Have you ever been digging through a cabinet and you find something great you totally forgot you had? Maybe it was a cool cake stand or a great punch bowl or huge platter that would have come in so handy at your last party? I used to have a bad habit of forgetting all about my party supplies until long after the party was over. Worse than that, I used to store my best hostess pieces in the boxes they came in which means they sat untouched in the back of the cabinet because I forgot they were there. Years ago I decided that if I was going to collect these great pieces then I was going to have to organize my party supplies. That means I had to store similar pieces in one area. That means I had to sort by color and style. That means I had to take everything out of it’s box because if I don’t see it, I won’t use it. Here’s how I sorted it all out.
The first step I had to take to organize my party supplies was to designate an area for them. For me this is the china cabinet in our dining room but you could use a kitchen cabinet, pantry, shelves in your garage or stackable tupperware in your closet.
I store all of my wedding china, platters, appetizer plates, bowls and silver service in this cabinet. They’re organized by color and style so I can easily find what I’m looking for.
I use the drawers to hold my linen napkins and my placemats. If you want to see how I store my tablecloths, check out this post. As a quick tip, as much as it’s a total pain, if you iron your napkins before you put them in the drawer they’ll be ready to use at a moments notice.
Keep an eye out on the clearance racks at Target, HomeGoods, etc. That’s where I find all my best linen napkins and tablecloths. Do you have a cool crocheted tablecloth like I do? Check out this post to see how I style mine.
Want some more ideas about which pieces a hostess should collect? Check out the video below!