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Reusable Party Kit | Low Impact Party

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.

A large, red, 18 gallon storage tub with lid.

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).

Cake, a set of white mugs, drinks, and the dirty dish bin.

Purple bin with handles, full of dirty dishes and napkins.

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.

Two white mugs, stacked.

A small desert plate with thin red and blue stripes along the edge.

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.

White cloth napkins, a stack of plates, three dishes of snacks in front of two jars of silverware.

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.