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Leave Your Cups At Home! 12 Fun Ideas For Your Next Anything But A Cup Party!


This article was written by The Zillennial Zine’s spring editorial intern Selma Dizdarevic. Find her on Instagram at @selmadiizdarevic. If you would like to share an article with The Zillennial, send us an email at thezillennialzine@gmail.com.

There are less than 50 days until summer begins! And we all know that with summer comes a ton of fun parties, themed ones especially. We’ve already talked about the very popular red flag and white lies parties, but have you heard of anything but a cup parties?

Anything but a cup parties are so popular right now and will definitely be taking over this summer. At these functions, everyone shows up with their own cup to drink out of. The only rule is, it can’t actually be a cup.

At one of these parties, you’ll see people carrying the most outrageous and random things to drink out of. That’s why they’re so fun! This theme is relatively new, so it might be hard to find ideas for it. That means, if you just got the invite, you’re probably scouring the internet looking for a good anything but a cup party idea. Don’t worry, we got you! Here are 12 fun cup substitutes to use for your next anything but a cup party.

Traffic cone

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An upside-down traffic cone makes the perfect cup. Just pop in a straw!

A balloon

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Fill up a deflated balloon with your drink of choice. This one’s fun because you’ll have a variety of colors to choose from (Make sure you hold onto it tight though)!

Baby bottle

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This one’s easy to transport! Pro tip: cut the top of the bottle a little bit. That way, you’ll be able to drink from it easier.

Condiment bottle

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Using a condiment bottle is super clutch because it already has an opening that you can drink out of. Don’t forget to take out the ketchup! (I mean, unless you don’t want to…)

A pineapple

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Slice your pineapple in half and scrape out the inside to turn it into a tropical cup! You could also use a coconut!

Watering can

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Who said only plants need to be watered?

Squirt gun

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This is so fun to use for you and all your friends.

A shoe

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Don’t forget the plastic bag inside to hold your drink! Using a single Croc or rain boot is a good idea for this one.

Cooking pan

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This one is definitely not the most convenient thing to carry and drink out of, but it’s a conversation starter for sure.

Spray bottle

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Know those tiny spray bottles people use to do their hair? They make a fun and no-contact drinking cup.

A basket

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Plastic, wicker, Halloween-themed, your pick. Anything works, as long as it’s not a cup.

A toy

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This one’s pretty versatile. You can take any toy, like a truck or even a doll head, and put a plastic bag inside it to drink. Bonus points if the toy lights up or makes noise!

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These ideas for anything but a cup parties will make sure to have you stand out in the crowd! They’re so unique and funny. Some are pretty ridiculous too, but that’s a good thing! Remember, the more random, the better! So, get all your friends together for one of these functions and leave your cups at home!

Did you like this article on anything but a cup party idea? Do you have any other suggestions? Let us know in the comments below!

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