Karaoke-Themed Birthday Party Ideas

Party Activities
Take a tip from karaoke bars by creating songbooks featuring available songs that guests can look through to find what they'd like to sing.

Put out note cards and have guests write down their names and song choices. Play the selections in the order you receive them, so no one has to wait too long to sing. If some guests start to hog the machine, switch to going around in a circle and letting every person have a turn.

Give out prizes for best song, best impersonation, biggest crowd favorite, wackiest song choice, and most enthusiastic performance.

Food Ideas
Since karaoke is the main attraction, you can keep your food simple. Room-temperature buffet foods, such as hummus and pita, chips and dip, cheese and crackers, and veggies let your guests graze between numbers and keep the focus on the performers.

Put bowls of chips, popcorn, pretzels and fresh berries on each table for guests to enjoy while watching the show. Finish with bite-size desserts like brownies and assorted cookies.

Drink Ideas
Shirley Temple (serves 6)
  • 24 ounces lemon-lime mix
  • 18 ounces lemon-lime soda
  • 6 ounces grenadine syrup
Stir together all ingredients. Fill highball glasses with crushed ice and pour drink over. Garnish each glass with an orange slice and a maraschino cherry.
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