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28 Night-In Parties To Throw With Your New College Friends

Because the only thing better than going out, is staying in (with friends)!

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1. Cult Classic Movie Night

Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Pop in any films from this awesome list and prepare to join the fandom.

2. Dorm Decor Design Party

Carsey-Werner-Mandabach Productions

Everyone loves crafting! Get together to create some home-y touches for those blank dorm room walls.

3. Popcorn Toppings Bar

Buttered popcorn is a classic but why not add some fun with these delicious topping ideas!

4. Board Game Night

Comedy Central

Cards Against Humanity, Scattergories, and Heads Up are great to play in large groups. Steer clear of Monopoly if you still want to be friends in the morning!

5. DIY Spa Night

Mix together some simple beauty masks and grab the nail polish for a zen night in.

6. Murder Mystery Night

Paramount Pictures

Check out some of these awesome murder mystery games and gather all the suspects for a night of fun and fear.

7. DIY Silent Disco

Host a mini version of the crowd favorite! Have guests bring headphones, download the iHeartRadio App, and pick 3 live stations to alternate between. Dance, sing, and enjoy your own DIY silent disco!

8. Ice Cream and Cry


Pop in your favorite tearjerker, grab an ice cream scoop, and let it all out. Pro-tip: keep tissues on hand.

9. Game Day Rager


Turn on ESPN and root for your favorite teams! Not into sports? Flip a coin, pick a side, and cheer your heart out. Don't forget the snacks!

10. Ramen Noodle Potluck

Grab a few packs of the popular college food and throw them in a spaghetti pot. Have your guests bring their favorite toppings to amp up the flavor and fun!

11. Snap Cup Night


Grab some friends and channel your inner Elle Woods with a Snap Cup night! Great for promoting positive energy during midterms.

12. Sober Drinking Game Night


Perfect your pong skills without puking! If you want to make things interesting, replace the booze with gross alternatives like prune juice, baby formula, or pickle juice!

13. Slumber Party

Paramount Pictures

College can sometimes feels like a slumber party but it often lacks footie pajamas and pillow fights. Time to change that!

14. Planner Party


Organizing your planner is so boring by yourself. Gather your besties to make it more fun! Use colorful pens, add quotes of the month, and pencil in some quality crew time!

15. Hide and Seek


Make the most of a small space by blindfolding the seeker or turning off the lights (be careful)! If you really want a challenge, play throughout the entire building.

16. Breakfast Dinner and Cartoons


For some reason, breakfast foods are so much better in the evening. Fry up some eggs and bacon or have everyone bring their favorite cereal! Turn on some retro cartoons and tuck in.

17. Musical Movie Sing-a-long


Who doesn't love a good movie musical? Make sure you turn on the subtitles so everyone can sing their hearts out.

18. Clothes Swap

The CW

Have everyone bring good quality clothes and accessories they just aren't feeling anymore. Swap with friends and have a fashion show with your new finds!

19. Take-out, Bake-in

Warner Brothers

Jump on GrubHub or Seamless and order from your local fave. While you're waiting for your entrees to arrive bake some cookies or cupcakes for dessert! Not a great baker? Try some of these mug treats!

20. Old School Dance Party


Get your friends together and dance to some hit tracks from years past! Spotify has some great playlists organized by decade. Bonus points if you dress up in garb from that era!

21. Brag About It


Self-love is so important for self-esteem. Have your guests come ready to share something they are proud of and bask in each others awesomeness!

22. Disney Channel Original Movie Night


Disney has some bomb made for TV movies. Relive your childhood with a screening of some classics.

23. Coloring Book Party

Coloring books aren't just for kids anymore! Gather crayons, colored pencils, markers, and friends together and indulge in this zen pass time.

24. Harry Potter Bingo

Warner Brothers

Almost everyone loves Harry Potter but even those who don't will have fun filling out this awesome character themed bingo board while you binge watch! Make sure you grab some magical (and cheap) prizes for the winners!

25. Show and Tell

Colombia Pictures

Great for a new group of friends, show and tell gives each person the opportunity to share something important to them!

26. Magazine Wine Party

Bridesmaids Inspo! Fashion, Gossip, Features! Magazines are bomb. Have everyone bring a different copy and swap periodically. Don't forget to pour the wine (or sparkling juice) and share your favorite pages!

27. Music Video Maddness


Have everyone send you their favorite music video in advance and make a YouTube playlist or check out some pre-made fan favorites!

28. Dream Board Design Party

Tyler Oakley

Dream boards are an excellent way to visualize your life goals! Pull images from online or clip pics from magazines to make a wall worthy masterpiece.

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