How to Host a T-shirt Party
If you are tired of the same-old, same-old party, consider a T-shirt party for your next gathering.
What’s a T-shirt Party?
Rather than having guests bring a gift for a birthday, anniversary, or bridal shower party, each guest will bring a T-shirt in the theme of the party.
We were introduced to this type of party by one of our customers. Our customer’s best friend was turning 40 and she wanted to do something fun and unique for the party. So she organized a dirty T-shirt party. Each guest was asked to bring a raunchy, dirty or off color T-shirt.
The guest of honor was not told about the gift theme ahead of time. As she began opening the gifts, which were all T-shirts, she slowly figured out what was going on. The first T-shirt she opened was kind of an “oh”. The second shirt, was an “uh?” By the time she opened the third shirt everyone was hooting. The guest of honor quickly figured out the theme of her party.
I’m sure there were plenty of margaritas and other libations that loosened up the women. It would’ve been a fun party to go to.
How to Plan a T-shirt Party
1. Decide on a Theme
It doesn’t have to be a dirty T-shirt party. Think of your guest of honor and what she likes. Choose a themeaccordingly. Forexample, if she is a big fan of Mickey Mouse, have a Mickey Mouse T-shirt party. You know your friend, your spouse, or your sister. Choose something he or she will like.
2. Send Out the Invitations
Click here to read the etiquette for sending out an invitation to a party. In your invitation, explain the nature of the party to the guests. Tell them, in lieu of the gift, to bring a T-shirt of the desired theme. Be sure to indicate the size T-shirt the guest of honor wears. A simple and straightforward theme probably does not need much elaboration. But a more conceptual theme, such as the dirty T-shirt, may need additional explanation.
3. The Actual Party
Continue the theme of the T-shirts for the theme of the party. This can include the decorations, the drinks, the food, and perhaps even what people wear. At some parties, gifts are opened after the party or as they arrive. At a T-shirt party, the gifts need to be opened altogether and with the group involved.
How to Take it a Step Further
If you want to take the gift of all the T-shirts to the next level, have all the T-shirts made into a quilt. A quilt will transform all the individual T-shirts into a unified gift. Also, a quilt is much more useful than 15 to 20 T-shirts.
To help offset the cost of the quilt, ask each guest to donate $20-$25 towards the quilt. If the cost of a T-shirt and a donation towards the quilt is too much for your guest, you could encourage them to find a used T-shirt from a garage sale or resale shop.
If you know ahead a time that you will be making a quilt from the T-shirts, the size of the T-shirt will matter less and the graphic on the T-shirt more.
To learn more about having a quilt made from your T-shirts, we invite you to download our T-shirt Quilt Buyer’s Guide. It has information about different styles of T-shirt quilts; the types and quality of materials used in the T-shirt quilt making process, and what to look for in a quilt maker. It’s a great place to begin your research about T-shirts quilts.
Below is a photo of the dirty T-shirt quilt we made. Be forewarned that it is “R” rated. Don’t scroll down if you don’t want to see it.