Slang Words for Party (And How to Use Them Correctly)

Are you looking for new and interesting ways to describe social gatherings? There’s no better place to turn to than slang.

Over the years, people have come up with all kinds of intriguing phrases for parties. In this guide, we’ll show you a list of slang words for party that you can consider the next time you’re setting up invitations to your event.


Table of Contents

Slang Words for Party (in Alphabetical Order)

A

ABC Party

Meaning:

  • (Noun): Acronym that stands for, “anything but clothes party.” In this type of party, guests are expected to find creative ways of dressing themselves that don’t involve traditional clothes.
  • Example: “I’m wearing a curtain to Amy’s ABC party on Friday.”

Afterparty

Meaning:

  • (Noun): A smaller party that takes place after the party. Usually, this is a modest gathering of intimate friends who linger after the larger event concludes.
  • Example: “John and I drank a couple beers and chatted at the afterparty.”

B

Bash

Meaning:

  • (Noun): Slang term that applies to all kinds of celebrations or social events that are exciting.
  • Example: “Join us for Janine’s birthday bash this weekend!”

Blocko

Meaning:

  • (Noun): Slang for a block party. Be careful with this one, because it does have other meanings you may not feel comfortable using.
  • Example: “Did you go to the blocko downtown yesterday?”

Blowout

Meaning:

  • (Noun): A huge, luxurious social gathering.
  • Example: “I had a lot of fun at Juanita’s blowout last night.”

Bust it Up

Meaning:

  • (Verb): The act of enjoying yourself or partying.
  • Example: “Jake and I are gonna bust it up tomorrow night.”

C

Clam Bake

Meaning:

  • (Noun): A gathering or party where there are far more women than men.
  • Example: “If you want to meet guys, you probably shouldn’t go to a clam bake.”

D

Darty

Meaning:

  • (Noun): A combination of the words “drunken” and “party.” This is a party where there is drinking happening, and it’s usually daytime.
  • Example: “I had way too much beer at the darty yesterday and I’m feeling it today.”

Do

Meaning:

  • (Noun): An uncommon word for social gathering or party. You can treat it similarly to bash in a sentence.

F

Fete

Meaning:

  • (Noun): Term for a large celebration or festival. Usually takes place outdoors.
  • Example: “The rain caused us to cancel the fete yesterday.”

Fiesta

Meaning:

  • (Noun): The Spanish word for party or celebration. It can have religious connotations in some regions, but for the most part, you can use it like how you would say bash.

Function

Meaning:

  • (Noun): Another generalized word for social gatherings and celebrations.

G

Gate Crash

Meaning:

  • (Verb): To show up at a party or event you weren’t invited to.
  • Example: “I’m going to gate crash Lexie’s party on Friday.”

Get-Together

Meaning:

  • (Noun): Generalized word for any social gathering of any size. It doesn’t specifically have to be a party, but it can be used to describe one.
  • Example: “I’m having a small get-together with a couple close friends this month.”

H

Happening

Meaning:

  • (Noun): Another term that can be applied to just about any party. You can say it like you would bash.

Hootenanny

Meaning:

  • (Noun): A fun celebration or social gathering. This is basically synonymous with happening and bash.

P

Pachanga

Meaning:

  • (Noun): Southern Texas/Mexican slang for a wild party that typically includes food, dancing, music, and family.
  • Example: “Are you going to come to my Pachanga on Saturday? I promise you’ll have fun.”

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Partay

Meaning:

  • (Noun): Alternative way of saying party. You can use it in any instance where you’d otherwise just say “party.”

Party Hop

Meaning:

  • (Verb): Dropping by at multiple different parties in one day or night.
  • Example: “I visited six different grad parties while I was party hopping last weekend.”

PLAR/Party Like a Rockstar

Meaning:

  • (Expression): Acronym that stands for “party like a Rockstar.” This phrase became well-known after a song of the same name that came out in 2007. Usually means you are going to party wildly, including the consumption of recreational drugs.
  • Example: “Don’t forget to PLAR tonight.”

Pregame

Meaning:

  • (Verb): Drinking alcohol prior to a party or other social event.
  • Example: “Meet up at my house this afternoon and we’ll pregame before the party later.”

R

Rager

Meaning:

  • (Noun): An extremely wild and raucous party.
  • Example: “The party last night was a complete rager. It didn’t even end after the cops were called on us.”

S

Sausage Fest/Party

Meaning:

  • (Noun): The opposite of clam bake; a gathering where the men drastically outnumber the women.
  • Example: “Let’s get out of here. It’s a total sausage party.”

Shindig

Meaning:

  • (Noun): A big and energetic party usually held in celebration of something.
  • Example: “We’re having an anniversary shindig next week.”

Soiree

Meaning:

  • (Noun): Fancier word for indoor party. This is a great one to use if you’re looking for a phrase that sounds classy.
  • Example: “Will you be attending my soiree tomorrow evening?”

Stag Night

Meaning:

  • (Noun): A party for only men. Generally, this is used to refer to a bachelor party that happens the night before a man’s wedding.
  • Example: “We’re going to give Colin the time of his life at his stag night.”

T

Taco Fiesta

Meaning:

  • (Noun): Another word for clam bake, or a gathering dominated by women as opposed to men.

The Roof is On Fire

Meaning:

  • (Expression): You can say this to indicate that a party is particularly entertaining or that you’re having a good time at a party.
  • Example: “The DJ made the whole crowd chant, ‘the roof is on fire!’”

Throw Down

Meaning:

  • (Verb): To host or arrange a large party.
  • Example: “Mike is going to throw down this weekend. Wanna go?”

W

WTPA

Meaning:

  • (Expression): Acronym for, “where’s the party at?”

Wrap Up

The next time you throw a party of any kind, you’ll know what to put in the invite online. Alternatively, you can try using some of the phrases in person if you’re feeling adventurous.

Did you hear someone call your party “a dub?” We can explain what that means for you in our guide to the meaning of New York slang “a dub.”

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