Top 5 Party Planning Items

Hi everyone!

Ashley here and I am back this month to share my list of must haves for throwing parties! If you are just entering the realm of marriage or motherhood, these are the things I feel that have saved me SO much time and money for each party I have hosted. They have been loaned out several times and still remain my Top 5 Party Planning Items!

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1. Classic, white serving dishes

I use these for ALL of my parties. My mom has a matching set- so when I am planning very large parties I borrow hers. I like all of my dishes to match when I play hostess and I love that the white goes with every theme. My actual set I got for a steal on clearance at Sam’s Club five years ago, but I found these that are similar and less than $20! These are heavy duty, and my favorite- dishwasher safe!

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2. Mason jars!

I know EVERYONE loves mason jars and they are quite the trend. I got these when I was first married and have two sets. The larger 32 oz quart ones I use for centerpieces at both kid and adult parties. I use a slightly cooled hot glue gun to attach decorations and they will usually just peel off. For the best price I found mine at Fry’s grocery store when all of the canning supplies were half off! I scored the set of 12 for about $6!



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My second set is the pint jars. I use these as cups at ALL adult parties. These things have been used at over 20 different celebrations and are still going strong! I love them because I can run them in the dishwasher to clean them and they were a one-time expense! I HIGHLY recommend getting the wide mouth jars as they seem to work much better as drinking glasses!

A few years ago I added these chalkboard labels to each of my pint glasses so people can write their names on them. I found them at Hobby Lobby. Surprisingly enough the labels stay on in the dishwasher! I just set out chalk paint pens and people add their names. Usually the paint will leave a little residue so I just wipe it off with a wet paper towel after they are clean.

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3. Simple food labeling frames

I love to label all of my foods at parties and these are the perfect way to do it! They were inexpensive, but when you add a theme-matching print, they look great! I especially love that the back came with a chevron detail. It looks cute even from behind! And of course- I bought mine in white!

food labeling frames

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4. Beverage jar

This is my water station at all parties. Kids know how to use it and it is so easy to fill with a bag of ice and a few gallons of water. If you go to purchase one I HIGHLY recommend getting a big glass one with a LOW spout. I have gone through several plastic ones that are just not durable. I also have a glass one I rarely use because the darn spout is too high.

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5. Galvanized tub

I have 2 white ones that we use all of the time. At our kid parties I use them to hold drink boxes or Uncrustable sandwiches. Sometimes they hold party favors, sometimes chips, etc. They are a great thing to have! I got mine at Target during the summer- and they were much cheaper than the link below, but this gives you a good idea!


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I hope that you found this helpful! Like I said, these are my tried and true things that have lasted me for years and that I am constantly using! Plus, it feels great to have them on hand when friends or family need to borrow them!

Thanks for visiting! Party on friends!


Pinterest Feature Friday

Hello there! Kara here, hosting this week’s edition of Pinterest Feature Friday alongside my friends Michele, Malia, and Bev! Each week we feature a new pinner from the Master List. It’s so fun finding new pinners to follow! 


This week I am spot-lighting Kristin of Tweet Jolie! Hi Kristin {waves hand}! Kristin has 96 awesome boards and 5,666 pins. Wow-wee that’s a lot of fun to comb through my friends. 


Let’s take a look at some of my favorite boards of Kristin’s, shall we?


Mmmmm…I’m a total foodie so Kriston’s Kitchen Bliss board has my mouth watering! Follow here.


I dream of the day that we build our own kitchen, so Kriston’s Kitchen Envy board has me swoonin’ for sure! Follow here


I love pretty, girly things and Kriston’s Oh So Pretty board has all things PRETTY pinned. Follow here


You can’t beat a good Ikea hack. Kristin has a board chalk full of them! Follow here

Fun boards right? She’s got a lot more so be sure to check them all out. In the mean time, take a load of these pins that I just *had* to re-pin…


I can’t even handle this pink bathtub that Kristin pinned from Room Envy. And did you see the wooden hearts on the wall? Swoon.


Okay you guys. I’m not sure I could eat these Meringue Roses Kristin pinned from Teacher-Chef…they are just too pretty! Who am I kidding… #eatallthecookies! 


Easter is around the corner and I am loving this Fabric Easter Basket from Moda Bake Shop!


Keeping up with the pretty pinks, check out this Charming Farmhouse Brunch pinned from Hostess with the Mostess! Gorgeous and delicious.


What a great idea! These painted balloons pinned from Babble would be great for just about any party. 


I love your pins Kristin! Thanks for linking up the the Master List! Feel free to grab a featured button. 

Thanks for joining us for Pinterest Feature Friday, y’all! See you back here next week when we feature another new pinner. 



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