It’s probably no secret we do a lot of at-home hosting. We believe this is where the most organic of gatherings can take place and where there’s no end-time to connecting through good conversation. So, over the years, we’ve developed a sort of “ultimate list” of birthday party essentials we always have on hand when welcoming loved ones in so that hosting can be as seamless and effortless as possible.
Hosting a birthday party in your home soon? You’ll want to keep reading!
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At-Home Birthday Party Essentials We Use Every Time
When it comes to deciding your must-haves when hosting a birthday party in your home, each item on the list should make the hostess’s life (your life!) easier, allowing you to worry less and be present in the moment more. So, as you scroll through this list, you’ll find practical, functional, and multi-purpose pieces that not only make a birthday party flow naturally, but also help you feel calm, collected, and ready to mingle with all your guests.
#1: Folding Furniture
Having adequate seating and surface space ensures guests’ comfort and that there’s enough space for any and all food, beverages, gifts and more. And, no matter how big or small your party might be, your normal amount of seating and tabletop space probably won’t be enough to comfortably accommodate everyone and everything. Enter: folding furniture.
Have a set of folding chairs and one or two folding tables on hand. We recommend investing in quality folding furniture so that it lasts for many, many birthdays to come. These pieces can then be easily dressed up with a table cloth, fitting whatever aesthetic you’re designing.
#2: Disposable Dinnerware
After spending hours hosting, who wants to clean dishes? Disposable dinnerware is a must-have for any at-home birthday party, as it gives the gift of less clean up after welcoming people in.
We recommend going disposable but also sustainable.
Made from fallen leaves that are gathered, cleaned and steam-pressed into shape, our Dried Areca Palm Leaf Dinnerware provide an eco-friendly alternative to disposable dinnerware. Add a natural look to your at-home birthday party with the earthy undertones of each piece for an elevated yet casual touch. Each piece is made with natural, compostable and biodegradable materials that can withstand the weight of food and tolerate heat.
#3: Neutral Serveware
When it comes to feeding a crowd, there’s nothing that makes hosting easier than neutral serveware. From serving bowls and platters to utensils and more, these pieces offer a communal experience as they hold the food and beverages to be shared by all. (Not to mention, we love picking up store-bought or catered food and replating dishes into decorative serveware to have an elevated look without any of the work!)
#HostfulHack: Choose quality, neutral serveware so that no matter your aesthetic, these pieces will naturally blend with your decor and last for years to come.
If hosting outdoors, consider investing in a quality canopy tent that allows for some shade from the sun or protection from a rain shower. This is a great option when having older relatives attending you celebration, if the weather’s on the fence for the big day, and can easily be used for beach trips, tailgating parties and more, making it an entertaining essential you’ll use over and over again.
The Buzzworthy Takeaway
By having these simple birthday party essentials on hand in your home, you’ll make hosting easier. The result? Easy hosting encourages you to welcome friends and family in more, allowing you and loved ones to connect and build stronger relationships and meaningful memories.
Notice we didn’t focus on decor? That’s on purpose. Your decor might change for each occasion or might evolve over the years, but your need for a sturdy folding table will not. Therefore, when you think of your birthday essentials list, we tend to gravitate toward the items that make the party function, and then have fun getting creative for the specific theme for the party.
We hope this lists allows you to host with ease and welcome them in – because that’s what it’s all about, friend.