The Buck Stops Here

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Ummm-have any of you been in a dollar store? Why didn’t somebody tell me about this place earlier? Who needs Disney World when you have the dollar store? I ran in to gather a few paper products for a birthday party and was wowed by the many, many things I didn’t even KNOW I needed. Like a bow and arrow set. Dollar! Toothbrushes. Dollar! Ring pops, soap, gift bags…dollar, dollar, dollar!

Just thinking back to the dollar store makes me woozy. I will tell you there are a few things that I wouldn’t buy-such as steak (yes, they really sell steak for a dollar) and…gosh, that’s about it. They have this great stuff called Totally Awesome that cleans anything, including small, smelly 4-year-old boys, but I think it’s made in Mexico and the fumes seem, well, deadly. But back to party planning-a few finds that you can thank me for later:

Mason Jars: These are fantastic for outdoor parties and can be use as a candleholder, flower vase or condiment carrier. Or you can use them for their intended purpose-moonshine-and then when you break one (and you will), no worries!

Candles and Cards: Candles and cards, even at the so-called “discount” stores, are completely overpriced. I spent $7 on a Father’s Day card recently for a man who still asks me where we keep the pepper. Really? Guess where the card is coming from next year. That’s right, folks…my new favorite store.

Wrapping Paper: So cheap and so cute-great for parties because you can line trays and tables for a colorful, clean, pulled-together look without being tempted to throw down those horrid plastic tablecloths.

Wallpaper Stickers: This was my favorite score of all. I bought a package of wallpaper stickers for, you guessed it, a dollar. I wrote every guest’s name on the sticker, stuck it to their glass, and voila-everyone had a personalized glass for the evening. No confusion, no drinking out of your neighbor’s glass, no me washing 100 glasses and wishing the dollar store sold housekeepers.

-Ciao
Stephanie Blackford
Communications Director, Epicurean Culinary Group
sblackford@epicureanCG.com

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