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15 Items to keep on hand for a quick party

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House party essentials

Love to entertain? Be prepared to host a sizzling soiree on a moment's notice by stocking up on these party essentials.

House party essentials


Mason jars

The next time you're at Target or Walmart, grab a box of Mason jars. Use them as drinking glasses, flower vases, or even to make glow stick lanterns.

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Electric cocktail mixer

Put on a show for your friends by mixing up martinis and cosmos with an electric cocktail mixer. This baby can mix a drink in 15 seconds, so no worries about keeping thirsty guests waiting.

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Fondue pot

Score a vintage fondue pot on Etsy, and treat guests to a bubbling cheese dip followed by fruit and pound cake dunked in rich melted chocolate -- a party Megan Draper would certainly approve of.

Photo credit: Vintage Soup

Tiki torches

Pick up a pack of Tiki torches at the home improvement store, or make your own modern Tikis using empty wine bottles. These outdoor lights add instant ambiance, turning a ho-hum backyard into a tropical paradise. Plus, the citronella oil keeps those annoying mosquitoes on their own side of the yard.

Photo credit: Design Sponge

Wood slab

A beautiful wood slab can be used as a cutting board and serving tray. Party food prep doesn't get much easier than laying out a variety of cheeses with crackers and fruit. Plus, finger food is mingle food!

Photo credit: Arizona Olive Wood

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