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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


Stack of blankets

If you're entertaining outside during chilly weather, be a thoughtful hostess and set out a stack of cozy blankets with a sign inviting guests to bundle up.

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Empty picture frame and camera

Nothing encourages silliness more than a photo booth. Keep it simple by hanging a jumbo empty picture frame, and setting out a few fun props and camera.


Muslin bags

Stock up on small muslin bags to use for party favors. Fill with soaps, candy, jam, cocoa packets, candles or cookies. Use stamps or freezer paper stencils for a personal touch.

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Who says pinatas are only for kids and Cinco de Mayo? Raid the storage room for cardboard, a glue gun and crepe paper. If you're hosting an adults-only get-together, fill the pinata with mini liquor bottles (in addition to the usual candy and toys) for a fun surprise.

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Paper soup cups

As a rule, we abide by the three R's, but we do make exceptions for big parties. If you don't want to end up with a towering stack of dirty dishes, buy versatile jumbo paper cups in bulk and use them to serve soup, chili, pasta – or even to send guests home with leftovers. Shop Garnish to buy these in smaller quantities.

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What’s a party without always-on tunes? Use your Windows Phone to stream music with your Xbox music pass.

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