Saturday, April 27, 2013

Party Essentials Checklist

Wow, the time has really gotten away from me since having my little boy 8 weeks ago. Time really does fly! I'm really absorbing these little moments while he is small because I know it will be over in a flash, then he will be off to college. :0(

Over the last few weeks I've been compiling a big checklist of party essentials. There are a few parties that I'm hosting this summer and I always find myself scrambling for last minute things.

I seached the internet for a few checklists (I think I got this off of The Nest?) and combined it with the items that I use pretty much every time and came up with the following below. I'm planning to make a checklist for decorations too. Yes, that's a WHOLE other checklist!  Feel free to copy this or add to it. I'm sure there is something I'm forgetting, but in the meantime, this should help you out.


  • Wine glasses
  • Wine coasters
  • Serving platters
  • Silverware
  • Water glasses
  • Water pitcher
  • Breadboard or basket
  • Bread plates
  • Decanter
  • Dessert plates
  • Dinner plates
  • Salad plates
  • Steak knives (if applicable)


  • Assortment of cheeses
  • Assortment of crackers
  • Cheese knives
  • Cheese twists
  • CruditĂ©s
  • Cocktail glasses
  • Flowers (fresh is best but faux are also good for display)
  • Gin
  • Grapes, sliced apples, or pears
  • Hummus
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Mixed nuts
  • Napkins (if using paper, allow for 2 for each guest)
  • Olives (pits in for eating, stuffed for martinis)
  • Platters
  • Playlist
  • Salami
  • Small canapĂ© plates
  • Soda
  • Tonic (1 bottle for every 3 guests)
  • Toothpicks
  • Vodka
  • Water glass (1 for every guest)
  • Wine (1 bottle for every 2-3 guests)
  • Wine glass (1 for every guest)

FOR DINNER (If this is a dinner party)

  • Candles
  • Centerpiece
  • Napkins
  • Place cards (optional)
  • Tablecloth

    Most importantly, HAVE FUN!!



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