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32 Funny Ideas for Anything but a Cup Party

Last updated: March 27, 2024

There’s nothing better than a fun and organized party. Sometimes you just need to spice it up a bit and get your guests to participate in the theme.

In this post, you’ll learn about the best funny ideas for anything but a cup party.

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What is an Anything but a Cup Party?

An “anything but a cup” party is a themed party where guests are asked to bring a beverage in a container other than a cup. Such as a coconut shell or Windex spray bottle.

The idea is to get guests to think creatively and come up with unusual ways to consume their drinks beyond basic party supplies.

This type of party can add a fun and unique twist to any event. Since it involves your guests more than other event themes, your guests will feel like they get to participate.

Funny Ideas for Anything but a Cup Party

You don’t want to be the one person without a cup alternative at one of these parties!

You’ll look like such a buzz kill.

Examples of drink holders for an anything but a cup party:

1. Thermos
2. Wine Bottle
3. Pint Glass Or Stein
4. Mason Jar


5. Flagon
6. Squirt Gun
7. Flask
8. Canteen


9. Growler
10. Milk Carton
11. Waterproof Glove
12. Coconut Shell


13. Glass Bottle
14. Glass Jug
15. Glass Teapot


16. Glass Hurricane Lantern
17. Glass Decanter
18. Pet Water Bowl


19. Windex Spray Bottle
20. Flower Vase
21. Condiment Bottle
22. Gasoline Jerry Can


23. Traffic Cone
24. Soap Dispenser
25. Bird Feeder
26. Science Beaker


27. Cooking Pan
28. Funnel
29. Small Trash Can


30. Watermelon
31. Pineapple
32. Balloon


Keep in mind that some containers may be unhealthy or dangerous.

More Theme Party Ideas

Here are some other fun theme ideas:


Theme parties can be a fun way to gather your friends, or an excuse to bring people together. An “Anything But a Cup” party is a neat, non-traditional way to do that.

But you don’t have to drink alcohol! Parties don’t entirely have to be about alcohol. You could even host a mocktail party and use some of these ideas for this theme party or to make your next gathering more entertaining.

For some other fun party ideas, look at these articles that I also wrote:

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About the author

Nick Gray is the author of The 2-Hour Cocktail Party. He’s been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and in a popular TEDx talk. He sold his last company Museum Hack in 2019. Today he’s an expert on networking events, small parties, and creating relationships. Read more about Nick Gray here.

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