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Party Essentials You Can’t Afford to Overlook

Female Bartender with a shaker

So you want to throw a party, and you want to make sure it is a success, well then there are a few essentials you need to have to make sure your party is fun and memorable.  While every party is different, there are some essential party items you need to have on hand.  While your budget will determine how much money you spend on each piece, below are some essentials that any party should have to make sure it is successful.

Making sure you provide drinks for your guests is essential. What drinks you supply will mostly rely on the budget you have set for the party it is necessary to at least have water, juice, and soda for your guests to drink. If you want to go all out, you can create a signature drink based on your party, or you can even hire someone to make and serve drinks to your guests, either way, most people who attend a party assume there will be drinks so don’t leave your guests disappointed.

Cakes aren’t just for birthdays! Having cake is essential to any party, cakes make a fun and edible centerpiece for your party and with so many designs and flavors you are sure to find one that suits your party. You can choose to purchase one from the store or make one yourself either way cake is a must have for any party.

A spread of food on a table

One party essential that should not be overlooked is food. Whether you just want to provide snacks for a full course meal, it is up to you, but it is essential to make sure there is food at your party. Many people arrive at parties expecting there to be at least chips or finger foods so make sure you do not disappoint. You can either make a meal, or you can just set out chips and dip, candy, or fruits and vegetables just as long as there is something for your guests to nibble on.

Napkins and Utensils

Since a party isn’t complete without cake and food, you will need to make sure you provide plates, napkins, cups, and utensils for your guests. It is up to you whether you want to use your own dishes and utensils or if you want to purchase disposable ones, either way, it is essential that you have these items at your party.


Entertainment is another party essential to make sure your guests do not get bored. You can simply play your stereo with appropriate theme music or hire a band or DJ it is entirely up to you and your budget. Providing some form of entertainment ensures that your guest will have a good time and is a great ice breaker for people to start mingling.


One party essential is to make sure you have some type of event planned to keep your guests active and engaged in your party. For a child’s birthday party this could be a slide or bounce house or something as simple as a game or arts and crafts to keep kids happy and entertained. For adults, this could be dancing or karaoke whatever goes with your party theme and gets people moving and interacting with each other.

What’s a party without a theme? Themes are a great way to host a party because it is something everyone can get into and enjoy. From a Lego-themed kid’s party to an adult’s zombie party, a theme is a great way to center your party and make it cohesive and fun. You can focus your decorations, cake, and food around the theme and even have guests dress up if they like. Themes are fun and are sure to make your party the talk of the neighborhood.

Goodie Bag
Goodie Bag with heart on it

Don’t let your guests leave without providing them with something to remember your party.  For kids, this can be toys and candy, and for adults, it could be as unique as a mason jar cocktail set,  it is up to you and your budget as to what you want to provide your guests just be creative and make sure it is memorable.  This simple way to thank your guests for coming and show your appreciation.

To make sure your party is a success it is vital to make sure you provide your guests with certain must-haves from cake to entertainment. The last thing you want is a group of bored, hungry guests that are miserable so make sure you provide the essentials for them. You don’t have to spend a lot of money just make sure you have simple items like drinks, napkins, cake, etc., covered and you are sure to have a successful and memorable party.






Ebone Bell
Eboné Bell
Eboné is the Editor-in-Chief of Tagg Magazine. She is the illegitimate child of Oprah and it's only right that she continues their legacy in the media world.