Parties at College:
Dorm parties are among the most commonly held parties across college campuses. Although college life for some is boring, full of stress and work overload but it can be made memorable with certain events for example dorm parties and having tours with friends to refreshing places. Though every college party is different from the other but they all fall into one common category.
Before we explore dorm parties further let’s have a look at different parties in college and in general.
The Theme Party
The most common parties are theme parties. It is based on one common theme and everything in the party revolves around that theme.
Any party which has people, music and is arranged at a certain venue is called the banger. They are super fun evens.
A party held at colleges which revolve around some sort of competition with another college. It has food, games, the sense of competition and a lot of cheering. Everyone participating in these parties is usually dressed in their varsity colors.
The Basement Bash
Basement parties are usually held at basements as the name implies and may have an unknown music band playing in it.
The Frat Party
Frat parties are one of the most common and stereotypical parties at colleges. They are hosted by common fraternity. So make sure you belong to the same fraternity before attending a frat party as most frat parties only allow members of their fraternity.
Dorm parties are the most common parties held at colleges and are usually held at dorm rooms as the name suggests. They are held for a various purposes including spending time with friends and enjoying, watching a TV show or a game together, for academic purposes for example discussing and preparing an assignment or course work together in an easy environment and discussing different ideas or simply having fun.
The ‘dorm’ phrase is commonly used in US, however, it is formally called as ‘resident hall’ within the residence life community.
Dorm parties are mostly held at the dormitories or personal residences of students. Dorm rooms are smaller in size and thus the number of participants it hosts is also limited. Dorm parties are usually held at night. Dorm room parties can violate the code of conduct and rules set up by colleges however, despite that they are being held.
Dorm parties: Dos and Donts
Before arranging a dorm party or attending one you should be aware of dos and donts at the party.
First of all take a look at dorm policies and colleges rules and follow it in arranging a dorm party however, some rules are common and should be followed for every dorm party arranged. These include acquainting yourself with the Resident Assistant or RA, don’t drink excessively, don’t make noise, take your roommates and neighbors into confidence and follow along the policies. Following is the details of the dos and donts at a dorm party.
Permission and Notification Phase
Get Permission from Your Resident Assistant
Resident Assistant plays a major role in making your dorm party a reality as he could simply turn a blind eye towards your dorm party. So make sure that you are respectful to your RA and notify him beforehand and if you have cool relationship with your RA throwing a party would not be a problem.
If RA denies permission for the dorm party for whatever reasons it is better to arrange small get together or quit the idea of partying at all. As going against your RA could lead to evicting you from the dorm.
Inform the Neighbours
Notify your neighbours beforehand so that you could avoid your dorm party being shut down in the middle and also invite some of them if you know them.
Now, after acquiring necessary permission and notifying your neighbors start preparations to make your dorm party unique.
Inviting your friends to the party is the first and foremost thing you should do as a dorm party with friends can turn into a great fun. Make sure you don’t invite those among your friends who get out of control and make frenzy to avoid any violation or damage to your dorm room.
both boys and girls and especially partners can be invited to the party.
Drinks are the necessary part of a dorm party. So make sure that you arrange suitable drinks as per the age of participants and the requirements of the party. Don’t bring alcohol to the party if it is an underage party.
Safety of Valuables and Fragile Items
Drunk parties can result in things being broken and sometimes valuable assets stolen. Therefore hide your valuables and keep the fragile items aside.
Arrange Game Items
Game played during dorm parties are super fun. Make sure that you choose a game best suitable to the theme of the party to be played and arrange items for that for example bear pong etc.
Things your should avoid during the party are
Don’t Make too Much Noise
Keep the noise level in the party at a reasonable level even if you have permission from RA and have notified your neighbors.
Avoid Excessive Consumption of Alcohol
Take extra care in alcohol consumption. Various colleges allow moderate consumption for 21 years old or above. Despite that hosting a party where alcohol is consumed could be risky as there are chances that at least one person may consume excessive alcohol and swing out of control.
Be Watchful at the Party
Student could become noisy, reckless and aggressive after drinking therefore keep a close eye on any trouble creator and prevent anything bad from happening.
The phase after the party is finished is also crucial as your should take care of a few things;
Safe way to Home
Make sure that everyone has headed safely to their homes and nothing reckless is done during that phase for example allowing a drunken friend to drive home and taxis are arranged in advance.
Cleaning up the Mess
Cleaning after the party is essential as leaving things around could result in smell.
dorm party ideas
Different types of parties can be arranged and while some prefer arranging standard parties many others like to have a certain theme in their party. Various kind of themes are followed for various occasions.
dorm party themes
Dorm parties different parties are themed different. Following is the details of a few parties and their theme.
The Decades Party
Choose the decade you want to relive and dress up in the same clothing wore in that era. Create a playlist of that decade and food being served from that time.
Dressing up in relaxing cloth and behaving as you are at home could be a theme for Pajama parties.
Other themes are Jazz Night, Masquerade Party, Rock n’ Roll etc.
college dorm party decorations
Décor is the one part that can have a resounding effect on dorm parties and its participants. Following essential decorations tips can be followed in arranging a dorm party.
Add Plans to the Space
Add some plants to your dorm party to make your party a bit greener and refreshing.
Theme a Wall & Hang Pictures at a Wall
Adding color or photos to the space could bring it into life. In addition to that you can choose a theme for your wall in order to make dorm parties more colorful.
Dorm parties are an essential part on current college life. They can be a great fun and help relieving the stress associated with studies during college life but these parties should be held in a proper manner and with certain pre-conditions in order to avoid getting in to trouble.