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Top 10 Homecoming Themes


Get ready to dance with the best! These top-trending themes are sure to be a hit at homecoming!

1. Through the Decades

Decade dances never go out of style! Get down with tunes from the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. Consider purchasing a theme kit from the nifty fifties to the neon nineties to save time and money. Or, go a la carte with a large array of individual party props, including peace signs, backgrounds and jukeboxes. Hang shimmering and brightly-colored fabrics from the ceiling and walls to quickly transform your venue into a thing of the past. Decorate with chandeliers, disco balls, and colorful balloons. The best part about a decade party is the wide selection of wearables! Get in character with tie dye, mullet wigs and sweet shades! Set up a photo booth with stand-ins and backdrops for a fun activity. Personalize favors for students to take home so they’ll remember their blast from the past!

2. Fifties

Ah, the best decade on record. Turn back time to the days of diners, sock hops and poodle skirts. Rock around the clock with a convenient set of decorations from the fabulous fifties. If you’d rather, hand-select props like diners, hot rods and palm trees. Create your own backdrops with fifties-inspired fabrics in blue, red and black-and-white check; layer with metallic curtains or floral sheeting for a fun photo op. Provide guests apparel like scarves, boas, soda jerk hats and sunglasses. Decorate from floor to ceiling with luminescent columns, garland, tissue poms and string lights. Send your guests home in their roadsters with a 50s memento.

3. Western

Yee-haw! Your guests will go wild for a western boot scootin’ boogie! Greet guests with a banner and boot balloon arch. Then, set the scene for the night with a prop kit, complete with straw bales, a covered wagon, fence, signs, jail and more! Or, pick out each prop, if you wish: barn doors, cornstalks and cacti. You can even add fake grass to the floor! Put snacks on tables covered with burlap, gingham and plaid fabric. Fill in the details with décor like tin buckets, lanterns and rope. Scatter western photo stand-ins for all your wild cowboys and cowgirls to take a pic. Another option would be to create a special photo area with personalized backdrops; don’t forget the props! Finally, give your buckaroos a swag bag with all the western fixins.

4. Hollywood

Lights, camera, action! Roll out the red carpet for a "reel" good time. Greet guests with a large, 3D clapboard personalized with your school name, homecoming slogan and date. Upon arrival, make sure everyone has a boa or sunglasses to look the part of a movie star. Try a theme kit for easy decorating, or hand-pick one-by-one; you’ll need rope railings, the paparazzi, popcorn props and red, black and gold fabrics. Set up award-winning tables covered with movie star sidewalk table runners and movie camera centerpieces. Let the stars have a moment with the paparazzi in a photo booth with a personalized background and lots of balloons. End the night by passing out Hollywood-themed swag bags. Everyone will leave feeling famous!

5. Carnival

Come one, come all! Get ready for some fun with a festive carnival theme! Hang red, yellow and white fabrics from the ceiling using a wire base to create a tent effect. For props, consider a complete decorating kit that includes a ticket booth, ferris wheel and more! Greet guests with a banner, tickets and party hats! Scatter about balloons and standees. Choose from games like ring toss, Prize Punch, bean bag toss and Plink Disk Drop. And what could be better than carnival food? Hot dogs and popcorn, anyone? End the festivities with a winning favor for all. That’s the ticket!

6. Glow

Glow crazy this homecoming with a glow-in-the-dark party! Our neon and light-up props are perfect for creating a fun atmosphere: inflatable arches, lighted cubes, backgrounds and columns. Or, glow big with an all-in-one set of decorations. Do-up the ceiling with colorful paper lanterns and tissue poms. Sprinkle in bright balloons, some filled with helium and some scattered on the floor to be tossed around. Now get your guests to glow with wearables and glow sticks. These are great for photo booths and can be given away as favors. Create a relaxation station where students can sit down, get something to drink and have a snack. You can even get tableware that lights up! Now there’s a bright idea!

7. Candy

Sweeten up your homecoming with a candy theme! Start with a banner, lollipop walkway and personalized arch so your guests can make an entrance! You need lots and lots of candy props, like lollipops, candy bears and hard candies. Layer in balloons for an affordable way to add color. Next, you’ll definitely need a photo booth! Use a customized background or add bright gossamer to a fabric frame; hang tissue fans, balls and poms. Not much time? Try a theme kit for a convenient mix of décor. Create a space for guests to take a break and eat some gumballs and chocolate lollipops. Cover tables with bright table covers and table top-its. End the night by giving guests a sweet picture frame. Feel the sugar rush!

8. Fairytale

Once upon a time doesn’t have to be far away! Make magic from the storybooks come to life with a fairytale theme! This is perfect for homecoming since you’ll be crowning royalty at the dance. Decorating is a cinch with so many large castle and carriage props. Create pathways with aisle runners and balloon arches. Add in some glittering and magical décor like chandeliers, roses and stars. There are so many regal fabrics you could tent from the ceiling, attach to the walls or use alongside a wire frame to make a photo booth. Your tableware décor can be just as elegant, and personalized too! One more crowning detail: the lighting! Consider fairy berries, curtain string lights and pretty white tea lights. Now you’re ready to party like princes and princesses!

9. Masquerade

Your masked and mysterious guests will love this classy theme of shimmer and jewel tones. Our exclusive kits are a must-have for a masquerade motif; get all the coordinating props and décor staples you need, including mask standees, arches, columns, garland, and more! Add sparkle to the ceiling with a chandelier. Once guests arrive, make sure to give everyone a mask or necklace. These will be great to use for photo ops! Create a personalized photo background, or make your own with paper and fabric. Now set up a treat table with gold, black, red, purple and silver décor. Another idea would be to decorate cocktail tables so students can stand and talk while they munch. When the night is done, send everyone home with a swag bag! What a ball!

10. Mardi Gras

Put metallic magic in the air with this theme straight out of the Big Easy. Have some fun with gold, green and purple decor. Quickly transform your venue into Bourbon Street with the ultimate set of decorations: building standees, personalized arches, sparkly columns and mask standees. Embellish with a dangling chandelier, tissue fans, and balloons. Guests will need a place to relax and grab a sweet snack, so add some Mardi Gras madness to your tables. Another good opportunity to take a break from dancing would be a photo booth! This set of thrones makes for a great photo op! If you’d like to reserve that for the coronation, you could always make your own backdrop with paper, bead curtains and fabric. Don’t forget to give everyone a wearable like a mask, beads or a boa; make these their favors, or give them the parting gift of a Mardi Gras picture frame. Now get out there and make some masquerade memories!

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