If the thought of throwing your own 420 party hasn’t crossed your mind, chances are you don’t realize how open your friends and family are to a 420-friendly get-together.
It turns out 1 in 8 Americans are down to party. In fact, the number of Americans who smoke herb either regularly or occasionally has doubled in just three years.
The key to throwing the best 420 party is encouraging an overall relaxed, fun, and creative atmosphere. Example: Bored with smoking? Try vaping this 420! People love to use this counterculture holiday as an opportunity to let loose and be themselves. If you can engage your party guests with some unique 420 party ideas, you’ll pull off an event people won’t forget no matter how blasted they were.
Here’s a list of 20 do-it-yourself 420 party ideas that are easy-to-do, affordable, and really fun. Many of these ideas have been tested by our team with proven results. Others were contributed by professional party planners who know a thing or two about having a good time.
Whether you’re a diehard stoner or an occasional toker, you’re guaranteed to find inspiration that will help you plan a great 420 party.
1. Play with a Giant Jenga Set
There’s a reason why over 50 million Jenga sets have been sold since the game launched back in 1983. There’s nothing like the sound of “Jenga!” at a party. To give this classic party game an Alice in Wonderland twist, you can create your own DIY giant Jenga set for your 420 party. Alternatively, you can buy a giant Jenga set from retailers like Target. Either way, giant Jenga will keep 420 party guests on the edge of their seats. You could even turn Jenga into a smoking game. When the tower falls, you toke.
2. Hotbox a Blanket Fort
Blanket forts are for kids. But there’s something whimsical about hanging out in a house made of blankets and pillows that appeals to adults, which is why they’ve been turning up at listening parties and art shows alike. You can find tons of blanket fort ideas on Pinterest and elsewhere. And the best part, once your fortress is built, you can hotbox it. We recommend vaping with one of our vaporizers, of course, for a safer 420 party.
3. Try Vaping on 420!
Vaping is a great way to enjoy 420 without any smoke, lingering odors, or ash. Vapes are also easy to pass around the room, so having a vaporizer available to guests is a great conversation starter. You can choose between a vape pen or portable vaporizer. Both types are easy to share.
For a great vape pen, KandyPens makes some of the best reviewed wax pens, which vaporize waxy oil concentrates that are usually more potent than dry herb. If you or your guests are experienced users with a pretty solid tolerance, vaping wax at your 420 party could be a great treat. The KandyPens Gravity, for instance, does a fabulous job of vaporizing wax with great flavor and no harsh smokiness. KandyPens Gravity features a quartz rod atomizer with a quartz chamber, which vapes wax slowly and lowly to reduce combustion and fully extract flavors, aromas, and effects.
If you’re more into dry herb, you want a portable vaporizer at your 420 party. Guests who are regular users who know what kind of hits they like would prefer the AirVape Xs, which gives you precision temperature control. That way you can pinpoint the best temperature for creating your kind of hit, whether you enjoy smooth, harsh, big, little, robust, mild, and so on.
If you want to pass a uniquely designed product around at your 420 party, Magic Flight Launch Box is a real unicorn. 420 party guests will marvel at this little wooden box, hand-crafted by local artisans, that runs on what looks very much like a Double A battery. Magic Flight Launch Box looks like something your genius hippy uncle crafted in his garage. Magic Flight took great care to create a product that’s functional, very portable, and very interesting to look at and hold, which will add a bit of adventure to the atmosphere of your 420 party.
4. Burn Flying Wish Paper
Lighting some flying wish paper is a beautiful and fun experience that’s grown popular among millennials. 420 party guests can write their secret wishes on this delicate little scrap of paper, then roll it into a ball and light it. The flying wish paper will flutter toward the sky until it magically disappears. It’s the kind of symbolic act that people tend to appreciate more on a day like 420. And it’s an opportunity for people to chat about their dreams.
5. 420 Friendly Photobooth
A photo booth is a fun way to immortalize your 420 party with Instagram worthy shots. A simple and easy way to create a photo booth requires only a large empty picture frame and some twine. Simply hang the frame from a tree outdoors (or indoors using wall hangers), and your guests can stand inside the frame for a photoshoot. Alternatively, you can create a giant polaroid frame with some poster board, a ruler, and box cutter. You can add a clever 420-friendly caption to your “polaroid” for good measure!
6. Set up a coloring table
LA-based restaurant Wurstkuche got it right when they filled their popular beer and sausage spot with coloring tables. If the recent popularity of adult coloring books is anything to go by, grown ups enjoy doodling just as much as kids. All you need to replicate this experience at your 420 party is a pack of crayons and a large sheet of paper that doubles as a table cloth. But if you’re really serious about having a drawing table, you can find reusable coloring clothes that you simply throw in the washer after your party. If you really want to stick with the 420-theme, print out a leaf stencil and decorate your coloring table.
7. Throw a Projector Party
Projectors have made a comeback lately at bars and house parties, and it’s easy to see how renting one for your 420-friendly party can set the stage for a memorable night. Having beautiful moving images in the background makes for a captivating ambiance. Everyone likes movies. They give guests something to watch together and chat about. You can rent a projector for one day for as low as $30. Put some Planet Earth on the wall, perhaps 2001: A Space Odyssey, and set the mood for some pop-culture chit chat.
8. Host the Aurora Borealis in your Living Room
Trippy lights not only look beautiful. They inspire feelings of joy, awe, and excitement that your party guests will definitely be open to on 420. Light, as it happens, actually affects the brain like a drug. While it’ll be tough watching the aurora borealis from your backyard, you can at least simulate the experience with this psychedelic night light. There are plenty of other options including disco lights and kaleidoscopic laser projectors that display constellations all across your room. Laser projectors are actually fairly affordable, so it won’t hurt your wallet to add a cosmic vibe to your 420 party.
9. Curate a Collaborative 420 Friendly Playlist
Music makes the people come together. Happy music, for example, makes us assume those around us are happy, which is a great social lubricant. Putting together a 420 party playlist will set the mood for a great time that everyone can enjoy. To set a 420 theme, you can start researching songs directly related to getting high, then start getting creative with music that simply enhances good vibes. Browse 420 party playlists on streaming services like Spotify and Soundcloud. You’ll find tons of ideas to pick and choose from, from chill trap mixes to dubstep playlists designed specifically for putting that smoke up in the air. You can even make a collaborative playlist with your friends to forge the perfect 420-friendly playlist.
10. Set the Mood with Dim Lighting and Scented Mason Jar Candles
It turns out mood lighting is really a thing. Recent research shows that darkness gives us a feeling of freedom from constraints, which can increase creativity in people. Dimming the lights will have the double benefit of helping your guests relax and become expressive. If you really want to set the mood, you can set down easy-to-make DIY mason jar candles, which can include a slice of lemon, mint, and other herbs to fill your 420 party with essential oil fragrances and flickering light.
11. Keep CBD on Hand to Defeat Anxiety
It’s a best practice among experienced 420 party goers to only consume within your known limit. But mistakes can happen, especially on a holiday such as this. Luckily, if you over do it, there are ways to take your high down a notch if you over do it. An essential tool for getting unhigh is ironically one of the main compounds found in herb, cannabidiol. CBD promotes calmness, among other effects, and when used in concentrate form, it can help counteract the anxiety sometimes experienced when you celebrate 420 a little too hard. Some CBD concentrates are free of the compounds that actually make you feel high, so people can take it without any of the usual effects associated with herb.
12. Build a Hydration Station
Hydration is the key to combatting cottonmouth as well as dehydration from all those delicious green cocktails. But most parties don’t offer water to guests. Break the mold with your own hydration station. A DIY approach requires only a shallow plywood box, some cinderblocks, and a bag of ice for a backyard refreshments bar.
For the smokers at your 420 party, you can throw in a few bottles of Piece Water, a bong water alternative that prevents gunk and resin build up and promotes clean, smooth hits. Piece Water is 100% all natural and very pure. Party guests will appreciate you breaking out the special water this 420.
13. Don't Forget the Black Pepper
Every 420 party needs a little spice. But not just to keep things interesting. Many, including Neil Young, swear by the power of black pepper to reduce your high. Keep some black pepper kernels in a dish, perhaps next to the CBD and water. Alternatively, you can sprinkle tons of black pepper on a tasty recipe such as guacamole for a more palatable delivery option.
14. Design a Rest Area
The best cure for being too high is a good nap. It’s also just nice to chill when you’re feeling good. Set up a rest area in a separate room where people can lay down, chit chat, or shut their brains off for awhile. The bean bag pillows made by Lovesac are giant, comfy, and look a little outside-the-box, which fits the 420-friendly party vibe perfectly. Your rest area will be sure to attract guests to its oasis of pillows and blankets.
420-Friendly Snacks and Beverages
15. Grab a Case of Stone Enjoy by 420 IPA
Stone’s Enjoy By IPA series flips the idea of an expiration date on its head with a super fresh beer made to be enjoyed as soon as possible. Why does this have to do with your 420 party plans? They made an Enjoy By IPA specifically for 420. This extra hoppy brew tastes more intense than the usual IPA, with over a dozen hops, and for that reason it has a shorter shelf life. Your 420 party guests who don’t smoke but love a good beer will appreciate the thoughtful and refreshing gesture.
16. Serve Foods that Enhance Your 420
Did you know certain foods help your body better absorb the active compounds found in dry herb? Eating mangos just an hour or two prior to consuming some 420-friendly material will get the party going faster. You can set out this tangy yet spicy mango salad with some chips, which takes only 15 minutes to make. Alternatively, the unsaturated fat found in nuts binds with the active compound in dry herb to help your body absorb it better. Just a bowl of trail mix will, ahem, enhance your 420 party.
17. Rethink Edibles
Edibles can make for a mellow evening when used correctly. It’s paramount that you know your limits, and choose edibles with the appropriate potency levels. Edibles can also be fun and delicious. There are a wide variety of boutique edibles out there, especially in legalized states. Yummi Karma, for instance, makes tortilla chip and popcorn edibles in a variety of flavors that will spice up your 420 friendly party. With flavors like sriracha, zesty ranch, and nacho cheese, your edible-loving guests will be in heaven. But big disclaimer: These are not food. One bite could place you on Pluto’s surface. You don’t want to leave a bowl of these laying out for anyone to snack on, but having a bag to offer (with a disclaimer) could make a more experienced guest’s night.
18. Serve Green Drinks Deliciously Inspired by 420
There’s something devilishly fun about repurposing Betty Crocker’s St. Patrick’s Day beer recipe for your 420 party. Just a few drops of green food coloring at the bottom of your pint or pitcher, and you can serve up refreshingly 420-themed brew. You can also use the food coloring trick with cocktails, and with this Cocktail Builder tool, you can make a tasty drink based on whatever is in your bar. Invent your own 420 party drink!
19. Bake While Baked
You can prepare for the munchies with some delicious recipes that don’t get you high. There are plenty of options for last-minute party snack ideas out there that you can whip up in a jiffy. You can also create your own special recipes for those who want a little more from their snack. Plenty of 420 recipes exist, and you want to become the Martha Stewart for 420, you can create your own infused butter, salad dressing, and more using the Magical Butter Machine. It’s like a crock pot for edibles that’s very easy to use and effective at maintaining potency.
420 Party Style Tips
20. Dress Up for Your 420 Party
Whether you’re hosting a 420 party or attending one, there were plenty of clothing and shoe releases this year from reputable stoner fashion brands that mesh well with the 420 vibe. Nike even released the Nike SB Dunk Low 420 Galaxy shoe in honor of this sacred holiday. Get creative and look great at your 420 party!
Whether you throw a big bash or quiet get-together, planning a 420 party this year is a new way to bring friends, family and connections together for fun and libations. Thanks to legalization, new openness toward 420 has developed among Americans, which has changed the way we use dry herb. It’s not just a pastime for Cheech and Chong types, but a fun way for millennials to meet new people, bond with their friends, and try out new experiences. We’ve had a blast trying out these 420 party ideas. Now it’s time for you to throw a 420 party to remember.
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