The only thing better than the main event is the party that you have total creative control
of. Naturally, we’re pumped for homecoming, but the pre-game and after-party is where it’s at for showing off your hostess skills and ensuring that all the attention is on you for the big
day. It take some time and effort, but we’re here to help. Check out our list of party
ideas, and start planning!
This is a great after-party option because it's inexpensive, nostalgic, and communal. All you need is some wood, lighter fluid, matches, and presto--instant fete! There are few constraints on your guest list, as the venue is, um, open. Just make sure that your chosen site legally allows for fires and you're good to go. Bonus tip: Bring plenty of graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate, for you know what.
A movie marathon is a great way to wind down after a long night of partying. We’re especially fond of '80s flicks like Heathers, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Pretty in Pink, Sixteen Candles, and Risky Business. Gather a dozen of your best friends, a bevy of sleeping bags, and sprawl out on the floor of a basement or den. Want to take it over the top? Weather permitting, consider renting a projector and having everyone gather in the yard for a pseudo drive-in experience.
Picture this: you and all your friends drive out to a woodsy clearing, open all the
car doors, blast the music, and finally settle who’s got the best moves. Don't forget to leave the headlights on so everyone can see your signature moves or. Bonus tip: Tiki torches are a great way to light up the night. Just make sure they're permitted.
When it comes to decor, you’ve got two options: you can match the theme of your homecoming—A Night in Paris, Bourbon Street Masquerade, Italian Serenade—or come up with your own fun theme, such as Tiki Disco (see above!) If you’re taking on the responsibility of organizing, your friends ought to be game to split the cost, so don’t worry about footing the bill. Just make sure everyone is aware of how much they owe beforehand.
Take pictures early on in the night, when everyone looks their absolute best. Pick a scenic spot—think flowers, late afternoon light, greenery—and cozy up to your date. Trust us, you’ll want to capture this. And since every photo shoot deserves at least one hilarious group shot, gather some props for everyone and take a goofy pic that will make you giggle for years to come! Are you on Instagram? Of course you are! Tag your look #cachestyle.