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!
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!
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.
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
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.