Alright, so your club, organization, Greek house, or group of friends is going to throw a campus party. And the best way to make sure your party isn't a total dud is to have a theme that ties everything -- from the advertising to the decorations -- together. But what kind of college party themes can you use that won't seem like the usual?
Fortunately, it's both your theme and how you approach it that can make or break your party. Check out these 25 college party themes for some ideas.
25 College Party Themes
1. Go for the classic toga party. Unless there's another toga party that's traditionally held on your campus, a classic toga theme is a great idea for a campus party. Everyone loves it, people have fun, and the costumes are easy to make. Additionally, decorating can be fun and simple to put together.
2. Parallel a current, trendy movie. Is there a must-see movie out right now? Is everyone quoting lines or characters from it? If so, don't be afraid to jump on the hype and use it for your own party. If people are excited about a hot new movie, they'll be interested in attending your bash to see what you're doing.
3. Parallel a current, trendy TV show. Is there a new sitcom, drama, or reality show that's getting a lot of buzz? If so, think like a network executive and figure out how to use the show's popularity for your own benefit. Encourage people to dress up as characters and include decorations that match the sets or themes from the show. Keep in mind, too, that "current" and "trendy" can mean a show that everyone loves to hate, too.
4. Choose a decade. Seriously, who doesn't love seeing their friends in flapper dresses from the 20's or in the funkalicious outfits of the 60's? Going with a decade-themed party is a great way to ensure that everyone in attendance will know what the deal is -- as well as what to wear. (And besides, who doesn't also love running to the local thrift store to see what decade-specific treasures they have in stock?)
5. Require everyone to come as a reality star. One of the benefits of all the reality shows on TV is that anyone can find someone that they resemble. Advertise your Reality Party as the show that everyone must see this reason -- but that they'll only be admitted if they come dressed as a reality star.
6. Make fundraising the goal. You can turn your party into a fundraiser for a non-profit or other organization you hold near and dear. And you can pretty easily use that organization's mission (e.g., preserving the environment) into a theme that works for your party, too (e.g., nature decorations). Added bonus: Everyone feels good about donating, so the $1 or more you ask everyone for at the door turns into both a fundraiser and a way to make people feel good during the party as soon as they enter.
7. Pick one of the four seasons. This, of course, works best if you pick a season opposite of the one you're in. After all, who wouldn't want to go to a tropical, beach-themed party in the middle of December? That being said, things like Winter Wonderland parties during winter can also be perfectly nostalgic and charming.
8. Host a masquerade. This is a class theme for good reason: Nearly everyone likes a good masquerade party. People can get dressed up without having to go too crazy with outfits, and you can easily buy a ton of masquerade masks at a 99-cent store or other cheap party store. Add some shiny decorations, a few balloons, and feathers and you've got yourself a party.
9. Go formal. After seeing your friends and classmates in shorts, jeans, and even pajamas all year, mix it up by throwing a formal party. You never know how that hottie from your chemistry class is going to look in a sleeveless gown! Or how the cutie from your Shakespeare class might look in a suit or tuxedo. A formal party allows everyone on campus to get dressed up without feeling ridiculous for doing so.
10. Head underwater. Turning your house (or other party venue) into a deep-sea world can do wonders for sparking a sense of excitement throughout the night. Low-lights, some cool decorations (especially hanging from the ceiling), and low music can all contribute to a unique and funky theme. Add a yellow submarine somewhere and you're good to go!
11. Head to outer space. Just like heading underwater, heading to outer space can be an easy but really strong theme for your college party. You can get as wild as you want without seeming too ridiculous. And make sure to include lots of glow-in-the-dark decorations, too!
12. Look into the future. Future-based parties are a great way to go because there is so much flexibility. Grab some friends who have strong imaginations (or who are into science fiction) and see all the things you can dream up for a fun, futuristic party. Added tip: Have a fortune-teller on hand reading the futures of those in attendance, too.