Parties are fun, but themed parties are more exciting and enjoyable, especially if all guests belong to the same field or work in the same environment. So if you belong to a group of people working in the medical field, if you’re a student from med-school, or if you want to celebrate med-school graduation, a medical-themed party would make the celebration more memorable. Here are some ideas for a medical-themed party to help make Halloween, Holidays, and other parties a lot more fun.
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Sending out invitations is important when holding parties to let people know more about the event and to inform them about the theme beforehand. You may add logos related to the medical field, such as a stethoscope or a heart rate symbol. If you want your invitation to look more creative, you can design a fake prescription sheet with the party information written or printed on it.
You may send out physical invitations, or you could also go paperless and send out online invitations. Regardless, you want to ensure that your invitation goes well with your theme.
Since it’s a medical-themed party, guests normally wear a doctor’s white coat, hospital gowns, or hospital scrubs and carry different medical accessories, such as a stethoscope, syringe, penlight, clipboard, or a nurse’s and doctor’s ID.
However, you may also go with themed costumes. For instance, you can ask your guests to dress up as medical staff from a movie or a TV show. They can dress up as Dr. Shaun Murphy from the TV show The Good Doctor, or they can go as Dr. Meredith Grey and Dr. Derek Shepherd from Grey’s Anatomy.
If you want a funny costume, your guests can wear silly medical-themed costumes such as a huge syringe or a big bottle of prescription pills. You may also dress up as parts of the human body. And if it’s for a Halloween party, you can always go with scary nurses and doctors. You may use face paint and create a gory fake wound on your face and body. Then you may splash some fake blood on your attire to complete your outfit.
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Your medical-themed party would be more enjoyable if you turned your room into your own hospital. Cover the tables and chairs with white cloth and hang different toy medical supplies and accessories throughout your place. You may also provide each table with a clipboard containing the menu for the party.
However, if you have spare rooms or your venue has many different rooms, you can use them to create your own hospital. Decorate the rooms as different areas of the hospital – it may be an ER, an operating room, a recovery ward, etc. – and let your guests feel like they are having a party inside their workplace.
You may start by putting up a sign saying “Entrance” or “Emergency” on the main door. You may also add different hospital signages, such as information desk, “hospital personnel only,” a hospital directory, or hospital policies, but instead of hospital rules, the party rules are written on it.
When guests arrive, they must first go through admissions. You can dress up as an admission clerk or assign one of your guests to do the job. Provide each guest with a patient admission kit containing fun snacks, and let them wear a hospital wristband as if they are patients admitted to the hospital.
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Prepare Fun Medical-Related Activities
Your party wouldn’t be fun without having games and activities. Since this is a medical-themed party, it is only right to have games that are also medical-related. If your guests are med students or are working in the medical field, you could divide them into two or three groups and quiz them on different medical topics.
You may also play “Guess the Medical Tools,” wherein you will blindfold your guests and make them guess the medical tool they’re holding just by feeling it. You can also play another game wherein you prepare a box full of medical tools and let your guests memorize everything inside the box for two to three minutes. After that, you cover the box and whoever recalls the most items wins the game.
Another activity you can have is a photo booth. A photo booth is great because you and your guests can have pictures that will serve as souvenirs from the party. You can hire photo booth services or DIY your photo booth area if you are on a budget.
If you want to DIY your photo booth area, you have to prepare your backdrop, costumes, and props. For the props, you would want to have medical-related props, such as a stethoscope, syringes, a thermometer, medicines, funny-looking skeletons, heart and brain props, and more. Print different phrases, famous quotes, or phrases your guests say most of the time. You may also provide small chalkboards where people can write messages and sayings they like.
Food and Drink Ideas
Yes, the food and drinks will still be medical-themed to add more fun to the party. One cute way to incorporate the theme into the food is to fill up a jar with white marshmallows and label it “cotton balls,” wafers as “tongue depressors,” jelly beans as “pills,” pretzel sticks as “thermometers,” and more. You may also serve medical-themed sugar cookies or food shaped like organs. Another fun idea is to fill your syringes with chocolate or other fillings and stuff them up your bread or donuts.
For your drinks, you can spice up the game by serving your drinks like apple juice or white wine in a small white cup or a shot glass and labeling them as “urine samples” and “blood samples” if it’s for red wine. You can also provide big water jugs and label them as “IV Fluids” or fill several syringes with cocktails and call them “flu shots.” You may also use blood bags and fill them with fruit punch and other red drinks.
If you want to add more fun to the party, you can set up a small bar cart and let your guests act like pharmacists by letting them make their own drinks. You may also place prescription sheets with cocktail recipes so your guests can easily make their drinks. Then, assign different medicine names to different cocktails to stick to the theme.
You can serve your food and drinks on medical-themed dishware and tableware or on hospital trays to make your guests feel like they’re in a hospital. You may also put your chips and dipping sauces on medicine trays. For your sweets, you may place them inside empty pillboxes and pretend they’re prescribed medicines you must take after meals.
Having a medical-themed party, especially when you are a group of medical professionals and med students, would be fun and will be such a great way to de-stress after a tiring day at work or after a stressful day full of studying. And if you don’t know how to start planning, these party ideas will surely be of great help.