boasts of a rooftop that offers a unique rooftop view of Singapore, as you’d be able to see residential areas, shophouses, and high-rise office buildings. (Discover More)
A Tribal/Safari themed party gets its inspiration from nature, and uses wooden tones, khaki colours, or even aztec prints. You may consider getting some design inspirations from the Boho-themed mentioned earlier, as a fusion of both themes works as well. Guests can dress up like Pocahontas or like a member of The Flintstones, and accessorize it up with chunky necklaces or leather bracelets.
Tree Lizard Restaurant and Bar
Situated at Dempsey Hill, Tree Lizard Restaurant and Bar is an all day dining bistro bar that has a sitting capacity of 150 indoors, and 30 seats on the verandah. It is surrounded by greenery, perfect to go along with the tribal/safari theme you have in mind! It also has a 3-tier playground and a sand box located right next to the restaurant to entertain the children. (Discover More)
At The Garden, you’d inevitably feel closer to nature. The 50-seater restaurant is one of the gorgeous venues available at The Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa. It is equipped with a pool, high ceilings, and full-length windows, allowing natural sunlight to enter the restaurant to create a homely and cozy atmosphere. It serves up wholesome contemporary cuisine featuring healthy and fresh dishes. (Discover More)
Nestled within Singapore Botanic Gardens, Casa Verde is an al fresco Italian restaurant with a wide range of options on its menu such as Italian sandwiches, wood-fired thin crust pizzas, and local food like Seafood Hor Fun and Chicken Curry with Rice. It is also one of my favourite go-to restaurants whenever I have a craving for pastas. Its name means ‘Green House’ in Italian, a name fitting for its setting. Pet lovers, look out for this space, because it is one of the few pet-friendly restaurants in Singapore (dog bowls are available if needed)! (Discover More)
Game of Thrones/Medieval/Rustic
Fans of Game of Thrones, why not have a Game of Thrones/Medieval/Rustic themed party? It’d create an atmosphere of fantasy with elements of chivalry and romance. Guests can draw outfit inspirations from Game of Thrones characters – all black just like the guards of the Night’s Watch, khaki maxi skirt with a crop top like Daenerys Targaryen in Season 1, or turn up in a dragon onesie as Drogon (haha).
Tucked away at Wessex Estate (Portsdown Road), Ristorante Pietrasanta is an Italian restaurant that is inspired by the Tuscany style. Its interior décor is warm and gently aged, giving the restaurant an old world charm. The restaurant can accommodate up to 120 standing or 80 seated guests, while its private dining room can take up to 60 standing or 34 seated guests. (Discover More)
Kaiserhaus is located at Capitol Piazza, which specializes in Austrian cuisine from the Habsburg Empire in the 19th century. It is fitting for an intimate party in its private room, or a corporate event as it can accommodate up to 150 guests in its dining area on level 2 and bar on level 3. The interior is grand, with themes of gold and red, and there is also a grand curved stairwell at the centre of the restaurant. (Discover More)
Stuttgart Blackforest Boutique S-Café
Situated at Bras Basah Road, Stuttgart Blackforest Boutique S-Café’s long name is pretty difficult to remember, but its interior is definitely one that will leave a deep impression. It specializes in Swabian cuisine, such as pork knuckle and some argue that it serves the best Black Forest Cake in town. The café can fit 100 pax (standing) and 90 pax (sitting). (Discover More)
Hip Hop/Thug Life/Crime Scene
Be one of the cool kids at your Hip Hop/Thug Life/Crime Scene themed party, where you can dress up as the worst criminals you can imagine, or rewear your secondary school uniforms as mild rebellious teenagers. The fun part about this theme is the unique locations you can hold your party at, as it sets the setting and mood.
Deck at Bugis is a unique space that is created by creatively assembling 19 shipping containers. It is an independent art space that aims to nurture photography enthusiasts in Singapore and Southeast Asia (both amateurs and professionals alike), and has 2 galleries, a resource library, an activity space, an artist studio and a café. The space is able to contain 200 standing/100 sitting people. (Discover More)
Literally named after its address at No. 5 Emerald Hill Road, No. 5 is housed in a charming 1910 Peranakan shop house and can hold up to 180 pax. It is known for its all-day happy hours and cheap $8 housepours (gentleman’s pour at 45ml instead of the standard 30ml) and its impressive range of cocktails. I fell in love with the décor the moment I stepped into the bar, as its iconic red lanterns, antique carvings, wooden floorboards create a cozy yet different atmosphere. (Discover More)
Housed within a spacious industrial warehouse at Lorong Ampas, Wheeler’s Yard is arguably one of the most Instagrammed cafes in Singapore and needs little introduction. Its concept fuses a café with a bicycle showroom, and offers seats indoors or outdoors. (Discover More)
Refer to Part 2 of this blog post for more themed suggestions and venues!
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