- Cold drinks in a giffy. If you have company on their way over and you don't have any cold drinks, don't stress. Place your drinks in a large pot and cover with ice. Sprinkle 2 cups of salt on top of the ice then fill the rest of the pot with water. Your drinks will be ice cold within 2 to 3 minutes.
Decorate ordinary water bottles with duct tape to match your decor. Source
- Fill balloons with water and freeze. Use these instead of ice to keep your drinks cold. This will eliminate messes from water dripping off of the drinks.
- A six pack box (the kind that beer comes in) is perfect for holding condiment bottles and flatware.
- Another way to eliminate water drips from drinks is to place the ice and drinks inside a colander then set the colander on top of a bucket. As the ice melts the water will drip into the bucket.
The lines on a Solo cup can be used as measurement marks. Source.
- Make a set of 'cheating' dice. Set your oven to 250*. Lay your dice on a cookie sheet with the numbers you want facing up. Place dice in the oven and cook for 10 minutes. The plastic inside will melt and then sink to the bottom causing the dice to land on the same side every time.
Make your own wine glass charms. Add some glitter and glaze powder to a pedant base, bake, then slip on to an ear wire. Source
- To make your home smell great add a couple tablespoons of vanilla to an oven safe dish. Set the oven to 300* and place the dish in the oven for 30 minutes to an hour before guests arrive.
Tired of reaching into a chip bag and getting Doritos cheese all over your arm? Roll up the bottom of the bag to bring the chips closer to the top and create a perfect snack bowl. Source
- Do you always forget to take pictures during your parties? Place a couple disposable cameras on the table with a note allowing guests to take their own photos.
Freeze cool aid in ice cube trays then add the colorful ice cubes to sprite for a fun drink. Source
- An easier way to cut cake. Using a long piece of dental floss, hold it over the cake where you would like it cut. Push the floss down through the cake then let go of one end and pull the floss out the other. Not only is this method quicker, it will also make cleaner cuts than a knife.
Pour water into a mason jar and add a glow stick. Place jars around pools, patios, or sidewalks during you next late night get together. Source.
- Another idea for mood lighting would be to place glow sticks inside balloons before blowing them up. Use sting to hang them up or let them float around in the pool.
Turn an old piece of furniture into a mini bar. Install some baskets for storage, large hooks to hold wine glasses and a towel bar. Add some wheels if your furniture doesn't already have them so that you can roll the cart where you need it. Source
- If you plan on serving white wine, freeze some grapes before guest arrive. Plop a few grapes into each wine glass. This will allow the wine to stay cold without watering it down.
Poke a straw through a cupcake liner to keep bugs, dirt and other icky things from falling in your drink. Source.
- Serve condiments in a muffin tin. Perfect for pickles, onions, olives, tomatoes and jalapenos. Not to mention you will have fewer dishes to wash.
Use turned over wine glasses as decorative candle holders. Source
- In need of more trash cans? Stick a garbage bag inside a collapsible laundry bin. Once your party is over or it is no longer needed, collapse the bin and store in the garage or a closet. These take up little space and come in very handy. Perfect for all the wrapping paper and packaging that adds up around holidays.
Make your own fancy cake decorations. Print out the image you want on your cake. Lay a piece of glass and a sheet of wax paper over the image and then trace with frosting. Flip it over onto your cake and voila. Source
- If you run out of serving trays, use an old photo frame! Stick a piece of decorative paper behind the glass, place it on the table and load it up.
Make your own ice bottle cooler. Cut off the top of a 3 liter soda bottle. place your wine, vodka, or other drink into the center of your 3 liter bottle. Fill the area between the 3 liter bottle and your drink with water, adding fruit or other decorative items as you go. Source
- When choosing drinks, pick liquids that will not stain. White wine, vodka, sprite, and white grape juice are a few choices.
If you are plan on attending a formal party, be sure to brush up on you table manner skills. While many people are not offended by improper dining etiquette, many are. Source
- Make your own cake stand by gluing a candle stick holder to the bottom of a plate. You can then paint it to match your decor or stack another candle stick and plate on top for a tiered cupcake holder.
- If you would like to serve apples slices at your next get-together, soak them in ginger ale for 10 minutes. The ginger ale will keep them from browning.
Make your own cupcake bouquet. Place a Styrofoam ball on top of a large cup and insert toothpicks to hold your cupcakes in place. Source
- Store chalk with your silver. The chalk will absorb moisture and slow the tarnishing process.
Scoop individual ice cream servings into a lined cupcake tin and place back in the freezer. After you cut the cake place the ice cream servings on the plate and remove the paper. Great for birthday parties. Source
- Scoop ice cream into mason jars and keep in a bucket of ice. Guests can grab their own desert and it will save time.
Use suckers as drink stirrers. Look for suckers with a plastic stick to avoid the soggy paper coming off in your drinks. Source
- Tired of your candles always falling over on your cake? Place lifesavers (the candy) on top of your cake and insert the candle in the center. The hole is the perfect size for regular candles and will keep them from falling.
Use chalk board labels to keep track of drinks. Source
Or paint the bottom of wine glasses with chalk board paint. Source
- Calculate party beverages. Soda - Stick with popular sodas like Coke, Diet Coke, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper, Mountain Dew and 7up. If there will be kids at the party it may be a good idea to serve some caffeine free soda as well. Wine - 1 to 2 glasses per person for every two hours. The average bottle holds 4 to 5 servings while a case holds around 30. Liquor - Plan on a one liter bottle to yield 15-20 drinks. A full bar should consist of vodka, whiskey, rum, tequila, gin and triple sec. Juice/Punch - If mixing with liquor average about one drink per person per hour. If you will be serving to kids plan on 2 drinks per hour per kid. Water - Always be sure to have water on hand at any gathering. (This is just an estimate. You know your guest more than I do so be sure to adjust accordingly.)
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