Make the time-saving Party Cup Box at your next office party

September 3 | Guest post by Kristin

Since it's Labor day, we thought we'd share Homie Kristin's idea for quickly and easily chilling drinks at a party, providing you have access to a very large or extra freezer.

I'm the HR Chick at my job. There is only the VP of HR, HR Manager, and me. So I get the lower end jobs. Like Retirement Parties. Retirement Parties are one of the best parts of my job because it's a happy time.

We don't go over the top on Retirement Parties. We (the retiree and I) select what kind of food and I go from there. But no matter what the food is, we always have to figure out drinks. For the smaller parties, I buy pop (or soda, or coke, depending on what part of the country you're from…) in 2-liter bottles. The problem has always been that there is a bottle-neck at the drinks. It takes time to pour those drinks. And the 2-liters are never cold!

At the last party, I was putting ice in the cups and pouring pop when people were arriving for the party. I felt very behind, like I didn't have enough done by the time the party started. So, with the help of an empty ice freezer, I invented the Party Cup Box!

I took an empty paper ream box and put cups in the bottom, filled the cups with ice about 1/3 full, put more cups in, then ice, one more layer of cups, and filled with ice one last time.

I used the smaller 12 ounce cups we have at work, and was able to get 45 cups into that box, using one bag of ice. I covered the cups with a plastic shopping bag, just in case the lid of the box was dirty, and put the lid on. There was room in the freezer, and I popped the box right in there. Ice stayed frozen, and it bought me a good 15 minutes before the party started, so I was able to get the pop poured before the employees arrived.

This worked out so great for me; I'll definitely be doing it again at future parties where I know I have freezer space where I can put the Party Cup Box. Anything to make Party Day easier, amiright?

Now, who else has party-time-saving ideas like this!?

  1. This is genius! We have a deep freezer in the garage that would work well for this at the kids' birthday parties.

    • Thanks! I figure it would work really great when having parties with kids – keep their sticky jam hands out of the ice bucket…

  2. Very smart!

    I think even if you didn't have a giant freezer, it would still be much faster filling the cups with ice if they're well-contained in a box since you could just pour it in without worrying about them falling over.

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