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Pick-A-Party Party Ideas

Below are party ideas to help spark your creativity. Our Co-chairs look forward to working with you to help you design your party.


  • Pinochle Party – No prior experience needed; players of all skill levels welcome. Snacks and drinks provided.
  • Murder Mystery Party – Dinner and beverages will be served for 10 adults along with a murderous plot. Find out who killed who where. Maybe it is you. Character invitations will be mailed before event.
  • Cocktail Mixer – Learn how to make five different cocktails from a former professional bartender and have a kid-free night out (I’ll provide printed drink recipes to take home). Each person brings a bottle of liquor. Snacks provided. Sampling optional!
  • The Secret Wine Gems of Trader Joe’s – Join your Trader Joe’s wine guy in sampling the latest gems of the Trader Joe’s fine wine collection.
  • “C” is for Cranium and Cocktails – Chocolate martinis, cosmos and Cranium will be featured. You bring a potluck item for dinner that begins with ‘C’.
  • Other
    • Cooking Competitions
    • Karaoke or Air Guitar, with or without judges
    • Game Night (Poker, Scrabble, Pictionary, Mafia, Scene-it…)
    • Tournaments – Basketball? Broomball? Curling???

Children and Families

  • Pokemon Party – Your child will enjoy a Pokemon party hosted by [childname]. The party will involve Pokemon games, trading as well as cupcakes decorated in Pokemon fashion. Lots of sprinkles!
  • Lego Camp – 6 children will get this opportunity will learn about using motors, gears and wheels to make their lego creations MOVE. Snacks will be provided. Parents are welcome to stay and play as well.
  • Kid Fun and Parent’s Night Out – Bring your kids for an evening of pizza, games, a movie and kid fun. The host family live 2 blocks from the local playground. Drop the kids. PARENTS NIGHT OUT!
  • Other
    • An organized football game for 6th graders at a local park
    • Parents vs. kids Basketball throw-down
    • Pool Party
    • Family Kickball tournament
    • Trip to an A’s/Giants game
    • Neighborhood scavenger hunt
    • Local picnic and Frisbee tournament
    • Campfire cookout (i.e. s’mores over the backyard firepit)
    • Kids Scrapbooking


  • The Amazing Race – 6 teams of two zoom around the city, completing tasks and navigating their way to the celebratory party which includes adult beverages.
  • Brunch and Run – Take a three-mile run (or walk!) on a lovely spring morning, and follow it up with brunch at the host’s house.
  • “Wii”-mbeldon Tennis Tournament – signup a bracket’s worth of guests to play a tennis tournament, Wii-style! Don’t forget to serve Pimm’s Cups, and Strawberries & Cream.
  • Other
    • Yoga or other exercise followed by snacks
    • Morning hike and brunch/lunch
    • Cycling “Tour”
    • Broomball
    • Curling
    • Kayaking or Paddle-Boarding
    • Archery
    • Golfing

Workshop or Hobby

  • Scrapbooking Afternoon – Want to scrapbook and just need to get started? Love to scrapbook and want to hang with people that appreciate the art? This creative afternoon comes complete with your own album including a mailing envelope, tape and special pen: supplies are donated by your host. Just in time for Mother’s Day. Wine, beverages and hor d’oevres will be served. Tools will be available to work on your project as will free flowing scrapbooking design ideas.
  • Jewelry Making Party – Make a bracelet or earring set of your choice. The tools and instruction will be provided as well as tasty snacks, wine and other beverages.
  • Knitting Party – Join us for an afternoon of knitting, tea and fun. All materials that you need to knit a scarf will be provided. Additional instruction, help and encouragement will also be provided to enable you to complete your beautiful project.
  • Berry Jam Session -Come to the home of your organization’s finest home canner this summer and learn to make a seasonal berry jam. Everybody leaves with 6 jars of jam and the info to make more on your own. Date and type of berry to be determined.
  • Other
    • Crochet, embroidery
    • Baking
    • Wood-working
    • Orchid growing


  • Wine Tasting
  • San Francisco or Oakland Foodie Tour
  • Camping
  • Fly Fishing

Other Party Ideas

  • Garden Wine and Cheese Party
  • Margarita Dinner Party
  • Art Gallery Tour and Appetizers
  • Bunko Party
  • Mardi Gras Costume Party
  • Holiday Cookie Decorating
  • Tennis Lessons and Lunch
  • 70s Fondue Fete
  • Crawfish Boil
  • Taste of Spain: Tapas and Sangria Party
  • Golf Outing & Picnic
  • Ornament Exchange and Brunch
  • ‘Fun on the Lawn Games’ Kids Party
  • Oscars Party
  • Backyard BBQ
  • Bowling
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