Usually, there is an overall theme for your Relay For Life event, and teams are encouraged to create a "team theme" based on the event's overall theme. Here are some universal theme ideas that can be tailored or used in many different ways.
Cirque du Relay
Holiday Theme. “We took a holiday, now its time to celebrate…”
Relay Around the Clock
HOTTT: Helping Others Through Tough Times
Kicking Cancer to the Curb
Olympics (carry a torch for your laps, wear togas, paint hula hoops to form the 5 rings)
Racing for a Cure - Racecar theme. Build a track around your campsite
Fishing for a Cure - have a boat, fishing rods, fish, etc. hanging from your tent
Gilligan's Island - palm tree decorations. Don't be lost a C (cancer)
Woodstock - peace signs, braided hair, tie-dyed shirts
Scrubbing out a Cure - hang clothes on a clothes line. Have washboards and buckets
Take a bite out of cancer - Decorate tents with big mouths
Western Theme - dress like cowboys
Noah's Ark - have animals paired up. Make the tent look like an ark.
Farm Theme - Hay bales, mini tractor, pretend animals
Raising Money For Cancer - money trees with fake money.
Christmas Theme - Dress like elves, decorate tent like a Christmas tree, hang stockings.
Realtors - Build a house around your tent. Bring a real door, landscaping, etc.
Living Dolls - Make your tent into a doll house.
Cancer Crushers - Have big feet everywhere with crushed cans.
Rocking to the Oldies - Decorate like Al's Diner from Happy Days. Team members dress the part.
Aloha Theme - palm trees, swimming pool.
Hunting for a Cure - decorate tent in camouflage. Team members wear fatigues.
Lettuce Make a Difference - Dress up as carrots, broccoli, tomatoes, or celery and mix it up as a salad.
Luau For Life
The Wild Walkers - bikers theme
Reeling for the cure - fishing theme
ICEolate Cancer - make your campsite look like it's in the North Pole
Put a Chill on Cancer - Transform your tent into an igloo and bring lots of healthy frozen treats.
Foreign Country - Dress in the traditional costumes of the country of your choice, serve appropriate national cuisine. Make your tent into a famous building from that country (i.e. The Eiffel Tower, The Coliseum).
Favorite Movie - Recreate characters, sets, and your favorite scenes. Bring the movie soundtrack along to add the mood.
Cancer Crusaders - Make your tent into a castle, everyone dresses as knights.
Lifesavers - like the candy
M&M's - Mad and Mashing out Cancer
Golfers - Tee'd off at cancer
Carnival For A Cure - Have all your teams have a carnival/circus theme
Happily Ever After - Use fairytale themes and make your event slogan "Making the Fairytale of a Cure Come true."
Night at the Movies - use the list of movie themes below:
Lord of the Rings
Take Me Out to the Ballgame - Major League teams (entire event could do this w/ each team as a different Major League team).
Sitcoms/Comedy For A Cure
Moo-ving For a Cure - have a cow on a banner, dress as cows, whatever fun cow related themes you can think of! Then, Moo-ve cancer out!
Cartooning For A Cure - can also work for the whole Relay event. Also known as "Toon Out Cancer."