Parties used to be pretty predictable things. Some drinks, some nibbles, some music, some fancy outfits. Perhaps a party game or two. After a while, like anything predictable, they got boring. So thank heavens for themed events – the modern party craze that makes today’s shindig as unique as its host’s imagination.
Themed events are to parties what Cecil B. DeMille pictures were to shadow puppetry. All-singing, all-dancing, super-lavish affairs in which attention has been paid to the tiniest detail. Turning parties into themed events makes them an experience, rather than a simple gathering: imagine, for example, a fully-staged Arthurian hall, complete with serving ladies, magicians, flickering torches and medieval food.
The guests are dressed in doublet and hose; real mead is being poured from metal flagons. A band of minstrels plucks a tune in the gallery. Themed events are like miniature plays – evening-long excursions into a fully-realized world.