Most Popular College Party Food Ideas
Expert Advice

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As college students prepare to return to campus this fall, and tailgate at the football games, student parties remain one of the best ways to forget about all the upcoming academic challenges that lie ahead.  The opportunity to spend time with friends and celebrate being together again is a welcome idea after COVID.  If you would like to impress your friends and classmates, organizing an exclusive get together with delicious food and drink is a great idea. But what dishes are the best ones for the festivities? Here’s some great options.


If you would like to make just about everyone happy, pizza is always a welcome idea. You can hardly find a student who doesn’t like pizza. In order to please everybody, be sure to order pizzas with a variety of toppings, including a vegetarian one. Want to impress your friends even more?  Order a dessert pizza with chocolate, M&Ms, and different toppings.

Of course, you can prepare pizza by yourself! This will make your party even more budget-friendly since cooking pizza is cheaper than ordering it. However, get ready to spend a couple of hours buying products, kneading the dough, and cooking. If you don’t have enough free time because of tons of academic assignments, feel free to order essay, and start preparing for the party without all that time-consuming homework.

Burgers or Sandwiches

Burgers are great meals for a student party. Although some consider them to be unhealthy most students still eat burgers on occasion. You can order them from a fast-food place, or even better make them on the grill. It’s as easy as 1-2-3. Sandwiches are also a great choice.  You can prepare them with turkey, ham, cheese, or whatever your friends desire. However, don’t forget to include lettuce, tomato and onion.  Those are great additions for sandwiches or burgers, and you won’t need to spend much time on preparation.


Many students are fond of Japanese cuisine. If you are one of them, it’s time to order sushi! Although this dish is usually a bit more expensive than burgers or pizza, you can always ask your friends to chip in to cover the cost.  You need to have at least some basic culinary skills and follow the recipe to come up with a truly delicious dish. So, perhaps you would choose sashimi rather than sushi as it is easier to prepare.


Mexican cuisine is another fantastic solution for a top-notch student party. You can always order nachos from any Mexican restaurant and get everything delivered right to the doorstep. However, it’s a lot more fun to make them.  Look for a truly original recipe and just follow the instructions. Additions such as fajita meat and jalapenos make them even better. These homemade nachos will make your guests remember the party for a long time, especially if served with a great margarita.


Going wild with Italian food? It’s time to prepare pasta! The good news is that carbonara is incredibly easy to cook, cheap, and can be prepared in just half an hour. Therefore, carbonara is a great option for a meal if you don’t have much time. You can find some great recipes online.  Just make sure you have all the necessary ingredients for this culinary masterpiece.  The most important ones are spaghetti (well, that’s obvious) and parmesan cheese. You will also need to have at least a couple of eggs, olive oil and some bacon. If you would like to try making an out-of-the-box dish, add some shrimp.


If you and your friends have a sweet-tooth – and who doesn’t – perhaps you make it a dessert party! This is one of the easiest options to arrange. The only thing you need is to go shopping and buy various types of sweets, ice cream and candy. You can also choose some cakes, pies, donuts, waffles and other goodies for your party. You can also make a huge cake with funny decor to impress your friends with your exceptional cooking skills. Make sure you have enough tea and coffee to serve your friends as it’s best to avoid buying soft drinks or lemonade for a sweet-stuff party.

Whatever you choose to prepare – pizza, burgers, sushi, nachos, pasta or dessert – preparing your favorite dishes will be easier, and more fun, if you invite some of your friends to help you before the party. Enjoy!