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A pop-art/Warhol-inspired party has always sounded like so much fun to me….with all the vibrant colors and funky patterns/design elements that come with his style – it’s the perfect excuse to create a fun & genuinely “outside-the-box” experience for party guests!

There are so many directions you could take with this theme, but these cool new Warhol Quote Plates from cb2 (only $1.50 each!) inspired me to create a mini cocktail (or mocktail) party inspiration board with a few decorative ideas to kick things off. Feel free to add additional ideas in the comments! I have a feeling this concept may call for a full party theme in the near future…

andy warhol cocktail party

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1. Warhol-inspired Buttons
Use these – combined with wide ribbon or strips of decorative paper – to create themed napkin rings or as vase embellishments. ($1 each at Button Bunny)

2. Whimsy Fringe Ribbon
Perfect for dressing up vases, stemware, and party favors. ($4.99 at Container Store)

3. Go Bananas!
Warhol’s “Banana” is one of his most recognizable works. Play on this fun fact with banana-inspired decor. A few ideas:

  • Fill bowls with colorful paper shred then place bananas on top.
  • Fill wide glass cylinder vases with bananas, then embellish the outside of the vase with colorful fringe ribbon, striped or zig-zagged all the way up the vase.
  • Serve banana-themed cocktails (Funky Monkey, Banana Split, etc) – or non-alcoholic Banana Smoothies.
  • Set out bowls of banana-flavored candy like Laffy Taffy or Runts and/or an ice cream bar with all the fixings for guests to create their own banana splits.

4. Decorative Paint Cans – (Available in-store at Container Store)
Create funky DIY “vases” or serving containers using decorative paint canisters and scrapbook or gift wrap paper in pop-art inspired patterns.  Or – if you’re a computer whiz – create your own Warhol-style labels and print them at home.

5. Serve up nostalgic treats that come in zany packaging – like black and yellow ABBA-ZABBA.

6. Warhol 2009 Calendar
Calendars are a great way to get inexpensive “prints” of your favorite artist to use as party decor…the price makes it okay to break out the scissors – and there are so many things you can do with a single calendar. For example: Frame the different images and display them as background decor, use them as placemats, or cut them to size for whatever you need – DIY drink coasters, vase embellishments, etc. Use wide strips of cut images to wrap soup cans (or really any canned food) that you already own – a play on Warhol’s tomato soup paintings – and an inexpensive way to create a unique decorative display!

andy warhol photo art

Personalize it! This theme could easily be transformed into pretty much any type of special occasion – from an adult birthday party to a kids birthday (with the banana smoothie option, of course) – to a bridal shower or engagement party. Just personalize it for the occasion/guest(s) of honor by incorporating their name(s) and photos into the decor. Try “Warholizing” their photos on your own – or have places  like allPopart.com do it for you {samples above}.


  1. Celeste January 6, 2009 at 10:46 am

    Oh, how fun! An Andy Warhol party! I would love to be invited to one of those.

  2. Erin January 6, 2009 at 11:15 am

    This is beyond cool!

  3. amy @ stem January 6, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Jenn – this is FUN. I’m so loving this idea. All your items are great. I saw these Marilyn plates on sale for 95 cents – crazy cheap – and this is a fantastic use for them!


    Would be fun to recreate Campell’s labels but with guest’s names i/o the type of soup and place them around real soup cans to use as placecards?

    Or to use actual tomato soup cans and group for levels for your food trays, stack in fun ways for centerpieces for tables or buffets.

    You could donate all your soup cans to a food pantry afterward and maybe even ask guests to bring some to donate.

    I’ll stop now.

  4. Dawn January 6, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    Aren’t those plates too cool? I just received my cb2 catalog today, and flipped over them. Yes, it is a party theme begging to happen. I love Amy’s soup can ideas; I’m going to have to “borrow” them for my idea book. http://www.dawnypoo.blogspot.com

  5. Heather January 7, 2009 at 9:35 am

    I also just saw this:

    They’re notecards with Andy Warhol’s artwork and recipes from Serendipity on the back. So cute! Might be a fun party favor or even a cute way to send out the invite to your Pop party!

  6. Megan January 7, 2009 at 9:44 am

    This is fabulous! I love Andy Warhol art, so this definitely put :) on my face.

  7. Mrs. Jetplane January 7, 2009 at 9:58 am

    Love it! I am a HUGE Warhol lover. I need those plates.

  8. Chris Nease January 8, 2009 at 4:36 am

    I love this idea for a 30-something (or 40th) birthday party. I would also do something with the “15 minutes of fame” quote. Maybe set up a “photo booth” with a simple curtain backdrop and some dress-up props. Also have a “red carpet” runner leading to the door.


  9. valerie January 8, 2009 at 10:31 am

    warhol is such an icon…i’m obsessed with the calendar.

  10. Britney February 14, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    I love Andy Warhol! I think you might have just inspired my 25th birthday party. Thanks:)

  11. Bette's Bags February 19, 2009 at 8:48 am

    GREAT IDEA! We are planning an engagement party and I love the idea of “Warholizing” the engaged couple for party gifts or on the invites.

  12. Photo to Canvas January 7, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    that is a very cool deal! not bad at all

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