Instant Party

Monday, March 14, 2011


I love parties. I love planning for parties, making decorations, choosing food to eat and drinks to drink. But sometimes, instant parties, parties where you find out an hour before that family or friends are coming over and you haven't planned a thing end up being the very best. My apartment is in a great location, really close to downtown Campbell and tons of fun places so I get a lot of calls that start with, "Hey, we are in Campbell, can we stop by?" I love times like this, they end up being the best nights and I never turn them down!

Last time I had people come over I was scrambling to find drinks for people, and snacks to serve. The next day I made a list of all the things a girl should have to throw an impromptu party


  • A Bottle of Champagne - some people would argue wine should be in this spot and that's good to have too, but champagne is a party starter! Try serving champagne and not having fun.     
  • A Pretty Pack of Napkins - Whenever I see a pack of cocktail napkins I love at a party or home store I always grab them and save them for a party. Nothing says, I am totally into this party more than a great pack of napkins!
  • Ice Bucket and Glasses- Everyone loves a pretty ice bucket full of drinks
     
  • Candles - These are a lifesaver because most of the time my apartment is a mess so I throw all the clothes lying on the floor in the closet, light some candles, and hope no one notices 
     
  • Snacks - I always try to keep snacks like cheese, crackers, olives and some cute serving plates or dishes around so I can easily set out a put-together looking plate of snacks


Anything else you like to have on hand for an quick party or get together?

21 comments:

jillian :: cornflake dreams. said...

how fun! great tips. i really love the pom poms, and i agree champagne is a must! happy monday doll. xoxo jcd :: stop by cornflake dreams to enter a personalized print giveaway !!

Cheryl E. said...

I love the napkin idea...im going to steal that :)

Sara Szatmary said...

I adore those pom poms! To be honest, I'm no good at preparing for parties. I love having people over but the decor and prep always stresses me out. Maybe next time I'll just crack the champagne and let it be :)

Punctuation Mark said...

champagne is never wrong no matter what you're doing... very cute post!

Brittany H. said...

A music playlist!!

I can't keep champagne in the house. I end up drinking it.

PS- Thanks for your comment this morning! I'm really feeling the love.

Julie {love, julie} said...

Brittany: Music is a good one, I can't believe I forgot that!

Sarah said...

Gotta love the pom poms =)

- Sarah
http://agirlintransit.blogspot.com/

jacin {lovely little details} said...

a girl after my own heart - i love love love tissue paper poms, and champagne? yes please!

Laura *You Stir Me* said...

Ditto to all those tips! This isn't something you need to have for a party but I always make sure to quickly clean the bathroom - just a couple swipes of the sink and floor and it makes me feel better:)

PS - I added you to my list of "loves" too! I thought you were already up there but apparently I'm a very forgetful person:) Love your blog!

Drew {Coral Cafe} said...

NICE!! Unexpected visits/parties do really turn out to be the best!!

I'm headin over tonight to celebrate my birthday!! You ready for me?! ;)
Thanks so much for the bday wishes!! You're tooo sweet!!

Have a great day!!

Marie said...

Yes, nothing says party like a bottle of champagne :) Love the pom poms by the way!
xoxo Marie

Kendall said...

Stopping by to mingle!!! These are such great ideas! I never would have thought about the napkins! I need to go get some to keep on hand!

Amber Blue Bird said...

i always make sure i have candles on hand, everyone looks great in candlelight

{av} said...

huge fan of the champagne notion...and cute napkins always make things better too :) I like to have crackers and cheese stocked too...for impromptu get togethers and normal days haha. happy monday! xoxo {av}

Tiffany said...

Stopping by from Mingle Monday! I love your blog - it is so cute. All of these are great things to have on hand and you're right, champagne is great for any party! :)

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

All of these are tips! I really like your blog. Glad I found it!!

la petite coquine said...

Love this advice! John and I are putting together a pretty epic bar, and throwing a housewarming party to celebrate once the apartment is in decent shape!!

Cole said...

Such a great list of things to have on hand! I love instant parties!

michelle said...

Stopping by from Mingle Monday...I, too, love parties, especially planning for them. Great tips:)
--michelle
www.vabeachhousewife.blogspot.com

TriGirl said...

Hi Julie. Couldn't help but stop by from Mingle Monday because you have such a fabulous name!! (my name too ;D 0

That's great advice to always be party ready. Impressive photo too!

Marie said...

Lovely as usual! Make me want to through a party today!

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