College Party Checklist

With all the stress that College brings it’s a good idea to let loose every once in a while!  Whether you’re planning a huge party with many strangers or planning a small get together with a few college classmates, our college party checklist can help you make it a memorable night!

Below we provided a guide on how to plan a college party that covers everything from games to reasons why you should hire a bartender.  The template will help you budget your time so you don’t have to be anxious about getting everything done at the last minute! 

5 Reasons to Love our College Party Checklist

5 Reasons to Love our College Party Checklist

1. Automatic Timeline

How long does it take to plan a college party, you ask? Since everyone has their own specific situations and timeframes we created a checklist that will help you countdown the days till the day of the college party. With our college party checklist, you don’t have to feel anxious and “behind from day one like other checklists. All you have to do is add the day you started planning the college party, along with what day you’ll be holding it, and it will automatically assign due dates to your task!  This will help you plan and make sure you have everything taken care of in time to let loose and relax from college stress!

2. Customizable College Party task

This is no generic party planning guideline to plan and host a great college party. Instead, we created a list of ideas that can be incorporated into your college party checklist.

Select a theme

A costume themed party is always a go-to because it lets party-goers be someone else for a night. Being able to disguise your identity could make the party more mysterious and fun.

Some great examples are masquerade ball, TV show themed, game themed, and 70s themed. If you don’t like the party theme route you can always go with a casual theme.

Some people might not feel comfortable dressing up in a costume so a casual theme will be inclusive of everyone. All you have to do is dim the lighting to create a more relaxed atmosphere. A glow stick party themed is also fun as well because there’s something about the dark that makes things much more exciting.   

Music Playlist

A few things to consider are if you would like to have a DJ or set up your own stereo set up. If you decided to go with a DJ just remember to book their services in advance. However, if you choose to provide the music yourself, Spotify is a great source for the premade playlist for parties. Also, you should buy a few stereos speakers to set in a few corners of the home so the music can be heard throughout the house.

Party Food

The go-to food for a college party is always pizza and chips. They are easy for the guest to eat and leave a little mess. However, if you want to go the extra mile and have a big budget you could consider getting a catering service. They can deal with the preparations for the food so you don’t have to stress about that aspect of the party. They may also provide alcoholic drinks so you don’t have to worry about finding a bartender or asking guests to bring liquor.

Party Drinks

Finding a bartender can eliminate the tasks that are associated with getting drinks and pouring drinks. With a bartender, you don’t have to worry about your guest hating the drinks or about the drinks being tampered with. A bartender can give your guest a recommendation for drinks as well. Since a bartender will supply all of the drinks so you don’t have to stress over not having enough drinks at the party. Other than alcoholic drinks you should consider buying non-alcoholic drinks for those that don’t want to be inebriated.

Activities & Entertainment

A must-have activity to have at any college party is beer pong. Most guests will know how to play it and it is always a fun competitive activity. Another college drinking game that is also fun and loosens up the mood is the flip cup! Dancing is an important activity for any party so make sure that when you choose a venue for your college party there is enough space for the dance floor. For partygoers that are not into drinking games or dancing, having an area with a gaming console will be a great addition. 

3. Visuals

Our College party checklist is created to help you easily see what tasks need to get done, and which should have higher priority. For instance, booking a DJ for the party should be a top priority but with the challenges, life throws at us we may forget to get it done. Our checklist will 

  • Found a DJ for the college party?  Check the box in the row for choosing a venue, and it will turn green.  This helps you visually spot which tasks are still outstanding.
  • Did life throw a challenge in your way?  When the task gets close to the due date it will turn yellow.  When a task passes its due date it will notify you by turning red which will help you prioritize tasks.

4. Shareable!

If you are planning a kickback or a huge college party it is still difficult to plan things on your own. We suggest that you plan with your college friends to get things set up for the day of the party. If you are planning with college friends or other acquaintances our checklist makes things easy to collaborate. Our checklist template can be shared with anyone through Google Drive. Since it can be worked simultaneously online everyone will be on the same page! 

5. Helpful Links

The college party checklist template not only helps with budgeting your time but has useful links to resources that will help you plan your party. We provided resources to help you find the right time to have the party find the right DJ for the event. We have also provided links to supplies, a budget worksheet, and links to fun party tips and ideas. These resources will help you plan the best college party!

How to Use our College Party Checklist

How to Use our College Party Checklist

Simply click the download button below to get started. We have created a step-by-step guide to take you through using our checklists: how to share your checklists with fellow planners, how to add/edit/delete tasks, how to sort/filter/reorder tasks and more.


Easy Event Planning believes that planning a college party should be simple and easy for the host! Our customizable college party checklist template will help to make sure that you will have everything ready before the day of the event. Unlike other checklists that set certain tasks, ours gives you the freedom to add or take out any task to fit your plans.  If you enjoy using our college party checklist then you will also find our other event planning tools amazing as well!

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