The breathalyzer is a powerful tool to help students make smart decisions when it comes to alcohol. Totally kidding, my friends and I use it because it’s a simple yet fun way to spice up the evening. You can turn it into a game, a competition, you can make bets about how drunk you all are. Possibilities are entertaining and endless. You can also use it to be responsible if you want, like proving to your buddy that he’s too drunk to drive. It’s the best party investment you can make for your keychain. I got this particular breathalyzer
-Byron Manville, Temple University
Black light parties are a must, whether it’s in a dorm room or a house. It’s simple, get out a black light and get everyone to come in a cheap white shirt plus other neon clothing, have a selection of colored highlighters so everyone can draw on everyone. Also, gin + tonic glows quite nicely under a black light!
Black lights give off a party vibe and make everyone get a little crazy! If I could recommend this a thousand times I would, it’s what separates a weak gathering from a night to remember.
-Jeremy Pritten, UCLA
Sometimes, the simplest drinking games are the most fun. If you want to get shitfaced with friends, but also have a desire to be evenly drunk, the Spin-the-Shot Drinking Game is the simplest way to do it. Rules are so simple even a baby could play this game (note: don’t play this game with babies) For the more sophisticated drinker gambler, also give the Shot Glass Roulette a try. It can turn your dormroom into a casino. Hope you get lucky! -Scott Kantanis, St. Thomas College
Everybody has those weird nights where you want to party, but it feels like you’ve played every drinking game you know lately. When you can’t think of what games to mix with your alcohol, it’s time to go pro. I recommend getting a book like Drinking Games: One Book, 25 Games, Just Add Booze. It has 25 entertaining and crazy games most people don’t know. I guarantee you’ll have many good nights, and you’ll end up completely blitzed before the night is over.
-Casey Streadmess, Pranton Tech
Everyone likes to have a taste of luxury. Unfortunately, a lot of college students can’t afford it. This doesn’t have to be the case for your card games. Get some gold playing cards…they’re cheap, but the 24 carot gold cards scream “look at me! I’m a big shot!”
They impress people and add a nice touch to any party, poker game, or regular drinking game with friends. Check it out and start living like a king while playing Kings.
-Alex Stanev, UVM
If you’re looking for a way to spice up beer pong while using the knowledge from that Honors history course, look no further than the game Vietnam. This game has the rules of beer pong with a twist: One team has the American advantage and one has the advantages of North Vietnam.
Two teams, one for the US and one for Vietnam. Each team has 10 cups. The US sets up theirs in the standard triangle formation for and puts a third of a beer in each cup. Vietnam’s cups can be put anywhere on their side of the table and an entire beer goes into each one.
US starts with the 2 balls. Each time one of Vietnam’s cups are made, they drink the beer and pull the cup. Each time one of US’s cups are made, the US team drinks the beer, refills it, and puts it back into the triangle. The game goes until all of Vietnam’s cups are gone or the US team gives up. Perfect drinking game if you’re Rambo!
-Luke Dulittle, SUNY
party food is not a hard thing to do on a budget. Chips and dip around a table will draw people who are munching together and force interaction with a total cost of maybe $3. Grilling is also not a complicated way to attract people to a certain area, which is especially true if you have a back patio. Just make sure that you have a trusted grill master serving up food. Another thing to remember is that many girls (at least where I am from) do not enjoy the taste of beer. A simple solution to this is a large cooler, two bottles of grain alcohol, powdered drink mix, and ice. Now you have punch for the night for all the ladies who want it for a total cost of maybe $20.
-Carlos Ortiz, Florida State
We don’t go to school in a dictatorship, but some schools can make it feel that way. Many colleges want to appear proactive about putting a stop to underage drinking, so they dole out harsh punishments and have patrols walk through dorms seeking out offenders. One small way to fight back against this injustice is the soda can cover. You can make them yourself or find them here at Beer Can Cover 6 count.
Slip it on, and everyone from RAs to police will be forced to accept that you all were drinking coke at your get together. It’s stupid, but soda can covers have actually saved my ass before so it’s my college cheat code.
-Alec Haverhill, The Ohio State University
Make sure to introduce your guests to different people periodically where possible.
This sounds silly but in less intimate settings it’s very easy for people to start making their own little circles and walls once they’ve found a temporary safe zone.
Once this starts happening, the longer it stays like that – the less likely people are to venture outside of it to be social, thus ruining the social aspect of the event without forcible intervention. The way you prevent this is by being the ultimate icebreaker. You KNOW (or should know) everyone. If you don’t, then you should definitely be introducing yourself to them as they’re arriving. It should be relatively easy for you to introduce 2-3 people to each other with 1-2 interesting facts about each other so they have not only a smooth transition into conversation, but at least a few topics outside of the obvious ones to talk about. You can also enlist someone mega social you know to help do this for you (this is often me at parties)
-Katie Reglents, UMN
Anything But Clothes, toga, blech…It’s all been done so many times. Here are a few of my suggestions for themes people haven’t seen a hundred times:
Angels and Demons party – straightforward…everyone dresses up as either an angel or a demon
Luau party is always good w/ Tiki theme
“S” party – Everyone comes dressed in something that starts w/ the letter S. (i.e. superman, snakes, s–t, sex, etc.)
Grafitti party – Everyone wears white shirts (that they don’t mind being messed up). You put up black lights everywhere then hand people highlighters as they arrive. (Or just leave highlighters lying around everywhere). People write on each other’s shirts and the highlighter marks glow in the blacklights.
Rock Star Party – People arrive dressed as a famous (or not so famous) rock star. I went as Steeeeve Perry.
There are millions but here are some to get you started
It’s pretty much established science: A good male:female ratio is the key to a good party. But it’s not as easy as it seems to make sure enough girls are there. Don’t fret though!
A good male to female ratio can be achieved easily by inviting your friends who have girlfriends. This may seem counter-intuitive to the party process for most men, but like my pops always said “bitches love bitches.” This is a simple way to get women into the door. Once the girlfriends are there and having a good time, they’ll call for back up and BOOM single chicks everywhere.
-Carlos Ortiz, Florida State
It goes by many names: Ring of Fire, King’s cup, “that one card game”. But most people know it simply as Kings, and it is considered by many to be the most entertaining and dynamic card game for 4-10 people. There are many different variations, but here is a set of rules that has served me well for years:
– a deck of cards is spread in a circle face down around a beer.
-Moving clockwise, each player picks up a card. The first to break the circle has to down their drink. Continue until cards are gone.
-After a card is drawn, it is placed under the beer tab. If the seal breaks, the beer must be finished by the player that broke the seal
2 – You (Choose someone to drink)
3 – Me (You must drink)
4 – Floor (Last person to touch the floor with their hand drinks)
5 – Guys (All males drink)
6 – Chicks (All females drink)
7 – Heaven (The last player to point to the ceiling must drink)
8 – Date (Choose someone to “date”, meaning whenever one of you is required to drink, the other must too. This continues until the next 8 is drawn, then the couple “breaks up”)
9 – Bust a rhyme (The player says a sentence, and each player goes in a circle creating rhymes for that original sentence. Whoever gets stumped has to drink)
10 – Categories (Player picks a category and lists something from that category. This goes in a circle until someone gets stumped, that person gets ridiculed and drinks)
J – Never have I never (A classic, throw three fingers up. The player says something they have never done, players who have done that thing must put a finger down. The mini-game continues until someone loses all their lives, and they drink)
Q – Questions (Everyone asks that player a personal question. The player gets one pass)
K – New Rule (Player creates a rule that must be followed until the next King is drawn. Popular rules are little man, put your head on the table when you swear, and toasts)
A – Waterfall (Starting with the player who drew the card starts drinking, and each player to the left immediately follows drinking and does not stop until the person to their right stops drinking)
Obviously you can tweak these rules until they become your own, but this is a great game to memorize and livens up any party!
It’s summer, and the parties are starting to heat up.
Whether on land or sea, a true party should never be without a beer pong table. For those aquatic themed parties at the pool, lake, or beach, this full sized inflatable pool table will allow you to keep the drinking games going in full effect.
-Jim Groudy, FSU
For when you’re hosting a party: make sure people are drinking. Left to their own devices, people will chill on the couch, sip a beer and hang out. Nobody wants to be the one to get hammered first or alone. The key here is drinking games, and these too have to be paced with the number of people who are there. Start off with small sitting games like Up and Down the River, Fuck the Dealer, Kings, and Horse Race. When more people get there, move to Pong, Beer Ball, Flip Cup, and Chandeliers. Ask people what they want to play, but know what games are right for the right time.
Lastly, don’t get too wasted yourself. If you stop running the party because you’re busy or drunk, this stuff won’t always happen naturally. Number one tip is just to focus on improving everyone’s night. Good luck!
-Felix Cranston, University of Seattle