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50+ Funny "Anything but a Cup" Party Ideas for College

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Can you drink out of an iron? (Not plugged in, of course!) Get some ideas for vessels to bring to an "anything but a cup" party.

Can you drink out of an iron? (Not plugged in, of course!) Get some ideas for vessels to bring to an "anything but a cup" party.

What Is an "Anything but a Cup" Party?

"Anything but a cup" is just what it sounds like: You can bring any drinking vessel you like to the party, except for a regular cup. This is a great party for people who want to get creative with their drinks, as well as for those who don't want to drink alcohol.

What Can You Bring Instead of a Cup?

Here are 50+ "anything but a cup" ideas to get you started!

  1. Fishbowl
  2. Wellington Boot
  3. Punch Bowl
  4. Hat
  5. Egg Cup
  6. Mason Jar
  7. Champagne Flute
  8. Coffee Mug
  9. Cocktail Shaker
  10. Wine Bottle
  11. Chocolate Fondue Fountain
  12. Pitcher
  13. Flower Vase
  14. Fruit Bowl
  15. Shoe
  16. Soap Dish
  17. Bucket
  18. Blender
  19. Can
  20. Aquarium
  21. Water Bottle
  22. Chocolate Box
  23. Cookie Jar
  24. Tin
  25. Salt Shaker
  26. Ketchup Bottle
  27. Cooler
  28. Cereal Bowl
  29. Piggy Bank
  30. Kettle
  31. Umbrella Stand
  32. Wine Cask
  33. Lamp
  34. Teapot
  35. Goblet
  36. Drinking Horn
  37. Trash Can
  38. Trophy
  39. Garden Gnome
  40. Lotion Bottle
  41. Watering Can
  42. Traffic Cone
  43. Toothbrush Holder
  44. Bird Feeder
  45. Tissue Box
  46. Dog Bowl
  47. Coconut
  48. Frying Pan
  49. Flask
  50. Supersoaker
  51. Dispenser

In all cases, make sure your vessel is thoroughly cleaned before you try drinking out of it!

You Want to Balance Creativity and Practicality

As you can see from the ideas above, you're going to want something that is both funny and practical. A salt dispenser is funny, but you aren't going to get much of a drink from it. You can fit plenty of liquid into a teapot, but it's going to be heavy!

You need to find the perfect balance for your party. It's all about making sure your guests have a good time, so pick something that is going to make them laugh—but also make sure it's able to serve drinks.

Rules for "Non-Cup" Parties

There are a few rules you need to set for your party, just to make sure everything runs smoothly.

  1. No cups allowed! The first rule is that everyone has to bring their own non-cup. This is so people don't forget and just turn up with a regular old cup. You want anything but a cup, so remind your guests before the party.
  2. Make sure the non-cup allows you to drink. The second rule is that you have to be able to drink out of your non-cup. This seems like a given, but you'd be surprised at how many people try to bring something that is totally impractical. You want people to be able to actually drink from their cups, so make sure they know this before they come.
  3. No sharing drinking vessels. The third rule is that you can only drink from your own non-cup. This is for safety reasons; you don't want people sharing non-cups and getting sick. Make sure everyone knows this before the party so there are no surprises.

Now that you know the rules, it's time to start planning your "anything but a cup" party.

What to Expect at an "Anything but a Cup" Party

At the party, you can expect to see some creative and outrageous drinking vessels. Other than that, it's generally like any other party. I think there should be a prize of some kind for the most creative vessel, like the Trophy of the Non-Cup Cup.

If you are planning on attending one of these parties, or if you are hosting one, make sure to have some fun with it and be creative! You may be surprised by how some people choose to drink their beverages.

Tips for Hosts and Attendees

  • For Hosts: If you are hosting an "anything but a cup" party, make sure that you are prepared for anything. This means having plenty of drinks and mixers on hand, as well as cups or mugs for those who do not want to participate in the fun. You will also want to have some snacks available, as drinking can make people hungry.
  • For Guests: If you are attending a party, make sure to bring something that is both creative and practical. You do not want to be the person who brought a teaspoon because it was the first thing that came to mind. Take some time to think about what would be both funny and useful, and you will be sure to be a hit at the party.

No matter what, make sure to have fun with it! This is a party, after all, and it should be a time for you to let loose and enjoy yourself. So get creative, drink some drinks, and have a great time.

Where to Find More Non-Cup Ideas

If you are struggling to come up with ideas for your party, then there are a few places you can look.

  • Pinterest is always a great place to start, as there are so many creative people on there who have tried out this party theme.
  • TikTok is another place to look. Just type in "anything but a cup party," and you will be surprised at the amount of videos that come up. This is a great way to get some ideas, since you can see how other people have done it and what worked well for them.
  • Ask your friends and family for their ideas. They're sure to offer some unique ideas that you may not have thought of before! Plus, it's always good to get a second opinion to make sure your party is going to be a hit.

With all of these ideas, you should be well on your way to planning the perfect "anything but a cup" party. Just remember to have fun with it and don't take yourself too seriously.

Why This Party Theme Is Awesome

This is the perfect party if you want to get people talking and laughing; the non-cups make a great ice-breaker. If you are looking for a creative way to serve drinks at your next party, then try these party theme! It is sure to be a hit with your guests, and you can have as much fun as they do coming up with creative ways to serve drinks. It's definitely a funny theme to go with, and one that will have everyone talking about your party for some time.

The great thing about this party theme is that really there's not much to it. You don't need to spend a lot of money on decorations or food, as people will be more focused on the creative ways that you are serving drinks. This is the perfect party for those who want to save money but still have a great time.

Where Did the "Anything but a Cup" Party Start?

No one really knows where this party started, but it's a popular choice for those who are looking for something different. TikTok definitely helped increase its popularity!

Good Luck With Your Party!

Have fun with this creative party idea, and make sure to have plenty of drinks and snacks on hand. Don't forget to create an award for the best non-cup at the event! Bottoms up!

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