10 Dinner Party Themes Your Guests Will Love

A special theme can take your dinner party from merely a get-together to an exciting evening among friends and family.

Throwing a dinner party can be stressful. What do you make? Should you decorate? Will your guests have fun? Add a theme to your party, and suddenly everything falls into place. It's a snap to figure out your menu and decorations, and chances are your guests will enjoy a themed event more than a standard party.

What theme you select is limited only by your imagination. More traditional themes -- say, a Mardi Gras dinner on Fat Tuesday -- are perennial favorites, while creative ideas such as an animal theme (all foods come from a particular animal or are shaped like it) are fun surprises.

To spark your creativity, here are 10 dinner party themes, both traditional and unusual.