50+ Unique Anything But a Cup Party Ideas

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Not everyone can think of ideas for what to bring to an anything but a cup party. That’s OK! Here’s some fun (and funny) options that you can buy online that should be safe to put your beverages in. At the very least they’ll do the job for the night!

We wanted to give you as many unique ideas as possible. Here’s over 50 things to get you started. Some are things you probably already have around the house! There are also a bunch of fun not a cup ideas that you can buy online that I promise will make you the life of the party.

What is an Anything But a Cup Party?

If you’re not already familiar with it, an anything but a cup party is a new party trend. The concept is simple: You come, you have fun, and you enjoy beverages – but they have to be held in anything but a cup.

It’s simple, imaginative, and really easy to put together. So if you’re looking for a fun party theme or a cool icebreaker idea, this is it. Anything but a cup parties are one of my favorite adult party themes!

This is where we put a disclaimer in that you should always enjoy food and drinks inside objects that were designed for them. Sometimes non-cups might have chemicals or paints that aren’t food safe. Avoid putting hot liquids inside your non-cups, and remember to wash your beverage container with soap and water before using it.

It kind of reminds me of those days at 7-11 where you can bring anything you want as a cup and people come up with creative ideas.

Of course, it’s only water, so maybe it’s a chance to pick something really silly instead?

Anything But a Cup Party FAQs

What are the best Anything But a Cup Party ideas?

Some of the most popular things to bring to an anything but a cup party include: a water gun, gravy boat, flower pot, coffee carafe, frisbee, sand pail, teapot, traffic cone, dog bowls, and a turkey baster.

What are some other names for an Anything But a Cup Party?

  • ABC Party – this is sometimes also “anything but clothes” but recently it’s being used to mean “anything but cups party.”
  • Not a Cup Party
  • No Cups Allowed Party
  • Bring Your Own Vessel Party

What do you bring for an Anything but a Water Bottle Day?

I’ve been seeing a lot more about the anything but water bottle trend lately so I thought I’d include it here too! Most of the time it’s a more family-friendly (AKA safe for work or school) way to have fun drinking out of different things without it being a party.

A lot of these items would work for an anything but a water bottle day at school or work, but not all of them. You’ll have to make the decision for what’s appropriate on your own! Personally, I think things that can hold water without spilling like a Supersoaker, spray bottle, and drink dispenser would be the best choice.

Of course, it’s only water, so maybe it’s a chance to pick something really silly instead?

Easy, Fun and Creative Ideas for an Anything But a Cup Party

Usually the point of an Anything But a Cup Party is to see how silly or ridiculous you can make your choice! Here’s some ideas that are super easy, fun, creative, and hilarious:

Coconut Opener Tool Set – Coconut Meat Removal Knife with Wooden Hammer and Stainless-Steel Opener – Premium Quality Food-Grade Materials – User-Friendly and Practical

1. Make a Coconut Cup

If you want to turn a coconut into a cup these are the tools that make it so much easier. Just add a coconut from the store!

Sally's Organics® Empty Clear Glass Spray Bottles - Refillable 16 oz Containers for Essential Oils, Cleaning Products, Aromatherapy, Misting Plants, or Cooking - Sprayer with Mist and Stream - 2 Pack

2. Spray Bottle

The novelty of spraying your drink of choice will be fun to show off at first, but when you get frustrated you can easily take the lid off and drink normally too. It’s perfect!

TBMax Rice Storage Container 5 Lbs, Small Airtight Dry Food Container for Flour Cereal Pasta Kitchen Pantry Organization -Red

3. Food Storage Container

At least you’ll know these are already food safe so there’s no worry about what kind of chemicals may be lurking. I like this rice holder because of the spout and measure that could also double as a smaller cup.

Fairly Odd Novelties THE BANANA FLASK Fairly Odd Novelties-6oz Funny Novelty Drink/Alcohol Holder-Gag Gift, 6 oz, Yellow

4. Flask

A flask might be too easy, but if you want something simple it’s a good option. You can also find a novelty one like this banana flask that will definitely get a few laughs.

The Original WineRack Booze Bra Flask - Adjustable Design - Holds 25oz of Booze (Turquoise, Large)

5. WineRack Bra

No need to worry about losing your drink while wearing this! Your drink of choice will be safely store on your chest and you can enjoy it all night long thanks to the little straw.

Ultra-Star 175G Ultimate Disc - White

6. Frisbee

It might be shallow but frisbees definitely hold a lot of liquid. Just be careful not to tip!

Stockroom Plus 6 Pack 24 oz Plastic Condiment Squeeze Bottles with Caps, Empty Squirt Bottles for Ketchup, Mustard, Sauces

7. Plastic Condiment Holder

You could make up a bunch of different mixed drinks and have them ready to go all night long – there’s even lids! Super convenient, and fun to pour into your mouth too.

BAYKA 34 Ounce 1 Liter French Press Coffee Maker, Glass Classic Copper Stainless Steel Coffee Press, Cold Brew Heat Resistant Thickened Borosilicate Coffee Pot for Camping Travel Gifts

8. French Press

Look how fancy you are at the Anything But a Cup Party! A French press is a great beverage holder and even has a handy spout to pour your beverage into your mouth.

Gift Republic T-Rex Dinosaur White Planter

9. T-Rex Planter

This not a cup loses points for being small, but wins them back for being awesome. Just keep refilling it and you’re good to go!

Cibi Kitchens Set of 4 Cereal Bowls with Straws | BPA-Free 22 Ounce Sip-a-Bowl | Microwaveable and Dishwasher Safe Toddler Bowl Set for a Tidy Fuss-Free Breakfast Time | Sip a Bowl Cereal Bowls

10. Cereal Bowl With a Straw

You’ll be the envy of all the kids (at heart) with this cup alternative. Since you’ll probably be walking around at the party (instead of sitting at a table) it’s super inconvenient to use which just makes it funnier.

EISCO Laboratory Glassware Set, 9pcs - Includes Beaker Set (3pcs), Erlenmeyer Flask Set (3pcs), ASTM Class A Graduated Cylinder Set (3pc) - Chemistry Glassware - Made of Borosilicate 3.3 Glass

11. Chemistry Set

Beakers, flasks, and cylinders are all great for holding liquids in the lab so it makes perfect sense that they’d keep your drink safe at a party too!

16 oz Gravy Boat with Ladle, Stainless Steel Gravy Pourer Dish Salad Dressing Server

12. Gravy Boat

If you’ve ever dreamed of upending a gravy boat right into your mouth at Thanksgiving now’s your chance to make it happen.

Mythrojan THE KING OF THE NORTH - Viking Drinking Horn with RED Leather holder Authentic Medieval Inspired Viking Wine/Mead Mug– Polished Finish

13. Viking Drinking Horn

You will definitely be the coolest one there, I promise. It even has a string attached so you can attach this drinking horn to your belt (since it’s impossible to put down.) Enjoy your mead!

SUPERSOAKER Nerf Hydra Water Blaster, 65 Fluid Ounce Tank Capacity, Pump Action, Water Toys for 6 Year Old Boys and Girls, Outdoor Games

14. Super Soaker

Maybe opt for one that doesn’t have too much pressure so you don’t hurt yourself drinking. But otherwise this might be the coolest cup alternative for an Anything But a Cup Party of all time.

ACVCY Hydration Backpack Pack with 2L BPA Free Water Bladder, Lightweight & Portable Water Backpack for Hiking, Running, Biking, Cycling and Camping, Fits Men and Women

15. Hydration Backpack

Fill it with anything you want – water, a box of wine… You get the idea. Just keep in mind that it will likely hold the flavour so if you actually use one of these regularly you might want to grab a second one just for the party.

modern style whiskey decanter set

16. Decanter

This is another fun idea that’s already food safe and easy to drink out of, but definitely not meant to be used as a cup.

BLKSMITH Roman Drinking Hat | Drinking Helmet | Soda Guzzler Helmet | Funny Drinking Gifts | Drinking Accessories for Adults | Funny Hats | Fits 16' - 24' Head

17. Beer Helmet

You can’t go wrong with one of these at any party, and it still isn’t a cup! The classic beer helmet will work, but I’m digging this gladiator style hat instead.

Spidey and Friends Stainless Steel Water Bottle for Boys and Girls ~ 3pc Bundle with Marvel Spiderman Reusable Water Bottle For Home, School, and Sports, Tattoos, and Door Hanger

18. The Cutest Water Bottle You Can Find

While it might be dangerously close to a real cup, a cute kids’ water bottle gets a pass because it’s silly to be drinking “grown up” drinks from. Also this one comes with stickers so…

Foster & Rye Skull Liquor Decanter, Clear Glass Skull Shaped Whiskey Decanter with Stopper, 25 Ounce Capacity, Set of 1

19. Glass Skull

This is actually a decanter, but it works great as a non-cup drink container too. Plus you know it’s alcohol safe!

1.0L Mini Rice Cooker,WHITE TIGER Portable Travel Steamer Small,15 Minutes Fast Cooking, Removable Non-stick Pot, Keep Warm, Suitable For 1-2 People - For Cooking Soup, Rice, Stews & Oatmeal

20. Rice Cooker

How’s this for a last minute idea? Or maybe you just need a rice cooker and it’s a great excuse to buy one? Either way it’s a really silly, but oddly practical choice for an Anything But a Cup Party.

Comotomo Baby Bottle, Green, 8 oz (2 Count)

21. Baby Bottle

There’s no worry about spilling your drink if you’re drinking it out of a baby bottle! It’s unexpected enough to be fun, but still practical for drinking out of.

22. Tea Pot

You can use any teapot but it’s even more fun if you choose a unique option. Vintage tea pots are great if you want to find some weird non cup ideas.

Cuisinart 12-Cup Replacement Glass Carafe for Coffee Maker, DCC-1200PRC

23. Coffee Carafe

12 cups of joe in the morning, 12 cups of something else when the sun goes down. It’s not a cup, but it holds a whole evening’s worth of drinks (and then some.)

CorningWare Colours Pop-Ins 20-oz Mug w/Vented Lid - 2 Pack (Blueberry)

24. Coringware Microwave Mug

It even comes with a lid to keep your drink safe! Unfortunately, these are too tricky to drink from with the lid on, but since it’s a soup mug with a handle it’s super easy to drink from compared to some of the other options on this list.

FineDine Glass Drink Dispenser for Fridge - 1 Gallon Water, Laundry Detergent, Juice or Beverage Dispenser for Parties with Spigot - Serveware for BBQ, Picnic, Pool Party and Social Events

25. Drink Dispenser

Skip the middle man and just drink right out of the drink dispenser! You can even mix up a favourite cocktail inside for a cup that will (probably) never run empty.

Tegg Metal Thimble 10PCS 19X18mm Silver Sewing Quilting Metal Shield Thimbles Finger Protector

26. Thimble

I don’t know why but I think it would be really fun to keep filling up a tiny thimble and drinking out of it.

Canal Toys Style 4 Ever DIY Mood Lamp - Customizable Bubble Lamp with Color-Changing LED Lights, Glittery Bubbles, and Swirling Beads. Ages 6+

27. Lava Lamp

If you get one of these lava lamp craft kits you can skip adding the liquid into it and instead put your drink inside. It even has a lid.

Assorted colourful glass vases

28. Unique Vase

A vase is a little obvious, but you can make it really unique by choosing a cool one as your anything but a cup drink holding choice. I really like these vintage inspired ones!

Harry Potter - 48013 Harry Potter Cauldron Soup Mug with Spoon, Standard, Black

29. Cauldron Mug

OK, I know it’s technically a mug, but I think it looks enough like a non-cup to qualify for an anything but a cup party. Perfect for Harry Potter fans – maybe make some adult Butterbeer to go with it?

Special Supplies Honey Bear Straw Cup For Baby, 3 Straws, Squeezable Therapy and Special Needs Assistive Drink Container, Spill Proof and Leak Resistant Lid

30. Bear Honey Bottle

If you have one laying around even better, but this will save you the effort of having to eat a bottle of honey. It’s cute and even comes with a straw.

GoPong Sunscreen Flask 2 Pack - Tropic Tan Classic Bottle Style, Includes Funnel and Liquor Pour Spout

31. Sunscreen Bottle

These are actually flasks, but they sure look a lot like the real thing!

Rubbermaid Commercial Products Food Service Utility Scoop, 64-Ounce, White, for Ice/Bar and Ingredient Use in Restaurant/Kitchen

32. Large Scoop

There’s a few scoops on this listing, but the biggest holds 64 ounces and has a flat bottom so you should be able to stand it up. A smaller scoop would also be funny if you kept filling it up every time you wanted a sip.

ArtCreativity 6' Beach Bucket and Shovel for Kids (Set of 2) Includes 2 Sand Shovels and 2 Buckets with a Sand Castle Design Inside, Sandcastle Building Toys, Fun Summer Sand Toys for Boys and Girls

33. Sand Pail

You can use the shovel to scoop up sips or just drink right out of the pail. Either way, it’s a hilarious “not a cup” idea.

Anchor Hocking Penny Candy Jar 1 Gallon Glass Jar with Lid, Set of 2 Jars

34. Candy Jar

You could easily fill this with a large batch mixed drink or your favourite punch/cocktail recipe. I also think it would be a fantastic “cup” for rummy bears (or other alcohol-soaked gummies).

Isopure Protein Powder, Clear Whey Isolate Protein, Post Workout Recovery Drink Mix, Gluten Free with Zero Added Sugar, Infusions- Tropical Punch, 16 Servings

35. Protein Powder Container

If you hit the gym you probably have a couple of these laying around (or can save one for an upcoming party.) You know it’s food safe, plus it holds a lot so you’ll never have to refill.

WYNK Blood Bags for Drinks, 10 IV Bags for Halloween Party Decoration, Reusable Drink Pouch for Live Blood of Theme Parties, Masquerade,Vampire,Zombie,Nurse Graduation Party Props

36. Blood Bags

These are designed for drinks so they’re a perfect choice for a not a cup party. Easy to drink out of, you can prep a bunch of different cocktails in them to keep you going all night long.

EHOMEA2Z Italian Glass Olive Oil Dispenser Bottle - 16 Oz, Oil and Vinegar Cruet with Stainless Steel Spout for Kitchen, Slight Green Tint (1, 473ml)

37. Oil Jar

The only downside here is that the drink might come out a little bit too slow.

1 Gallon (4 Liter) To-Go Pouch (2 pack) - Easy to Fill, Carry & Pour your Favorite Beverages or Condiments Anywhere you Go! Great for Restaurant Take Out!!

38. 4L Drink Pouch

This is a great inexpensive idea for going to a BYOB anything but a cup party. You can hold a whole night’s worth of drinks inside!

Vintage milk bottles

39. Vintage Milk Bottles

As long as you clean and sanitize them first they should be OK to drink out of!

Sneaky Booze Hidden Flask Pouch For Men And Women: Portable 32oz Undetectable Alcohol Bag. Concealable Plastic Wine Liquor Body Hip Flasks. Disguised Leak Proof Travel Bags For Cruise Concert Festival

40. Fanny Pack

OK fine, it’s actually made for holding drinks, but it’s still a really funny not a cup idea. Plus it’s hands free for easy partying!

Bremel Large Black Salad Bowls with Bamboo Lids - Set of 3 Melamine Mixing Bowls for Serving Salads, Pastas, Popcorn, Chips

41. Salad Bowl

Go big or go home, right? Plus you can use these later for serving and entertaining, so it’s not a total waste of money.

Weird and Unique Ideas for a Not a Cup Party

If you want to get really weird with your “not a cup party” drink containers try some of these unique ideas. They might gross people out, but that’s part of the fun!

Turkey Baster

42. Turkey Baster

Suck up your drink of choice with the turkey baster and then squeeze it right into your mouth. Yummy!

ARES 55005 – 16 Liter (4.5 Gallon) Green Drain Pan – Portable, Durable, No-Mess Design – High Volume Pan for Your Biggest Jobs

43. Oil Drip Pan

Even better if you drink something dark like cola (or a cola mixed drink) out of it. It’s even anti-splash!

Rxyia Dog Bowl Stainless Steel Dog Bowl with Rubber Base for Small/Medium/Large Dogs,Kittens (Set of 2) (10oz)

44. Dog Bowl

This is another one that might gross them out, especially if your friends know you have a dog at home. The sides might be tricky to drink from but you’ll be a good boy (or girl or nonbinary person) all night long.

Lusuroi Plastic Hand Soap Dispenser with Pump, Refillable Dish Lotion Liquid Soap Dispenser for Kitchen, Bathroom, Countertop, Office, 2 Packs 15oz/450ml

45. Soap Dispenser

I’m finding the image of someone having to pump their drink into their mouth very funny. This is a pack of 2, which means you can have a second drink ready to go or bring one for a friend.

Koller Products Panaview 1-Gallon Globe Fish Bowl (BL10RFFP)

46. Fish Bowl

This would be hilarious (and challenging) to try and drink out of so maybe use a straw to make things easier.

GARAGE BOSS Briggs and Stratton Press 'N Pour Gas Can | 2 gallon | Red | SKU: GB320

47. Jerry Can

The best choice on this list if you want to confuse, disgust, and alarm your friends. “Did you clean it out first?” “Isn’t that dangerous?” “That’s disgusting!” Of course, please only use a new one

AliMed 62257 Comfortable Bed Pan

48. Bed Pan

Ew, but also great for making everyone else at the party uneasy. It’s clean and new, so why not?

Choco Nose Patented No-Drip Water Bottle/Feeder for Guinea Pigs/Hamsters/Bunnies/Ferrets/Other Small Pets, Critters and Animals for Cages, Crates or Wall Mount. 10.2 oz. Nozzle 10mm, Blue (C128)

49. Rodent Water Bottle

If you’ve never had a rodent before just know there’s a mechanism inside that keeps the water (or other drink) from spilling out. You’ll have to push it ball up to drink out of this, which can be a pain. BUT just imagine this mounted to the wall at an anything but a cup party. Oh, and you can probably take it apart and remove the ball too.

GoPong Hidden Alcohol Flasks, 2 Secret Booze Bottle Liquor Containers for Cruises, Concerts, Dorms and Games - Choose Between Sunscreen and Ice Packs

50. Freezer Brick Flask

This is another flask idea but I think it’s so weird and unique that I just had to include it. It will give the appearance that you’re drinking the liquid inside those blue freezer packs – ew.

Orange Safety Cones - Hazard Cones (4Pc) 12' Hardware Plastic Safety Cone with Reflective Strip Collar - Great for Kids Play - Physical Distancing Barriers

51. Safety Cones

If you get the small ones made for kids they’re a bit easier to drink out of… Or get giant ones for a hilarious (not a) cup idea. Just make sure the top is closed, some are open at the tip.

Large conch shell

52. Conch Shell

Anything can be a cup if you’re brave enough.

Rubies Novelty Ninja Sword with Sheath, 30', Includes Pretend Sword

53. Sword Sheath

A lot of plastic swords come with enclosed plastic sheaths that would make great up alternatives. Plus you get a bonus sword to slay your drinking foes with too.

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  1. Yael Villarreal

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Everett Franchuk

Everett Franchuk

Everett loves to plan parties and events, decorate, and make crafts/DIY projects. As a parent of 5 in his early 30s, he decided to start The Best Nest to offer practical tips and ideas.

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