Last updated on December 15th, 2022
Sometimes bigger is not always better. We’re party lovers on this blog, but that doesn’t always mean it has to be an enormous party with a house full of guests to please us. Some of the best parties we’ve ever attended have been with just a few close friends. And with the state of the world right now in 2022, close friends are EVERYTHING, so let’s celebrate that with an intimate dinner party! We thought that for today’s post we’d focus on a Thai theme party, because travelling isn’t simple right now and a lot of us would love nothing more than to jump on a plane and head to Thailand. Since we can’t, we’re going to bring Thailand to you instead!
So sit back and relax, whilst we take you through everything from Thai themed table decorations, all the way through to the best Thai cuisine to serve your guests!
Thailand Theme Party Table Decorations
This section is all about making everybody feel like they’re in Thailand. So we’ve centred all our table decorations around traditional Thai themes. Everything we talk about below will fit into one of three sections relating to Thai culture: Buddha, Lotus, and Elephant. Want to find out what we have in store for you? Read on!
Buddhism is the biggest religion in Thailand, with around 95% of the population following it. So as you can see, Buddha is a huge symbol that’s associated with Thailand, so you have to find some way of incorporating Buddha into a Thai theme party. There are many types of Buddha statues and ornaments, but the Buddha tea light holders we’ve found look amazing. It is in the position known as a calming Buddha, and it’s used to help develop serenity and tranquility – exactly what you want at an intimate dinner party with friends!
We’ve also found some amazing Thai themed scented candles two for your Thailand themed party. We have two options for you to choose from, but they’re both great. You can expect to see all the traditional Thai scents such as lemon, jasmine, sage, and mint – and many more besides. If you want people to feel as though they’re in Thailand, then the best way to transport them there is through their nose. And these candles, whichever ones you choose, will look great next to the Buddha tea light holders above. Combine them all together for an authentic, calming slice of Thailand at your own dinner table!
If Buddha is the most symbolic sign of Buddhism, then the Lotus has to be a very close second. The lotus is said to have blossomed everywhere the baby Buddha stood, and it’s seen as a symbol of enlightenment because of how it grows in muddy water, but develops beautiful flowers that are untouched by the mud and water below. The lotus is a very important symbol of Buddhism, and it’s long been associated with Thailand as a result.
Now, there are a few ways of incorporating the lotus into your Thai theme party tastefully. The first option is with a beautiful lotus themed table cloth such as the one below. It’s simple and elegant, without being overpowering. This simple table cloth will really help make the dinner table feel even more special.
Team that with an amazing lotus table runner, and you’ll have a really subtle but traditional Thailand theme around the table. The white and grey of the table runner against the pale blue of the table cloth will really make the lotus shape pop too!
Finally, consider picking up these amazing lotus shaped drink coasters. Wood is a traditionally used resource in Thailand too, so it’s even more authentic and will just create a nice talking point for you and your guests.
The final theme we’re focusing table decorations around is the Elephant. The elephant has been a national symbol of Thailand for centuries, and the country itself is home to around 7000 of them (half in the wild, half in captivity). Thai people have marvelled at these animals as a sign of strength, durability, and stability. It’s said that Buddha’s mother dream of a white elephant the night before she gave birth to Buddha. In the dream, the white elephant handed her a lotus flower and elephants became an important part of Thai culture and Buddhism from then on.
To honour this, we thought it would be good to use a lucky elephant pillow cover to make your chairs more comfortable. We thought it would be a little too much to add elephants to the table as well as Buddha and the lotus, but this subtle nod to an elephant’s importance in Thai culture felt more appropriate! Make your Thailand theme party comfortable!
Thailand Theme Party Cuisine
In this section, we’ll take you through the perfect Thai cuisine menu filled with all the best Thai dishes! We won’t include recipes here because there are lots of those online already, but we will tell you exactly why every one of them should be at your Thai theme party!
Soup of Thailand theme party: Tom Yum Goong (Spicy Shrimp Soup)
Tom Yum Goong, or spicy shrimp soup, is a traditional Thai soup that will have your guests’ mouths watering the moment they sit down to eat. The spice will gently tingle their lips and tongue, whilst the delicious meaty quality to the shrimp will provide a wonderful burst of flavour. This HAS to be on the menu – it’s that good!
Appetisers: Thai Peanut Dip, Vegetarian Lettuce Wraps, Som Tum (Spicy Green Papaya Salad)
The perfect Thai peanut dip should be made with fresh whole peanuts, not peanut butter. This gives the dish a really delicious nutty flavour that’s super fresh and it will work great with the other appetisers too! The vegetarian lettuce wraps are a really traditional, healthy Thai dish that’s slightly spicy but really fresh-tasting! So too is the Som Tum, a spicy green papaya salad – unripened papaya works great in savoury salads grated over fresh vegetables and it’ll taste great alongside the rest of the Thai cuisine on offer here!
Thai Theme Party Mains: Pad Thai, Gaeng Keow Wan Gai (Green Curry With Chicken), Classic Thai Fish Cakes
What’s more Thai than Pad Thai? These stir-fried noodles are delicious and we don’t have to sell it to you. Put Pad Thai on the menu and you’ll make everybody happy! Gaeng Keow Wan Gai is a delicious Thai green curry with chicken that’s incredibly spicy, but there’s so much flavour packed into the dish that people won’t mind the spice at all. It’s super aromatic too, so your entire house will smell like a Thai street food kitchen, and your guests will thank you for it! We also couldn’t leave the main without suggesting some classic Thai fish cakes – serve them with a fiery or sweet dip, or simply have them on their own to taste all that fresh fish. However you serve it, it’ll be delicious!
Desert: Khanom Chan (Steamed Coconut-Pandan Cake)
You can’t have a Thai dinner party without Khanom Chan, or a steamed coconut-pandan cake. It’s spongy, sweet, and absolutely perfect. If you’ve never had this cake before, you’re seriously missing out.
Free Flowing Drinks: Frozen Lychee Margarita
And finally, for any Thai food party, there’s no better way to handle all that Thai heat than with a frozen lychee margarita. The syrupy lychee makes for a delicious base for a cocktail, and if you freeze it, well, that’ll certainly help stave off the heat! There’s no need to keep count of how many you’ve had either – if you’re only drinking it to keep away those chilli spices, then we say keep them free flowing all night long!