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With COVID-19, it’s safe to say life has been different, especially at college. On the weekends, everyone used to be out-and-about at fraternity parties, bars, in different cities, and just exploring the area of Greenville. However, that is heavily frowned upon now by the C.D.C. and Furman, but do not fret pals, I have some party ideas for you to do with your small squad to keep you safe and having fun! *Bring masks and get COVID tested before having any party and limit the people you invite! You could also try to do as much outdoors as possible.*

1. Dip Night

Everyone makes their own dip! I did this with my friends last week, and the dips included were buffalo chicken dip, ricotta dip, rotel dip, dirt cup dip, cannoli dip, and pizza dip. It was such a fun night full of laughs, smiles and happy stomachs! We all went food shopping together, made the dips together, and finished the night off by watching Big Time Rush. Definitely a 10/10 night. 

2. Thrift Night

You can organize this party in two ways. You guys go thrift shopping together and pick out your own outfits, or you use a random generator and get assigned to buy one of your friends an outfit from a thrift shop! This is so sustainable, cost-friendly, and you never know what cool finds you will stumble across. My friend, Salleigh, was in charge of thrift shopping for me, and she picked out the most unique pieces that turned out to be such a cute outfit I never could have put together! 

3. Anything But A Cup Night

If you’re over 21, you can use Fish Bowl Night to create your own alcoholic beverages to present to your friends in anything but a cup. Much safer and more cost-effective than going downtown! However, if you are underage, you can create non-alcoholic beverages and do the same thing.  I did this with my friends and I made a very fun drink and presented it in a flower vase. It is really funny to see all of the drinks come together, and I love seeing how my friends get creative with it. You can also grab drinks from the PDen and DH so you don’t have to spend a lot of money! 

4. Themed Night

My friend, Ryan, told me about this party idea, and I think it is hilarious. You get your group of friends together and someone organizes it all. The person organizing tells each friend a different theme to dress for. This way everyone shows up in completely different costumes, not knowing what one another is dressed for, and it automatically starts the night off with a laugh. You cannot go wrong with this one! 

5. Game Night

This one is simple, easy, and wholesome! No money involved (unless you want) but everyone just comes together to play some good old board games! You can do teams or individuals, but it brings out some healthy competition and will keep you laughing and occupied the whole night!

I hope these party ideas inspired you guys to have some small group and safe fun. We never know when COVID is going to go away, so all we can do is stay safe, get creative, and make the most of it! 

Savannah Hobbie is a senior Politics & International Affairs and Communications double major at Furman University. She hopes to attend law school after college. Aside from Her Campus, she is on the executive boards for both Panhellenic Council and the Chi Omega sorority at Furman. She is a mentor for Ladies of Distinction and is an orientation leader. She also has two internships serving as a social media manager. Her passions include self-care, writing about vulnerable topics, beauty, spreading love, and hyping people up!
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