Carnevale celebrations have begun all over the world (even in San Diego’s Little Italy!). To celebrate this annual event, we have supplied our students with a list of idioms with the word “party.”

The word “party” may be in each of these idioms, but that does not necessarily mean that these idioms are used when talking about having fun. Note how the word is used in each of these idioms. When can you apply these idioms in your daily speech?

English idioms with “party”

life of the party

An outgoing person that makes the party fun. My uncle is always the life of the party. 


party to something

A part of something; involvement in something. I was a party to her plan to get Joan fired, and now I feel guilty.


party’s over

An expression to show the end of something fun. I got a new, terrible boss. I guess the party’s over. 


responsible party

The person (or organization) responsible for something. I must find the responsible party and make sure that they pay for all damages done to my car. 


throw a party (for someone)

To plan a party, usually for someone else. I am throwing a party for Sarah on Saturday. I hope you can come! 


a party animal  (informal)

Someone who likes to party My roommate is a real party animal. He is always out late. 


a party pooper  (humorous)

Someone who ruins the fun of others. I am not surprised that John left the party early. He said that he had a headache, but he’s always a party pooper. 



CISL would like to wish all of its past, present, and future students from around the world a happy, fun, and safe Carnevale!