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Preparing for Party Season
The sun is shining and the days are growing longer and warmer. Flowers are blooming and the trees are coated with new leaves. Summer is quickly approaching and Memorial Day weekend signals the beginning of barbecue and party season. Nothing is better than enjoying the long days with good company, but party planning can be a lot of work. Some simple preparations now will make throwing get-togethers a breeze this summer. Read on for some tips to simplify your party planning.

Party Necessities Kit
Gathering all of the supplies in advance of a party can be a hassle, resulting in many trips to multiple stores. However, stocking up on some of the nonperishable necessities at the beginning of the season can shorten your shopping list for the rest of the summer. Paper plates, plastic utensils, napkins, and tablecloths can be purchased now and set on the side so that they are easy to find each time you throw a party. The Sterilite 27 Quart ClearView Latch™ Box is the perfect size for storing these items, and the latches ensure they remain secure. This will help prevent rushed last minute trips to the store and allow you to check one thing off your to-do list as soon as you begin.

S'mores Supplies
S'mores are an integral part of any summer celebration. The warm, gooey marshmallow and melted chocolate paired with crispy graham crackers taste like summer and they are even better when made with loved ones. Try preparing some kits with all the ingredients so they are on hand and easy to grab when you have a bonfire or want to make some over the grill. The Sterilite Ultra•Seal™ 8.3 Cup Rectangle is perfect for storing s'mores ingredients because the gasket and latches create an airtight seal that keeps your ingredients fresh. Put a packet of graham crackers, a couple bars of chocolate and some marshmallows in the container and you will be ready for tasty s'mores at a moment's notice.

Entertainment at the Ready
Another key aspect of a party is keeping the guests entertained, especially kids who have short attention spans and can make mischief when left idle. In order to keep the kids entertained and busy, have some toys and games on hand. Store a container of toys and games in the garage or shed so that you can easily take it out to the yard to entertain guests of all ages when you have company over. Sterilite's Latch and Carry line is ideal because there are multiple sizes in both clear and opaque that stack on top of each other allowing you to develop a custom storage solution. With 12 Gallon, 18 Gallon and 26 Gallon sizes, there is a Latch and Carry perfectly sized for any toy collection.

While party planning can be overwhelming, doing a little bit of preparation now can save time all summer long, allowing you to focus on spending quality time with those you love.

Stock up on party supplies at the beginning of the season to simplify shopping all summer long.

Making s’mores will be a breeze if you have a convenient kit of supplies on hand.

Easily entertain the kids this summer by assembling a collection of toys you can bring out at parties.
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