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Party Planning, Part II: Things You Might Forget to Bring When You Plan a Party Somewhere Else
After years of organizing them, we've gotten pretty good at
bringing all the supplies to parties outside our home (see
April's tipsheet on why it may make sense to move your party
somewhere else). But I remember scrambling around at other
parties, trying, for instance, to put food away when we didn't
have the supplies and the original packaging couldn't be reused
(as is often the case).
While every party is different, these are some things you may
want to bring:
Cups (hot and cold, if you're serving hot drinks)
Matches, if there's a gas stove (very handy if the pilot or
electronic ignition doesn't work)
Portable sound system adequate to fill the room
Music to play on it
Flashlight to help you see the connectors as you assemble and
disassemble the sound system
Spreading knives (for cheese, hummus, etc.)
Empty containers with lids
Rubber bands and/or clothespins/clips (for reclosing things like bags of chips)
Finger food: salty, sweet, spicy
Main dish food
Cooler with ice
Trash bags (a trash bag was really handy when the box of 300
plastic knives, forks, and spoons couldn't be closed again at
our last party)
Reading glasses, in case people send messages ahead
Blank book and/or posterboard for people to write nice things in
If it's a charity event, a donation can (old coffee cans with a
slot cut in the plastic lid work fine)
Whatever it is that you're showing off at the party (examples:
If the party is for your newly adopted child, bring not only the
kid but pictures of your first moments together, etc. if it's a
book release party, make darn sure you bring your books!)
A checklist of all the things you need to take home again!
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