Student Wellness
Student Wellness

Party Smart

Party Smart is a collaboration between Iowa State University and the City of Ames. We want your party to be a good experience for you, your guests, and the community. So whether you are a “party thrower” or “party goer”, use this guide and information below to help you reduce your risk of personal, community, and legal alcohol-related consequences.

As the university continues its focus on mitigating the spread of COVID-19, we need you to do your part throughout the spring semester. Use the tips and strategies below to help ensure you stay healthy, comply with university policy, and care for others’ safety. 

Click here for CDC small gathering guidance

Party Smart Guide

This video is made prior to COVID-19 pandemic. As you view, please remember the Cyclones Care campaign and remember the COVID-19 policy on student gatherings.

Party Smart Resources

Transportation Options | Some options for transportation for you and your guests to get home safely.

Signs of Alcohol Poisoning  | Information for how to recognize signs of Alcohol Poisoning and how to help someone in need.  

How to Help a Friend | Information on how to help a friend when showing signs of alcohol poisoning or if a friend/peer is showing signs of harmful drinking patterns or behaviors.

Harm Reduction Apps and Blood Alcohol Content Calculator | Some helpful information about how to reduce your risk of alcohol-related consequences if you choose to drink.  

Mixing Alcohol with Other Substances | Information on risks associated with mixing alcohol with other substances.

Resources | Campus, community, and online resources you can connect with regarding alcohol use.

Request A Presentation | Request the “Party Like A Cyclone” program from the Student Wellness – Peer Wellness Educator team! It’s a fun, interactive 60-minute program facilitated by students, for students! Request it for your class, student organization, or other groups.

Food & DrinksBe A Good NeighborHomegating Games
BYO food and beveragesAvoid being a “nuisance party”Play games that allow for 6 ft. physical distance like:
Serve prepackaged or single-serving foodsKnow the city/state guidelinesBag/Cornhole
Lawn Bowling
Don’t use shared food bowls, dips, or utensilsKnow the university guidelinesLadder Golf
Don’t share items with others like cups or vapesHave a plan for unexpected guestsKan Jam
Obey alcohol laws and consume responsiblyContact your landlord or Ames Police if the gathering is beyond your controlLawn Darts
Giant Jenga