• 80s - From Olivia Newton John to Michael Jackson and Bon Jovi, eighties songs are popular again (or still). If you’d prefer another decade, plan accordingly. You could stay alive in the 70s, do the twist in the 50s or revive your favorite 90s boy band.

  • Beach mix - Combine your tiki and luau themed party with some Beach Boys tunes for your own surfin’ safari.

  • Show Tunes - For a more theatrical party, give your regards to Broadway by channeling your inner Idina or Neil Patrick.

  • Radio Disney - Involve the whole family by having a Disney themed party. Songs could include old movie favorites as well as Disney channel stars like Hannah Montana or the Jonas Brothers.

  • Jock Jams - For sports lovers in the group, transform karaoke into a pep rally by including Jock Jams favorites like Hit Me With Your Best Shot or Black and Yellow.

DECORATIONS

For a themed party, decorate according to the theme. For a more generic karaoke party, think about microphones, disco balls or even a stage with a spotlight. It’s karaoke, so nobody is a professional. The props can be toys and be effective decorations to create an environment of fun and silliness.

COMPETITIONS

Using any of the above themes or an awards show theme like the Grammys or American Idol will motivate your guests to participate by making the event a competition and awarding prizes. To prevent stage fright and forfeitures in the form of no-shows present the categories in the invitation. Include some of the following:

  • Best theme-related costume

  • Best showmanship (choreography, etc.)

  • Performer who looks most like an actual rock star

  • Best group performance

  • Best individual performance

  • Most fun to watch

  • Least likely to be approved by Simon Cowell

  • The person nobody thought would actually karaoke who proved everybody wrong

  • Most likely to be in a musical

Prizes could be certificates, thrift store trophies or iTunes gift cards. If you want to make this an annual party and get serious about the prize, make the grand prize a golden microphone that has to be returned every year like the Stanley Cup. To make the golden microphone, use an old microphone and some spray paint.

Above all, remind guests that it’s not an audition; it’s a party. Cut loose and have some fun!

Go ahead and take a stab at Uptown Funk below. Enjoy and we'll see you soon.