How to Organize Partyware

The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Angie at Echoes of Laughter.

Hello Orgjunkie readers! Since I last visited with you, I have been busy with  a lot of small organizing projects around the house. The Spring organizing and cleaning bug has hit! One project  that I recently tackled was my stash of partyware. I love collecting partyware…it’s a little addiction that I have. {Please tell me that I am normal and I am not the only one who does this?!} I am totally drawn in by the bright fun colours and cheery patterns, and I like having little special things  to use for the kids’ school lunches or when friends drop by.

I found the partyware that I had collected had gradually become  quite a horrible little messy pile with no real system. It was so bad that sometimes I just went out and bought new things because I didn’t relish the thought of looking through the horrible messy pile to see what I had….so I just avoided it all together. Well….no more! I solved this little problem easily and economically by purchasing 2 inexpensive bins, using a bunch of large storage bags and then labelling things appropriately. Here’s what I did:

The first task was measuring the shelf in the closet where I had designated space for the partyware to go. I measured the space to make sure that the bins I purchased would fit side by side.

The next thing I did was to label each bin….one for general napkins and the other for partyware.

After the bins were labelled, I had myself a little bit of an organizing party with all the napkins and partyware that I have collected. Any napkins with a general theme went into a bin just for napkins.

 After that was done, I set about organizing the rest of the partyware into groups by event or season into large storage bags.  I then placed the bags upright in the bin in the order that I thought was practical. Since the thing we celebrate most often is Birthdays, I made that the first bag of partyware. Then I followed the calendar year in placing the rest of the bags. I borrowed the ‘filing cabinet’ system by making labels for each theme/seasonal bag and stapling them to the top of the storage bags so that I could quickly and easily grab the theme or season that  I was looking for. I  placed plain paper plates and cups on the left side of the bin where there was just enough room for them. My finished project looked like this:

I love having my cute partyware so organized and easy to find.This system works incredibly well without breaking the bank, or taking up a lot of room. No more horrible messy pile!

How about you? Do you collect a bit of partyware to have on hand? And if you do, how do you organize it?

Wishing you all a lovely week and happy organizing!

angie bio pic Angie’s blog, Echoes of Laughter, is all about filling your home with love and laughter.  She loves creative projects, organizing & decorating, cooking, baking, and all things domestic.  Angie lives in Alberta, Canada with her husband and two great kids.

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16 Responses to How to Organize Partyware

  1. 1
    Molly Smith says

    This is a fabulous idea! Yes, I always have bits and pieces left over and I stack it all up until it falls over. I recently purchased some canvas bins at Dollar Tree that napkins, small plates and utensils will fit in. Now I know what to use them for. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    Marcia @ Organising Queen says

    This is so funny because just this weekend, I got a bee in my bonnet and organised all my party stuff too. Sad thing is that I was half way through before I realised what I was doing – I thought it would be a quick tidy but nooooooo 🙂

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    Quiltin' Jenny says

    Thank you for this post! No, I don’t collect partyware on the scale that you do – I have a rampant tree hugger in the family, and paper products are verboten, though I do love funny/cute cocktail napkins – but this is probably my family’s biggest pet peeve. I have a cabinet where it is all shoved (along with the candles, the ice cream maker, and a few other things that get used only rarely) that is a disaster.

    The plastic baggie thing is brilliant. I will only need a small tub, but at least it will be confined.

    I love seeing what other people collect and how they solve these odd issues. Thanks!

  4. 4
    Student Mom (Jenn) says

    OMH that’s clever. Gave me an idea too – I know your baskets were cloth, but from a distance they could have been boxes covered in brown paper… I am now off to cover some boxes…

  5. 5
    Mel says

    What perfect timing! I’ve got little bits of paper plates, cups and napkins stashed all over the house, and tend to forget what I already have.

  6. 6
    Susan says

    We have white napkins and plates around if needed. I mainly use them to take to work for lunch. no other party ware around so no need to organize them.

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    Crystal says

    Love how organized it is. Makes it easier to find when you need it. Thanks for sharing!!

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    pentamom says

    I can’t imagine having so much partyware on hand that it is more efficient to organize it by holiday, than to just throw it into a big bin and pull out what you need for a givien holiday — there’s no way it would take me more than a minute to go through it and find the right thing.

    But the bin idea is great — another one of those obvious solutions, that I didn’t think of despite being aggravated by the messy closet shelf where I have thirteen sets of birthday plates (because I forget about them and just buy more) and never cups when I need them. Throw them all in a bin and just remember to check before I buy more — what could be simpler?

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    Sue S. says

    Great post! I had set aside a kitchen drawer for party extras, but it’s too small now. Thank you for showing me exactly what I need to do! Further organization is now needed for my “other” party/entertaining items. Do you have suggestions for organizing colored tin pails, assorted trays, unique or themed serving pieces? I really want to know what I have and where it is! LOL I made a spreadsheet to begin an inventory and plan to take a pic before an item is put away. Then, combine in a notebook for easy use. I haven’t begun because I can’t decide what to do with it after it’s inventoried and photographed. It also seems like it snowballs into some decor items like vases and candle/candleholders and all sorts of other “stuff”. UGH!!! See…I get overwhelmed then spend time on the computer rather than organizing…Thank sagain!

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    Ménage Lille says

    Theme and seasonal bags are a great idea! Clean and so easy to find what I’m looking for. Thank you Angie. At home I use transparent boxes.

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    Sabrina says

    Great post, I love that you used the baggies and labeled them by holiday name. The photos look great.

    I stay clear of holiday partyware but I do organize the recipes for each holiday in a event binder. I use plastic whole punched Velcro covered folders and put all my recipes (previous and current year events) in them by holiday. Great way to keep track of them as well.

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    Michelle says

    I soooo needed this post in my life! I too am a partyware junkie, and do that whole buy something and then realise I actually had it thing…I really need to organise my party stuff – it’s all in boxes all over the house (we have ZERO space 🙁 ) but I’ve pinned this to give me that push I need to organise all my stash!

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    shelly says

    I love partyware too and have bins of plastic spoons, forks and knives just for the occasion. I also have usuable party cups that change colors/names/icons called MyColourCups, which I designed for my family.


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