Make the time-saving Party Cup Box at your next office party #Entertaining#great-ideas#hosting#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. Related Post How to make the time to host a party, even when you're super busy Frequent Offbeat Home contributor Helen Jane just wrote an excellent post on how she and her husband James manage to regularly throw what she calls... Read more 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!? Join our community! Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Guest post written by Kristin I'm an Offbeat Tribe graduate living with my awesome husband and step-daughter, all within the same small living space I had when single and trying to get it to all work -- which seems like a full-time job sometimes. I joined the world of blogging this summer and am loving it! http://nallotherstuff.blogspot.com PREVIOUS 13 random things from ThinkGeek to surprise your favorite geekoid NEXT Monday Moment: kitchen cabinet organization nerdy treasure hunt-style Show/Hide comments [ 5 ] this is pretty neat…… it is a smart and useful idea though good job!!! 2 agree Reply Thank you!! Reply This is genius! We have a deep freezer in the garage that would work well for this at the kids' birthday parties. Reply Thanks! I figure it would work really great when having parties with kids – keep their sticky jam hands out of the ice bucket… Reply 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. Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Participate in this conversation via emailGet only replies to your comment, the best of the rest, as well as a daily recap of all comments on this post. No more than a few emails daily, which you can reply to/unsubscribe from directly from your inbox. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.