40 Fun, Easy, and Totally Wacky Party Ideas to Try
Welcome to Easy Untertaining! It’s a term we coined here at Apartment Therapy to describe those get-togethers that just kind of… come together.
Inside scoop: The team here at Apartment Therapy are a bunch of homebodies. We know the joy of spending a night in on the sofa, curled up with a craft or book or a particularly sprightly Twitter feed. It’s one of the best ways to enjoy your space.
The other best way to enjoy your space is to have people over. There’s something about a gathering that gives a home dimension. Seeing your friends gathered in the kitchen, or family curled around each other on the sofa? Magic. Your chair isn’t just a chair—it’s the chair where dad fell asleep for hours and missed the entire movie. Your rug transforms from a weekend-sale scoop to the place where you watched your friends sit cross-legged playing Scrabble and fighting over whether “Za” is a word (it is).
Furnishings give a home style. But people are what give a home its heart.
We know it’s hard to host people as much as you want to, though. But no matter your hosting hangup, remember this: your get-togethers don’t have to be capital-p Parties. Sometimes it’s enough to start with one silly/fun/creative idea.
To help you get some life into your space this season, here are 40 entertaining ideas. Pick and choose one (or a few!) that speak to you and your friend group, then set the date and start your year off with warmth and cheer (and Cher karaoke).
- Bye Retrograde: Celebrate the end of Mercury Retrograde with good people, good food, and bad stories about what went wrong.
- Tea Tasting: Buy a variety pack of teas and invite friends over to taste and compare favorites.
- Fort Fest: Gather all the pillows and blankets and get to fort-building, just like when you were kids.
- Crowdsourced DJ: Pick a theme for a playlist (like holiday songs, or songs with a body part in the title), then ask friends to contribute a song each. Then everyone comes over to listen and hang.
- Coloring Book Party: Print out free coloring pages, then get some colored pencils and wine for everyone to enjoy.
- Kara”broke”: Fake a karaoke night by pulling up lyric videos on YouTube and streaming them to your TV. Pass around a hairbrush as a microphone!
- Catch-Up Club: Everyone just brings a craft or mobile task they need to catch up on (sending thank you cards, an embroidery piece that they haven’t finished) and you drink and do those things.
- Time Travel Party: Everyone dresses in a costume appropriate to the year that corresponds to their house address. If your house is at 1530, dress in renaissance gear. If you live at 116, dress in a toga. And if you live at 21370, you get to imagine up some futuristic garb!
- Guess That Candle: Everyone brings their favorite candle with the label covered, and everyone needs to guess the scents.
- Pantry-Clearing Party: Everyone brings an unopened snack food they already have in their pantry.
- DIY Marathon Weekend: Set up camping chairs along a popular running trail, then get a group together to cheer people on as they jog through the cold. Share coffee or hot cocoa.
- Reading the Stars: Everyone comes over with Co—star downloaded and everyone connects/shares their findings.
- Store-Bought Faves Dinner Party: Everyone just brings their favorite grocery store snack or meal to share and compare.
- Dip Party: Everyone bring their favorite dip over, whether it’s packaged or homemade, and dive right in.
- Self-Care Sunday: Come in sweats, have face masks or nail polish handy, put on a good movie, and sip on some tea and cider.
- Indoor Camping: Set up a tent, tell ghost stories, make s’mores… all without worrying about the elements.
- Netflix, No Frills: Put on a Netflix rom-com and tell your friends the dress code is “pajamas only.”
- Leftover Party: Did you host the holidays or get sent home with a bunch of leftovers? Have everyone bring ’em and make something new.
- Do-Nothing Book Club: Everyone brings a book they’ve finished and would love to exchange.
- BYOC (Bring Your Own Cheese): You provide the wine and crackers.
- Seltzer Tasting: Everyone brings a pack of seltzer to taste and judge. The best part? No hangovers!
- ABC Party (Anything But Cups): Everyone brings a non-cup to drink out of for the night, like a dog bowl, flower vase, or the skin of half a grapefruit.
- Clothing Swap: Grab some like-sized friends (or invite friends of friends for size variety) to swap gently used clothes and accessories and get a new wardrobe for free.
- Sundae Funday: You provide ice cream, everyone else brings toppings.
- Cookbook Club: Pick a cookbook and have everyone make and bring a recipe from it.
- Holiday Card-y Party: Everyone comes over for hot chocolate and to write and address their holiday cards.
- The Great Outdoors: It’s just a fire pit, plus everyone brings a chair, plus bourbon tasting.
- Un-Board Game Night: Order a pizza and pick a party game to play that requires no board (like Heads Up or Pictionary).
- Throwback Night: Pick a movie from your childhood and snack on Rice Krispie Treats, Dunkaroos, and other staples from when you were kids.
- Singalong Night: Pick a Disney+ movie with sing-along subtitles to watch and sing together.
- Best Of: Everyone shares their favorite episode of a show and you watch them together.
- Report Night: Each person comes prepared to talk about something they find interesting—visual aids encouraged.
- Cher-aoke: Everyone dresses as Cher and sings their favorite Cher song.
- Pizza Party: Have dough and sauce on hand, and invite everyone to brings their favorite (or the best yet weirdest) toppings.
- Get Knit: Start a knitting circle, and be ready to teach newbies how to cast on and off.
- Vision Board Building: Provide the poster board and glue sticks, and have everyone bring old magazines to manifest their goals for 2020.
- Insta-Party: Set up some photo booth props and a background and have everyone take turns being a photographer and model.
- Souper Bowl: Everyone brings their favorite soup, so you can all enjoy and swap the extras.
- “Rocky Horror” It: You know how the “Rocky Horror Picture Show” has all those audience participation bits? Create your own script for a different movie, and invite everyone to participate.
- Make-Believe Matrimony: You know murder mystery parties? It’s like that, but a wedding. Give everyone a role—like brides or grooms, bridesmaids, groomsmen, mothers and fathers in law, the uncle who had one too many, the ex-boyfriend who wants to stop the marriage—and act out a whole wedding day from ceremony to reception.
If you do (or have done!) any of these, share it with us on Instagram by tagging #apartmenttherapy or leaving a comment here!