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10 Essentials for Entertaining


Entertaining Essentials

Sometimes, the best parties and get-togethers happen when no one is expecting them. The secret to having fun at a spontaneous soiree is having all the “work” done beforehand, so you don’t have to worry about it and you can just kick back and have fun with everybody else.

Below are 10 items that if you keep them around, you’re always ready for an impromptu party at your place that will leave you feeling laid back and spontaneous instead of stressed!

The List

1. A deck of cards and your favorite board games

It doesn’t matter how old you are… board games are ALWAYS fun! Some of the most fun I have with friends is when we’re sitting around playing some sort of game. It lets everybody have fun while still allowing for group conversation… and sometimes you get to know each other a little better.

Board Games

All games from

2. A camera!

Always keep a camera around so you can record the memories you make! Impromptu photo sessions are always fun.


Lomography Mr. Pink Camera:, Canon PowerShot: Fuji Instax Camera:

3. Speakers for your iPod

Music in the background not only creates ambiance but also provides topics for conversation.

iPod Speakers

Mini cube speakers and iHome portable speakers:

4. Bean bags, ottomans or floor cushions

Any sort of simple extra seating saves the dilemma of people having to sit on the floor!

Bean bags and floor cushions

Twill club ottoman and floor cushion:

5. Frozen pizza and break & bake cookies

Nobody can say no to a snack once the party gets going, so keep these easy to prepare items on hand so you don’t have to worry about whipping something else up – or people raiding your pantry!

Frozen pizza and cookies

From the grocery store!

6. Extra plates, glasses, etc.

It’s always a good idea to have some extra plates and glasses that aren’t breakable – whether they’re plastic or disposable, you can find them in really cute colors and designs.

Extra plates and glasses

Graphic plates and country tumblers:

7. Drink tags or permanent markers

Label people’s glasses so that you don’t have extras to wash and nobody spreads any germs!

Drink tags or permanent markers

Sharpies: Amazon, Drink tags: MOMA Store

8. Your favorite DVDs

Upbeat movies that everybody can enjoy are always good to keep on hand.

Favorite DVDs


9. Lighting that creates ambiance

A lot of times people never think about it, but a glaring overhead light can really affect the ambiance of the party! Keep lamps, candles, or string lanterns around so that you don’t have to use your overhead light.

Party lighting

Garden lantern light set:, Grono table lantern:

10. Stationery

Stationery is important – after the party is over, you can keep in touch with your guests and be known as the hostess with the mostess that you are!


Die-cut notecardset:, Personalized notecards:

How do you like to entertain?

Do you have any special secrets to entertaining? Do you think you would use all of these items at a party? Leave a comment and share your entertaining advice!

Posted on on October 4, 2009 / Filed Under: College Life / Tags: , ,

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8 Responses to “10 Essentials for Entertaining”

  1. 1
    October 4th, 2009 at 10:30 am

    HEY!great post,great timing! im planning a surprise birthday party next saturday and i wanna make sure everything goes well!(most importantly no one gets bored). thanks for the tips!:)

  2. 2
    October 4th, 2009 at 10:51 am

    Great post! I would just like to mention that Apples to Apples is a great board game. Also, I don’t have access to an oven in my dorm, so frozen pizza and cookie dough wouldn’t be very useful (then again, there’s not much room for a party in my triple anyway). Still, great suggestions.

  3. 3
    October 4th, 2009 at 10:52 am

    This is such great advice! I also like having a playlist on my iPod for these kinds of occassions, so I don’t have to deal with running up to the dock to change a party – inappropriate song! Lighting is so important, Im glad you addressed that! Awesome post.

  4. 4
    October 4th, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    I really like your idea of labeling glass! It never occurred in my mind and the next time I’m inviting people over, I’m gonna do just that. And though this is a great article, this is not really specific. I’m sure that it will be very different if it’s a girls-only-pajamas-party to bang up party at your house. :) But all in all, this article is still inspirational.

  5. 5
    October 4th, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    I love the card game – Apples to Apples, and you should always have a game of Twister! You would understand :D I would also have a remote control for my mp3 player, so I can change the songs from a distance. For food, I would always try to keep homemade frozen treats, instead of the stuff you can buy at the grocery store.

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    October 4th, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    P.S. I would also spend the time to create an iTunes playlist, so you could have a great mix of dance/party music for anytime, and you only need one click to make it appropriate!

  7. 7
    October 4th, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    #9 is a really good point- I have a string of handmade paper lanterns that are so much nicer for when you get together with friends!

  8. 8
    October 6th, 2009 at 3:09 am

    If you only have a microwave, you can make some yummy kinds of popcorn instead. Make a bag then sprinkle a little cayenne pepper and Parmesan cheese inside. Shake it up then eat it! I’m sure you could find more recipes online like that if you looked.

    Also, Catch Phrase is SO much fun! We played that on my roommate’s birthday and got a bit too loud, but it was hilarious.

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