Ideas for a Medical-Themed Party

There’s no doubt about it – the medical staff all over the world are amazing. They are putting themselves at risk out there to save lives, especially during this coronavirus pandemic. Yet, every single day, they go out of their way to help others, and they deserve some respect.

If you have a friend or a family member in the medical field, or if you just love the idea of playing doctors and nurses, why not throw a medical-themed party? This theme is perfect for birthdays or anniversary parties of a couple in the medical field or for a bachelor/bachelorette party of a medical pro. It’s also the perfect theme to pick if you’re celebrating someone graduating from med school or passing the boards, or for a kid whose ambition is to be a doctor someday!

Here are some creative and fun ideas to make your medical-themed party awesome!

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Big Dot of Happiness Nurse Graduation - Fill In Medical Nursing Graduation Party Invitations (8 count)
Nursing School Graduation Party Invitations, 20 5"x7" Fill In Cards
Big Dot of Happiness Nurse Graduation - Shaped Fill-In Invitations - Medical Nursing Graduation Party Invitation Cards
Cherokee Professionals Men Scrubs Top Tuckable V-Neck WW675
VOGRYE Professional Lab Coat for Women Men Long Sleeve, White, Unisex
EverOne Premium Cardiology Stethoscope, Black Tube, 27 Inch
SITHON Nursing Clipboard with Storage, Lightweight Portable Writing Clipboard
Plus Size Nurse Heartbreaker Costume
Music Legs Women's Sexy Surgeon
Rubie's Bloody Nurse Ladies Costume
EraSpooky Zombie Bloody Doctor Halloween Costume
Heimlich Maneuver Inflatable Halloween Costume - Adult Funny Blow Up Doctor Suit
Bodysocks Inflatable Surgeon/Doctor Lift You Up Costume (Adult)
Rasta Imposta Adult Heart Costume
Per DIY 3D Plush Stuffed Viscera Internal Organs Model Heart+Intestine+Stomach+Liver
amscan Open Gown Patient Halloween Costume Kit for Adults, One Size, Includes Gown
ALBIZIA Women's Skull Skeleton Halloween Costume Jumpsuit Bodysuit Cosplay Bodysuit Outfit

 

Invitations

Stick with the theme starting with your invitations! Find medical-themed invitations on different websites. You can choose to make your own in Photoshop if you can design or use Canva, which is a user-friendly, free editing app. You can also make your own by designing a fake prescription sheet or a doctor’s referral with party information written in it. You may also use a photo of the celebrant wearing medical scrubs.

For a party that celebrates graduation from nursing school, you can use these party invitations instead. You can get a 5.5” x 3.75” card, a larger 5×7 card or a card in the shape of a graduation cap.

Costumes or Dress Code

You can choose to go all out in your theme by asking people to attend wearing doctor or medical-themed costumes! When it comes to a medical-themed party, you can’t go wrong in the costume department.

Go for grown-up dress-up by wearing hospital scrubs or a white coat. Don’t forget the stethoscope or a clipboard for extra effect.

You can choose from the less-is-more approach to going all out for a medical Halloween party, from sexy to scary. You can wear sexy nurse costumes or sexy doctor, a scary nurse or a bloody doctor costume. If it’s an all-adult event, there’s also the option of wearing naughty costumes. You can also go to the party like a messed-up patient, complete with fake blood. Here are also some other ideas for quirky and funny costumes:

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Roylco Broken Bones X-Ray Set, Projector Display Compatible, 15 X-Rays
Eye Chart, Snellen Eye Chart Set of Wall Chart with Hand Pointer, 11 X 22 Inch Eye Exam Chart with Green and Red Lines for Kids
10 Pack - Anatomical Poster Set - Laminated - Muscular, Skeletal, Digestive, Respiratory, Circulatory, Endocrine, Lymphatic, Male
8x8 The Doctor Is In Handmade Wood Sign Physician Office Business Welcome Come On In Sign In Walk-Ins Open Entry Door Hanger Plaque
Gold Glitter Congrats Doctor Banner - Doctor Graduation Banner
Sky Blue Glitter Educated AF Banner Nurse RN Doctor Grad Party Banner Congrats Gollege Medical Grad Party Decorations Supplies
Belrew Red&Silver RN Banner, Congrats Grad for 2021 Nurse/Doctor Graduation party, Medical Nursing Decorations
WeBenison Gold Glitter Future Dentist Banner for Congrats Doctor Party Decor College High School Medical Graduation Party Supplies
Talorine Red Glitter Congrats Doctor Banner Congrats Nurse Banner
30 Pieces Nurse Party Decoration, Red and Blue Nurse Graduation Foil Ceiling Hanging Swirl Streamers
iMagitek 40 Pcs Nurse Graduation Party Photo Booth Props for Doctor Nurse Graduation & Retirement Party Supply
2021 Nurse Graduation Party Supplies, Congrats Table Covers (54 x 108 In, 3 Pack)
Linen 13 X 72'' Nurse Graduation Table Runner RN Party Dinner Table Decoration Medical School Nursing School Nurse Party Table Runner
Silver and Red Glitter Congrats Doctor Cake Topper, Doctor Graduation Cake Decor
Rose Gold Glitter Congrats RN Cake Topper - RN Class of 2021 Cake Decor
50 Pieces Nursing Cupcake Toppers Glitter Nurse Graduation Cupcake Toppers and Picks Decorations

 

Decorations

In your decorations, you can imitate a doctor’s office or a hospital room. Hang fake x-rays, a vision chart, and different kinds of medical posters throughout the room. On your door, you can hang an entrance sign that says The Doctor is In.”

On top of your buffet table, hang some banners that say “Congrats, doctorEducated AFRNfuture dentist or a banner with medical symbols. Finally, decorate your ceiling with swirl streamers with a medical theme. Or you can make your own using cutouts of a red cross, scrubs, pills, blood bags, nurse caps, and more.

Set up a photo booth and use medical photo booth props. Or use them as wall décor, too!

Use a medical-theme table cover for a graduation party, or use your available sheets and use a medical-theme table runner instead.

For your cakes and cupcakes, use a cake topper to celebrate a milestone for a doctor or a registered nurse. Top your cupcakes with medical toppers to suit your theme.

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50 Pieces Nursing Cupcake Toppers Glitter Nurse Graduation Cupcake Toppers
COYMOS 3 Pack Surgical Tray, Stainless Steel Tray for Lab Instrument Supplies, Tattoo Tool
QWORK Kidney Tray Stainless Steel, 7", 2 Pack, Kidney Shaped Emesis Basin, Dental Lab Instruments Surgical Trays
Grafco 3227 Stainless Steel Bed Pans - Adult: 14" x 11 3/8"
Medical Doctor Nurse Birthday Party Supplies Tableware Set Include 24 9" Paper Plates 24 7" Plate 24 9 Oz Cup 50 Lunch Napkin
Nurse Graduation Party Supplies, Red Paper Plates (7 In, 80 Pack)
Nurse Graduation Party Plates, Congrats (Black, 9 In, 80 Pack)
Trolli Glotzer 75g
Haribo Heart Throbs - 960g - Approx 300 Pieces
Deliver Kosher Bulk Candy - Sour Smooch Juju Lips - 1lb Bag
Gummy Teeth
Gumi-Aid Fruit Flavored Gummy Bandages 3 oz Box (Pack of 2)
Party Shots 50 Pack Jello Shot Syringes (Plus 50 Delicious Jello Shot Recipe E-Book)
Blood Bag for Drink IV Bags, Halloween Party Cups Drink Container, Drink Pouches Gag Gift

 

Tableware

Serve your snacks on hospital trays or medical-themed tableware. Use surgical trays and kidney trays for serving nuts, candies, and other finger foods. Use bedpans for dips, chips, and veggies.

 You can get medical-themed disposable tableware set, or you may use these red or black paper plates and stick to red cups for serving drinks.

Food

Opt for healthy foods to keep the health and medical theme. If you’re serving dinner, choose fresh salads, vegetable sides, roasted meats, and fresh fruits for dessert. Of course, you don’t want to miss an opportunity to make a sign that says “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” in a bowl full of apples.

Be creative with the food you serve. Arrange deli meats to look like organs, have biscuits decorated as bones, cookies shaped as doctor equipment, pretzels as thermometers, and more. You can serve pizza cups and make it look like a patient’s face – use olives as eyes, mushrooms as the nose, and white onion strips as bandages! Have fun with baked goods like cookies, donuts, and cupcakes! Either bake them yourself or ask a local baker to customize medical-themed baked goods. You can even serve those donuts and cupcakes with syringes full of chocolate or jam.

If you have a sweet tooth, serve a candy buffet. There’s a lot of fun you can do with candy for a medical-themed party. Serve gummy eyeballsheart gummieslip gummiesgummy teeth and gummy bandages. Add some fun labels, like “cotton balls” for white marshmallows, “gauze” for cotton candy, “arteries” for red licorice, “veins” for blue licorice, “medications” for jelly beans, “maintenance meds” for M&M’s, “stool samples” for Kisses, and “surgical tape” for sour tapes. Kids will surely love it if you do this for an aspiring doctor-to-be!

For your drinks, you can serve Jell-O shots on a syringe and your punch on a drip IV bag. As for candies, there are also so many fun ways to stick to the theme for your drinks section. You can label “urine samples” for shots of vodka or white wine, “cough syrup” for juice, “blood samples” for red cocktails or wine, “IV fluids” for your water in a jug.

Alternatively, you can set up a “medicine table” and bartend to create concoctions “as prescribed by the doctor.” Create different cocktails with medicine-related names.

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First Aid Kit - 100 Piece - Small First Aid Kit
Medical Oral Thermometer for Adults, Thermometer for Fever
Blue Panda Ice Pack - 3-Pack Reusable Ice Bag, Cold Therapy for Injuries
Kidzlane Play Doctor Kit for Kids and Toddlers - Kids Doctor Play Set - 7 Piece Dr Set with Medical Storage Bag
Premium Medical Supplies Party Bags, Doctor Party Favor Bags, Treat Bags, Nurse Gift Bags
Hammont Paper Treat Boxes -10 Pack- Party Favors Treat Container Cookie Boxes Cute Designs Perfect
Darling Souvenir Hangover Kit - in Sickness and in Health Printed Party Canvas Favor First Aid Kit Bags
Liquid I.V. Hydration Multiplier - Passion Fruit - Hydration Powder Packets
24K Gold Eye Mask– 15 Pairs - Puffy Eyes and Dark Circles Treatments
Large Shower Wipes with Aloe, Vitamin E and Tea Tree Oil, Bathing Wipes
24 PCS Plastic Test Tubes,45ml Clear Test Tube with Caps,140x25mm Test Tube
Pack of 50 - Amber 13 Dram Pill Bottles Empty with Caps Child Resistant Medicine Bottles-Push
Morepack Small Cute Weekly Pill Box 7 Day Pill Case, Pink, Green, Orange (3 Pcs)
SunAngel 4 Syringe Pens + 6 Pill Pens & Capsule Pens + 10 Bone Design Ballpoint Pens
Operation Electronic Board Game With Cards Kids Skill Game Ages 6 and Up

 

Party favors

For the party favors your guests would bring home, it’s best to give them what they would really use for their medical needs. For example, you can give off a small first aid kit, vitamins, digital thermometers, or some cute and reusable ice bags. If it’s a kid’s party, the best party favor would be a doctor’s play set.  

If you want to give off assorted goodies, place them in a first aid kit paper bag. You can also pack up some cookies in an ambulance party favor box.

If you plan your party to be a boozefest, make sure you give your guests a hangover kit and fill it with gum, hydration powder packets, eye pads, and moist towelettes before they go home. If you only have a small budget left for party favors, candies are the way to go. Give away candies in plastic test tubespill bottles, or a cute citrus pill caddy they can reuse as a pill organizer. You can also give off pens in the shape of syringe, bones, and pills.

Activities

Play a game of Operation – it’s a blast for both kids and adults. If your party is full of medical professionals or students, play a quiz game on medical topics. You may also hold a watch party for medical-themed TV shows such as “Scrubs,” “ER,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” and “House,” and be nerdy together by critiquing how unrealistic they are.

If you ask your guests to come in a costume, make it a contest and give a “research grant” as a prize if you’re feeling generous!

If you set your medical party on a Halloween, take it to the next level creepy by playing a murder mystery game in an abandoned hospital!