Everything You Need For a 2000s Themed Party

No need to party like it's 1999.

Lauren Miolene


The saying goes, “party like it’s 1999,” but those people have clearly never been to a 2000s themed party! From Blockbuster Video to slurpees to iconic fashion trends (hello Von Dutch hats), what’s not to love about the new millennium? Travel back in time with this party theme that guarantees an unforgettable experience for everyone.

Y2K makes the perfect throwback theme for a 30th birthday party, bachelorette party, or just a fun themed celebration with your peeps. With the proper outfits, hip hop music, and décor to match, the creative freedom for this early 2000s theme is endless.

To really make your guests feel like they are back in the year 2000, the key is in the details. Incorporate your favorite snacks, questionable fashion choices, and jam out to the year’s top hits for all the nostalgia. Grab your flip phone and get ready, because this one is going to be fun.

Here’s everything you need to host a 2000s themed party:

2000s Themed Party Entertainment

Airbrush Artist

Airbrush art on t-shirtPhoto: Airbrush Party!

Airbrushed clothing was a staple in any early 2000s wardrobe, that's why it makes the perfect customized party favor. Hire a professional to airbrush and guests can have their name designed on t-shirts, hats, or even sweatshirts to represent the new millennium even after the party is over.

Karaoke DJ

Teens singing karaoke Photo: Spyder Events Karaoke DJ Services 

Sing the top hits of the 2000s including “Bye, Bye, Bye,” “The Real Slim Shady,” and “Who Let the Dogs Out” by booking a karaoke DJ. They will provide all of the equipment and songs you’ll need to live out your 2000s popstar fantasy.

Hip Hop Dancers

hip hop dancer for 2000s themed partyPhoto: Soncier, The Hero Of Hip Hop 

Hip hop was one of the top music styles of the early 2000s, and dancers will literally help bring the party to life. Get on the dance floor and bust a move with professional dancers that will take this decade's party to the next level.

R&B Singer or Rapper

Female R&B singerPhoto: Lynda Starr

If your favorite early 2000s artists were Rihanna, Usher, or Beyoncé, you’ll want to book an R&B singer that will sound just like these talented musicians. The vibes will not disappoint. Don’t forget to have them perform hits from key artists like Drake, Diddy, Fabolous, or French Montana.

2000s Themed Party Venues


2000s themed party loftPhoto: Glasshouse Chelsea - 21st Floor 

Offer the VIP experience by hosting your throwback 2000s themed party in a loft. The open area, beautiful views, and ample seating options provide a comfortable atmosphere for people to chillax and mingle.


Open warehouse for 2000s themed partyPhoto : Union Park - The Estate Room 

A warehouse makes a perfect venue for this theme because it is all about the party decor. Use the open space as a blank canvas to display airbrush art, neon signs, and picture walls for plenty of photo opportunities.


Bar with open stoolsPhoto: Tradesman Brooklyn, NY 

If you weren’t 21 in 2000, you probably are now. Host a fun Y2K party at your favorite bar with all of your friends or find a unique bar that gives off a nostalgic vibe (the more dive-bar the better). 

Pro Tip: Booking a unique venue will create the nostalgic vibe you're looking for when hosting a 2000s themed party.

2000s Themed Food Ideas

Adult Lunchable

Charcuterie board

There’s a reason why people love charcuterie boards right now, they’re an elevated twist on the Lunchable. Visit Salt and Dough for the do’s and don'ts of constructing the perfect charcuterie board for your 2000s themed party.

Hostess Sweets

Hostess snacks

Any pre-packaged hostess treat was the go-to dessert in the early 2000s. Between Twinkies, Ding Dongs, and powdered Donettes, you really can’t go wrong. Luckily, you can still find these in most grocery stores that will add the finishing touches to your celebration.

Pizza Rolls

Homemade pizza rolls

Pizza rolls were one of the biggest snack crazes in the early 2000s. Rather than serving the ones from the box (which you can), try making your own using this simple recipe from Tornadough Alli. Customize the filling with different types of sauces, cheese, and other favorite pizza toppings for a delicious finger food option.


Strawberry cupcakes

Remember the cupcake trend that started years ago and (thankfully) never ended? The 2000s brought us popular cupcake shops including Sprinkles and Crumbs that are known for their delicious and gourmet desserts. Serve this crowd favorite treat that will never go out of style at your party. Visit Sarah’s Bake Studio for flavor ideas and inspiration. For a 2000s-themed birthday party, cupcakes are key.


Cheeseburger sliders

People in the 2000s loved the convenience of sliders because they are easy to make, serve, and eat for any occasion. Visit Insanely Good Recipes for traditional cheeseburger sliders, pulled pork, and even ramen sliders to snack on during your party.

2000s Themed Drinks

Jell-O Shots

Jell-o shotsPhoto: Chasecom Media/shutterstock.com

Jell-O shots make a fun party treat no matter what the occasion is, especially when there’s a 2000s theme! Pair your favorite Jell-O flavor with your choice of alcohol to whip up this party classic.



Keep the beverage options simple for your 2000s party by serving Kool Aid. Mix the colorful powder with sugar and water to make this classic party drink. Select a variety of flavors and colors, and even spike it with your choice of alcohol for an adult 2000s themed event. To take your Kool-Aid drink to the next level, visit Koolaid.com for recipes and ideas.

Fun Dip Shots

Fun dip shots

An adult twist on the candy your parents probably didn’t let you have: Fun Dip Shots. Shake up vodka, Sprite, and Fun Dip powder with ice, and pour into shot glasses rimmed with the colorful sugar. Garish with the Lik-a-Stix and cue the nostalgia. Get the full recipe from Delish.

Mountain Dew

A variety of mountain dew

Although Mountain Dew has been around forever, it was still one of the most popular sodas in the early 2000s. Pick up flavors including Code Red, Voltage, and Live Wire to serve or incorporate the drink in a fun cocktail.

2000s Themed Party Creative Details

Movie Marathon

Movie projects for 2000s movie marathon

We can all agree that some of the best movies came out in the early 2000s. With hits including Zoolander, Legally Blonde, and Napoleon Dynamite, it’s hard to choose a favorite. Avoid this tough decision by projecting an ongoing 2000s movie marathon that will immerse guests in the decade.

If tv shows are more your thing, stream MTV hits like Cribs or Pimp My Ride, or anything featuring Kim Kardashian and the Jenner family.

Celebrity Inspired Costumes

2000s themed outfits inspired by celebrities like Kim Kardashian

It’s time to dig out the Juicy Couture tracksuit that has been sitting in your closet for years because it’s only fitting to go all out for this theme. There is nothing more iconic than early 2000s fashion, so tell guests to have fun with it. Recreate Britney Spears’ and Justin Timberlake’s denim on denim look or wear anything blinged out and metallic as a nod to Y2K. Don’t forget your Chanel bag.

Disposable Cameras

Disposable cameras

No iPhone selfies allowed at this party! Pick up disposable cameras for guests to capture the event and be surprised when they get the pictures developed. Visit Tackling My Twenties for this DIY disposable camera cover project.

Rent a green screen and create fun backdrops (Blockbuster video wall?) for your photos. This will create an early 2000s nostalgic photo booth option.

Video Games

Video games

Set up an area to play iconic throwback video games for your 2000s celebration. From Playstation, to Nintendo, and GameCube, guests will love recreating memories with their favorite games.

CD Wall

Girls with cocktails in front of a CD wall

Can you believe there was a time without Spotify, Apple Music, and other music streaming services? Reminisce the days of sitting in front of the computer waiting for your favorite songs to download on your CD by using them as decoration.  

String together the discs or secure them to the wall to create unique lighting and a fun photo backdrop. Visit Inspired By This for more inspiration.


2000s themed triviaPhoto: MisterStock/shutterstock.com

Put your knowledge to the test with 2000s trivia. From pop culture, fashion trends, and music, have fun competing with guests to determine who remembers the most about this time period.

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