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10 Party Themes Everyone’s Bored Of (Slideshow)

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Don’t be a cliché! Avoid party theme faux pas

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At this point, toga parties are so overdone that they inevitably result in self-parody. Someone will start chanting "toga," everyone else will join in, and then the cheering will taper off as everyone realizes that the chant isn't a command, but simply describes what everyone is wearing. Some guy will quote Animal House all night. Everyone will start to wonder when it will be kosher to change back into regular clothes.

Toga

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At this point, toga parties are so overdone that they inevitably result in self-parody. Someone will start chanting "toga," everyone else will join in, and then the cheering will taper off as everyone realizes that the chant isn't a command, but simply describes what everyone is wearing. Some guy will quote Animal House all night. Everyone will start to wonder when it will be kosher to change back into regular clothes.

Ugly Sweater Party

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Ugly Christmas sweater parties peaked around 2009. Sure, it's a quick, easy theme that doesn't require a whole lot of effort (or money) on anyone's part, but the idea is past its prime. These days, folks probably have one of these on their schedule already, so go with something more original. We suggest a Whoville-themed party where everyone has awesome angular haircuts and the night ends with multiple helpings of roast beast. Just a thought.

Murder Mystery Party

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Probably the coolest part of throwing a party is getting different groups of your friends together to hang out and shoot the breeze. Making them dress like flappers and accusing them of having bludgeoned a millionaire to death in the study, however, tends to make cross-pollinating your friends groups much more difficult. Truth is, most people don’t like manufactured fun.

Speakeasy Party

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Chalk another one up on the “unoriginal” tally. Also, there’s inevitably that awkward moment when someone shows up having forgotten/not knowing the password, and you have to choose whether to stick to your theme and mercilessly hang someone out to dry, or actually let your roommate into the party.

Prom Party

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Hey everyone, want to relive the most overrated night of the most awkward stage of your life? And listen to terrible music? And pose for incredibly awkward pictures? Cool, us either.

'90s Party

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The '90s, like many decades before it, is a decade that people tend to get nostalgic about because that’s when they grew up. But because of the Internet, the same level of fetishization for one ten-year period has never existed on the same scale. For one night, let’s focus on things besides the fact that everyone used to watch Saved by the Bell

CEOs and Secretaries (and Similar Ideations)

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Inherent sexism and played-out-ness aside, CEOs and Secretaries parties require everyone attending to dress in business attire. And there's no better way to wind down from a long week work than wearing the same uncomfortable, semi soul-crushing clothes they spent all week in. And on that note…

'Sexy' Anything

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If you're past college age, you should also be past the idea that throwing a party is exclusively for folks to wear less/more revealing clothing. It's bound to make some folks uncomfortable. If people want to dress sexy, they will.

Santa Party

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Is it just us, or does requesting that everyone dress exactly the same kind of defeat the purpose of throwing a theme party to begin with? It's hard to bring anything creative to the “dressing like Santa” game.

Sponsored Product Parties

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If you're gathering a group of your closest friends in a room to guilt them into buying knock-off cookware and see if they might want to join a pyramid scheme, you're not so much throwing a party as you are kinda holding a perfectly nice group of people hostage.