Divorce is often portrayed as a solely traumatic event that leaves one or both parties sad and damaged. And while it can be one of the hardest things people go through, divorce can also be a liberating event that signifies an exciting next chapter. This is a cause for celebration! Divorce parties are a right of passage to the next stage of your life and a great opportunity to celebrate with friends and family who have been by your side through this trying time. Check out 10 fun and classy divorce party ideas!
How to Support a Friend Through a Divorce
1. Be there to listen and offer advice if asked
2. Keep inviting them out, even if they decline
3. If they’re moving, help them pack and unpack and set up in their new place
4. Show up with a meal
5. Lend a hand with partner-type things
6. Respect their privacy and don’t ask for details they’re not willing to share
7. Remember their milestones
8. Respect their pace in moving on and if/when they’re ready to date
9. Offer long-term, not just short-term support
10. Don’t trash talk their ex
11. Ask what they need from you
12. Check in on them and make sure they’re okay on a consistent basis
10 Divorce Party Ideas
1. Ladies Who Brunch
Who said you can’t have a party in the middle of the day? If you and your friends are brunch lovers, throw a ‘ladies who brunch’ divorce party with a mimosa bar, lattes, creative bites and sweets. You can have a waffle bar, omelet station, or make a big brunch board with bagels, croissants, smoked salmon, fruit, pastries, jams and dips.
2. Vision Board Party
You’re about to enter a new chapter of your life. One where you can focus on you and your goals and dreams. Get crafty with a bunch of your best friends and make poster boards with magazine or Pinterest cut outs. Think about vacations you want to take, a new skill you want to master, and hobbies you’ve been dying to try. Create a vision board that showcases all your plans for the future.
3. The Roaring 20s
The Roaring 20s was a time of listening to good music, dancing and partying like there’s no tomorrow. Who wouldn’t want to live that, even just for a night? Get all your guests to dress up in 20s-inspired outfits – think flapper dresses, lots of sequins and feathers and fringe, and party like it’s the roaring 20s! Decorate how Gatsby would with gold and black decor, a get-up-out-of-your-seat playlist and prohibition-inspired cocktails like mint juleps and gin rickeys.
4. Make a Weekend Out of It
Why just throw a party when you could have a whole weekend of fun instead? Round up your best friends, hit the road (or sky) and head to your favourite getaway destination. Whether that means Vegas for a weekend of shows and shopping, Miami to sit by the pool or a quaint Airbnb close to hikes and the beach, it will be just what you need post-divorce.
5. When Life Gives You Lemons
When life gives you lemons, throw a lemon divorce party! This lemon themed party includes details like lemon-infused water, lemon themed decor, lemon cake and cookies and of course, lemon cocktails. Think: Lemon drops, limoncello mojitos and sidecars. This party idea is perfect to host in a backyard during the summertime.
6. All the Single Ladies
Throw a party that honours being a badass woman! Bring your favourite people together to dance it out to a Beyoncé-heavy playlist and sip on champagne. You can also designate someone to write up a bunch of questions about powerful women so you can play a game of fun female-focused trivia!
7. Classy Cocktail Party
Have everyone dress to the nines for a chic cocktail party to celebrate the new divorcée! Create signature cocktails and mocktails with fun names, such as the Hasta La Vista Baby and Love on the Rocks. Serve them alongside delicious nibbles for a classy party no one will soon forget.
8. Group Spa Day
After a rough divorce, there’s nothing better than getting pampered and indulging in some self care. Getting massages, facials, manicures and pedicures with your best friends is a great way to blow off some steam and treat yourself. Bonus points if champagne is included, but you can always head out for lunch and drinks after your day at the spa!
9. Happy Trails
Throw a Western-themed celebration that celebrates you moving on. Have everyone dress in their best Western garb, play your favourite upbeat country break up songs and decorate with fun, Western-inspired decor and party favours. Foods like sliders, mac n cheese and smoked queso with fried pita bread would work perfectly with this theme.
10. Karaoke Party
Karaoke is so much fun and if you and your friends love to belt it out, it’s the perfect addition to your divorce party. Line up some freedom anthems like “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” by Taylor Swift and “These Boots Are Made For Walkin’” by Nancy Sinatra.
We hope these ideas have inspired you to start planning your divorce party! If you’re at the point where you’re ready to stop feeling sad and move forward, these divorce party ideas will help you blossom!
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