College Party Theme Ideas

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College is a time when young adults are making their own decisions -- many for the first time in their lives. Decisions about which major to choose, whether to join the Greek system, which dorm to live in their first year and, yes -- which parties to attend. College partying creativity has come a long way since "Animal House" toga parties. Holiday, era, risqué and just plain funny themes provide guests with great memories (and pictures!) that last long after college is through.

Graffiti Party

  • Hosting a graffiti party is a simple and inexpensive way for college students to have fun, even those on a tight budget. All guests, female and male, are required to wear a white T-shirt or tank top and jeans. In addition to beverages, the host should provide each party-goer with a few colorful Sharpie pens. Then, guests socialize and enjoy drinks while "autographing" each other's white T-shirts. As the night goes on, the writing gets more fun. This theme is also a great ice-breaker. What's a better way to make sure that cute guy or girl gives you their phone number than asking them to write it on your T-shirt!

Great Gatsby (1920s) Party

  • Literature of the 1920s is a popular course at many colleges and universities. Translate the classroom into the nightlife by hosting a Great Gatsby-themed party. Flapper dresses in bright colors are fun to wear, and women can don bobbed wigs -- as the bob hairstyle was "all the rage" in the 1920s. Guys will have fun impersonating the debonair Gatsby in a sharp-looking hat and three-piece suit. Serve classic prohibition drinks such as "moonshine" or "bathtub gin." Hosts can learn the Charleston (a popular 1920s dance) and teach the guests during the party. Then, have a dance-off.

Ugly Sweater Party

  • Hosting an ugly sweater party, especially during the holiday season, is a perfect relief from cocktail parties and other formal gatherings. Guests are required to find the ugliest holiday sweater they can (and there are always plenty to choose from) and wear it to the party. Bulky, patterned and brightly colored sweaters are usually good bets. A sweater displaying Rudolph, Santa or battery-operated musical ornaments is sure to be a great conversation starter. Add a holiday-patterned turtleneck for good measure, then stand under the mistletoe welcoming guests to this hilarious soiree.

Morning After Party

  • Just as it sounds, "the morning after" is something that many college students experience. Turn this embarrassing spectacle into a fun night out, and have guests wear classic "morning after" outfits. Girls might wear over-sized T-shirts, shorts and high heels -- and don't forget to smudge your makeup and muss your hair. Guys can don wrinkled party attire and go barefoot. (Where did those darn shoes go, anyway?) This is a casual party, and costumes are sure to bring a lot of laughs and conjure up great stories to be told ... the morning after.

Modern Toga Party

  • No college experience is complete without attending at least one toga party. However, don't be boring -- have a modern Toga Party. Guests are required to wear togas ... with one catch. The fabric they wrap themselves in cannot be white. Let your imagination run wild: Toga! Toga!

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