How To Throw A 2000s Party

How To Throw A 2000s Party: Complete Guide (Updated)

Last Updated on April 22, 2024 by Kimberlee Johnson

Ah, the good old early 2000s! It was the time when sharp, spiky hairstyles were in vogue, having a flip phone was considered chic and brilliant music that motivated everyone to let loose and dance dominated the radio.

As someone who has organized a 2000s party once, and let me tell you, they’re a ton of fun because they bring back good old memories.

But if you’re wondering how to throw a 2000s party, don’t worry. I’ve got some great ideas to make your party super cool to make it feel like the year 2005 all over again.

So, let’s jump right in and start this awesome party.

A Simple Guide To Throwing A 2000s Party

A. Decorating Your Space In 2000s Vibes

2000s decorations

A true 2000s party would only be complete with attention-grabbing decorations encapsulating the decade’s glitz and glamour.

Incorporate neon colors, graffiti art, and disco balls to transport your guests back in time.

Bedeck your venue with shimmering backdrops, sparkling tablecloths, and butterfly-themed decor.

Pay homage to the era’s technology by adorning walls with creatively displayed CDs.

Essential party elements like confetti, streamers, and balloons should also be included to elevate the festive atmosphere.

Check out these steps to throw a Euphoria-themed party here.

B. Choose The Perfect Venue

Selecting an ideal venue is pivotal in capturing the essence of a 2000s-themed party. Look for a space that resonates with the vibrant music scene of the era.

Consider options like an early-2000s-style McMansion, an industrial loft reminiscent of iconic clubs, or a lively karaoke bar.

For added convenience, hosting the event at home allows you to transform your space into a neon-drenched nightclub using various party supplies and decorations.

C. Crafting Invitations For The Ultimate Nostalgia

Capture the essence of the 2000s with invitations that transport your guests to the era.

Add neon colors, graffiti-style fonts, and graphics reminiscent of the time, such as cassette tapes, CDs, or flip phones.

Invoke the spirit of the 2000s by including popular phrases and slang like “Gettin’ Jiggy With It,” “Talk to the hand,” or “All that and a bag of chips!”

To set the tone, feature images of iconic 2000s celebrities like Britney Spears [1], Justin Timberlake, or Paris Hilton. This gives guests a glimpse of the vibrant atmosphere they can expect.

Consider sending digital invitations that mimic the appearance of old-school instant messaging windows or early 2000s email layouts for an added nostalgic touch.

D. Reviving The Soundtrack Of The 2000s

dj playing music

A 2000s party wouldn’t be complete without classic activities from the era. 

Set up a photo booth with props like trucker hats, sunglasses, and boas, and play popular games like “Singstar” or “Dance Dance Revolution.”

E. Savoring 2000s-Inspired Delights

Treat your guests to a taste of the past with snacks that were all the rage in the 2000s. Think Pop Tarts, Gushers, and pizza rolls to evoke a sense of nostalgia.

Pair the treats with drinks that were iconic during the era, including jello shots, Sobe, Mountain Dew, and classic Pepsi [2].

F. Games & Activities

Elevate the entertainment factor by organizing games and activities that embody the spirit of the 2000s.

Create a photo booth with accessories and props that reflect the era, such as bling, text slang (“LOL,” “BRB”), and famous quotes.

Engage your guests with a 2000s pop culture trivia game, testing their knowledge of movies, music, and trends from the time.

And what’s a 2000s party without karaoke? Host a lively session featuring chart-topping hits from the era, encouraging your guests to unleash their inner pop stars and make unforgettable memories.

G. Dressing the Part – 2000s Attire

Encourage your guests to embrace the fashion trends of the 2000s with their attire.

Think Juicy Couture tracksuits, low-rise jeans, cargo pants, and iconic accessories like trucker hats.

To enhance the experience, suggest that guests come dressed as their favorite 2000s celebrities, whether a boy band member or an iconic movie character.

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2000s Party Theme Ideas That You Should Try

1. Neon Glow Party

neon glow party

Neon Glow Parties are an exciting and popular idea for a 2000s-themed party. 

Guests can come dressed in their favorite neon colors and accessorize with glow-in-the-dark jewelry, glow sticks, and light-up accessories. 

The room can be decorated with neon signs, bright colors, and glow-in-the-dark objects. 

And the lighting should be dimmed or replaced with black and disco lights to create a club-like atmosphere. Music should be loud and upbeat, inviting people to get up and dance.

But what should you wear to a glow party?

2. Y2K Hip Hop Party

Let’s have some throwback fun with a Y2K hip-hop party. It is perfect for those looking to relive the days when Hip Hop was at its peak. 

Guests can dress up in the most fashionable 2000s apparel and accessories while enjoying the music and dancing of the decade. 

“Naturally, people – especially in America – live in the moment and, given the “crisis” orientation of cable news, think that [the 2000s are] the worst period the country has ever gone through. Not really.” 

Ivan Eland, American Writer

The music selection should include some of the era’s biggest hits, such as Jay-Z, Outkast, and Missy Elliott. 

Decorations should include posters of the biggest Hip Hop stars and inflatable toys that were popular in the early 2000s. 

A light show, confetti, and even a fog machine could also be used to create a unique and exciting atmosphere.

But what should you do if the cops come to your party?

3. ’00s Pop Icons

The 2000s were full of iconic pop stars that remain popular today. 

A great idea for a 2000s party is to have it be a tribute to some of the most well-known and beloved pop stars of the era. 

You can have your guests dress up like their favorite 2000s pop star for a fun night. 

Think of Britney Spears’ blonde pigtails, Justin Timberlake’s fedoras and leather jackets, and Lady Gaga’s meat dress. 

You can also play some of the greatest hits of the time, from Christina Aguilera’s “Genie in a Bottle” to Pink’s “Get the Party Started.” 

Guests can also take part in karaoke or a lip-sync battle. It will be a fun night of dancing and singing to all of the classic songs from the 2000s.

4. Disco Fever

Disco fever provides an exciting and immersive experience for 2000s-themed parties. 

With a variety of classic 2000s hits playing, guests can show off their best moves on the dance floor and enjoy the upbeat energy of the music. 

“No TikTok dances here – just good ol’ fashioned moves from the era when MTV ruled and iPods were cutting-edge.”

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The DJ or band can keep the energy going with a mix of classic party tunes, and the lights and special effects create a unique and exciting atmosphere. 

Guests can enjoy classic 2000s snacks and drinks in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. But how will you organize a space party?

5. Mean Girls Party

This popular 2004 film is the perfect inspiration to create a fun and memorable event. 

You can have a party that will be remembered for years with some decorations, fun party games, and classic Mean Girls quotes. 

Start your Mean Girls Party with decorations that match the movie. A pink and black theme will give your guests the perfect atmosphere for the party. 

Put up movie posters, hang some pink and black balloons, and add a few life-size cutouts of the movie’s characters. 

You can also create a fun photo booth where you can take pictures of your guests in their best Mean Girls-inspired outfits. 

To set the mood, use a movie quote generator to show classic lines from the movie on a projector screen. 

What Do You Wear For A 2000s Party?

woman wearing knitted long sleeve and jeans

What you wear for a 2000s-themed party depends on the decade you want to emulate. 

If you want a classic early 2000s look, you should aim for an edgy and a little street. 

Think low-rise jeans and baggy t-shirts accessorized with a chunky belt, skate shoes, and a beanie. 

But if you want a more modern take on the 2000s, you can opt for more neutral colors and tailored silhouettes. 

For example, try a pair of slim-fit jeans, a graphic t-shirt, and a bomber jacket with high-top sneakers. 

Finish off the look with a few fun accessories like a statement necklace or hoop earrings. 

You may also want to read about the classic outfits you can wear to a Euphoria party.


What is the term for the 2000s aesthetic?

The term for the 2000s aesthetic is known as “Y2K Aesthetic,” characterized by nostalgia and futuristic elements.

What were the most iconic hairstyles of the 2000s?

The 2000s was a time of experimentation with hair, and it saw the rise of many popular styles, such as feathered layers, choppy bobs, and fringed bangs. 

Straightened and curled hair was also popular, with all-over coloring, highlights, and lowlights being the go-to look.

Final Thoughts

Throwing a 2000s party is a great way to bring your friends and family together, and it doesn’t have to be expensive or difficult. 

With the right decorations, music, and activities, you can recreate the atmosphere of the 2000s and have an unforgettable time. So ready your things and be creative at your 2000s party. 


Kimberlee Johnson
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