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Living Abroad: Unique Party Ideas for Expats


It’s no secret that being an ex-pat is an incredible life experience.

Moving to and working in another country can be an amazing way to experience a new culture and make new friends. You can live a new way of life, experiencing new traditions, new foods, and more. However, it can at times be difficult to make friends in a new country. At times you may feel homesick, lonely, or even second guess if you made a good decision by moving abroad.

To help you make new friends and feel more at home, here are some unique and fun party ideas for expats:


Unique Party Ideas for Expats

Potluck dinner

If you’ve move to a country that serves different cuisine than your home country, ask your new friends or work colleagues to come to a potluck dinner! At potluck parties, everyone brings a dish, and everyone gets to try a little of everything. Ask people to bring their favourites, so you can try a range of local dishes. Learn about the local food, and educate your new friends on your favourite dishes from back home.

Christmas in July is also Recognised and celebrated in a few countries around the world, Christmas in July is a new concept. People celebrate by giving gifts to one another and cooking extravagant family meals or BBQ’s. If you’ve moved to the Southern hemisphere, you might struggle at first with celebrating a “second Christmas” on July 25. To help you feel more normal, ask a local to help you throw a Christmas party in July. Or, plan the party for when the weather is similar when you celebrate Christmas in your home country.

Hometown party

Feeling homesick is natural if you’ve moved away from home, no matter how much you love the location you’re at. If you want to share the culture of your home country, a themed party can be a really fun way to celebrate. It can also help make you feel a little less homesick. Here’s some decor ideas:

1. Decorate with your country or state’s flag.
           2. Hang posters of famous musicians, actors and actresses, or politicians from your country.
3. Play music from local musicians or popular genres.
           4. Cook your favourite dishes from back home. You can make a mini version of your old home for the           party, and invite all your new pals to get a taste of where you lived before.

Local holidays

Is there a local holiday in your new country that you’ve never celebrated before? These include Day of the  Dead, Diwali, Oktoberfest, Chinese New Year, and others. You may not be familiar with the details surrounding them, but they are great ways to make local friends. Ask a friend if you can help them host a party to educate and celebrate. By co-hosting with someone local, you can:

1. Learn all about the customs, meanings, and traditions of the holiday;
2. Find out how to cook traditional cuisines;
3. Discover what flavours or types of cuisines you enjoy and which ones you don’t; and
4. Eliminate the worry of “getting things wrong” by hosting your own party.


Many countries have different beliefs about what alcohol to drink for celebrations, or even about drinking alcohol at all. Perhaps you’ve moved somewhere that takes their vodka seriously, or somewhere that has a reputation for making fantastic beer (ahem, the Czech Republic). Gather a few different examples of local drinks and host a tasting party! You can try many local drinks, learn about the history of them, and even what foods pair with which blends and brews.

Do you have a party idea for expats? Have you thrown a party for expats in another country before? If so, tell me your ideas and experiences in the comments below!

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  1. Amy Aed says

    This is such a good post, these party ideas sound great!

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    Greetings! Very useful advice within this article! It is the little changes that make the largest changes. Thanks a lot for sharing! Kirstyn Hall Sanferd

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