Wackiest Home Party Products
Give your guests a kooky welcome with these zany party-throwing accessories
Do you like beer? Wine? Coffee? Tea? Why choose? With this DIY Drinking Straw kit, you can taste all your favorite flavors at once. Just build an extra drinking branch, and you can even share your creative concoction with unsuspecting passers-by. Warning: Results may vary.
About $10 for one pack; thinkgeek.com
Does a beautifully exotic potted orchid say "perfect hostess gift" to you? Maybe if you live in Boring Land. Do your party-throwers a favor and get them something they'll actually use—like this crazy-eyed, neon-and-polka-dot-adorned Party Guy wine topper. Think that irresistible Joker-esque grin is just for show? Au contraire. That's an element of pure function my friends. Pure function.
About $8; perpetualkid.com
The Port-a-Pint collapsible beer glass is what we call an everyday essential. Lord knows we all encounter spontaneously erupting frat parties at high frequencies, and who wants to be caught cup-less when the keg starts flowing? No one, that's who. Just stash this space-saving saucer in your pocket until you hear the party alarm. You'll be knocking back your third round by the time the paper cup scroungers hit mid-line.
About $8; perpetualkid.com
Skewer that sausage with gusto, and protect your brethren at the same time with this dual-purpose BBQ sword. Just when you thought it was safe to grill on your back porch…it probably is. But isn't it more fun to practice your Z-for-Zorro techniques while you're waiting for the kielbasa to brown?
About $25; thinkgeek.com
Just because you're a wine connoisseur doesn't mean you have to be a Nancy. Up your intimidation factor with this Knuckle Duster Corkscrew, and you'll have first dibs on the cheese plate every time.
About $10; thinkgeek.com
Everybody loves a party, and you know what else everybody loves? Bacon. In fact, sometimes it's hard to keep party guests away from the bacon long enough to replenish the supply at the buffet. Until now. Just fire up one of these smoky smelling bacon candles and place it in a remote powder room. This will distract grazing guests and allow everyone to engage in much more carefully meted-out bacon consumption.
Hungry for more? True bacon devotees can literally wash themselves in the sizzling scent of their beloved with hygiene-friendly bacon soap.
Would you leave your dog in the park without a collar? Or your car in the street without its plates and signature fuzzy dice? Then, why would you leave your beer on a table without its identifying beer band? No more excuses. With three varieties of beer bands to choose from (personality-themed, drunk synonyms, or 12 different colors of "mine"), you're sure to find one that suits your style.
About $6 for a set of 12; perpetualkid.com
Everybody loves the guy who comes with his own party accessory. With this handy can holder, you can become that guy. Just snap this plastic base onto your favorite beverage, and you'll keep your hands free of drippy condensation while reaping the benefits of this clever conversation piece. An added bonus? The holder conveniently covers the base of the can, eliminating the need for a coaster. Ladies, try and hold yourselves back.
About $3; mcguckin.com
This nifty kit answers the question under-agers have been asking for decades: How do I turn juice into alcohol? Yes, you can just pour vodka in it, but that's not nearly as fun as conducting your own secret science experiment. With just a yeast packet and an air-tight stopper, you can turn your favorite 64-ounce fruit juice into a first-rate cocktail in just 48 hours.
About $10; thinkgeek.com
Say goodbye to watered down drinks and have your whisky (or vodka or kool-aid) on the rocks—literally. These stone clones keep your beverage frosty without diluting its deliciousness. Just pop them in the freezer, throw them in your glass and give them a rinse when you're done. Alcohol- and eco-friendly!
About $20 for a set of 9; thinkgeek.com
Are you a master at grilling a juicy piece of meat to perfection? Then you deserve to put your name on it. Think about it—your kids get to sign their warped-looking drawings, and they're not even that good. Just singe your name into that filet or burger, and your guests will never wonder who the ultimate Grill-Meister is.
About $17.50; amazon.com
We don't know about you, but we can't count the times we've been at a party and thought, "How in the world am I going to drink this whole beer before it gets warm and flat?" Fret no longer. With these colorful beer caps, you can sip your brew and seal it up for later—all at your own pace. The best part? These adorable little knick-knacks will fit right in your purse.
About $7 for a set of 6; perpetualkid.com
Hate your profile? Hand-pick a shiny new one without the pesky hassles of plastic surgery. With these ingenious Nose Party Cups, you can try out several different shnoz options in seconds. Just remember to stay posed at mid-drink when you find the one for you.
About $10 for 24 cups; spoonsisters.com