It was the morning of my best friend's baby shower and I realized that 1. I was in charge of everything and 2. I hadn't bought anything.
Being my Earth loving self, I just couldn't buy a bunch of disposables, so I planned out my morning of hitting up all of the thrift stores in my area.
I ended up finding most of what I needed, aside from a cake serving knife thing. Here is my kit so far!
1. A tub to hold everything- I gave this storage bin a good wash and now the rest of my kit has a way to be transported and stored, clean and safe.
2. A tub for dirty dishes- Through my first party with this kit, I found that the bin was just big enough for the dishes/napkins of the 6-10 people who came. My full kit serves 20, so I will need to get a different bin for larger parties. Perhaps one like the green one in my kitchen (seen in my kitchen youtube videos).
3. Cake plates, mugs- I wanted to get less breakable items, but finding secondhand plastic dishes that aren't gross can be more challenging, and I didn't have time to spend weeks gathering piece by piece. I decided on mugs as they are more versatile and generally pretty sturdy. I found these little plates that seemed to be similar material to the mugs, and they happened to be a matching set!.
Later on I will gather plates, bowls, and maybe drinking glasses. I hope to find those in bamboo.
4. Silverware- My dream of having fancy/floral mismatched silverware came true when I found a bin full of it at the Habitat for Humanity store! I got twenty forks, a butter knife, and a few spoons. More spoons/knives and serving utensils to come.
5. Napkins- I also happened to find ten matching cloth napkins that went perfect with the theme of this party, so I got them. I will add more napkins to the collection in the future, as I find them.
6. Bulk snacks and dishes- These four bowls match and are made of plastic. They were just the right size to hold snacks. I got all three snacks bulk in my own bags.
7. Cloth or towels to pad breakable items- I bought a soft cloth secondhand to fold between layers of mugs and plates so they don't crash together the whole time the box is being moved. Towels would also work.
8. Towels- I brought one of my hand towels from home just in case something needed to be cleaned up instead of bringing a roll of paper towel.
My kit will continue to grow and I'll probably share it again in the future. As a bonus, I will keep reusable party decor in the box, too. I was able to thrift these (I got two of the silver thingies)
If you put together your own reusable party kit, tag me on Instagram @amberthest as I would love to see it!
*Note- Some of the items at the party were out of my control- this party was a collaboration and I will not force anyone to use only 'eco-friendly' things.