Party Toolbox 101: I’ve gone over the basics and the handy stuff and now we get to talk about all the fun stuff! These tools are the things that are pretty but can also be super helpful during party setup.
I always tuck a few bags (e.g., white lunch sacks, striped sacks, clear bags) into my toolbox for party set up. A sack can be used for last minute favors, sending food home with guests, or a quick sign (fill a lunch bag with sand/dirt and draw an arrow for directions).
Having coordinating fabric on hand is always useful. I like cute little cocktail napkins or finished fat quarters for adding finishing touches to a food table display or a cute way to catch water from a slightly leaky flower arrangement. You can even make a last minute garland by hanging them on a string.
Cupcake liners can obviously be used for a last minute cupcake, but you could also make a cute place setting flower or quick party hat decoration for the birthday kid.
There hasn’t been a party set-up where I haven’t needed paper. And decorative paper that coordinates with your party theme is great to have available. I’ve used it for a table runner, signs, thank you notes for helpers, or name tags. Just grab a few sheets of something that coordinates with the party theme.
Always have ribbon. Even if you aren’t throwing a party! Ribbon is just so much fun and having it in your toolbox will always be handy. Think last minute gift-wrapping, tying up a garland, tying your hair back. Ribbon is functional and aesthetic.
Floral Spray Paint
Have you used this paint before? It is so wonderful. You can buy it at most craft stores or your local florist will have it. It is a VERY versatile product. It was originally designed for spraying flowers a specific color and it works so well for that if you needed bright pink roses and only got light pink or touching up flowers that look a little sad. It takes some practice using it on flowers without things looking fake, but a great application for it is for vases and other items that aren’t the easiest to paint with normal spray paint. The color goes on in coats too, so you can layer colors and do some pretty custom things. They have a few different types of products for different applications too – so check it out!
You guys know about straws. They are darling. They come in stripes, polka dot, solid, you name it. They work for food labels, signs, garlands, wreaths. I don’t think you should leave home without them.
Mostly I just love collecting washi tape and I’ve talked about it before HERE. I just wanted to give you another reason to go buy some! You’re welcome.
Wire is so handy to have on hand. I talked about the heavy duty wire in the previous Party Toolbox posts, but this decorative wire is great when you need to hook something together and still have it look pretty. This is useful for wrapping presents, adding extra bling to a floral arrangement [INSERT http://onecharmingparty.com/tag/flower-makeover/ HERE], or hanging decorations when you can’t use tape.
There are more ideas like this in our Charming Party Basics series. Check out our checklist download for a complete list of items for your Party Toolbox and happy planning!