A dinner dance is a formal evening social event. It can be a romantic interlude or a lively group dance.
Traditionally, couples have their first dance after dinner service. However, this has started to become less common.
- Greek Mythology
Greek mythology is a popular source of inspiration for dinner and dance themes. From the awe-inspiring epic poem, Homer’s Odyssey, to the thrilling adventures of Theseus and the Minotaur, there are many ways you can incorporate Greek mythology into your event.
The Musai, or Muses, were goddesses of music, song and dance. They were assigned specific artistic spheres: Kalliope (Calliope), epic poetry; Kleio, history; Ourania, astronomy; Polymnia, religious hymns; Erato, lyric poetry; Euterpe, erotic poetry; Terpsikhore, choral song and dance.
- Back to School
Back-to-school dinner and dance themes are a great way to get your guests excited about coming together again. This is especially true if the theme features a personalised photo booth.
For a memorable event, plan it well in advance! Think ahead to make sure you have the equipment (including inflatables, dunk tanks, and tents) you need.
- Snow White
One of the most iconic Disney Princesses, Snow White is the perfect subject for this dinner. She is sweet, compassionate and lovable.
However, her kindness and generosity can get her into trouble. This is most apparent when her evil stepmother tries to poison her.
During the 1990s, Crawford Productions and Action Time teamed up to bring us the TV version of this classic board game. Rather than play the game in a pub, studio audiences were treated to a high-octane murder mystery complete with all the bells and whistles.
The big question is, what can you do to replicate the Cluedo experience for your own ghouls and goblins?
- Music Theme
Whether you’re hosting a formal cocktail hour or a dance party, music is an essential element of the event. You can choose to hire a band for the evening or create your own playlist of upbeat tunes.
For this theme, invite your colleagues to dress up as their favourite musical artist. It’s a great way to get to know each other better.
- Cruise Ship
There’s no shortage of dining options on a cruise. There are free venues like the buffet and poolside grills, plus specialty and fast-casual eateries with a wide range of offerings.
You’ll also find the main dining rooms on most cruises. These large banquet-style spaces are often the most impressive of all. On a large ship, you’ll be assigned to a particular room for dinner; on a small one, you can choose which one you want on any given night.
- Winter Wonderland
A winter wonderland is the perfect theme for a dinner and dance party. Guests can get dressed up in their finest gowns and silver crowns while dancing to holiday tunes.
Triton Productions transformed the ballroom at NYBG into a snowy winter wonderland for the InterContinental Hotel Make-A-Wish Foundation’s annual fund-raiser. Guests were treated to a caviar on ice dinner and a DJ performance.
- Back to the Future
Back to the Future is a classic, and one that spawned a whole generation of time-traveling heroes. And while the film may seem a bit dated on its surface, it has plenty of pop culture references that make it a timeless classic.
One of these pop culture references is Alan Silvestri’s score to Back to the Future. His rhythmically driven scores to CHiPs and Romancing the Stone led Zemeckis to offer him a chance to write an orchestral score for Back to the Future.
- Back to the 80s
A dinner and dance party is the perfect opportunity to reminisce about all things ’80s. This decade was known for its bold fashion trends, experimental music, and new technology.
For your ’80s dinner and dance, choose songs that are on the softer side of the musical spectrum. These songs will fit in perfectly and are sure to make your guests smile.
- Back to the 90s
Throwing a 90s party might seem like a bit of a stretch, but it’s actually pretty easy. With a little planning, you can make your dinner and dance party resemble the era it’s celebrating!
Set a dress code and ask guests to bring their best 90s-inspired outfits. You’ll be surprised how many of your party attendees will want to get into the spirit!