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Paper Theme Party - 23 Best DIY Ideas

Paper Theme Party - 23 Best DIY Ideas

Updated on: Jul 18, 2023

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

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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.

LOONELO Newspaper Tablecloth Cotton Linen Square Newspaper Printed Table Cloth with 35.4X35.4 inch,Washable Morden Style Table Cover for Dinner, Party, Picnic, Home Decor

1.MATERIAL: Washable cotton and linen, newspaper printed.
2.EASY TO CARE: Machine wash, cold, gentle cycle. Tumble dry low. Lightly iron if necessary.
3.WIDELY USED: Suitable for dinner table,coffee table,book desk,storage table etc,indoor,or picnic outdoor, party, picnic, home decor.
4.MUTI-SIZE FOR CHOOSING: Vitage and elegant,great idea to decorate your table.
5.FEATURES: Newspaper tablecloth cotton linen square Newspaper printed table cloth washable morden style table cover, non-slip, heat insulation. Easy to clean. Protecting your table with the durable table cloth.

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.

Coceca 12 Rolls 984ft Crepe Paper Streamers in 12 Colors for Rainbow Party Decorations Wedding Ceremony Birthday Indoor Decoration

Package contains 12 rolls of large sized Crepe Paper Streamers in 12 colors
Size: each roll width - 4.5cm, length - 82ft
Each roll of paper is neatly bundled, easy to unlock and easy to hang. With bright and saturated color
This set of elegant paper streamers is ideal for a variety of themed parties; Suitable for any DIY handicrafts, such as decorating your bedroom and so on
Our unique large size is very practical if you are holding large-scale activities. The length is enough and does not require splicing and so on

6. Tissue Paper Lanterns 

Purchase colorful paper lanterns to hang around the room.

LURICO 16 Pcs Colorful Paper Lanterns (Multicolor,Size of 4”, 6”, 8”, 10”) - Chinese/Japanese Paper Hanging Decorations Ball Lanterns Lamps for Home Decor, Parties, and Weddings

❤️ SETS CONTENT - Paper lanterns sets come with 16pcs colorful paper lanterns to hang up in your party, you can also insert a mini led light inside the lanterns and it will work perfect (mini led light not included)
❤️ VARIOUS SIZES & COLOR – LURICO 16 pcs colorful paper lanterns come with 8 bright colors , they size include 4”, 6”, 8” and 10”, each size include 2 colors, these color paper lanterns can give you a wide variety to make excellent backdrop or even just hung around the room
❤️ REUSABLE AND EASY TO ASSEMBLE – Made of sturdy quality tissue paper and metal supports, paper lanterns could easily be stored and used multiple times. Easy assembly required with instruction paper
❤️ PERFECT FOR – Multicolor paper lanterns are ideal for events such as weddings, baby shower, birthday, bbq,celebrations, room décor, bridal shower, easter, christmas, chinese new years, and general ambiance, decoration, celebration and other theme parties
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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

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8. Chinese Take-Out Boxes 

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

100% Recyclable 16oz White Chinese Take Out Boxes 50pk. Leakproof, Greaseproof To Go Containers For Restaurants, Event Parties Food Service. Best Value Bulk Pack Microwaveable and Stackable Meal Pails

ONE PIECE DESIGN KEEPS FOOD FRESH. The one-piece design helps keep food fresh by keeping heat in while still letting steam escape. They are microwave safe and can be used under a heat lamp.
CONTAIN FOODS WITH SAUCE FOR SPILL-FREE TRAVEL. The restaurant-grade lining is leak and grease resistant to make sure that your customers can get their food home without issue and that it keeps hot, cold, wet, or dry foods fresh and ready to eat.
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MULTIPURPOSE BOX FOR FOOD OR FUN. Our boxes can be used as traditional take out boxes, or you can branch out and use them for wedding favors, craft boxes, candy holders, or to give small gifts.
BUY IN BULK AND SAVE. Save money by stocking up with our 50 pack of stackable carry out boxes.

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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.

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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. 

MotBach 120 Pcs Brown Kraft Paper Disposable Recyclable Eco-friendly Food Serving Boats Take Out Food Trays Party Supplies for Tacos, Nachos, Crawfish, French Fries

Package includes 120 pcs karft food seving boat, enough for your various needs.These 2 lb paper food trays are 6 1/2" x 4 5/8"x 1 3/4"
Made of premium quality kraft paper, durable, eco-friendly, safe to health, disposable for easy clean up, perfect restaurant and party supplies
Suitable for dinner, banquets, party, picnics, BBQ, small dining, catering, housewarming, potluck, home daily use, restaurant, hotel, bar, office events and other places
Our food trays are great food serving bowls to take out and hold tacos, nachos, crawfish, french fries, hot dogs, burgers and other small food items
Free you from unnecessary time and effort of washing dishes after parties, save a lot of time and effort, sturdy enough to hold party appetizers

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Paper Theme Party Favors

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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.

American Greetings Single Panel Blank Cards with Envelopes, Rainbow Colors (200-Count)

200 single panel cards and 200 colored envelopes
Note cards are solid color on both sides and are blank for your personal message
Flat note cards measure 4 in. X 5.25 in. and do not fold open
Cards and envelopes come in red, pink, orange, yellow, bright green, teal, blue and purple; 25 of each color. Mix and match note cards and envelopes to create a vibrant and colorful experience
Perfect for thank-you notes, thinking-of-you notes, gift enclosures, teacher notes, employee appreciation and other special messages

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Paper Party Activities and Games

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 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.


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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University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

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