Hosting a successful dorm party can be stressful. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! From the guest list and invitations to menu planning and cleanup, this ultimate guide to hosting a successful dorm party will ensure that your next get-together is a roaring success! Keeping things organized and on schedule is essential when throwing an event in such a small space with so many moving parts. Whether this is your first time hosting or you simply want to streamline your process, following the steps outlined below will help you throw an unforgettable college party.
Organize your guest list
Whether you plan to invite guests by email or in person, being thorough when creating your guest list is key. You don’t want to overbook your space, and depending on your school’s policy, you might also need to be mindful of your guests’ ages. Depending on the size of your room and the number of guests you plan to invite, you may need to make sure your party doesn’t violate the maximum occupancy of your dorm. Talk to your Resident Advisor (RA) or your building manager to get the specifics. When deciding on a guest list, keep the following considerations in mind: Who are you inviting? Be sure to take your space and guest list into consideration. Depending on the size of your dorm room, you may need to be selective with your guest list. What are your guests’ dietary restrictions? Will they have allergies or dietary restrictions? If so, you’ll want to keep these in mind as you select your menu.
Decide on a theme
One of the first things you’ll want to decide on is the theme for your dorm party. While the idea of a dorm party theme might sound silly, it’s actually one of the first things we do when we’re planning a party! Having a theme helps to guide every aspect of your party, from the guest list to the decor. If you’re stuck trying to decide on a theme, don’t stress! Here are a few ideas to get the wheels turning:
Movie-themed party: There are dozens of different movies to choose from, so there’s definitely one that matches your group’s interests! If you choose a movie-themed dorm party, it may be a good idea to create a movie ticket invite to match.
Cartoon-themed party: This is another great option if your group is into cartoons! And there are tons of different cartoons to choose from, so there’s something for everyone. Music-themed party: If music is your thing, this is a great theme to go with! You can mix and match different genres.
Food-themed party: If you’re hosting near one of the big holidays, this is a great theme to go with!
Choose your date and time
When deciding on a date and time for your dorm party, keep a few things in mind:
- Location and space What is the capacity of the room you’re using? You don’t want to overbook your space; if you do, your party will be a disaster! Availability of guests
- Is there a specific guest that you want to invite? Ensure that they have free time on the date you’d like to host your party. Availability of your hosts
- Hosting a party is a lot of work! You’ll want to make sure you have adequate time to prepare. Availability of your hosts
- Hosting a party is a lot of work! You’ll want to make sure you have adequate time to prepare.
Plan your menu
Once you’ve decided on a theme, you’ll want to select your menu items. Here are a few tips for selecting a winning menu for your dorm party:
Include classics: If you’re unsure what to include on the menu, you’ll want to include a few classics. Chips and salsa, pizza, and cookies are great choices.
Include a healthy option: If you’re hosting a party for a specific holiday, you may want to consider including a healthy option to please everyone.
Keep it light: You don’t want to overstock your table with tons of heavy dishes. Guests will likely be eating standing up, so lighter options are best.
Select your decor and supplies
Now that you’ve decided on a theme and selected your menu items, it’s time to select your decor and supplies. Here are a few tips for decor and supplies:
Decor: What are you hoping to achieve with your decorations? Are you going for a playful or a more sophisticated theme?
Tableware: How many people do you plan on hosting? Paper plates or fancy plates? Solo cups or plastic cups? Paper or fabric napkins?
Supplies: What will you need to make your party run smoothly? Extra plates, cups, and napkins Plastic spoons and forks Tables cloths or tablecloths Extra paper towels
When throwing a college party, it’s important to be mindful of your guest’s dietary restrictions and alcohol restrictions. We’ve put together a quick party planning checklist to help streamline your planning process and ensure that your party runs smoothly. After you’ve checked off all of the items on your list, you’re ready to dive in and throw the ultimate dorm party! Just remember to have fun, stay organized, and follow the tips outlined above to ensure that your party is a roaring success!