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15 Items to keep on hand for a quick party

Elaina is a Phoenix-based freelance writer, blogger and co-founder of the Kidlee baby book app. Check out her blog, Fun Finds For Mom, for product reviews, recipes and fun activities for moms and kids.

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


Plenty of poufs

Create a comfortable lounge vibe by scattering pillows and poufs around for extra seating. We love the idea of making your own poufs by cutting old t-shirts into strips and wrapping them around inflatable inner tubes.

Photo credit: Camilla Hounsell Halvorsen


Use chalkboards to pen the party menu, direct guests to the festivities or play a hot game of Pictionary.

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White sheet and a projector roll of brown kraft paper

Host a movie night in the backyard! Make an instant movie screen by hanging a simple white sheet in a tree, on wood stakes, or on a garage door – whatever works! Don't forget the popcorn.

Photo Credit: Brandon Kidd via Design Sponge

Roll of brown kraft paper

Order a big roll of brown kraft paper (or pick one up at the craft store), and never worry about washing or ironing tablecloths again. Cover tables big and small with the paper, then lay out the party food and label with a Sharpie for your own pizza party - like this fabulous example from The Kid Collective.

Photo credit: The Kid Collective


Copy this fabulous idea from the Australian blog Where My Heart Is, and set out a vintage typewriter for guests to type anonymous notes throughout the party.

Photo credit: Where My Heart Is

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