College is an experience like no other. It’s a time of self-discovery, first-time independence, and making memories that will last a lifetime. With the help of a few willing friends, you can turn your dorm room into a party to remember. Don’t struggle to find the perfect playlist or stay stuck in your room while others are outside having fun. With our guide, you’ll be able to throw a successful college dorm party in no time.
Remember the days when you had to shoulder your friends’ books while they carried their friends? You could easily raise a ruckus and make everyone laugh, but now that everyone has his own book bag, you’ll have to get creative with how you get your point across. Still, college dorm parties are an opportunity for you to let loose and have fun. With this guide, we’ll show you how.
Get the college dorm party Started
When it comes to throwing collage dorm party, the first step is making sure there’s something to throw. Planning an event should be easy when you’ve got a few friends who are willing to help out, but you can make things even easier with a solid game plan. Before you even get started, it’s worth taking into account what your guests are going to have fun with.
Are you throwing a party for music lovers? Then it’s best to have a famous band on hand. If you want your party guests to be able to jam, make sure there’s at least one instrument on hand, like a drum set. There are even colleges out there that offer their dorms as venues for an unlimited number of drum sets or amps. If your guests are rockers and don’t mind the noise, you can always find a way to have them jam with their peers.
Are you throwing a party for the political set? If so, you might want to have your local politicians on hand. It’s probably worth going to one of their events and getting their signatures. Other people can sign up too if they’re willing to make a campaign promise that they’ll attend your party. You could always ask them to make a pledge or sign an oath or something like that.
If you’re throwing a party for the athletes, have their coaches or managers present as well. If the coach is willing to be on hand, so will the athletes.
Are you throwing a party for the drama club? If so, you’ll need to have a few scripts on hand as well as some of your leading actors. You could even ask them to wear their costumes. By engaging in some role-playing before your party starts, you can make everyone feel less nervous about how they act once the party gets going.
Getting the Food You Want
Once you’ve found a worthy venue, it’s time to get the supplies you need. If you want to make sure everyone is fed and satisfied, you’ll need to get the food they want. For instance, are your guest’s vegetarians? If so, it’s probably not a good idea to serve pork chops or other meat that they’re allergic to. Are they vegans? Then don’t serve beef at all. Is the party being catered by one of your friends? Then make sure they know what to cook up.
You can offer refreshments that are easy to prepare, like lemonade and ice water, but if you want to go all out and make it a pretty big deal, you should get some cake. There are plenty of fancy bakeries online that will allow you to choose from a vast array of flavors and styles for your cake. Some will make it look like a skull if that’s what you want. They’ll even put a cute little hat on it.
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Inviting Your Guests
If you’re having one of those parties where it’s BYOB, make sure you have an alcohol permit. If you don’t, no one will be allowed to drink. Colleges usually have forms for this sort of thing, so just ask around and see if a classmate can help you out. You also might want to check with the housing department as well. They may only allow alcohol in your dorm room if you live in college-provided housing.
Enlist a few friends with whom you’ve done something to celebrate in the past. You should invite their parents, too, but don’t make them feel obligated to be there unless they really want to. If you’re lucky enough to get a big football player from Ohio State on hand, he’ll probably want to come in costume and meet his teammates.
If you’re throwing a party for the New Year, you might want to invite everyone who was invited but was unable to attend when you threw your last one. You could even invite your parents to meet everyone there for the first time.
If you’re throwing a party for the holidays, you can either ask people to bring a dish or make one of your own that’s appropriate for the season.
In case you were wondering, there are plenty of university kegs and beer pong tables out there. You’ll just have to search online. You’ll also have to do some legwork because most dorms don’t allow kegs or beer pong tables in them.
Making Sure Everyone Met and Greeted Each Other
Once you’ve got the main venue and supplies covered, you’ll want to give each of your attendees a headcount. You don’t want to be one short, so try to make sure everyone has a place to stay. If your guests are late and have no place to stay, the party will be over before it starts.
Once everyone is accounted for, it’s time to clear the venue and get the party started. You’ll want to make sure everyone has a safe place to be and where you can see them easily. For example, if you’re throwing a party for your favorite band, make sure they’re in an open space with plenty of room for you to see them. If it’s just going to be some random friends, the same thing applies. Make sure there’s room for their friends too.
Make sure you have a beer, potato chips, and other snacks that you can reach from a distance. In other words, don’t try to get your guests to bring food and drinks. You’ll just be wasting your time if they go to such lengths for a party that ends up being boring. Save the time for making extra money by selling your home on eBay or Craigslist!
Your guests don’t want to be standing around waiting for everyone else to show up. For one thing, the party might be over if they do. So they’ll naturally be anxious to get started. You’ll have to take their feelings into consideration and act quickly after you make sure everyone’s in place.