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50+ Creative "Anything But Clothes" ABC Party Ideas

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What Is an "Anything But Clothes" Party?

As the name sounds, an "Anything But Clothes" (ABC for short) party is where you go dressed up in anything but your clothes. This can be done with a group of friends or even by yourself! Here are some ABC party ideas to get you started.

Best Clothes Alternatives for an ABC Party

First, I am going to share with you 20 ABC party outfit ideas to give you some inspiration.

  1. Bin Bags: You can wear them as is, or cut them up and make a dress or shirt out of them.
  2. Tin Foil: Wrap yourself up in tin foil like a burrito! You can even add some colorful ribbon or wrapping paper to make it more festive.
  3. Paper Bags: If you want to get really creative, you can even make a paper bag hat!
  4. Gift Wrap: You can also use gift bags as shoes!
  5. Table Cloth: A tablecloth makes a great skirt. You can even use it as a cape or scarf.
  6. Sheets: A bed sheet can be used as a dress, skirt, or toga.
  7. Pillow Cases: A pillowcase can be worn as a dress.
  8. Shower Curtain: A shower curtain can be worn as a dress or cape.
  9. Warning Tape: Wrap yourself up in caution tape.
  10. Leaves: Use real leaves or fake ones to create a dress, skirt, or other garment. You can also use them as trim or accents.
  11. Beer Boxes: Cut up a beer box and use it as a shirt.
  12. Cardboard: Cut up cardboard boxes and stick your limbs through them.
  13. Duct Tape: Just wrap the tape around yourself! (Wear something underneath so it doesn't stick to your skin and hair—ouch.)
  14. Rope: Use rope as a belt, or wrap it around yourself to create a dress or shirt.
  15. Bandages: Wrap yourself up in bandages for a fun and unique look!
  16. Bubble Wrap: Dress yourself up in bubble wrap.
  17. Curtains: A curtain can be worn as a robe or cape.
  18. Bibs: Wear a bib as a dress or shirt. You can also use it as a headscarf.
  19. Tabard: A tabard makes a great dress or skirt. You can even use it as a cape or scarf.
  20. Takeaway Boxes: Cut up a takeaway box and use it as a shirt or dress. You can also use it as a hat or mask.

More Non-Clothes Outfits to Try

Here are 41 more ideas that I think would work well, too. You can combine them with the ideas listed above!

  1. Handkerchiefs
  2. Backpacks
  3. Cereal Boxes
  4. Sweet Wrappers
  5. Lego Blocks
  6. Ping Pong Balls
  7. Cups
  8. Twister Mat
  9. Yoga Mat
  10. Suitcases
  11. Car Mats
  12. Tires
  13. Hula Hoops
  14. Tarpaulin Rucksacks
  15. Sleeping Bags
  16. Bunting
  17. Cape
  18. Fairy Wings
  19. Giant Bow Tie
  20. Umbrella
  21. Feathers
  22. Egg Boxes
  23. Loofas
  24. Paper Plates
  25. Envelopes
  26. Photo Album
  27. Paper
  28. CD Rack
  29. Streamers
  30. Old Shopping Bags
  31. Cans
  32. Tent
  33. Bin
  34. Apron
  35. Bathrobes
  36. Towels
  37. Scarfs
  38. Tickets
  39. Cards
  40. Gloves
  41. Costumes
  42. Magazines

Tip: Clean Your Materials First!

Make sure to clean all the "materials" you wear before putting them on and reusing them. Also, be aware of your surroundings and who is around you while wearing your new clothes. Have fun and enjoy your new fashion! If you have any other ideas, please share them with us.

Rules for ABC Parties

As you can imagine, the rules are pretty simple for an ABC party. All the typical party rules apply, and the only unique rule is that you can't wear clothes! That means no shoes, no shirts, no pants, no dresses, etc. Basically, anything that could be considered clothing is not allowed.

Try to Balance Comfort and Creativity

A bathrobe, for instance, definitely ticks the comfort box; it is easy and technically following the rules—however, it's not really creative. Meanwhile, if you dress in a bin, it's super creative, but it isn't going to be the most comfortable thing to wear all night.

You want to strike a fine balance so that you are comfortable enough to actually enjoy the party but also look good enough that you don't feel out of place. At the end of the day, though, it is really up to you as to how far (or little) you take it.

Wear Layers

One way to make sure you are comfortable is to wear layers. This way, if you do get cold, or too hot, you can always adjust by taking a layer off or putting one on. It also helps to have a backup plan in case your first choice of outfit isn't as comfortable as you thought it would be.

Have Fun With It!

The most important thing to remember is to have fun with it! This is supposed to be a fun party where you can let loose and be creative. So don't take it too seriously, and just enjoy yourself.

Where to Find More ABC Party Ideas

If you are still stuck for ideas, or you just want to see what other people have done for their parties, then there are plenty of places you can look.

Pinterest is a great place to start, as there are lots of different boards with ideas that you can browse through. Another option is to do a search on Google or YouTube. There are lots of different blog posts and videos with party ideas that you can check out as well.

Finally, you could always ask your friends for their ideas. This is a great way to get some inspiration and to see what other people will be wearing to the party. Now it's time to get creative and have some fun with your non-clothes!

What to Expect From an ABC Party

The best thing about an ABC party is that it is really up to you what you want to make of it. It is a great opportunity to be creative, have some fun, and maybe even push the boundaries a little bit. However, at the end of the day, it is still just a party, so don't take it too seriously.

The most important thing is to enjoy yourself, and make sure you have a good time. So whether you go all out with your outfit or keep it simple, just make sure you are having fun. After all, that is what an ABC party is all about!

How to Host an "Anything But Clothes" Party

The best thing about hosting this kind of party is that it is really up to you what you want to do with it. There are no set rules, so you can really let your imagination run wild. However, there are a few things you might want to keep in mind if you are planning on hosting a party.

  • Pick the date. First of all, you will need to decide on a date and time for the party. It is probably best to avoid any major holidays or events, as people might already have plans. Once you have a date in mind, you will need to start planning the logistics of the party.
  • Make party plans. You will need to decide on a venue, as well as how you are going to decorate it. You might also want to think about food and drink, as well as any other party supplies you might need. It is also a good idea to start thinking about your own outfit, as well as any other party games or activities you might want to include.
  • Have fun! The most important thing is to have fun with it, and make sure you enjoy yourself. After all, that is what a party is all about!

What Guests Should Bring

If you are going to an ABC party, be sure to bring a non-clothes outfit, a creative mind, and a willingness to have a good time! Any additional food or drink would be likely appreciated as well, but typically it will be a BYOB affair.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Elin Beck