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Anything But Cups: No Cups Allowed

This party theme may be our shortest theme to date, but it ended up being one of the most memorable parties that I’ve ever been too. So without further adu, Anything But Cups Party Theme!


This party theme is exactly what it sounds, you need to drink out of anything but cups! That means you could use your flask, a bowl, heck even a dog bowl. Obviously this theme will take a little creativity but you’ll have a blast seeing what everyone brings.


Simply make sure you get the word out that NO cups are allowed at the party and make sure you give everyone a suggestion on what they should bring. Some people will honestly have trouble trying to think of a good cup idea, so you may want to help them so they don’t end up bringing something stupid to your anything but cups party theme.

If your guests are struggling to find a cup, direct them towards your local Goodwill or Walmart. If they are looking to go a step above those two stores, we found that HomeDepot has the best cups to drink out of! Not even kidding, give HomeDepot a try!

Cup Ideas for Anything But Cups Party Theme:

This is where creativity is required.. Google some alcoholic dispensers and get creative. It really shouldn’t be too hard but here is a list that will help you get started!

  • Dog Bowl
  • Beer Drinking Hat
  • Protein Powder Blender Bottle
  • Cleaned out Bleach Container
  • Soap Dispenser (Shots?)
  • Gasoline Job(Buy new)
  • Tea Pot
  • Human Skull
  • Honey Bottle
  • Plastic Lawn Ornaments
  • Kettle
  • Watering Can
  • Frisbee
  • Vases
  • Planters
  • Vases
  • Spray Bottles
  • Flamingos
  • Pool Noodles
  • Beer Bongs
  • Soda Drinking Hat
  • Squirt Gun or Super Soakers
  • Hoses
  • Camel Back
  • Bongs
  • Jelly Bottle
  • Martini Shakers
  • Buckets
  • Coffee Pots
  • Pots and Pans
  • Melons
  • Washing Machine Detergent Tub
  • Plastic Boot
  • Inflatable Water Toy
  • Vary Large Syringes
  • Bike Tire Tubing

Party Warnings and Tips:

  • Have some towels and garbage bags ready so if people’s cups end up going wrong, it just won’t end up spilling everywhere.
  • Make sure you have a broom and dust pan ready, often people will end up breaking this cups as they are simply just too heavy.
  • Don’t let guests in if they end up bringing any cups!
  • If you are charging, let guests who trick out there cup with bedazzles in for free!

Party Drinks:

This party theme almost required a drink theme to go along side it! With that in mind, you can easily just use a tub of jungle juice or a classic keg. A big bonus to this theme too is that most of your guests won’t be able to lay their drink down, therefore they will end up continuously drinking throughout the night!

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