January has a lot to offer. The heat makes for perfect beach weather, holidays are in full swing and most capital cities are pumping with epic events for hot summer days and mild summer nights.

January is also a great month to host a theme party. Why? During the first month of the year there is always an endless amount of reasons to celebrate, so we’ve listed the best January-themed party ideas to get you started.

Host an Australian Open themed bash

January is that exciting time of the year when the tennis action at Melbourne Park is as hot as the temperatures outside.

If you can’t get to the biggest tennis competition in Australia, recreate the action at home with an Australian Open themed party.

Pick up a bunch of cheap tennis balls to strategically place around your home or garden and have the action playing on the big screen in the background so your guests can keep up with the scores. To cap off the fun, ask your party guests to dress up as their favourite tennis star – from Rafael Nadal’s famous bright colours, Roger Federer’s clean whites (complete with sweat band) or Serena Williams’ vibrant, zany get-ups. Have a fun prize on offer for the best dressed to get everyone in the mood!

Throw a Hawaiian Luau from the comfort of your home

Hawaii is hot all year round, so it makes sense to throw a memorable Hawaiian Luau during one of Australia’s hottest months.

Search for some refreshing and tropical cocktail recipes online and get blending. Mojitos, with their minty finish, are always popular. For non-drinkers, do a search for summer mocktails to please everyone.

Next, decorate your home or garden (outside works best for the full Hawaiian experience) with teak candle holders or bamboo finishes for an island touch. Pick up some cheap leis at your nearby $2 shop or big department store and greet each guest with a traditional Hawaiian welcome as they arrive!

Bowl your guests over with a cricket-themed soiree

It’s summer. The cricket monopolises TV time and with many people still on annual holidays, there’s nothing better than kicking back with a cold one and watching our best and brightest entertain the masses.

Combine Aussie’s love of the cricket with a fun-filled party and your guests will boast about it forever. Like with the Australian Open, make sure to have the cricketing action playing on your telly, and set up some stumps and a pitch in the backyard for some old-fashioned backyard cricket during the ad breaks. Remind your guests to wear their cricket whites (and shin pads if they have them!).
There’s a litany of January events and entertainment on offer that can serve as great inspiration for a January-themed party.