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7 Summer Party Hacks

by / Tuesday, 15 July 2014 / Published in Uncategorized
1.      Keep drinks cold with frozen water balloons.
This is a great trick if you run out of ice or the ice is melting too quickly. Fill up some water balloons, freeze and voila!
2.      Create a backyard hangout spot with pillows, a rug, lights, and plants.
The weather is too nice to have a party inside. Create a cozy space for guests in your backyard or garden with some throw pillows, candles and stay surrounded in nature. You can even rent an inflatable movie screen for an outdoor movie night!
3.      When you dont have beaters, make whipped cream in a jar.
Fill a jar with a lid about halfway with heavy cream; add a little sugar and vanilla and shake for about three minutes or until its the consistency you want.
4.      Make party lanterns out of plastic cups.
Count the bulbs on a strand of holiday lights and cut X’s into the bottoms of the same number of small cups. Then push a bulb through each cup’s center and hang the string from a doorway or window.
5.      Drop a mini marshmallow in the bottom of a cone to keep ice cream from leaking out.
6.      Make a food-safe ant repellant.
Pour equal amounts of water and white vinegar into a spray bottle and shake to mix. The spritz the solution in water-resistant areas where ants are common, such as kitchen floors or the crevices in painted baseboards from which pests can enter. You can also use it outside on the patios, porches or picnic tables.
7.      Make a party box to share with friends and neighbors.
This makes for an easy cleanup and a quick way of having party supplies for last minute fun! Share with your friends and neighbors and have them add to the box! Here are some suggestions from Lifehacker to make your party box efficient and fun for all!
Mark all items, especially silverware; it’s easy to get them mixed up into people’s personal stuff. Nail polish works best.
Unbreakable items only, if you value your sanity.
Think stackable! This is especially important for cups.
You need lots of forks, lots of cups, and lots of small plates (for cake and appetizers). You don’t need many knives.
Extras that are nice to have: tablecloths, serving utensils, a few towels, something to keep the utensils in.
Buy used for the best prices and least environmental impact. Cups are the hardest and may need to be bought new.
Don’t forget to buy cloth napkins!

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