If you are one of those people who loves a good party and can be convinced to attend a theme party that goes beyond ‘70s disco or backyard luau, you might like the idea of a divorce.
This isn’t marriage advice, but a party trend among the newly single. People are throwing divorce parties to celebrate getting unhitched. Have you been to one?
Chances are you know at least one person who has gone through the pain of a divorce. Some go through their split on good terms, and though the ending itself is sad, it does mark a new beginning. Divorce parties are not only helping people with closure, but also serving as celebratory occasions that highlight a couple’s lasting friendship, lessons learned, and of course, singlehood.
It’s a trend that has been around for the past few years, and it is happening with the help of friends, fam, and divorce support groups. Las Vegas seems to be a hot spot for such a celebration.
Psychologists are on board with the divorce party as a healthy way to cope with a breakup – as long as the person isn’t drowning their sorrows in booze and drugs. They do caution partygoers to be considerate of the other person’s feelings and loved ones who may be stuck in the middle.
Such a party can make some feel uncomfortable. That includes the guest of honor who may not be ready to take on the role of being single. But bonding with supportive friends and family with good music and good food right after those papers are signed is being viewed as a special occasion, or in some cases, a milestone.
In some cases, the ex is no good, yet in others, a good pal. But the party? The party is about the new divorcee and his or her new start. These days, you can even hire a divorce party planner or sign up for a divorce registry.
Women find that taking a trip with girlfriends helps to take the sting out of a divorce, as can a quiet gathering with their BFFs or sisters. Although you may have also heard stories about friends showing up in wedding attire to be cut up or burned as symbolic gestures of the end. It happens.
Men too hang out with their buds, or as in the movie, The Divorce Party, go crazy for 4K TVs, beer mugs, and ping pong tables. However, men tend not to have parties after a divorce, preferring low-key things like bar hopping, a dinner, or sports events.
For those having big bashes, specially printed invitations go out, a DJ is hired, and multi-tiered cakes are being ordered with broken or decapitated cake toppers. Sashes, confetti, games, and banners are also available for purchase so no one has to decorate for a divorce from scratch.
If you want to throw a divorce party but are unsure where to start, look no further than Instagram or Pinterest for inspiration. It doesn’t have to be a completely sad and heavy occasion.
Have you ever been to a divorce party? What do you think of the trend? Would you throw one for yourself or a loved one?