Stock your own personal party box and get-togethers of the impromptu or planned variety will come together easier than the guest list. Even better, many of the goods are now on clearance. How to after the jump:
The idea: Pack all the basics in one box, put it away until you need it, unpack on site and voila. You're organized and ready.
Post-party: Wash, repack, store. Repeat.
The fun part is gathering supplies. Buy or choose dedicated pieces, according to taste and budget. Silver to spork, cloth or paper, it's up to you. Then start packing:
Additional items that are great to have: tea towels, a platter or two, cheese servers—whatever suits your most-likely list.
Vintage ice bucket
CB2 party forks (set of 6; other party flatware and serving also sold as dedicated sets)
Ikea Diod small glasses
(glass but virtually indestructible)