Australian-Themed Party Ideas

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Australia may seem worlds away from America; it is, after all, the “Land Down Under” and takes nearly an entire day of just flying to reach the country. But Australia offers a variety of options for inspiration when planning a party. Guests arriving to your event will feel as if they’ve truly traveled to a far-flung land, without having to spend the day on an airplane, deal with airport security or rustle up their passports.

Name That Actor

Get guests’ brains exercising with a game of Name That Actor, featuring Australian-born famous folks. Some of the most known faces include Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton, Mel Gibson, Hugh Jackman, Heath Ledger, Geoffrey Rush, Toni Collette, Isla Fisher and Elle Macpherson.

Another option to help partygoers with their guesses if they seem stumped is to include a little bit of history or background for the actors, such as well-known movies or rolls they’ve played. Prior to the party, print out photos of the actors on 8 1/2-by-11 inch paper, then provide guests with note paper and pens. Flash the famous faces and let guests write down their guesses. The person who guesses the most correctly wins a small prize.

Reef-er Madness

Australia is home to one of the wonders of the world, the Great Barrier Reef, declared a World Heritage Site in 1981 and considered the world’s largest coral reef ecosystem.

For your Australian-themed party, you might not be able to take your guests to snorkel or scuba dive at the reef, but you can deck out your party to look like you’re there, under the water. Select a variety of blue for your decorations, plates, cups, streamers and balloons to look like the top surface of the water.

Add other decorations in the shape of starfish, turtles, dolphins and whales, which all make their home in the reef. Cluster bunches of yellow and pink balloons together to form the coral polyps that populate the reef.

Hop to It

The bouncing, upright, stomach-pocketed creature known as the kangaroo is indigenous to Australia, but a kangaroo-themed party might be just what you need to get party guests hopping. More than 60 species of kangaroo exist in Australia, including wallabies, wallaroos, potoroo, bettong and pademelons.

To bring a kangaroo theme to your party, print out large pictures of the different animals (and images of their babies, called joeys). You can create a quiz-show style game, where guests form teams to answer kangaroo trivia such as which kangaroo live in trees and how fast kangaroo can reproduce. Search party supply stores for kangaroo-emblazoned party goods such as cups, napkins and plates.