73 Theme Ideas for Your Gala

Choosing an interesting theme for your gala results in several benefits. It makes your event stand out among supporters, focuses your decision-making, engages attendees with interactive elements, and provides a cohesive feel for the evening.

Here are some theme ideas to get you started. Hopefully you find one that fits your audience, but don’t be afraid to go out on a limb with a creative idea of your own. It will make your event one-of-a-kind!

The Classics

1. Casino

2. Masquerade

3. Carnival

4. Disco

5. Safari

6. Arabian Nights

7. Mardi Gras

Pop Culture

8. James Bond

9. Star Wars

10. Star Trek

11. Nineties Sitcoms

12. The Great Gatsby

13. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

14. SNL Characters

15. Video Games

16. Grease

17. Wizard of Oz

18. Game of Thrones

19. The Love Boat

20. Superheroes

21. Willy Wonka

22. The Twilight Zone

23. Bonnie and Clyde

24. Disney

25. Cartoons

26. Candyland

Eras

27. The Eighties

28. Roaring Twenties

29. Hippie Movement

30. Wild West

31. Medieval Times

32. Prohibition (Speak-easy)

33. Toga

34. Shakespearean

35. Jurassic

Settings

36. Winter Wonderland

37. Pool Party

38. Beach

39. Summer Camp

40. Hoe Down

41. Outdoor BBQ

42. Under the Sea

43. Outer Space

44. Prom

45. Jungle

46. Camping

47. Secret Garden

48. Movie Theater

49. Back to School

Fashion

50. Boots & Bowties

51. Country

52. Blue Jeans

53. Preppy

54. Black & White

55. Heavy Metal

Destinations

56. Paris

57. New York City

58. Las Vegas

59. Hollywood

60. Bollywood

61. Seven Wonders of the World

Activities

62. Game Night

63. Trivia Night

64. Cooking School

65. Murder Mystery

66. Magic

67. Olympics

Miscellaneous

68. Classic Cars

69. Mythical Creatures

70. People in History

71. Pirates

72. Unicorns

73. Something beginning with (pick a letter)

Alex McDonald is the Director of Experiences for TravelPledge. He is passionate about helping non-profits exceed their auction goals.

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