If you’re going to college in the fall, you’ve no doubt already bought a ton of new clothes, snacks, decorations and what-have-you to make your dorm room feel like home.
But don’t forget one more thing—a way to throw a killer party. After all, this is your first year away from home, and it’s time to spread your wings a little bit! If you want to throw an awesome party for both yourself and your friends (after all, you’ll be living with them for the next year), here are some tips on how to throw a college dorm party!
Have a theme
Don’t just have “a party” — have a theme! Whether it’s a costume party at Halloween or something as simple as a “pajama party,” having a theme will make things more fun. It gives people an excuse to get creative with their outfits, and it gives everyone something extra in common.
If you want to go all out with the theme idea, try being more specific. Your theme can be anything from “neon colors” to “futuristic” to “superheroes.” The more specific you are with the theme, the easier it is for people to get excited about the event.
College Dorm Party
Making the most of your college experience is all about knowing how to throw a killer party. If you’re lucky enough to have an off-campus apartment or house, you have the ultimate luxury — a party pad that’s off limits to the rules and regulations of your school’s residential life department. But even if you live in a dorm room, with a little effort and some smart planning, you can still throw a party that will be talked about for years to come.
Planning Your Guest List
The number one rule of throwing a great party? Know your guests. Because your dorm room has no windows or doors that lead outside, having too many people over could cause problems with the fire marshal if they show up to investigate complaints from other students in the building. In general, only invite as many people as you think will fit comfortably in your dorm room and bathroom at any given time. It’s better to limit your guest list to ensure that everyone has enough space than to risk getting kicked out of school (or worse). Don’t forget to include friends from other buildings on campus — so much the better if they bring along friends who don’t live on campus!
Setting Up Your Space For Success
Depending on how much space you have
Throwing a dorm party can be a great experience…if you do it right. Follow these steps to make sure that party is the best it can be!
- Make sure you’re allowed to have a dorm party before you start planning one.
- Pick a theme for your college dorm party.
- Find a place for your college dorm party.
- Decide on the guest list for your college dorm party.
- Send out invitations for your college dorm party, and ask guests to RSVP so you know how many people are coming and what they need to bring if it’s a potluck-style affair.
- Make sure everyone is having a good time during your college dorm party by keeping things interesting with drinking games and activities.
New dorm mates
There’s no better way to get to know your new dorm mates than throwing a party. Not only will you make new friends, but you’ll be able to show off your love for decor by DIYing some epic party decorations. From confetti balloons to balloon garlands and even a hot chocolate bar, these college dorm party ideas are the ultimate way to introduce yourself and have fun while doing it!
- Confetti Balloons
- A Balloon Garland
- Glow in the Dark Party
- A Candy Buffet
- A Hot Chocolate Station
It’s official: your parents are gone. The dorm room is all yours. And your parents left you a little something to celebrate with: a fully stocked bar! What do you do? Throw a party!
But first, here’s what you need to know about throwing a college dorm party:
- Get the word out
You may think that all you need to do is put up a post on Facebook and the people will come. But some people don’t have Facebook, and sometimes invites can get lost in someone’s feed. So try these other methods of getting the word out:
- Put flyers up around campus
- Call as many people as possible (if you’re not comfortable doing this, find someone else who is)
- Send people a personal text message inviting them to the party
- Don’t be a buzzkill
After everyone leaves anyway
Your guests will be expecting some alcohol at the party, but they probably won’t expect you to have an actual bar set up like you would at home. Don’t be stingy! It’s not like you’ll be able to sneak it back into your room after everyone leaves anyway, so go nuts and show your guests how much fun college can really be. And yes, having a fully stocked bar means that there
Since you’ve been on your own for a while now, you’ve probably mastered the art of throwing a great backyard barbeque or an epic dinner party, right? Wrong.
Here’s the thing: The rules are different when it comes to college dorm parties. For starters, there’s no BBQ grill or gas stove, and you certainly don’t have the space for an elaborate spread of hors d’oeuvres and appetizers. But don’t worry — we’ve done our research and found some great ways to throw a fun party in the tightest of quarters.
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