As the weather continues to warm up, we’re all thinking of outdoor entertaining. Having a Utensil Caddy for a Tropical Party is convenient, and using a thrift store find makes it budget friendly!
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I’m hoping that in the not too distant future, we’ll begin to have parties and entertain our friends and family again. I’ll be ready when the time comes with a tropical themed party. Today, I’m sharing a fun utensil caddy for a tropical party.
Tropical Painted Utensil Caddy
I found this caddy at my local Goodwill months ago. It still had the TJ Maxx price sticker on it, along with a clearance tag. It found it’s way to the donation boxes and I bought it for $1.99.
Given all of the stickers on it, I’m not sure if it had been used at all. It was in great condition and only needed to be cleaned up a little. I used TSP and a lint free cloth to clean it.
I was glad that the blue fits in well with the assortment of colors I’ll use for the tropical decor. I didn’t want to paint it because I plan to have this hold utensils, straws, and cocktail picks that I don’t want to touch fresh paint.
To give it the right look for the party I have in mind, I used a tropical leaf self adhesive stencil. I’ve found the best way to paint using a stencil is to use a spouncer and apply the paint in light coats.
A tropical party is always a colorful party, so I used different paint colors for each side of the center of the caddy.
After the paint dried, I used DecoArt Dura-Clear to protect the painted tropical leaves. I always use two coats of this for better protection.
These pretty flower print napkins are ones that I found in a bin with other seasonal napkins. The colors and the flowers go well with the utensil caddy. I didn’t have enough to fill the slot so that they wouldn’t fall over, so to hold them in place, I folded a few of them in half and tucked them in with the others.
I always have a stash of paper straws and cocktail picks. I bought this large box of picks a couple of years ago for a Flamingo Themed Party.
Supplies Used for Tropical Party Utensil Caddy
- Thrift Store Find Caddy
- TSP and Lint Free Cloth
- Assorted Acrylic Paints
- Craft Paint Brushes
- Tropical Leaf Self Adhesive Stencil
- Protective Finish
- Utensils, Party Picks, and Napkins
I’m hopeful that later this summer, we’ll have a fun tropical themed party. I’m working on more decor for the party and I’ll look forward to sharing it with you soon.A Utensil Caddy for a Tropical Party is convenient & budget friendly. #thriftstorefind #tropicalparty #outdoorentertaining Click To Tweet
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Tropical Party Decor
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