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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Colour Themes

Posted on October 12, 2021

Party Planning Hacks 

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Choosing a Colour Theme For Your Party   

How To Choose? 

"Be bold! Imagine it!" they say... 

But how to choose the perfect colour theme for your party? 

When it comes to planning your next big gig, be it a kiddo's birthday party, office Christmas Party, high school formal, Graduation Party, or whatever, choosing a colour theme can be a challenge.  

Getting the right colour theme can help your special event be memorable.  

But choosing the right party colour theme needs to be thought through.  

Consider: what colour captures and resonates with your crowd?  

Time to brainstorm...

grey & gold flowers


Ideas & Inspo 

Use a physical mood-board, or better still, create a Pinterest board with your ideas.  

This way you can bring all the elements of your party together. 

Be it: 

  • decor 
  • food & beverage
  • party games
  • cosplay, and even 
  • your invitations.

Bring them all together with a consistent colour theme. 



Party Colour Ideas 

Here are some party colour ideas to inspire you for your next party's theme. 

  • Your Favourite Colour -- What is it?  
  • Black & White -- a Classic
  • Pantone Colour of the Year -- This year it's gold & grey 
  • Space - We have lift off 
  • Pattern - choose houndstooth, tartan, or argyle, or paisley 
  • Neon - go wild!  
  • Rainbow - Who Doesn't love unicorns?        
  • Noir - Black is the new Black 
  • Pink - Yep, pretty in pink 
  • Your Flag - Red, White & Blue! 
grey & gold cake


Colour of the Year  

For more than 20 years, Pantone's Colour of the Year has been selected to capture the zeitgeist of the times.  

The choice has influenced fashion, and industrial design, and of course, party colour themes. 

Each year the colour experts from Pantone search the world seeking new colour influences. 

This year the colour choice seeks to inspire people to look ahead to brighter days ahead.   

In 2021, the PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating, two independent colours that highlight how different elements come together to support one another, best express the mood for Pantone Colour of the Year.  

"The union of an enduring Ultimate Gray with the vibrant yellow Illumination expresses a message of positivity supported by fortitude," said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive director of the Pantone Colour Institute. 

"Practical and rock-solid but at the same time warming and optimistic, this is a colour combination that gives us resilience and hope."

"We need to feel encouraged and uplifted; this is essential to the human spirit," she said.

colours of the year


Party Color Hacks, Summing Up 

Has this list of party colour ideas giving you some inspo? 

Have you come up with your own ideas? 

Let us know!  

The human eye can actually see millions and millions of colours, so the sky's the limit! 

There is a huge variety of stunning colour combinations and themes that you can choose from for your event. 

Whichever party colour theme you choose, have fun with it. 


The argyle socks photo and table decor photo courtesy of Sam Hurd Photography 

Flowers photo courtesy of Powers Studio  

Cake photo courtesy of kasadelika

party colour theme


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