Partying is a rite of passage at college so if you’re planning a party, you want to make sure it’s one your guests will remember. Finding the time to plan a college party can be tricky when you’re studying too, so we’ve created a step-by-step party planning guide to help.
1. Choose a theme
The theme you choose can make or break your college party. Some popular party themes, like toga parties, decades and high school stereotypes, can lose their novelty after a while. If you want to choose a ‘traditional’ college party theme, try to introduce a new twist to make it more exciting.
2. Send out the invitations
Use the iPartyGram app to send invitations to guests quickly, and for free. You can personalize your invitations and include all the information guests need about date, time and place, as well as individual instructions or notes. When you create a party, you can upload photos, for example of previous parties or costume ideas. You can also nominate ‘VIP guests’, who can upload their own photos for other guests to see.
When guests receive their invitations via email, they get a special code they can use to log in to the iPartyGram website and view details of the parties, photographs and more. It’s the perfect way to save yourself time, while still creating an atmospheric buzz around the event.
3. Select food and drink
The type of food and drink you choose will depend on the type of party you’re organizing and your budget. If you want to keep costs to a minimum, ask each guest to bring their own drinks and snacks to share.
Food and drink is a great opportunity to get creative if you’re planning a themed party. For example, if the theme is “Around the world”, you can also organize a selection of food and drink from all around the world. If it’s a decade’s party, try to get hold of some retro snacks and soda for guests.
4. During the party
On the night of the party, make sure you have everything ready ahead of time, including music playlists. You can also make your work easier after the party by putting out extra garbage bags and designating a specific place for empty bottles and trash. This is also a great time to enlist some friends to help with the clean-up immediately after the party and the next day.
5. The morning after
The morning after the night before can be a real come-down, especially when the party was a great success and you’re left with a landfill-sized amount of trash to clean. Make the job easier by designating specific tasks to certain people and purchasing any extra cleaning products or household items you might need ahead of time. That way, even the most daunting clean-up shouldn’t take less than a couple of hours, after which you’re free to spend the rest of the day recovering.