Host or Attend a Pantry Party
A pantry party is a great way to get items for your new house or apartment without having your guests feel burdened in this difficult economy. Unlike a housewarming party a pantry party is where invited guests bring gifts for your pantry. Ideas include canned goods, frozen foods, soups, stews, boxed meals, canned meats, pastas and sauces. Other items which are always needed when you are moving into a new home are paper towels, toilet paper, napkins, cleaning supplies, and cloths/sponges.
It is much easier for a guest to grab you a loaf of bread or a block of cheese at the grocery store then it is for them to go to a large home goods store and purchase you a set of towels or a can opener. With a lot of people downsizing and moving into small more affordable housing it is very likely that your host will not need many items for his or her home and be in greater need of things to feed their family or items to keep their home running smoothly.
Hosting a pantry party is as easy as calling a friend over for coffee. With the social networking as huge as it is it can be as simple as creating an event and inviting your friends through the internet. If internet invitations are not your cup of tea, traditional invitations work just as well. Purchase a couple packs of party invitations from your local superstore and mail them out. I found that instead of setting a “party time” a drop in time was more appropriate. With every weekend anyone has the time is cherished. Many guests may have prior scheduled events, children’s activities or work and not be available for a set party time. I scheduled mine between eleven and four with a drop in invitation.
With your guests having family they want to spend time with it was also convenient to scheduled it when I knew there would be a football game on so the men could hang out and watch the game and the women could visit and chat without being rushed. I welcomed children into my home, had my daughter set up play stations with toys that she already had. Whether it was the Lite Bright, coloring books, radio with children’s music on, Barbies, or whatever you think your age group will be interested in. There were a few close friends that brought some appetizers and snacks, made a bowl of punch and were ready to go!
Always remember to take pictures for your memory books. Pictures are a great way to see what people brought you and who was at your party. Be sure to have a guest book, which can simply be a tablet and pen for people to write down their address for you. Then you will have no excuse to mail out thank you cards a week or two after your event. Happy partying everyone. I hope the next pantry party you host or attend is fantastic!!