Themed Party Ideas for Your Next Shindig

So you’re throwing a shindig—but you don’t want it to be any ordinary soiree. You want this fete to make an impression, which is why you should consider a themed party. There’s just something fun about each guest dressing in a similar fashion, and it makes for great photo ops, too. If you’re brainstorming themed party ideas for your next shindig, read on.

Go For the Whole Nine

A golf themed party is fun and easy. Think funny hats, bright colors, argyle socks, and skorts or pantaloons. What’s great about this type of theme is its DIY nature—no costume necessary. Gamers will love Putt Putt Bowling, Putter Pool (throw out a mobile putting green and have people make bets), and “Guess How Many Tees Are in This Jar”. It might sound juvenile but games up the ante on any party, both literally and figuratively. 

As for food and drink inspiration, Pinterest is your ace in the hole. From golf-themed food like the CHIP shot (just chips and dip, really) and golf club sandwiches to golf-themed drinks like the traditional Arnold Palmer (non-alcoholic), the John Daly (with vodka), and these super cute golf-themed jello shots, we could go on “fore” ever. 

Throw a Party for the Decades

Parties that include clothes, music, and other things from certain eras are always a blast. Of course, there’s the roaring ‘20s (think Great Gatsby and flapper dresses) and the ‘50s (think poodle skirts, Grease, and “The Fonz”). 1970s parties are easy, as you can go with a hippie theme, with guests coming in bell-bottomed pants, white go-go boots with mini dresses, and flower headbands. Dudes can wear tie-dyed shirts, jeans, and a vest—it doesn’t get much easier than that. But the most popular decades for parties have to be the ‘80s and ‘90s.

Ahhh, the 80s. They were, like, totally awesome, right? Whether you agree with that statement or you’re thinking, “Gag me with a spoon,” an ‘80s party never disappoints. Go with ‘80s costumes from Tipsy Elves for things like gold and silver stretch pants, neon v-neck tees, or a totally rad “I’m a Unicorn” shirt. You can also surely rifle through your own closet for plenty of ways to create your own ‘80s getup. Take your soon-to-be-trash to 80s couture in no time flat. Turn socks into fingerless gloves, take the scissors to an old sweatshirt, create your own leg warmers, or simply get every single bracelet you own and put it on! Of course, half the magic of an ‘80s party is in the music, so make sure to blare that “Come On, Eileen”, okay?

It’s hard to argue which was worse for fashion—the ‘80s or the ‘90s. With its eternal fascination with all things grunge, however, we’d almost have to go with the ‘90s. That said, it still makes for a super fun decade party, and finding clothes to wear couldn’t be easier. Grab a trendy flannel from Trendy and Tipsy, some baggy jeans, and top the outfit off with a pair of Dr. Martens and you’re good to go. Of course, you and your buddy could always do a Wayne’s World thing, as that’d be surely good for some laughs. For better or worse, overalls would also be an option and, of course, all things Adidas. As for music, we must insist that your playlist include “Genie in a Bottle”, “Ice Ice Baby”, and “Smells Like Teen Spirit”. After that, you’re on your own.

A Soiree for All Seasons

When it comes down to it, the possibilities for themed parties are endless, but this has to be one of our favorites, especially because seasonal parties are easy to throw and dress for. Of course, you’d likely choose the season that you’re in, with our favorite being a Winter Wonderland party. Costumes would run the gamut from Santa Claus and his many elves to ski clothes and snowflakes. With fake snow, homemade hanging pompoms, and basically all things covered in white, decorations for this wonderful winter party would be super easy. And, with slow cooker comfort food for your main dish, snowflake cookies for dessert, and hot chocolate (spiked or not!), food and drinks would be a breeze, too.

Follow our themed party ideas for your next shindig and your reign as “Hostess With the Mostess” (or host) could span many decades. 


Eco-Brands We Love: Saressa Designs

As a clothing designer I look for jewelry that will not only enhance my designs but become a part of it. A final touch of elegance to finish off the look. A piece that is also bold enough to stand alone but simple enough to blend. This is what I love about Saressa Designs, the indie line offers beautifully hand-crafted jewelry that combines minimalist, elegant, rustic, and soft statement approach. 

Saressa Designs was launched in 2004 by designer Rachel Hughes. The name is inspired by her love of butterflies and their uniqueness, Saressa means “butterfly princess.”

She hand crafts everything from necklaces, rings, earrings, and bracelets. Designs are a mix of custom cut gemstones into geometric shapes wrapped in her signature style with high quality metal to create one-of-a-kind statement pieces. The jewelry is versatile for all types of occasions. I love that you can layer the jewelry together yet interesting enough alone. 

It's no wonder the talent at Saressa has been noticed by celebrities like Blake Lively. Saressa is a fresh and unique approach to accessorizing.  

Check out more of what designer Rachel can create. 

I'm wearing the Druzy Baby Bar here
The Valkyrie Necklace here

A couple of my other favorites:

ALL the bracelets
Long Oval Druzy Ring

Follow her instagram for swoon-worthy designs. 


DIY Pinterest Board Contest

 Since starting Trash to Couture in 2010 my goal has always been to inspire creativity. That's why I'm excited to partner with ShirtSpace to host a giveaway for you young artists!
We want you to show us your favorite DIY and eco-conscious Back to School projects on Pinterest! This contest is an easy way for you to show your creativity, get some great back to school ideas, and to gain a chance at winning an awesome prize. The winner of the ShirtSpace Pinterest giveaway will be chosen at random and will receive a $250 ShirtSpace gift card and a DIY kit from Trash to Couture of your choice. 

1. Create a Pinterest pinboard of your favorite back to school DIY projects. These projects may include clothing, accessories, crafts, and anything else that inspires you to make the new school year a blast.

2. On your pinboard, also include your favorite pins from pinterest.com/shirtspace/ and pinterest.com/laurapifer/. Include at least one pin from each board.

3. Use the ShirtSpace giveaway pinnable image as the main photo on your pinboard. Name your pinboard “Back to School DIY Projects.” 

4. Finally, upload the completed pinboard’s URL to the Google Form HERE. Make sure to fill out the rest of the form in detail!

That’s it! We look forward to seeing all of your submissions! Have fun and have a great school year!


Threads for Thought: My Spirit Brand

 Threads for Thought is a lifestyle brand that uses sustainable materials, low impact dyes, and manufacturing that is done in ethical factories. They even recycle your old T4T clothing. If I were to have a "spirit brand" it would be Threads for Thought. From active wear to wardrobe essentials, they have the modern day gal covered. Designs that feature interesting details, enough for you to stand out but also practical for the day ahead. This is what I look for in a brand.

 Threads for Thought has all the essentials I need for my active, busy days. Check out how I get through the days with my "spirit brand."

For me I like to rise and grind before the sun rises, it sets my day off to a good start and energizes me for the rest of the day. My preferred form of movement is running outside on the many Boulder, CO trails.  Threads for Thought has all the Active Wear essentials you’ll need no matter what type of activity you do. Post workout essentials to cover up with a hoody or tee for a quick coffee or grocery store run.

I’m a mother of 3 boys so my days are constant activity, from getting them off to school to after school sports and everything in between. Once my older two boys are off to school my day is taking care of my 8 month old son Louis.  I prefer to be at home with him which means I work when he is sleeping. I call it the “baby nap hours.”
I need clothing that makes me feel put together enough to run errands, house work, park, meetings, and then carry over into post school activities with the “big boys” 

We don't retire early, evenings are a mix of sports and photo shoots for Trash to Couture. We usually cook but if it’s late we enjoy the night life Boulder or Louisville, CO has to offer. I usually go for something easy enough to slip into but feel put together. T4T has great jersey dresses you can rock with a leather jacket and boots or dress down with denim and joggers like this Kai Dress

Late evenings for me are editing photos, writing content, designing, sewing, and all that it takes to run Trash to Couture. 

Now all I need is a "team no sleep" shirt. 

Like I said, my “spirit brand.”

Use Code: LAURA40 and get 40% off site wide
Offer good 9/19/16 - 10/19/16


DIY Knotted Kimono

I designed this knotted kimono to be a versatile piece I could transition from beach/pool cover up to day and night. It’s an easy-to-wear silhouette that can be worn for many occasions. Follow the simple tutorial here where I partner with Bernina's We All Sew blog make your own. 


DIY: Cold Shoulder Hemp Knit

As a designer it’s now more important than ever I create my clothing using organic fabrics. The fabric industry is the third most polluting industry in the world and it’s time to stop the waste. 

Many hear the word organic and usually think food, but did you know that fabric can be organic too? It’s just as important to pay attention to our fabric choices like it is the food we eat. It doesn’t mean you have to make all your clothing using organic fabrics, but you should invest in companies that do make clothing from organic fabrics. Why? Well thanks to Organic Cotton Plus they have all the information you need on this topic.

 Many don’t understand how fabrics can be organic and why?

What is "organic cotton?"
“Organic cotton is grown using methods and materials that have a low impact on the environment. Organic cotton is grown without the use of toxic pesticides and synthetic fertilizers."

Not only are they creating fabrics the right way, Organic Cotton Plus is the only online fabric retailer that has been able to achieve a GOTS certification. "GOTS is the "green" standard to which Organic Cotton Textiles are produced." 

Organic Cotton Plus isn’t just cotton, they have a variety of other materials like hemp which is something I’ve been interested in trying. I chose their hemp knit in black for this DIY tutorial. What I like is it’s a heavier knit but still soft and perfect for fall and winter projects. 

In this tutorial I show you how to make a patterns from already made clothing into a turtleneck, split side seam hem, and open shoulder cut outs. 

Organic Cotton Plus has a wide varitey of notions from thread, zippers, lace and eco-dyed trims, hemp cording, webbing and more. It’s a one stop shop for me. 
2 yards hemp knit

DIY below…


DIY: Beaded Cut Out Tshirt

Edge up the basic tee with this simple DIY Cut Out neckline I designed with cylinder beads
DIY tutorial below: