This isn’t your typical Party Pantry that’s filled with handy food items you may need at a moments notice, this is a Party Pantry for Party Supplies!
With a teen boy living in the house, I’ve learned to have a variety of paper supplies on hand. Great for planning teen parties and it keeps my good dishes (breakable) from being taken downstairs into the Teen Hangout.
Party Pantry for Party Supplies
I have also found it’s handy to have cutlery, dessert plates and birthday candles. Seems like I was always forgetting the candles. Being organized will save you money and your sanity! Once I started to clean out one of my drawers, I found 5 packs of candles.
And let’s talk plastic cutlery……..sheesh! Seems like you can never find it when you need it. Or you have a ton of plastic knives and no forks or a box that’s half empty with only a couple of items.
I now keep it all together so I can see what I have. Right now I have a mixture of forks, knives and spoons in each container, but I may organize a couple of containers for all spoons or all forks. We’ll see how it goes.
Any container works, but since I have a large supply of these Chinese Take out Boxes, they are nice for so many uses. I’ve used them for gift boxes, for Left Over Food Take Home boxes and holding party favors.
I stocked my Party Pantry with the most used items for quick grabbing. Even though I have picked up themed holiday plates in the past, I have found it easier and less wasteful to buy a generic color or even a few colors that can be used year round. I do admit, I have a large stack of left over themed plates and napkins not photographed here…….because it just wasn’t pretty. Keep your patterns generic too. This way you can mix and match.
- Red = Valentines Day, Christmas, 4th of July, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Birthdays
- Blue = 4th of July, Birthdays, Labor Day, Memorial Day
- Yellow = Easter, Spring and Summer events, Birthdays
- Green = Spring, Summer, St. Patrick’s Day, Birthdays
- Orange = Halloween, Thanksgiving, Birthdays
Party Pantry Paper Supply List
- Paper Plates – have a variety of sizes. Stick to colors you can use anytime of year with a few for specific holidays. Target has their new Cheeky Line that makes it easy to coordinate.
- Napkins – Collect a variety of sizes as well as a variety of solid colors and generic patterns. Stripes, polka dots, paisleys can be used year round.
- Straws – I have a few paper ones for fun as well as lots of plastic ones. I find most of my plastic ones at IKEA and many party stores or craft store carry the decorative paper straws now.
- Cups – These are a MUST anytime you have more than 12 people in your house, right? Except for fancy holiday dinners of course. I have the larger plastic cups and several smaller paper cups.
- Bowls – I don’t use bowls too often but they are great when serving ice cream. I also like small paper party cups for an sundae ice cream bar. They are perfect for holding all the toppings for your ice cream treats.
- Cutlery – Buy more forks than anything.
- Candles – Generic candles, fun candles, sparkly candles. I love them all.
I’ve set my cupboard up in my laundry room so I can send my son upstairs (yes, our laundry room is upstairs) to find what I need quickly. He can just take out each wire basket or jar to transport downstairs. (I found my wire baskets in the dollar section of Target for $3)
Would it be better to have in my kitchen? Yes, it would, if I only had a spare cupboard. I make due and used a cupboard that wasn’t really being used in my laundry room.
I’ve even labeled each tote, so he can’t mistake what I need.
I printed them on cardstock and used my scallop punch. I used a smaller circle punch to punch a few circles from white cardstock and pasted it to the middle. I wrote what I needed on each circle, punched a hole to thread the twine through and tied one one each basket.
I find so many great printables on that site! I also love that they list exactly the type of papers and label sheets I would need. For the Easter Series, it shows these products. Like the circle labels I offered at Thanksgiving, they came already cut. No paper punch was needed. Simple print and peel.
To print use Worldlabel.com Products:
Makes it nice knowing what you need if you’re looking for adhesive backed and pre cut papers.
To get started in building your supply, just head to your local dollar store or Target. I found all the coordinating plates, bowls, cups all at Target. They have their Cheeky Line that I mentioned earlier as well as all their others like I have.
They make it easy to be matchy matchy and I like that they can be used for many events.
Even if you don’t have a full cupboard to dedicate to party supplies, maybe just fill a basket or tote and place it in a closet somewhere. You’ll be happy you did.
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