45 Creative Anything But A Cup Party Ideas

Need some good cup alternatives for a party? Here are the best anything but a cup party ideas that you’ll want to copy.

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anything but a cup party ideas

Anything but a cup parties are taking social media by storm! Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably seen this hilarious party theme all over TikTok and Reddit.

This is one of my favorite party trends ever because it requires all of your guest to participate and use their creativity.

If you’ve just been invited to an anything but cups party and you’re not sure what to bring, I have you covered!

Here are 45 hilarious ideas for items to bring to an anything but a cup party.

What Is An Anything But A Cup Party?

Anything but a cup party is exactly how it sounds – no one is allowed to drink from cups!

Instead, everyone must bring an item that is NOT a cup to drink from for the duration of the party.

People will bring crazy items like shoes, buckets, flower vases, etc. to drink from.

This party theme can also go by these names:

  • ABC Party – if you get invited to an ABC party, you should definitely clarify with the host. This acronym can also mean “Anything But Clothes” parties.
  • No Cups Party
  • Not A Cup Party

The goal with this party theme is that people are creative, think outside the box, and have fun with it!

The Funniest Anything But A Cup Party Ideas

Here are some of the most hilarious ideas for anything but a cup party items to drink out of at a party.

1. Water Pitcher

person drinking out of water filtering pitcher
Image Source: Pinterest

One funny idea for something to drink out of is a water filter pitcher like the one pictured above. The comedy in this is that it’s so huge and over-the-top.

Plus, some of them have water dispenser spouts, which would be so funny to drink out of all night.

2. Soap Dispenser

Two young women sitting closely on a couch, playfully participating in an 'Anything But A Cup' party. One is holding a soap dispenser to her mouth like a bottle, while the other pretends to drink from a plastic bag typically used for medical IV fluids.
Image Source: Pinterest

If you don’t mind pumping down the handle to drink all night, then a soap dispenser would be a hilarious anything but a cup party idea.

You can grab your soap dispenser at home and clean it out (really well) or just go buy a cheap one from Target or the dollar store!

3. Plastic Baseball Bat

guy drinking from the end of a blue plastic baseball bat at anything but cup party
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One of the most creative ideas for an anything but cups party is to use a hollow plastic baseball bat.

Either unscrew or cut off the end and fill the inside with your drink of choice.

4. Watering Can

girl drinking from watering can
Source: Tiktok (@aleearroyo_)

Another hilarious cup alternative is to drink out of a watering can all night. You could either drink from the spout portion or stick a straw in the filling hole.

5. Bucket

plastic bucket filled with drink
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Looking for a simple anything but a cup idea that’s easy to drink out of? Just bring a small plastic bucket like the ones used for building sand castles.

It’s cheap, holds liquids well, and is easy to set down when you’re not actively drinking.

6. Traffic Cone

guy holding up orange traffic cone and cigarette
Source: Tiktok (@aleearroyo_)

A traffic cone is another hilarious idea for something to drink out of at an anything but cups party.

Don’t worry, you don’t actually have to use a dirty traffic cone off the street. You can find plastic traffic cones on Amazon that are cheap and clean.

7. Frisbee

guy drinking out of yellow frisbee at an anything but cups party
Source: Pinterest

I love the idea of using a frisbee as a cup for this college theme party.

It’s a cheap item that you probably already have laying around the house. Plus, it looks hilarious to drink out of!

8. Toothbrush Holder

girl holding toothbrush holder
Source: Tiktok (@davidf627)

Looking for a really unique drink holder? Grab the toothbrush holder out of your bathroom and use that as a cup!

9. Hummingbird Feeder

girl drinking from hummingbird feeder at anything but a cup party
Source: Pinterest

How hilarious would it be to walk around drinking out of a hummingbird feeder all night?

This is a great cup alternative because it’s already designed to hold liquids and it sits flat on the table so you can easily set it down.

10. Plastic Glove

girl drinking a clear liquid from finger of a plastic glove
Source: Tiktok (@groovy.megs)

One of the cheapest and easiest ideas for an anything but a cup day item is to use a plastic or rubber glove.

Poke a tiny hole in one of the fingers of the glove and use that to drink out of all night.

11. Crocs

girl drinking from purple croc shoe
Source: Tiktok (@aleearroyo_)

This is definitely one of the funniest anything but cups party ideas I’ve seen!

Line a croc (or other shoe) with a plastic bag and use that to drink out of. You’ll probably want to use a straw for this one.

12. Soup Can

guy drinking out of soup can
Source: Pinterest

Want something cup-shaped to drink out of that is still hilarious? Drink out of a (cleaned out) soup can.

Just be sure that you use a can opener that creates a clean edge so that you don’t cut your lips. You could also just use a straw just to be extra safe!

13. Tea Kettle

girl drinking from black tea kettle
Source: Tiktok (@aleearroyo_)

A tea kettle is another great idea for an anything but cups party. It’s made to hold liquid and it sits flat on a table, so it’s really convenient to drink out of.

14. Blood Bags

Gross everyone at the party out by drinking out of a blood bag for the night!

These blood bags from Amazon are actually designed for drinks so they’re totally food safe and clean. They look real enough to freak everyone out though.

15. Squirt Gun

girl holding squirt gun near open mouth
Source: Pinterest

One funny idea for this theme party is to put your drink in a squirt gun or super soaker.

When you want a drink you can just shoot the liquid directly into your mouth.

16. Doll Head

girl holding doll head with straw at an anything but a cup party
Source: Tiktok (@aleearroyo_)

Another super funny idea is to remove the head of a plastic baby doll and use that as a cup for the night.

This will definitely get some laughs (and maybe a few weird stares) from other party guests.

17. Cleaning Wipes Canister

girl drinking from clorox wipes container with a straw
Source: Tiktok (@aleearroyo_)

Empty out a cleaning canister, clean it, and fill it with your drink of choice! Just make sure it’s really clean before you drink out of it.

If you’re not sure that it’s 100% clean, you can line the inside with plastic wrap or a ziplock bag before adding your drink.

18. Gas Can

guy drinking out of a plastic gas can at an anything but cups party
Source: Pinterest

Are you looking to shock your fellow partygoers? Bring a gas can to drink out of for the night!

You should definitely buy a brand new gas can for this. No amount of cleaning will make a used gas can safe for consumption.

19. Pet Feeder

guy drinking from pink dog feeder
Source: Tiktok (@aleearroyo_)

Another hilarious item to drink out of is a dog or cat feeder.

You could just go with a simple dog bowl, but I think this giant dog feeder with the canister is so much more hilarious to drink out of.

20. Ketchup Bottle

guy squirting brown liquid into his mouth from ketchup bottle
Source: Tiktok (@davidf627)

Another super cheap and easy item to drink out of is an empty ketchup bottle.

This will be so funny because it will look like you’re actually drinking ketchup, especially if you fill it with red liquid.

21. Tissue Box

girl drinking from tissue box at anything but cups party
Source: Tiktok (@davidf627)

This is one of the most creative anything but cups party idea I’ve seen! She used a tissue box holder and filled it with some kind of drink receptacle.

You’ll have to be a little bit creative with this one but if you can pull it off it’ll look hilarious!

22. Cleaning Spray Bottle

girl holding windex bottle up to open mouth
Source: Tiktok (@groovy.megs)

This one fooled me for a second because the liquid in the bottle actually looks like window cleaner.

To recreate this, clean out a spray bottle and fill it with your drink of choice. Add a few drops of blue food coloring if you want it to look more realistic!

23. Iron

girl drinking out of iron with straw
Source: Tiktok (@groovy.megs)

Take a brand new clothing iron and fill the water tank with your drink of choice.

Some irons might not be able to fit a straw in the hole, so you should check that out before you commit to this cup idea.

24. Overalls Pocket

girl drinking out of overalls pocket with straw
Source: Tiktok (@groovy.megs)

This has to be one of my favorite ideas because it’s so simple and smart! Line the pocket of some overalls with plastic bag and insert a straw.

Just be sure not to dance too hard or you may have a wardrobe malfunction!

25. Hot Sauce Bottle

girl holding hot sauce bottle at anything but a cup party
Source: Tiktok (@groovy.megs)

Another funny and creative idea for an anything but a cup party is to use an empty hot sauce bottle. It’s simple, cheap, and effective.

This idea will look even funnier if you fill it with a red drink.

Other Anything But A Cup Party Ideas

26. Pringle Can

27. Coconut shell

28. Fish bowl

29. Flower pot

30. Cookie jar

31. Conch shell

32. Construction hard hat

33. Empty pill bottles

34. Piggy bank

35. Syringe

36. Plunger

37. Chemistry beaker

38. Medieval beer horn

39. Measuring cup

40. Rain boot

41. Blender

42. Frying pan

43. Light bulb

44. Pool noodle

45. Beer helmet

So there you have it – these are the best anything but a cup party ideas that you can bring to your next party.

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