Karaoke parties are a fun and fabulous way to celebrate any occasion! Perfect for people of all ages, a karaoke themed party encourages guests to sing, dance and entertain – all while creating amazing memories. However, throwing a karaoke house party does take some effort. We are sharing the top karaoke party ideas and tips so that you can let loose with your friends while you sing your heart out.
What are Karaoke Parties?
Before we jump into our tips for throwing a karaoke theme party and our best karaoke party ideas, let’s take a moment to define what a karaoke party is. Simply put, a karaoke party is a festive get-together that puts the host and guests centerstage to sing their favorite tunes.
In this blog post, we are highlighting the best karaoke theme party ideas, as well as top tips for how to host a karaoke party. We cover absolutely everything you need to know about one of the best ways to use your Karaoke Machine!
How To Plan the Best Karaoke Parties
If you are perplexed by how to have a karaoke party at home, you are not alone. Karaoke party planning is not as simple as getting a party karaoke machine (but it is an important step – and you can find the best Home Karaoke System here!). It takes a little organization to throw the best home karaoke party, but we are here to help!
If you are planning a karaoke party, you can follow our step-by-step guide to ensure you have everything you need. Our tips for the best karaoke party themes are below!
Karaoke Party Machine
The first step in How To Have a Karaoke Party is to get a karaoke machine for the party. If you already own a karaoke sing-along system, then you are all set! However, you may want to invest in some of the top Karaoke Accessories to ensure you are party ready!
If you do not have a karaoke machine for your party, then you need to decide if you want to buy a system or rent a karaoke machine for a party. There are party rental karaoke companies in nearly every city – but prices will range depending on what equipment you want and how long you rent it for. Systems generally start at around $200 USD.
While a karaoke party rental may be ideal for office parties, there are quality in-home machines that cost less than rentals.
Use our top tips to find the Best Home Karaoke System!
For example, an all-in-one karaoke party speaker and player – like this one! – costs less than $200. A block party karaoke machine – like the one here! – costs a little more, but it is well worth the cost if you plan on using it more than once. And, if you are just planning a small gathering with a few friends, a karaoke party mic or other portable karaoke machine might be all you need.
Karaoke Party Songs
Party karaoke songs are a necessity if you are going to host a karaoke party! Whether you need to purchase a Top Hits karaoke party CD – like this one! – or get top party karaoke songs online will depend on what kind of karaoke system you have.
If you are still unsure which style of karaoke machine is right for your party, take a look at the different Types of Karaoke Systems.
If your system has a CD+G player with a screen – like these karaoke systems with screens – then you can buy a karaoke party pack of CDs. We recommend these hit song CDs by Billboards.
However, if you have a machine that utilizes songs from a personal handheld device (like these karaoke machines for adults), then you can find good party karaoke songs online. The best karaoke party songs can also be purchased and downloaded as MP3s. There are various resources for finding songs – like YouTube and apps. We detail the best options for Where to Find Karaoke Songs!
Pro Tip: If you are debating between what kind of system to buy, we have buying guides that can help! Find our top tips for Karaoke Systems with Screens and Karaoke Machine for Television.
Karaoke Party Games
Once you source the best party karaoke songs, then you need to determine the organization of your party. There are many different ways to do this – and it will ultimately depend on the dynamics of your group – but organizing a karaoke party game is key. You don’t want one person hogging the microphone all night or no one singing at all.
We are sharing a few of the top karaoke party game ideas to help get you started – but, in reality, the best karaoke game is one that is easy to administer and is fun for everyone!
Karaoke Party Sign In
The easiest way to ensure all guests (who want to) have a turn at the microphone is to create a sign in sheet. On arrival, guests can sign up to sing; once all guests have had a chance to sign up, then guests who want a second (or third!) turn can sign in again. You can also use these song request slips to help organize the fun.
Karaoke Party Songs List
If your party has a specific theme (we are getting to themed party ideas in a minute!) and you want certain songs to be sung, then make a list of all the songs – write them down on slips of paper and put them into a hat. Then take your guest list – write down the names of all of your guests on slips of paper and put them into a hat. To match up each singer to a song, pull a song and name from each hat and make an ordered list of who signs what!
A fun way to turn it up a notch at karaoke parties is to introduce challenges. For example, task your guests with a Song and Artist Mash Up, where they sing popular songs in the voice of a different artist – like Love Shack in the voice of Frank Sinatra. To facilitate this challenge, put all the songs in one hat and the names of famous, recognizable artists in another, then match them up!
Another challenge that is possibly less difficult and more geared toward a kids’ karaoke party, is to introduce an obstacle during the performance. For instance, challenge the singer to hop up and down during their entire performance or stand on one foot while singing their tune.
Pro Tip: If you decide to have active challenges, it is probably best to use a Wireless Mic Karaoke System for your party!
Television shows, like American Idol and The Voice, are fun singing competitions that can be recreated at karaoke parties. Create a panel of judges from your guests – or split up into two teams – and have a sing-off!
Pro Tip: One Karaoke party hack to keep things organized is to assign one guest as the MC to keep things running smoothly! As the host, the task can be a bit too much!
Karaoke Party Invite
Karaoke party invitations are a fun way to get guests excited about your event. Karaoke birthday party invitations – like these – let your guests know that there will be singing! For fun custom-made invites, you can use these amazing and customizable ticket-style invites.
However, if you want to make your own karaoke party flyer, you can use music-themed paper and come up with your own karaoke party invitation wording.
For more DIY karaoke party invitation ideas – and even free printable karaoke party invitations – use a site like Pinterest.
Karaoke Party Decorations
When it comes to karaoke party supplies, there are tons of ways to decorate your karaoke party room! The best karaoke party decoration idea is to create a stage – or at least a background that looks like a stage. A curtain of lights can also create a rocking atmosphere. Having karaoke party props on hand – like instruments, glow sticks and costumes – can also rev up the party.
There are also specific karaoke birthday party decorations – for both kids and adults. In fact, there are complete sets of karaoke birthday party supplies – like this one – that include banners, plates, napkins, balloons, mini instruments and more!
Karaoke Party Favors
If you want to have a karaoke party that people will remember, then go big on the party favors! Glow sticks and inflatable instruments are a big hit, but our favorites are pretend microphones and rock star guitar trophies!
Karaoke Party Food
While so much of hosting a karaoke party revolves around music, it is important to also remember the food! Because there will likely be singing and dancing, it is important to keep your karaoke party food ideas simple. Finger foods (like chips and dips and cheese platters) and bar snacks (like mixed nuts and pretzels) are perfect for karaoke parties.
Karaoke party tips for sweet treats are microphone cake pops, musical cupcake toppers, music note cookies (make them yourself using these cookie cutters!
For drinks, you can really rev it up by offering cocktails named after popular songs – like Purple Haze (a mixture of vodka, gin, rum and raspberry liqueur), Brass Monkey (a concoction of vodka, rum and OJ) and Black Velvet (a mix of Guinness and Champagne). Or create your own cocktail names! You could even relabel bottles of wine and beer.
Karaoke Party Ideas
Using karaoke for parties can make a mundane social gathering truly exceptional. Now that you know how to throw a karaoke party, we have a few tips for themes! While it is not necessary to have a specific reason to throw a bash, we are sharing the best karaoke theme party ideas.
Karaoke Birthday Party
A karaoke themed birthday party is a superb way to celebrate – for both kids and adults! Planning a karaoke birthday party is not much different than a regular birthday bash…except it’s a lot more fun.
One of the top karaoke birthday party ideas for adults is to celebrate the specific year – or decade – that the guest of honor was born in. So, if the birthday girl was born in 1986, decorate in the style of the 80s, have guests wear outfits that fit the era and use top 1980s hit karaoke songs.
Other karaoke birthday party ideas include creating a stage, having stage props on hand and kicking it all off with fun karaoke games. Food and drinks can be named for famous singers or bands (like Elvis peanut butter and banana sandwich bites or Dean Martinis).
Pro Tip: Use our list of the best Karaoke System for Adults to find the best machine for your party!
Kids’ Karaoke Party
A kids’ karaoke birthday party is just as easy to plan! In fact, planning a karaoke party for kids is probably even easier than for adults. With a few decorations – like a stage backdrop, colorful musical notes, and a set of inflatable rock star band toys, a children’s karaoke party will be a huge hit.
Some other kids’ karaoke party ideas are microphone cupcakes or a guitar cake and easy finger foods (and don’t forget the music-themed plates and table decor!). More karaoke party ideas for kids are fun party favors, like glow sticks and LED light party pieces.
Pro Tip: Start your search for the best Karaoke Machine for Kids.
Christmas Karaoke Party
There is nothing jollier than a karaoke Christmas party! To throw a Christmas party karaoke-style, you will want to set the tone with Christmassy decor and favorite holiday treats. Of course, you will also want to make sure you have the best Christmas party karaoke songs – like this CD+G disc or MP3 download set that features the best karaoke songs for Christmas party. A little liquid courage won’t hurt – so have plenty of eggnog and mulled wine on offer, too!
If you want your Christmas carol karaoke party to be a sign-along, it is a good idea to print out the lyrics on Christmas paper so that all guests can join in singing. Other Christmas karaoke party ideas are to provide Santa hats or ask guests to dress the part of Santa or wear Ugly Christmas Sweaters.
Pro Tip: Considering giving a karaoke machine as a Christmas gift? Find out 5 good reasons why you should buy a Karaoke System for Christmas this year!
Halloween Karaoke Party
Take your Halloween party up a notch by making it an entertaining Karaoke Halloween party! Of course, you will want to compile a list of the best Halloween karaoke songs – like Thriller, Ghostbusters and Monster Mash.
However, karaoke party theme ideas for Halloween are not limited to just songs. Rather than just inviting guests to dress up, create a sub-theme for your Halloween karaoke party. For example, ask your guests to dress up as their favorite rock star or throw an era party – like the 90s; have your guests dress the part and belt out 1990s tunes all night.
Farewell Party Karaoke
If you are throwing a Going Away party for a friend or co-worker, a Farewell Karaoke Party is a great send off! Although it is not one of the most popular karaoke themed party ideas, what we love about a karaoke going away party is that guests can use their time with the microphone to tell favorite stories about the guest of honor and wish them well on their future journeys.
Karaoke Bachelorette Party
It’s always fun celebrating the bride-to-be – but throwing a bachelorette party karaoke-style is epic. Coming up with a list of bachelorette party karaoke songs is only half the fun (but you can use this list if you’re stuck on songs! The best karaoke bachelorette party ideas are ones that revolve around the future bride – so make sure the theme is all about her!
Pro Tip: If your group of guys like to sing, a karaoke bachelor party is fun, too! Just be sure to round up the top bachelor party karaoke songs from this list.
More Karaoke Party Ideas for Adults
Remember that when you throw a karaoke party, it’s all about music and fun! Make sure your guests are enthusiastic about the theme. Rather than letting them wonder what to wear to a karaoke party, tell them to dress up in a certain way. Reveal your creative cocktail list ahead of time. And build up the excitement by letting your guests know that there are trophies to be won at your karaoke party at home! Most of all, keep karaoke parties fun and entertaining.