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Paper Theme Party - 23 Best DIY Ideas

Paper Theme Party

Updated on: Feb 18, 2024

Cover your party with paper in every aspect of the event with a paper theme party -- from the decorations to the menu, to the party favors! This is one of the many benefits of using such a flexible element as a party theme; paper can be used in hundreds of fun ways. Especially at a venue like a Gender Reveal! Below are some ideas for a paper theme party such as decorations, menu ideas, party favors, games, and even confetti favors to get you started. Get creative and have some fun with paper at your party!

Paper Theme Party Decorations

1. Newspaper Headlines

To label areas of the party or to make signs that will hang around the room, cut giant letters from the newspaper to form theme-fitting phrases.

2. Newspaper Tablecloths

Purchase or combine pages of newspaper together to form recyclable tablecloths.

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3. Paper Chain Streamers

Link strips of paper together to make paper chains that can hang as streamers. You could also purchase paper pom poms. These could also be turned into chain curtains that drop down from the doorways.

4. Origami Pieces

Decorate the party room with little origami statues-- this will really dress up the area and impress your guests!

5. Paper Flower Arrangements

Create tissue paper or crepe paper flowers, and place them in a vase to create floral arrangements for the party.

6. Tissue Paper Lanterns

Purchase colorful paper lanterns to hang around the room.

7. Newspaper Wall Covering

Collage the walls with pages from the newspaper. Covering the whole room in paper will really make the room pop!

Paper Theme Party Food Ideas

8. Chinese Take-Out Boxes

Serve food out of Chinese take-out containers or use them as the packaging for gift bags/party favors!

9. Lunch Bags

Fill brown paper bags with different snacks (ie popcorn, pretzels, ice cream cakes or candy) for guests to eat while they mingle. These can also be used as instant gift bags. Be sure to be mindful of costs when it comes to the snacks you want to put in those bags.

Paper Lunch Bags, Paper Grocery Bags, Durable Kraft Paper Bags, Pack Of 500 Bags (3 LB, Brown)

PERFECT SIZE: 4.75 x 2.93 x 8.56 in. FDA compliant. Very nice for used as party bags for snacks, popcorn bar, candy bar, goodie and etc.
Square bottom make this snack lunch bag could STAND ALONE and be PACKED EASILY.There is No Laminated Poly Liner, so these paper lunch bags are only suitable for carrying the dry food.
FLAT BLANK FINISH. The kraft lunch bags are undecorated, you could decorate these bags with drawing, coloring and etc for different purpose, or you could staple your business card or stamp the outside of the bag with your logo on them.
Culinware kraft paper lunch bags are BIO-DEGRADABLE and RECYCLABLE. No peculiar smell and look a lot classier than giving customers those plastic bags
MULTIPLE USES: Not only a wedding bags, but also perfect for holding your food deliver, bread, sandwich, a package of lunch sacks. Besides, it's good for a craft project and even used as the poop bags for the family pets.

10. Doily Appetizers

Serve bite-size snacks on paper doilies for a decorative way to hand out appetizers.

150 Pack Round Lace Paper Doilies for Food, Cake, Crafts, 3 Assorted Sizes (White, 6.5, 8.5, and 10.5 Inch)

Use the decorative paper doilies to serve cake, pastries, cookies, cupcakes, desserts, and appetizers; perfect tablescape decor for birthdays, bridal showers, wedding reception, and tea parties
Multi-Purpose: The doilies for crafts can also be used activities like scrapbooking, collages, handmade cards, and invitations
Elegant Display: Each decorative paper doily features scalloped edges that help compliment your food and desserts
3 Assorted Sizes: The round paper doilies come in 3 different sizes: 6.5 inches, 8.5 inches, and 10.5 inches in diameter
What's Included: You will receive 150 pieces of white doilies

11. Paper Serving Boats

Besides the obvious choice to use paper plates and bowls, you can use paper hot dog boats to serve food as well.

Paper Theme Party Favors

Paper Decoration

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12. Origami ‘How To’ Book

Send your guests home with their own origami guide to help them get creative with paper. There's plenty of great beginner books that you can refer to.

13. Origami

Take the paper crafting into your own hands and make some personalized origami for your guests to take home!

14. Fun Notebooks

Gather up some notebooks with interesting designs or theme-relevant messages on them for guests to take home.

15. Stationary

Buy stationery that fits your party theme or customize blank stationery to show your guests your appreciation and to remind them of your paper theme party.

Paper Party Activities and Games

16. Origami Lessons

Print directions so that you can teach your guests, or get a professional to come and teach an origami how-to seminar. Your guests will walk out with a new skill set and a handful of mini paper swans.

17. Modge Podge Station

Provide all the necessary supplies for guests to modge podge boxes, notebooks, frames, and other items. Look for a variety of paper designs, magazines, and scrapbooking supplies. Parties that have fun activities will always be remembered!

18. Paper Fashion Show

Have your guests dress up in homemade paper outfits at the party, and host a competition a la Paper Project Runway!

19. Personalized Paper Dolls

Turn strips of paper into individualized paper dolls for the attending guests. You can use them as place setters at the party and then let the guests take them home afterward.

20. Photo Booth Wall

Leave a Polaroid camera out, and encourage guests to take a photo to post to a designated wall. Or hire a photo booth for the occasion! Your guests can leave a message next to their photos. This will be a good way to remember the paper costumes, hats, and all the fun of the party!

21. Paper Hats

Set up a station for each guest to make their own hat to wear around the party. You can hold a competition to see who makes the best hat at your theme party.

22. Scavenger Hunt

Create a scavenger hunt through the paper using different colors of cardstock. Make up the clues so they center around the paper, as well. It will really help to keep the party on the theme.

23. Paper Plane Contest

Have all your guests make different paper airplanes and see whose flies the farthest! It'll remind everyone of their playground days.

Paper Theme Party: Conclusion

Now you know a paper theme party can be one of the most creative parties you have yet to do. From menus to activities, this theme is sure to cause amusement and overall enjoyment for all your guests. We hope this list helps you with what you were looking for. We look forward to seeing what your imagination can create!

Written by Jessica McNellis; Contributors: Isabel Tenney and Jack Leduc

Isabel Tenney

Dwight Global Online School

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