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Genius Party Host Hacks

So you’ve volunteered to host the big family celebration, birthday bash or baby shower. It seemed like a good idea at the time, then days out it dawns on you that you have no idea what you’re doing.

The key is preparation. Write it down! List everything you need to do in the days leading up to the event, delegate and prepare whatever you can in advance.

Check out these genius party host hacks that will have you kicking back with a glass of wine and enjoying the party. There’s no need to spend all day in the kitchen or running around serving food and drinks. With a little bit of preparation, guests can look after themselves and you can kick back and enjoy the party.

Check out these genius party host hacks that will have you kicking back with a glass of wine and enjoying the party. There’s no need to spend all day in the kitchen or running around serving food and drinks. With a little bit of preparation, guests can look after themselves and you can kick back and enjoy the party.

DRINKS

No need to keep topping up the ice, or worse, running out to buy more ice. Keep drinks cold using frozen water balloons. Make these up days in advance and place in a bucket in the freezer.
Via A Subtle Revelry.

Water balloons for cooling drinks

Here’s how to fill up 100 water balloons in 1 minute!


Pre-make cocktails and store in mason jars for guests to help themselves.
Via The Chic.


These are sure to impress your guests, minimal effort required. The day before, make up these super easy lemon lime ice cubes in muffin trays.
Via Industrious Justice.

FOOD

There’s no need to spend all afternoon serving food – set up a make-your-own food bar such as this burger bar. Or try a make-your-own sushi bar or taco bar.
Via Inside Out Beautiful.


Set up a dessert pop bar such as this one – bonus is the brown paper acts as a disposable tablecloth.
Via C.R.A.F.T


Make a large number of popsicles easily by using a loaf pan.
Via The Kitchn.


This is how to serve ice cream to a crowd – pre-scoop and freeze individual ice cream portions in paper or silicone cupcake moulds.
Via Clean Lean Mommy.


If you’re hosting guests with food allergies, make it easy and fun for them with these simple food labels. Available from Happy Tummies.


If you’re planning on making your own cake for the event, don’t panic! Check out these genius homemade cake ideas – no baking skills required!

ENTERTAINMENT

Ditch the expensive and impossible to crack piñata – make this easy and fun water balloon piñata, perfect for a kids summer party.
Via Ziggity Zoom.


Easy kids entertainment with these amazing bubbles – some adults may want to get in on this one too!
Via One Charming Party.


Set up a party playlist on your music player days in advance. On the day of the party, program to continual shuffle, then set and forget before guests arrive – there’s no need to be fiddling with the music all day. We love this great speaker dock for parties.

Speaker dock


Giant Jenga – this giant version of the classic game will keep the crowds entertained for hours. Check out more giant backyard games at YardGames.

Giant Jenga

CLEAN UP

Make it easy for guests to clean up after themselves by using large lined baskets or bins, labelled for sorting.
Via In My Own Style.


If you don’t want to be cleaning up every glass you own but also don’t want the environmental impact of plastic cups, try this genius trick with simple pipe cleaners. Each guest has their own colour-identified glass to keep throughout the day.

Wine glass hack

 

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17 Comments

  1. December 15, 2015 at 11:51 AM

    These are some genius party hacks! I love the frozen water balloons, the pipe cleaners on the wine glasses and the craft paper tablecloth. I’ll definitely use those at our next party. Thanks so much for sharing on the #SundayBlogHop I’m scheduling some pins and tweets of this. GREAT post!

    • December 15, 2015 at 1:05 PM

      Thank you Jenn 🙂 Hope they come in handy this party season!

  2. December 15, 2015 at 6:53 AM

    This is an awesome roundup!! Thanks for the great pins!

    • December 15, 2015 at 11:20 AM

      Thanks Julie 🙂

  3. December 14, 2015 at 8:43 AM

    Fantastic ideas!

    • December 14, 2015 at 7:34 PM

      Thank you 🙂

  4. December 13, 2015 at 9:21 PM

    These are great!!

    • December 14, 2015 at 7:35 PM

      Thanks Karin 🙂

  5. December 13, 2015 at 8:34 PM

    Thanks for visiting my site on Saturday and your interest in my StumbleUpon group.

    • December 14, 2015 at 7:35 PM

      Thanks Janice 🙂

  6. December 12, 2015 at 3:37 PM

    Love the pre-made cocktails in mason jars!

  7. December 12, 2015 at 10:49 AM

    Some really great ideas – thanks for sharing! Love the water balloon piñata idea and the make your own hamburger table!

    • December 12, 2015 at 12:33 PM

      Thanks Chrissie 🙂 Glad you liked them.

  8. December 12, 2015 at 9:32 AM

    These are GREAT! Sharing to my Facebook page. 🙂

    • December 12, 2015 at 12:31 PM

      Thank you for the share Kat 🙂

  9. December 11, 2015 at 6:31 AM

    So many fab ideas! Loads of great ones for the summer particularly…we definitely need to get doing a bit more hosting! Thanks for sharing with #coolmumclub

    • December 11, 2015 at 12:58 PM

      Thanks MMT 🙂 Summer’s hotting up down here in Aus!