22 Shrek Themed Party Ideas that are Ogre-Approved

"I don't know about you, but I'm a real big fan of parties." - Shrek

Lauren Miolene


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Are you ready to turn your next party into a fairy tale adventure that even the grumpiest of ogres would love? Put on your swamp boots and green ogre ears, and get ready to plan the ultimate Shrek themed party just in time for the upcoming movie.

Hosting a Shrek themed party is the perfect way to add a little bit of magic and a whole lot of fun to your celebrations. Whether you’re planning a birthday party for adults, the kids, a mix of both, or even looking to throw a trendy Shrek themed bachelorette party, this guide will help you create a party that’s as enchanting as Duloc! 

So, gather your fairy tale creatures and let’s get this party started—because in the wise words of Donkey, "We’re gonna stay up late, swap manly stories, and in the morning, I’m making waffles!"

1. Magical Costumed Characters 

Shrek themed party ideas - costumed charactersVendor: Fair Maidens and Masks

Transport guests to Shrek’s Swamp or Far Far Away with the help of costumed characters. These event professionals can ensure there are plenty of fairy tale creatures, princesses, and other Shrek inspired guests in attendance at your party.

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2. Shrektini

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For a Shrektini, the dirtier, the better. Mix up plenty of dirty martinis using vodka or gin, Vermouth, and olive brine or even pickle juice. The green tint from the juice will make this classic cocktail the perfect shade of ogre green! For the ultimate Shrektini, don't forget to garnish with a cocktail onion.

Pro Tip: If mixology isn’t your strong suit, consider booking a bartender to keep the drinks flowing at this Shrek themed birthday party

3. Onion Dip

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As we all know, ogres have many layers to them, like onions. Serve a party classic by offering French onion dip that will not only satisfy guests but honor the Shrek theme, too. Serve this appetizer with fresh veggies, chips, or even onion rings for the perfect light bite.

4. Pin the Tail on the Donkey

Pin the tail on Donkey is mandatory for this Shrek themed party! Create this DIY game by printing out or buying a large poster of Donkey and hanging it up. Blindfold guests, spin them around, and watch them try to get his tail back.

5. Magic Mirror Fortune Teller

Shrek themed party ideas - magic mirror fortune tellerVendor: Caro Reads Tarot

You might not be able to get Magic Mirror at your party, but fortune tellers are the next best thing. Hire a fortune teller or psychic to give guests fun and light-hearted readings, adding a mystical element to the Shrek themed party.

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6. Gingy’s Gingerbread Men


Can you even have a Shrek themed party without gingerbread men? Offer gingerbread men that look just like Gingy for a fun Shrek themed food, or you can set up a station for guests to decorate their own.

7. Donkey’s Punch

Shrek themed party ideas - Donkey's punch

Combine lemon lime soda, pineapple juice, lime sherbert, green food coloring, ice, and garnish with fresh lime slices. This will make a delicious punch that will keep guests coming back for more. If this is an adult Shrek themed birthday party, feel free to spike with vodka for a fun cocktail.

8. Cover Band

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The Shrek movies are known for their epic soundtrack, so why not book a cover band to hear these songs live? Browse cover bands on The Bash to bring the world of Duloc to life and create an exciting party atmosphere.

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9. Swamp Cups

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Create the perfect individualized Shrek themed food by layering chocolate pudding with crushed Oreos and garnishing with gummy worms. This simple treat is easy to make, delicious, and perfectly on theme for Shrek!

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10. Swamp Karaoke


Take notes from Fairy Godmother and put on the karaoke performance of a lifetime. Whether you choose to sing “I Need a Hero” or “Livin’ la Vida Loca,” karaoke is always a fun party activity. Get started on planning karaoke for your Shrek themed party by booking a karaoke DJ.

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11. Love Potion

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Obviously, you’ll need a love potion at this Shrek party. Use vodka, peach schnapps, cranberry juice, pomegranate juice, fresh lime juice, and simple syrup to create a cocktail everyone will fall in love with. For a magical touch, add a dash of edible glitter to each glass and watch the drink sparkle.

12. Swamp Slime

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Keep the little ones entertained at this Shrek party by setting up a swamp slime station. Provide all of the materials like white glue, baking soda, green food coloring, and saline solution. Include themed accessories like plastic bugs or even glitter to stick to the Shrek aesthetic.

13. Fairy Tale Petting Zoo

Shrek themed party ideas - fairy tale petting zooVendor: Critters To Go Petting Zoo and Pony Rides

If there are younger guests at this Shrek themed party, bring in a small petting zoo with animals that resemble ones from the Shrek movies, like donkeys, pigs, and goats. If we’re being honest, guests of all ages will enjoy this unique and interactive Shrek party idea!

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14. Shrek Balloons

Shrek themed party ideas - Shrek balloonsVendor: Ivonel Art, Custom Balloon Design 

Decorate your Shrek themed party with ogre green and muddy brown balloons to fit the aesthetic. Arrange the balloons in a swamp archway, garland, or even in the shape of the characters. Check out balloon decorators on The Bash to take your Shrek party theme to the next level.

15. Watch Party

Luckily, there are a ton of movies and spin offs you can watch throughout the Shrek party. All you’ll need to do is set up some comfortable seating, rent an outdoor movie screen, book a few food carts like popcorn or ice cream, and let the show begin. 

16. Fiona’s Photo Booth

Shrek themed party ideas - Fiona's photo boothVendor: VIP PARTIES -Photo Booth, Zap Shot, Lights, Lounge 

Every party needs a photo booth, especially this Shrek themed party! Capture your friends and family dressed up in their best ogre or fairy tale attire with the help of this party staple. Browse local photo booths on The Bash to add a fun activity to the Shrek party theme.

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17. Swamp Scene

Shrek themed party ideas - swamp scene

Channel the iconic swamp in your Shrek decorations by incorporating faux vines with brown streamers, and plastic frogs. This will help add to the Shrek party aesthetic while also doubling as another photo backdrop.

18. Shrekcuterie

Shrek themed party ideas - Shrekcuterie

Every party needs a grazing board of some kind, so create a Shrekcuterie board so there’s something for everyone to snack on. Incorporate different types of cheese, meat, fruit, and other light bites to create a simple yet delicious Shrek themed party appetizer.

19. “Wanted” Posters

Shrek was a wanted man by Lord Farquaad, so incorporate this detail into your Shrek decoration ideas. Hang up posters of the characters from the movies, or you can even book a caricaturist to draw custom portraits of each guest. Not only will this be a fun party favor, but it’ll be a great addition to the Shrek decorations.

20. Dragon’s Egg Hunt

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This is like your traditional Easter egg hunt, but with larger dragon eggs instead. Fill plastic dragon eggs with candy, money, or other small prizes, and you can even include a big golden egg for the grand prize.

21. Fairy Tale Face Painting 

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If you’re looking for fun Shrek themed party ideas, book a face painter to transform guests into green ogres or other fairy tale characters. Whether this is a Shrek themed birthday party for adults or kids, guests of all ages are sure to enjoy this activity.

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22. Ogre Ears

Shrek themed party ideas - ogre ears

You’ll want to make sure to have plenty of green ogre ears at your Shrek themed birthday party. Order in bulk from Amazon or you can even find custom ones on Etsy for a Shrek themed bachelorette party or other special occasion.

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Published on 7/3/2024