The Party Box: To Be Opened In Case Of Festive Emergencies

When I discussed sorting through and reorganizing my storage bins the other day, I neglected to tell you about the most important bin, the one that's always kept fully-loaded: the party box..

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The party box is crucial. You never know when something will need to be celebrated, or when consolation will need to be offered in the form of confetti. Ideally, someday I'll always have a chilled bottle of bubbly on hand, and LMFAO's Party Rock cued up to the best part, a lá Rashida Jones on Parks and Recreation. For now, my party box contains..


  • A bunch of Champagne poppers, left over from this project.

  • Make-your-own banner kits, because banner emergencies do arrive. I bought one set from ThinkGeek to make a banner for a friend, then figured having another set around could not hurt.

  • A big jar of confetti. I bought the Confetti System-Urban Outfitters confetti years ago when it went on clearance, and still have plenty left. It was a huge bag of confetti!

  • A coil of Metallic Twisted Craft Paper- I once used some of this to spruce up some balloons, but it has many other uses. You can use it as garland, wrap presents with it, hang a piñata from it (I think)- basically, it's obnoxiously shiny and gold, and that always comes in handy.

  • Some weird metal nest tinsel? I don't really know what this stuff is, but I've used it as packaging in gifts, as well as just strewing it around the place. Again, it's gold, it's shiny, it's fun.

  • Miscellaneous confetti is good to have on hand: the pack of gold stars came free with something I ordered on Etsy, and the seed-paper confetti was made by artist Leah Rosenberg.

Other items that have made their way through the party box include glowstick bracelets, a thrift store strobe light, lengths of spangled metallic garland, piñata-appropriate candy, and a tiny disco ball. You always need a tiny disco ball. Do you have a party box, or something even more fabulous?

(Images: Tess Wilson)

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