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Fun and Festive Party Theme Ideas for November

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, November is the perfect time to gather friends and family together for a party. It marks the beginning of the holiday season with Thanksgiving and early Christmas preparations starting to take center stage. Along with these popular holidays, November also has a variety of other National Days that can inspire a unique and fun party theme.

Whether you want to celebrate the changing colors of fall or just enjoy some quality time with loved ones, a themed party can make any gathering more festive. Here we will share some fun and creative ideas for November party themes that are sure to make your guests feel right at home. So grab a pumpkin spice latte and get ready to be inspired!

Friendsgiving Feast

Friendsgiving has become a popular tradition in recent years, with friends gathering together to celebrate Thanksgiving a few days or weeks before the actual holiday. To throw a Friendsgiving party, encourage guests to bring their favorite Thanksgiving dish or drink, and have a potluck-style meal. You can also set up a DIY photo booth with Thanksgiving-themed props like pilgrim hats and turkey hats.

Thanksgiving Dinner

Black Friday Brunch

For those who love to shop, a Black Friday Brunch can be a fun way to fuel up before hitting the stores. Set up a mimosa bar and offer breakfast foods like pancakes, waffles, and eggs. Encourage guests to wear comfortable clothes and bring their shopping lists so they can hit the stores after brunch.

Early Christmas Cookie Swap

Get a head start on Christmas baking with an Early Christmas Cookie Swap party. Ask guests to bring a batch of their favorite Christmas cookies and exchange them with other guests. Set up a hot cocoa bar and offer toppings like marshmallows and peppermint sticks. To make it extra festive, encourage guests to wear their favorite ugly Christmas sweater.

World Vegan Day Potluck

November 1st is World Vegan Day, so why not celebrate by throwing a vegan potluck party? Encourage guests to bring their favorite vegan dish or dessert, and set up a DIY vegan hot chocolate station. You can also include a vegan recipe exchange and encourage guests to bring copies of their favorite vegan recipes to share.

National Candy Day Party

November 4th is National Candy Day, so why not throw a candy-themed party? Set up a candy bar with a variety of sweets like gummy bears, chocolate bars, and candy corn. Offer candy-inspired cocktails and mocktails, and have guests come in their favorite candy-themed attire. You can even set up a candy-making station where guests can make their own candy creations.

Sweets and Candy Charcuterie Board

National Nachos Day Fiesta

November 6th is National Nachos Day, so why not throw a Mexican-inspired fiesta? Set up a DIY nacho bar with a variety of toppings like jalapenos, black beans, and guacamole. Offer Southwest-style cocktails and margaritas and decorate the space with colorful sombreros and ponchos. You can also organize a piñata filled with Mexican-inspired treats like churros and dulce de leche.

National Vanilla Cupcake Day Celebration

November 10th is National Vanilla Cupcake Day, so why not celebrate with a cupcake-themed bash? Set up a cupcake decorating station with a variety of frostings and toppings like sprinkles, edible glitter, and candy. Offer classic vanilla cupcakes as well as unique flavors like pumpkin spice and chai tea latte. You can also include a cupcake-eating contest and encourage guests to dress up in their favorite cupcake-inspired costume.

National Sundae Day

November 11th is National Sundae Day, so why not have an ice cream social? Set up an ice cream sundae bar with a variety of toppings like chocolate syrup, peanut butter cups, and candied nuts. Offer classic flavors like vanilla and chocolate as well as unique flavors like caramel apple and pumpkin spice. You can even organize an ice cream-eating contest and award the winner with a prize.

Ice Cream Sundae

Fall Harvest Party

Celebrate the bounty of the fall harvest with a harvest festival theme. Decorate with hay bales, corn stalks, and pumpkins for a rustic feel. Serve up seasonal treats like apple cider, pumpkin pie, and caramel apples, and have games like bobbing for apples or a pumpkin carving contest for some interactive fun.

National Princess Day

November 18th is National Princess Day, so why not have a princess-themed celebration? Encourage guests to dress up in their favorite princess costumes and decorate the space with pink and purple decorations. Serve up sweet treats like cupcakes, cookies, and cake pops, and offer mocktails fit for a princess. You can even organize a photo booth with props like tiaras, glittery wands and crowns for some fun snaps.

Thanksgiving Potluck

Invite your friends and family over for a Thanksgiving potluck party. Ask each guest to bring their favorite dish or dessert and set up a self-serve buffet of classic holiday dishes like turkey, mashed potatoes, and stuffing. Create a festive atmosphere with traditional Thanksgiving decorations and offer seasonal drinks like pumpkin spice lattes and mulled cider. Have guests play interactive games like charades or trivia, or organize a pie-eating contest for some added fun.

Thanksgiving family dinner

National Cake Day Party

November 26th is National Cake Day, so why not celebrate with a fun-filled cake party? Set up a DIY cake bar with a variety of frostings and toppings like sprinkles, candy pieces, and marshmallows. Offer a selection of classic cakes like vanilla, chocolate and red velvet as well as unique flavors like key lime and coconut. You can also play interactive games like cake decorating or a cake-eating contest for some added fun.

National Day of Giving

November 27th is National Day of Giving, so why not organize a charity event to give back to your community. Set up donation stations and ask guests to bring non-perishable food items or clothing donations for those less fortunate. Serve up light refreshments like tea and cookies, and have meaningful conversations about the impact of giving back to those in need.

Or you can organize a gift swap party. Have every guest bring a wrapped or unwrapped gift and let everyone take turns picking gifts. You can also organize games like Secret Santa or White Elephant to add some extra fun. Don’t forget to have festive food and drinks, too—think eggnog, spiced cider, gingerbread cookies, and more!

National French Toast Day

National French Toast Day is also in November, so why not celebrate with a French toast-themed brunch? Offer classic flavors like cinnamon and nutmeg as well as unique recipes like pumpkin French toast or stuffed French toast. Set up a toppings bar with maple syrup, honey, jam, and whipped cream for guests to choose from. You can also organize a French toast-eating contest and award the winner with a prize.

Football Party

If you’re a sports fan, there’s no better way to spend a fall afternoon than cheering on your favorite team with friends at a football party. Serve up classic game-day snacks like buffalo wings and nachos, and have a football-themed décor like turf placemats and team-colored balloons.

Football Party Food

Pumpkin Party

If you’re a fan of all things pumpkin, this theme is for you! From pumpkin spice lattes to pumpkin carving, there are endless festive ways to celebrate this fall staple. Ask guests to bring their favorite pumpkin-themed dish, and provide a pumpkin carving station for some added fun.

Masquerade Ball

With Halloween behind us, a masquerade ball is a fun way to keep the spirit of dressing up alive. Encourage guests to wear masks and dress to the nines, and decorate the party space with dramatic black and gold décor. Serve up elevated hors d’oeuvres and signature cocktails for a truly decadent feel.

Masquerade party

Fall Foliage

Embrace the beauty of the season with a fall foliage theme. Decorate with natural elements like leaves, acorns, and mini pinecones, and serve seasonal produce like butternut squash soup and roasted root veggies. Add some cozy blankets and candles for a warm atmosphere and encourage guests to take a walk outside to take in the fall colors.

Campfire Party

If you have a fire pit or outdoor space, a campfire party is a fun way to enjoy the crisp autumn air. Serve up s’mores, hot cocoa, and mulled wine and encourage guests to bring their own blankets and camping chairs. Set up a guitar or bring a Bluetooth speaker for some music and singalongs.

Giving Thanks

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, a giving thanks party is a great way to celebrate the season of gratitude. Have guests write down something they are thankful for, and display them on a gratitude board or tree. Play some fun games such as a Gratitude Scavenger Hunt. Serve up classic Thanksgiving dishes like turkey and stuffing, and decorate with autumn leaves and pumpkins.

Graditude Scavenger Hunt

No matter what theme you choose, a November party is the perfect way to embrace the season’s festivities and bring family and friends together. With Thanksgiving, early Christmas, and a variety of National Days to inspire unique and fun party themes. Whether you’re celebrating with friends or family, there’s a party theme that can fit any style and taste. So get creative and have fun!

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