Welcome back to Party Toolbox 101. Today I’ll be talking about the handy tools to have at the ready during a party. They aren’t essential, but sure do help out in a pinch!

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String

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I like to have a variety of string on hand. Twine, baker’s twine, cotton string, and fishing line are some I recommend. You can tie a bow on a last minute present, seal up a treat bag, or hang a garland with it. I especially love fishing line for hanging signs, balloons, or flowers for a floating effect.

Snacks, Lotion, and Lip Gloss

This isn’t pictured, but I just thought of it as I was writing this! It’s important to take care of yourself as you prep for a party. A fruit snack or granola bar can make all the difference in the world if you have been setting up all day. And a dab of lotion and some fancy lip gloss will make you feel refreshed and calm before the party starts!

Floral Tools

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These are great floral tools that can serve lots of purposes in addition to what they were designed for. Floral foam is great for holding up a direction arrow or you could put some in a tiny container and add a food label to it. The rose stripper is great for cleaning leaves off of flowers. The GreenGlo is great for adding shine to floral leaves or plants or other décor (use with caution) before pictures.

Hangers

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I recommend adding pushpins (clear or colored), command hooks, and pipe cleaners to your Party Toolbox. Pushpins are great for hanging things from the ceiling. Command hooks can be used on almost any surface and can be removed afterward (they also hold quite a bit of weight!). Pipe cleaners are great for fastening things together, making cute shapes, or hanging things up. I like pipe cleaners because they come in a variety of colors and you don’t have to hide them, cause they can be kind of cute!

Glue Gun and Floral Putty

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Glue guns are a party planner’s best friend. Usually hot glue will fix any problem, so it’s always nice to have one around if you have access to electricity. This floral putty is also really neat. It is definitely to be used with caution because it will leave a green residue, but it will pretty much stick to anything and hold together whatever you need! I’ve used it to hang garlands in awkward places or hold down centerpieces on a windy day. You can find it at most craft stores or at your local florists. A common name for it is ‘Cling’.

Have you found any tools/supplies that are handy to keep in your toolbox? Stay tuned tomorrow for all the fun/pretty stuff I recommend keeping in your Party Toolbox, as well as a downloadable Party Toolbox Checklist to keep on hand.

Check out more ideas like this in our Charming Party Basics series.






Ahhh, Party Toolbox 101. In this series I’ll show you how a well-stocked toolbox is essential for all your party-throwing needs. Today I’ll show you the toolbox itself. Later this week I’ll cover the basic tools every toolbox should carry, the extras that come in handy, and all the fun stuff to carry with you. Having all the tools you need on hand will allow you to decorate in a jiffy, solve party problems, and give you time to relax and eat some cake! At the end of this series, you’ll have a downloadable tool checklist too.

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The Toolbox
I have four different containers for you to consider for your Party Toolbox. There are hundreds of options, but these will give you a few things to consider as you create your own. Think about containers you have at home or non-traditional containers you could transform. The container is just as fun as the stuff you put in it!

Idea One: Traditional Red Metal Toolbox

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This is a simple metal toolbox I picked up at my local hardware store. It’s perfect for throwing all the basics in and makes it very easy to find what you are looking for in a pinch. I love the sleek red color of this one.

Idea Two: Tacklebox

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A tacklebox is another great option. I like the drawers on this model for organizing purposes. Like the red toolbox, you can find what you need quickly and you can remove the drawers for easy access. It is also great to have compartments like this that you can label. For every party you can take a quick inventory and see what you need to restock.

Idea Three: Vintage Suitcase

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Your toolbox doesn’t have to be traditional. I found this darling red carry-on suitcase at a local thrift shop and it works great as a container for my tools. A drawback is not having compartments to store tools, but you could definitely add pockets or straps to the inside if you want to get crafty. The hardcase carry-ons would be perfect for this too. A great thing about a cute old suitcase like this is you can leave it out in plain sight at your party – it can totally fit in with the décor and you don’t have to hide it away!

Idea Four: Cute Bag

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Another great toolbox would just be a cute bag with lots of pockets and compartments. Most of us have one of these lying around the house. Again, you can toss everything you need into a bag and be all set to go!

So go find yourself a great container for your tools and stay tuned for all the tips on what to fill it with…

Check out more ideas like this in our Charming Party Basics series.






It’s our final day of the Autumn Market Party. And these last three party ideas are super sweet. Check out some fun food labels by my cute friend Dawn from Not Just a Mommy. The free printables could be used for party treats or favors.

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I love these diy utensil holders by Over the Big Moon. I can’t wait to use these at a party.

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And another adorable project by those lovely ladies at Made From Pinterest, this wreath is a cool party decoration but could also be a party craft or could hang on your front door.

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Oh my goodness, another day full of cute tutorials + printables to make your Autumn Market Party even sweeter. The #partyhop continues right now.

First off, what’s a Autumn Market Party without a fun market tote? Go visit the talented Vanessa from See Vanessa Craft for the details.

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Next, you can finally find out how to make these adorable pie boxes! Earlier this week Sara shared a diy homemade stamp tutorial, head over to Confetti Sunshine for the rest of the project.

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And finally two of my favorite ladies have a great party printable on their site: Paging Supermom. You won’t want to miss it to make your party complete.

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It’s the second day of our Autumn Market Party posts. This is another party hop so I’ll be showing my own tutorial and contribution to the party below. And don’t forget to check out these cute ideas too:

The adorable sisters at Made From Pinterest will show you how to make these darling paper pumpkins.

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Free printable pie signs (and a yummy pie recipe) by Lulu the Baker. I’m obsessed with her Dream House posts too. Take a peek.

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Okay, now it’s my turn. I love this Market Banner because it’s easy to make, but has enough character to stand out. The little bulb circles in the middle are perfection, especially how it mimics a sign with lights. It’s a sweet addition to any outdoor Market Party this autumn!

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You will need:
Silhouette machine
Kraft paper
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Market Banner pdf (download below) and scissors (if you don’t have a Silhouette Machine)

First, open up the Market Banner files in Silhouette Studio. Load a sheet of kraft paper into your Silhouette Machine and cut out the letters, one at a time. If you don’t have a Silhouette Machine, print the pdf file onto kraft paper and cut the letters out by hand.

Hang the banner on some twine with mini clothes pins for your market!

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