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.

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15 Items to keep on hand for a quick party

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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.

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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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Pinata

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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Tip

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

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