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5 Of The Best Fall College Party Themes To Start The Year Off With

The fall 2023 semester is quickly approaching. As late August grows closer, college students around the world are preparing to move back to their university towns for the new year. Classes starting up again means new school supplies, football games, and — let’s be honest — the college parties. Partying has always been a part of the college experience, and because of that, they can get a little boring. Dressing up in the same clothes you’ve had for three years and going to the same frat houses every weekend just isn’t the vibe for many college students. Plus, the experience of music loud enough to shatter your eardrums and drunk people all around is not enjoyable for some quieter, more introverted students. 

One solution for these dilemmas? Themed college parties. Picking and committing to a theme for a college party can sound overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Some party themes (masquerade or Great Gatsby, for instance) can be difficult and expensive to follow, but there are plenty of others that can be put together with some supplies from the dollar store. If you’re looking to spice up your school year with some new college party themes, here are a few ideas.

Taylor Swift eras party

The U.S. leg of the Eras tour may be almost over (for now), but you can still make friendship bracelets and celebrate to your heart’s content at an Eras-themed party. Have your guests choose one (or more) of Swift’s “eras” to emulate during the party. You’ll see a wide range of costumes — from Taylor Swift cowboy hats to reputation black body suits and snake earrings. Blast your favorite Taylor Swift songs and be prepared to sing along all night.

Insert Name Here Party

An “Insert Name Here” party is a party where you pick a generic name and ask your guests to dress up as a celebrity with that name. Try to pick a name like “Chris” to give your guests plenty of options (for example, Chris Pine, Chris Rock, Chris Evans, Chris Pratt — the list goes on). Or, for even more variety, have the guests dress up as a celebrity with the same first initial as them.

White Lies Party

A “White Lies”-themed party is easy enough that it won’t break the bank, but it’ll still be plenty entertaining. All your guests will need is a plain white T-shirt and a Sharpie. Have each guest write a “little white lie” about themselves on the T-shirt. For example, if you hate waking up early, you can write “I’m a morning person” on your shirt. Have fun laughing at the lies your friends come up with.

Barbie Party

💖Sincerest apologies for the person im about to become this month #barbiecore

♬ original sound – 🌈 C O U R T N E Y 🌈

Barbie fever has taken over the world after Greta Gerwig’s Barbie was released in July, so why not take advantage of the new trend? Throw a Barbie-themed party to celebrate all of the Barbies, Kens, and Allans in your life. Take inspiration from the film’s outfits, or go for a more retro Barbie look. When in doubt, just wear a lot of pink.

Anything but A Cup Party

This kind of party is very simple: All you have to do is bring something to drink out of that isn’t a cup. Any typical drinkware counts as a cup, which means no water bottles, wine glasses, coffee mugs, or anything else that would be “normal” to drink out of. This means your guests will have to get creative! Some ideas on what to use at an Anything But A Cup party include empty shampoo bottles, buckets, and bike helmets.

Hopefully, these party themes will help you throw the best back-to-school parties this fall!

Jordyn Stapleton has been a National Lifestyle Writer for Her Campus since February 2023. She covers a variety of topics in her articles, but is most passionate about writing about mental health and social justice issues. Jordyn graduated from CU Boulder in December 2022 with Bachelor’s degrees in music and psychology with a minor in gender studies and a certificate in public health. Jordyn was involved in Her Campus during college, serving as an Editorial Assistant and later Editor-in-Chief for the CU Boulder chapter. She has also worked as a freelance stringer for the Associated Press. Jordyn is currently taking a gap year and working at a local business in Boulder, with hopes of attending graduate school in fall 2024. Jordyn enjoys reading, bullet journalling, and listening to (preferably Taylor Swift) music in her free time. If she isn’t brainstorming her next article, you can usually find her exploring coffee shops or hiking trails around Boulder with her friends.