5 Anything-But-Clothes Party Ideas

The name might make it sound like something for preschoolers, but it’s definitely not. ABC stands for “anything but clothes,” which might make it sound like something from a nudist colony, but it’s not that either. Instead, everyone comes dressed, just not in actual clothes.

5 Different Anything-But-Clothes Party Ideas

Trying to wrap your head around what that looks like? It’s not as weird as it might sound. In fact, it can actually be pretty fun to see all the costumes people come up with. Most costumes repurpose trash, kids’ toys, and other definitely non-clothing-type items. Trying to figure out what to wear to impress your friends or perhaps a certain special someone? Here are five great ideas for ABC party costumes for guys.

Duct Tape

Seriously, who doesn’t love making things out of duct tape? There are tutorials online for making just about anything with duct tape, clothes included. And since duct tape clothes aren’t really clothes, you should be good! Bonus: Head to the store and find some fun colored or patterned duct tape to make your costume with. Racing checkers? Pink Camo? Awesome.

Toilet Paper

Have you seen those contests where women make entire wedding dresses and veils with toilet paper? Why do women get to have all the fun? Well, this time it’s your turn. Find a way to construct a party outfit entirely out of toilet paper. As a bonus, you won’t have to worry about the bathrooms at the party running out.


Rather than making something boring like a toga out of a bed sheet, twist your old Twister mat up into something you can wear. Make sure to strategically place those colored circles, and remember to incorporate the spinner into your costume in some fashion so that players can try their luck.

Pool Flotation Toy

Remember when you were a kid and those fun, colored inner tubes were the best things in the pool? Revive your old love of those inflatable toys by incorporating your old inner tubes into a costume for grown-up kids. Stack a couple around your middle for a more modest look, or wear the bare (literally) minimum.


Sandwich Board

Have you got something to say? The classic sandwich board is an excellent way to get your message across, but make sure not to muddy it by including too much else… such as clothes. Just a couple of pieces of cardboard and a couple of shoulder straps should do nicely. If you’re not one for broadcasting your own messages, you could turn almost any box or shopping bag into a sandwich board.


A fun theme is a great way to ensure a successful party, but even more important is to set your party up for success. Please remember to celebrate safely, including going out in groups, drinking responsibly (not driving), keeping an eye on friends, and having a designated driver. Similarly, if you are hosting an ABC party, be sure to secure a noise permit (if applicable), collect keys at the door, and have non-alcoholic beverages available.

No matter what your event, Wright Group Event Services will help you set the stage for success. From stages, tents, and everything that goes in them, we have everything you need. Contact us today to find out how we can help you ensure your event goes off without a hitch.

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