30 Minutes to Cheers! Throw an Impromptu Party (Really)
Quick! You've got 30 minutes to host a party. It's easier than you think to make the whole affair look like Betty Draper spent days planning it. Fake it 'til you make it with our DIY party tips, quick party recipes, and easy drink ideas.
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Start with the Bar CartShop serving carts now!
The key to last-minute party success is not to overthink it. Odds are you've got enough in your liquor cabinet for a DIY cocktail or two. So simply stock your bar cart and point guests toward it upon their arrival. Don't have a bar cart? A serving tray placed on hall table or kitchen island works just as well.
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Don't Forget the Drink Bucket
Industrial chic is hot right now, so a metal utility bucket goes a long way as a stylish cooler for your indoor party. Fill it three-quarters of the way with ice and whatever alcoholic and nonalcoholic bottled drinks you've got on hand. On-time guests can serve themselves, freeing your hands for finishing party touches.
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Muffin Tin + Mason Jar = Win-Win
Say hello to every fourth-quarter party planner's dream. Fill an old muffin tin with tea candles and stick a few garden flowers into Mason jars for a delightfully easy centerpiece idea that will be a party conversation piece.
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Party Appetizer Math
Got a crowd coming over? Take the guesswork out of portioning by checking our party appetizer quantity guide.
Clutch Party Food: Charcuterie
The easiest way to whip together a party spread? Learn how to put together a charcuterie tray featuring an array of cold cooked meats and cheeses.
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Quick & Stylish Party Storage: Wine Box
Repurpose an old wine box into a stellar party pack filled with wine, napkins, and utensils. Bring it with you to the back patio or leave it out for guests to help themselves. While this one's been gussied up, a bare wine box sticks with that effortless industrial-chic vibe.
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Take the DIY theme through to the end of your party by whipping up the yogurt, peanut butter, and honey base of our easy trifles ahead of time. Set out Mason jars and let guests dish up their own individual trifles. Now pat yourself on the back, you've successfully put together a party in 30 minutes flat!
- Start to Finish:
- 10 mins