How to: Always Be Party Ready

How to: Always Be Party Ready

Aug 12, 2008

Stock your own personal party box and get-togethers of the impromptu or planned variety will come together easier than the guest list. Even better, many of the goods are now on clearance. How to after the jump:

The idea: Pack all the basics in one box, put it away until you need it, unpack on site and voila. You're organized and ready.

Post-party: Wash, repack, store. Repeat.

The fun part is gathering supplies. Buy or choose dedicated pieces, according to taste and budget. Silver to spork, cloth or paper, it's up to you. Then start packing:

Step 1: Put critical beverage serving goodies into an ice bucket, such as tongs and an all-in-one opener.
Step 2: Put napkins, liners, and a party-only set of flatware into serving caddies.
Step 3: Pack desired dinnerware, stackable small and large glassware (even if it's plastic), dipping bowls, a pitcher, perhaps even a platter or other accessories as desired. Add ice bucket and serving caddies.

Additional items that are great to have: tea towels, a platter or two, cheese servers—whatever suits your most-likely list.

Product details:
Vintage ice bucket

CB2 corkscrew/opener

CB2 tongs

CB2 party forks (set of 6; other party flatware and serving also sold as dedicated sets)

Cynthia Rowley for Target Serving Set (on sale!)

Target Vallauris cloth napkins

Ikea Fantastisk napkins

Sterilite 70-qt storage box

Target Plastic Luna Pitcher & Polycarbonate Iced Tea Glass

Working Class Studio Plates

Melamine Dipping Bowls

Ikea Diod small glasses
(glass but virtually indestructible)

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