If I could throw a party for free, we would be having one every month. More often if I didn’t have to prep and clean up. I am slowly working my way towards that goal by following these three principles when buying items for a party.
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1. Simple design – can it be a chameleon?
I look for pieces that can be used for anything for a Curious George 1st birthday party, a chalkboard, burlap and lace baby shower or a white and gold engagement party. I use paper decorations, ribbon and the like to blend otherwise boring pieces into the party decor.
2. Off duty work – can I use it at home?
Instead of storing it away between parties, can I put it to work in some way? Mason jars are all throughout my house. We use them as drinking glasses, to hold drinking straws, as air fresheners with baking soda and essential oils and other random things. I use the cylinders below to hold craft supplies. The candlesticks are on display on a shelf in the living room.
3. Organization – do I already have it?
Honestly, this is on my to-do list. Right now I search my house before a party to look for ideas on what to use. My goal is to create a digital “catalogue” that can be accessed from my phone so I can keep better tabs on what I have. I can then also share it with friends who need items for parties they are hosting.
Here are a few of my favorite things that morph from party to party.
Ikea NYTTJA Frames
Ikea Cylinder Vase/Bowl Set
Ikea BLOMSTER Candlesticks (pictured in white with the cupcake stand at a baby girl shower)
Ball Mason Jars
4-Tier Square Acrylic Cupcake and Dessert Tower (pictured at a boy’s Curious George birthday party and a baby girl shower)