Anything But Clothes Party (ABC Party) | Tips and Ideas

One of the classic party themes, an ABC party is a favorite among college students across the United States.

What Is an ABC Party?

ABC stands for “Anything But Clothes.” Therefor, an ABC Party is one in which the participants do not wear any clothes. However, this does not mean one should arrive void of any sort of covering whatsoever. Rather, party participants must be creative, making clothes out of everyday items.

ABC Party Theme Ideas

An ABC party is very similar to a homemade costume party. Consequently, anything that could work at the latter will probably work with the Anything But Clothes theme. Some ideas include:

  • Cardboard boxes – Make them into a costume with duct tape
  • Newspaper – Same idea as cardboard boxes. Bonus points if you use your school’s newspaper
  • Burlap bags
  • Caution tape
  • Plastic wrappers – Candy bars around Halloween, condoms, etc.
  • Blankets
  • Lamp shades
  • Grocery bags – Both re-usable bags or simple cardboard ones
  • Trash bags
  • Backpacks – and other wearable items
  • PPE – Anything COVID-19 related, such as masks, gloves, etc. (Assuming there are no shortages in your area)
  • Wrapping paper
  • Monopoly money
  • Trading cards
  • Shower curtains

Tips and Ideas

Here’s the deal with attending an ABC party: Generally, the best-looking attendee will be the one that wears the least amount of clothes, but still covers all their private parts. Homemade costumes generally fall apart as the night goes on, so spend a little time securing your costume.

For both guys and girls, throw on undergarments and simply cover them with your homemade getup.

Also make sure to not use anything sharp or overly non-breathable.

My Anything But Clothes Party Experience

I only attended one ABC Party while in college, which was probably for the better. ABC Parties are a classic, and are something everyone should attend at least once, if they desire.

At the party I attended, after the TikTok (back then it was Vine) videos and Instagram photos were taken, the dancing got going. However, like just about half the people in attendance, my costume was mostly made of plastic and I started sweating early on.

After an hour or so, a few buddies and I went outside and talked for a while. By the time we went back in, things were winding down and the dance floor was covered in cardboard boxes. We all made eye contact and thinking the same thing, quickly bailed as we did not want to get stuck on cleanup duty.


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