Big Event Ideas!


Every month the entire residence meets together for some roudy madness after night class. Because of that I’ve gained some ideas for some pretty awesome events for a large group of people. 🙂 For anyone else who plans events for a large group of people – for elementary school, youth group, high school, college, university, grandma’s birthday party … this is for you!

Here are some big event ideas:

Intro Night

I just hosted this in September. If there are rules that need to be followed, one way to portray them is to get your leaders to create a funny video. Just a five minute intro video establishes who the leaders are, what is expected of the larger group, and gets everyone laughing.

Separate into groups – we called them “All Rez Groups” and have them come up with their team name and a creative way to introduce the members of their group to everyone else. Give them twenty minutes and when you come back, sit back and enjoy!

Food! – I had doughnuts for everyone. It’s an easy thing to portion control, not too much clean up, and a pretty cheap per person snack!

Carnival Night

Rent a popcorn machine or cotton candy machine (often for just 80 bucks!) – hang some cute triangle streamers and create your own old fashioned photo booth. Then have DIY games set up around the room and end the night with a “strange talent” contest where students can show off any bizarre abilities!

 Luau in Feburary! 

Who says you can’t celebrate tropical favourites in the winter? Provide leis, plenty of tropical fruit and smoothies, and decorate your heart out! This event can be great for a couple reasons:

1) It stops the overwhelming Valentines theme from taking over every event the students participate in

2) Is a great time to talk about summer programs, hold a job fair, review applications. For some students the ability to return to school in the fall is dependant on summer employment – give them the tools early so that they can find great summer positions!

Whose Banquet Is it Anyway?

The students came up with this event. After a formal banquet students love some entertainment, but if a dance isn’t your thing, or is over done, an improv night might be perfect for you! Set up tables, provide tons of dessert and get one of your outgoing leaders to prepare some “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” games. It’s a ton of fun for those who love participating in improv, but also tons of fun for those who just want to sit back and watch!

(R)evolution of Gaming

This is a fun event that draws in a huge demographic. It’s as easy as getting card and board games Twister, Settlers of Catan, RISK, Monopoly, Dutch Blitz, but also setting up Super Nintendo, Wii, Halo, Rockband and getting everyone together. You may want to introduce a Euchre tournament or a Round Robin for some of the games to get people competitve and meeting other people.

I will be adding more to the list of Big Event Ideas later on! Do you have any events that you’ve loved in the past? Leave a comment and let me know!



About campusperspective

I never knew what I wanted to be when I grew up. I was curious and passionate about a whole hosts of topics and interests. How would I combine everything I loved to do in one job? Then I stumbled into a career in higher education. Student Services pieced together my curiosity, creativity, passion for people, and thirst to learn. As I continue working in this exciting field I hope to share some questions, insights, and lessons learned. Enjoy! :)

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