College dorms are notorious for hosting some of the best college parties, but they’re also notorious for being far from the best. If you want to be able to look back on your college years and remember the good times you had with your friends, the best way to do so is to throw a party that’s so great that people will be talking about it long after you graduate (and hopefully invite you back to their parties). In order to do that, keep these eight tips in mind while planning your next dorm party.
1) Host a potluck
One way to make your dorm party the best ever is to host a potluck. This way, everyone can contribute their favorite dish and you’ll have a variety of food to please everyone’s palate. Plus, it’s a great way to get to know your fellow students. Here are a few tips for hosting a successful potluck
2) Consider reusable dinnerware and eco-friendly products
No one wants to be known as the party thrower who doesn’t care about the environment. College students are especially conscientious of their carbon footprint. So, how can you have an eco-friendly dorm party?
Reusable dinnerware is an obvious choice. Instead of using paper plates that will just end up in the trash, use plates and silverware that can be washed and used again. Mason jars are also a great way to serve drinks without creating waste.
If you’re serving food, try to use items that are locally sourced and organic. This is not only better for the environment, but it also supports local businesses. You can also try to make some of the food yourself to cut down on packaging waste.
Finally, don’t forget about recycling!
3) Set the mood with DIY party lights
Whether you’re aiming for a classy soirée or a rager, the right lighting can help set the tone. For a festive touch, try stringing up some Christmas lights or multi-colored LEDs. You can even get creative and hang them in unique patterns. Just make sure you don’t go too overboard and blow a fuse!
4) Craft a fun playlist
1. Make a killer playlist that includes everyone’s favorite songs.
2. Encourage guests to bring their own drinks and snacks.
3. Create a fun and festive atmosphere with decorations.
4. Keep the party going by playing fun games or telling stories.
5. End the night on a high note by dancing the night away!
5) Let guests bring their own drinks
Sure, you could stock the cooler with beer and wine and call it a day. But why not let your guests bring their own drinks? Not only will it save you money, but it’ll also ensure that everyone has something they like to drink. Here are a few tips to make sure things go smoothly -Establish a guest list beforehand.
-Have your friends put out plenty of cups, plates, napkins, etc.
-Ensure there’s enough space for people to comfortably stand around in different clusters.
-Plan for an extra freezer or fridge for people who want to store their leftovers from the night before (or the morning after).
6) Serve finger foods and easy snacks
No one wants to be stuck in the kitchen cooking while everyone else is having fun. So, serve up some easy finger foods and snacks that will keep your guests happy. Think about what everyone likes and try to accommodate any dietary restrictions. Some of our favorite party snacks include chips and salsa, cheese dip, crackers with hummus or guacamole, a variety of nuts or dried fruit, and a trail mix. You can also make a few dips ahead of time like black bean dip, spinach artichoke dip, or cheese queso. Be sure to have plenty of napkins on hand as well!
7) Clean up after yourself!
One of the quickest ways to kill a party vibe is to have a messy room. No one wants to drink or dance in a place that looks like a frat house after a kegger. So before your guests arrive, take some time to tidy up. Put away any clothes or dishes lying around, and make sure there’s a clear path from the door to the music. A little bit of effort will go a long way towards making your party more enjoyable for everyone.
8) Turn it into an ongoing dorm tradition.
There’s nothing like a great dorm party to make new friends and memories that will last a lifetime. Here are eight tips to make sure your party is the best it can be 1) Invite all of your hallmates and other friends from around campus!
2) Plan out a fun theme for the party (like Throwback Thursday or Pajama Party)
3) Set up food stations to keep people well-fed throughout the night. Try things like cheese cubes, crackers, grapes, vegetables and dip, chips and salsa, etc.
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