Essentials for every party!

A friend of mine posted on Facebook that she hoped she had everything she needed for her kids party. I jokingly told her that I hoped she had a McGyver Box. Apparently she does not. But the essentials for a party are simple.

Well what is a McGyver Box? Easy: all the small things you never think about but always need in a fix. I learnt this lesson from a colleague at the start of my “Eventing” career. Nazly would always have a box with EVERYTHING in it. We used to get to a function and she always had what we needed (and more). To this day I christen my ‘event box’ McGyver.

Contents of the McGyver Box
Since I am not the one who likes lists (my sister is a LIST SPECIALIST and I love her for it!), I need to take things in case:
* Camera (spare memory card and batteries)
* Sellotape/packaging tape/ribbon or string and scissors
* A box of pins (straight or safety pins)
* Pens / black marker
* Paper
* Cell phone charger and two pin plug
* Bin Bags
* Wet wipes
* Basic First aid kit (for when you are not around the home and there are kids around)
* Contact numbers for all your suppliers (for events) or parents (for kids parties!)
* A map or directions to the venue (you may know the way but a lost guest calls and you need to know street names around the venue)
* Spares (whatever you are handing out from corporate gifts to kids party packs). You never know when some kid will come with a little brother or sister you had not planned for.
* Sunscreen (we always forget this one)
* Some spare change (the electronic age tends to leave some people with bank cards rather than cash) for tipping someone helpful or sending someone to quickly buy something unforseen

But this list is not just for parties, I found a great article about “Must-haves” for road trips too!

To this day I believe that a successful event (and yes – that includes Kids Parties) is a matter of planning ahead of time and on the day making sure you attend to the things that do not run as planned.
Be prepared and be successful.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Melissa Hunn
    Mar 18, 2011 @ 10:55:34

    lol… looks like I am like your sister.. I am a list specialist.. not a box lol

    My problem is to trust that other people planning will be good. But the event without fail and the arrangements from the venue were excellent. Very happy mommy with very happy party kids 🙂


  2. Caryn
    Mar 18, 2011 @ 11:04:21

    I am so glad to hear that Melissa


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