In June of 1969, the Stonewall Riots captured national attention, where members of the gay community stood up for their rights to demand equality. Today, June is now deemed LGBT Pride Month to commemorate the heroic actions of these strong and courageous demonstrators.
Whether you’re part of the LGBT community or an ally, it’s important to take time to celebrate the impact this community has had on the world. As Pride Month slowly nears, it’s time to begin planning the ultimate Pride party. Below, you’ll find fabulous tips on how to throw a memorable Pride party that will be full of laughs, love, and friendship. Take a look!
Create fun invitations
In the months leading to your Pride party, begin creating a guest list. Your guest list should include all your closest pals, whether they’re your friends, family, coworkers, or friends of friends! Ultimately, your attendee list depends on how much room you have in your home. However, remember that Pride is all about inclusivity, so don’t leave anyone off your list if possible.
Once you’ve drafted your guest list, start making invitations. For a more personal touch, create DIY invitation cards. All you’ll need is some construction paper, glue, stickers, glitter, and markers, and you’ll be good to go! Write a personalized message in each invitation to let each recipient how much you care about them and why you’d love for them to attend. Make sure to also include your address, the time, and instructions to wear pride-themed clothing. Then, lick the envelope and send it on its way.
If you don’t have time to create homemade invitations, grab your computer and search for customized invitations online. All you’ll have to do is find a greeting card that represents Pride and order however many you need. Your only task will be addressing each envelope and mailing them. If this is still too much, send a simple e-invitation, text message, or create a Facebook event.
Set a rainbow theme
A successful Pride party always has a theme, and that theme is always rainbow. Why? Because rainbows reflect the diversity of the LGBT community! Today, you’ll find rainbow flags at almost every pride festival and adorning the porches of LGBT member’s homes.
For your Pride party, make sure everyone wears a unique pride outfit with fun and flashy accessories. Then, start decorating your home with Pride-inspired decorations, such as:
- Rainbow balloons
- Rainbow tablescape
- Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple flower bouquets
- Rainbow tassel garland for your railings, banister, mantle, and columns
- A gay pride tattoo station
- LGBT playlist with artists like Kim Petras, Lady Gaga, Elton John, Kehlani, and Hayley Kiyoko
- Gift bags with Pride pins, rainbow sunglasses, and rainbow necklaces
No party is complete without food. When it comes to a Pride party, there are plenty of fun and exciting food items you can make to keep your guests well-fed. However, if you’re inviting dozens of people, it may be expensive and unmanageable to cook everything by yourself. In this case, ask your guests to bring a side dish or plate, or consider ordering a catering service for your Pride party.
Some mouth-watering food items you can make include:
- Rainbow skewers with strawberries/raspberries, clementine wedge, pineapple, kiwi, blueberries, and blackberries
- Rainbow vegetable rolls with tomatoes, red onions, spinach, tofu, microgreens, carrots, and a peanut dipping sauce
- A candy bar with colorful sweets like rock candy, Pixy Stix, Fun Dip, and more
- A layered rainbow cake with vanilla or chocolate frosting
Don’t forget the drinks
Your party goers are going to need some drinks to wash down your amazing food. Remember, Pride month is in the summer, so think of cool and refreshing drinks to offer your guests. To get the party going, hand out some rainbow jello shots or rainbow sangria. Margaritas are another easy drink option to offer than you can color red, orange, yellow, green, blue, or purple.
It’s also important to have non-alcoholic drinks, too. Create a flavorful fruit punch bowl, conjure up a sweet lemonade, and have plenty of water for your guests to sip on.
Pride month is only a few short months away, which means you need to start making arrangements to throw the ultimate Pride party. With these tips on hand, you’ll throw an epic Pride bash that no one will ever forget.