420 Party Ideas: How to Throw a Dope 420 Party in 2024

As April 20th, or 4/20, approaches, cannabis enthusiasts around the world gear up to celebrate their love for the plant. This date symbolizes the decades of activism, the continued push for full legalization worldwide and the simple joy of getting high with friends. For many, this day also means throwing a legendary 420 party! Check out our 420 Deals happening right now!

The History of 420 and 420 Parties

First and foremost, it's crucial to understand what a 420 party entails and what it symbolizes. Stemming from the 1970s counterculture movement, 4/20 has become synonymous with cannabis culture and activism, and a 420 party celebrates this love for the plant. 

The origins of 420 can be traced back to a group of high school students in San Rafael, California, in the early 1970s. Legend has it that a group of friends, known as the Waldos, would meet at 4:20 PM after school to search for a hidden cannabis crop. Although their search for the mythical crop proved fruitless, the term "420" stuck as a secret code for cannabis consumption among the group.

Over time, 420 evolved from a simple code phrase into a cultural phenomenon, gaining popularity among cannabis enthusiasts worldwide. The date April 20th (4/20) became a day of celebration and activism - even the time of 4:20 got in on the smoking action - symbolizing the fight for cannabis legalization and the freedom to enjoy the plant responsibly.

How People Typically Celebrate 420:

  1. Protests and Activism: 420 has historically been a day for cannabis activists to mobilize and advocate for policy reform. Protest marches, rallies, and educational events are held in cities across the globe, highlighting the benefits of cannabis and calling for an end to prohibition.
  2. Community Gatherings: Cannabis enthusiasts often come together on 420 to celebrate their shared passion for the plant. Whether it's a small gathering of friends or a large-scale festival, these events provide an opportunity for like-minded individuals to connect, socialize, and enjoy cannabis in a safe and supportive environment.
  3. Cultural Festivities: From live music performances to art exhibitions and film screenings, 420 celebrations encompass a wide range of cultural activities. Artists, musicians, and creatives often use this day as an opportunity to showcase their work and express their love for cannabis through various artistic mediums.
  4. Education and Awareness: In addition to festivities, 420 also serves as a platform for cannabis education and awareness. Workshops, seminars, conferences, tradeshows and panel discussions may be organized to provide information on topics such as responsible consumption, harm reduction, and the medicinal benefits of cannabis.
  5. Retail Promotions: Cannabis dispensaries and retail outlets often offer special promotions and discounts on 420, attracting customers with deals on products ranging from flowers and concentrates to accessories and merchandise. This influx of business contributes to the economic impact of 420 celebrations in legal cannabis markets.

420 represents more than just a date on the calendar – it's a symbol of unity, advocacy, and appreciation for the cannabis plant and its diverse community of enthusiasts. 420 is a perfect time to throw an amazing party for guests to come together and celebrate the plant that brings us all together.


People smoking together at an outdoor 420 event


Planning a Dope Party: Location, Location, Location

One of the first things to consider as you are planning your gathering is - where will this event take place? This will be determined by how many people you want to invite and your estimated budget.

1) Your house: There's no place like home. If you're lucky enough to be able to enjoy cannabis where you live, and you're just looking to host a small gathering with a group of close-knit friends, throwing your party in the comfort of your own home may be the best bet. There are no extra location costs associated with hosting house parties and this provides a relaxing, comfortable, and welcoming atmosphere for your trusted guests and it ensures safe consumption.

2) Cannabis consumption lounges and 420-friendly spaces: If you're in a legal state or country, it is possible to rent out designated 420-friendly consumption spaces like lounges, rooftop patios, art studios and other event venues. These venues can vary widely in capacity, costs and capabilities but allow your invitees to enjoy themselves and consume cannabis in unique indoor settings.

3) Outdoor venues: Outdoor settings in nature, gardens, parks and other recreational spaces can be perfect for celebrating this stoner holiday. Traditionally, many cannabis events, gatherings and protests have taken place outside. This is especially ideal if you live in an area with warm weather during mid-April.

4) Non-420 Venues: You don't need to smoke at the party for it to be a 4/20 party. Drop by your local dispensary, get high with a couple friends before (or bring your STIIIZY vape pen along) and go to a bowling alley, a laser-tag arena, a video game arcade, a movie theater, etc. and let cannabis enhance your fun-filled experience.

The Blazing Basics for Throwing a 420 Party

Once you've settled on a venue, select the date and time for your party. While 4/20 falls on a specific day each year, consider whether you want to host your event on the weekend before or after to accommodate your guests' schedules. This year (2024) we are in luck because 4/20 falls on a Saturday, allowing for the easy scheduling of events and parties. Some are saying that this year's 420 occasion is extra special because it falls on 4/20/2024, which when read backwards is also 4/20/2024.

Next, create a guest list and send out invitations for your occasion. Whether you prefer traditional paper invites or digital options like text, email or social media, make sure to include all the essential details, including the date, time, location, and any special instructions or requests.

Finally, familiarize yourself with local cannabis regulations to ensure your party complies with the law. Depending on where you live, there may be restrictions on public consumption or purchasing limits for cannabis products. The last thing you want is a buzzkill on 420, so take steps to ensure that won't happen!

Person smoking weed using an apple pipe

The Essentials: What do I need to host a 420 Party?


Decorations play a significant role in creating the right mood for your 420 party. Think 420-themed banners, greenery, lights and psychedelic colors - or go with your own unique theme like "astronauts - weed in Space". Get creative with DIY decorations or source ready-made options online to transform your space or venue into a cannabis paradise. 

For a budget-friendly option, consider crafting your own decorations using materials like paper, cardboard, and fabric and if you need inspiration you can always browse Pinterest. If DIY isn't your style, don't worry – there are plenty of online retailers that offer a wide range of 420-themed decorations. From banners and balloons to tableware and party favors, heck even pinatas, you'll find everything you need to deck out your space in style.

Infused and Non-Infused Food and Beverage

No 420 party is complete without a tantalizing menu of cannabis-infused edibles. From appetizers to desserts, explore recipes that incorporate cannabis or elements of cannabis into every course. Don't forget to provide non-infused or CBD-dominant options for guests who prefer to partake without THC. The term "munchies" was created for a reason, consumers generally love to enjoy good food after indulging in cannabis. Furthermore, it's essential to have a variety of tasty beverages to drink to combat cottonmouth and dehydration. When planning your menu, think about incorporating cannabis into a variety of dishes and beverages to delight your guests' taste buds.

Cozy Seating Areas & Atmosphere

Setting the right vibe is key to ensuring your guests have an unforgettable experience. Create cozy seating areas where guests can relax and socialize, and consider incorporating elements like dim lighting and incense to enhance the atmosphere. Also, you can’t forget the music, what’s better than some good music? Only listening to it, elevated. You can put your own playlist together or find premade ones on Spotify or Youtube.

Fun Smoking Devices and Accessories

You need to ensure that guests have everything they need to enjoy consuming cannabis in the ways they personally prefer. Stock up on rolling papers and blunt wraps to fill for those traditional smokers (along with rolling trays, filter tips, pokeys and grinders). You might even want to pick up some of our mini blunts or preroll multipacks, the more the merrier. This is the perfect time to bring out your collection of bongs, rigs and pipes to share! 

Ashtrays, Q-Tips, Isopropyl Alcohol and Paper Towel

In addition to the smoking devices and accessories, you need to ensure you have some basics to keep your smoke sesh clean and efficient. Q-tips are essential for the dab rigs, scatter ashtrays throughout the venue to ensure cleanliness, have isopropyl alcohol and paper towels on deck for those looking to clean their glass and smoking devices.

Cannabis and STIIIZY Products

Drop by your local dispensary and stock up to ensure you have an array of cannabis products on deck - from CBD-dominant and low potency to high quality craft options. STIIIZY offers a variety of products for all different types of guests including vape pods, their corresponding batteries, STIIIZY premium flower dry herb, concentrates and extracts to dab with and STIIIZY weed edibles.



420 Party Ideas: Stoner Games and Entertainment

No party is complete without entertainment and activities to keep guests engaged, entertained and in a good mood. When planning, think about incorporating 420 party ideas, games and activities that celebrate cannabis culture and encourage interaction among your guests.

  • Ice breaker games: Playing introductory games that help attendees meet each other are even more fun and interesting when under the influence of everyone's favorite plant. Some examples include "Never Have I Ever...", "2 Truths and a Lie", "Would You Rather" and "Share Your Hot Take". Take turns going back and forth to learn about all attendees. Work in cannabis by creating challenges like "if you don't guess my lie and truths then you have to hit the bong".


  • Bong Pong or Weed Pong: A stoner-friendly remix of the classic party game "Beer Pong", this game is played by setting up a table with cups arranged in a triangle, and then taking turns trying to throw or bounce a ping pong ball into the opposing team's cups. Each time a ball lands in a cup, the other team has to take a bong rip, blinker vape hit, dab or a pull off a joint of the good herb.


  • Video Games: Set up a TV, attach a gaming console (bonus points for a retro system like Gamecube, N64, etc for added nostalgia) and provide a few games for your attendees. Don't forget fan favorite games like Mario Kart, Mortal Kombat or Super Smash Bros!


  • Make-Your-Own Munchies: Host a cooking class teaching your guests how to create their own edibles, infused marijuana treats, beverages, mocktails and more. Alternatively, get high first (or after) and cook or bake some munchies together to enjoy while under the influence. Think homemade pizza, loaded nacho chips and more. Don't forget rock salt, black pepper and other seasonings to add extra flavor.


  • Make-Your-Own Fruit Bong: This is a fun activity that will bring back fond memories for some. Fruits like apples, pineapples, melon, watermelon, coconut and pumpkins are perfectly suited for smoking out of. Teach your guests how to make their own cool fruit bongs and award a prize for the attendee that made the best fruit bong.


  • DIY Photo Booth: Set up room for a DIY photo booth complete with lights and props like oversized sunglasses, fake mustaches, and inflatable joints for hilarious photo opportunities.

  • Cannabis-Themed Trivia and Board Games: Consider hosting a cannabis-themed trivia game or a joint rolling competition for a fun time testing your guests' skills and knowledge surrounding the anatomy of cannabis, the history of the plant and other fun facts. Additionally, board games such as Monopoly, Risk and giant Jenga can be especially fun while stoned.


  • Movie Screening: For guests who roll with a more low-key vibe, set up a movie screening area and queue up some classic stoner flicks and shows like "Pineapple Express," “How High,” “Half Baked” or "Dazed and Confused." Provide plenty of popcorn and snacks for guests to enjoy while they watch.


  • Dance Party: For guests who prefer a more high-energy vibe, set up a dance floor, a weed-friendly upbeat playlist (or get a friend to be DJ for the day) and let the cannabis dance party begin!


  • Smoke Sessions: If you're hosting your party outdoors, create a 420-friendly smoking area chill zone where guests can enjoy their favorite cannabis products in a safe and comfortable environment.


  • Weed Olympics: You can make your party a "Cannabis Olympics" themed 420 celebration with a variety of stoner-themed challenges. 
    • Compete in a "Joint Rolling Contest" to see who can roll the best joint or blunt in a 5 minute time span. For a funny added challenge, try a blindfolded joint rolling contest. 
    • Go for the gold in "Bong Ripping", challenging competitors to take a rip of a bong as long as they can, maybe even bust out a gravity bong, old school style. 
    • Compete in "Guess The Weight" where competitors attempt to estimate how much cannabis is contained in a particular bag or jar - the closest to the real number wins.
    • Host a "Cannabis Strain Competition" where competitors blindly guess which cultivar a bud is based on sensory evaluation. 
    • Go head-to-head in “Smoke Trick Gymnastics” by showing off your smoking skills competing to see who can do the coolest smoke rings, French inhales and more. Get creative and add your own "weed sports" to compete in!


People competing in a weed joint rolling competition


Safety and Responsible Cannabis Consumption

While 420 parties are all about snacks, having a good time and getting stoned, it's essential to prioritize safety and responsible consumption. Encourage your guests to consume marijuana responsibly and in moderation, especially if they are new to using cannabis products. Provide plenty of water and non-alcoholic beverages to help guests stay hydrated throughout the event. Consider setting up a designated driver program or arranging transportation options for guests who may need assistance getting home safely. Provide education to any guests that may require further information.

Celebrate 420 with STIIIZY

As April 20th approaches, now is the perfect time to start planning your 420 party for 2024. By following these tips and ideas, you can throw a truly dope celebration that your guests will be talking about for years to come. Remember to focus on creating a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere where everyone feels comfortable and can enjoy the festivities responsibly. Happy 420!

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