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Quick Tip for Labeling Drinking Cups

When we’re having a party and a lot of cups are floating around, it can be hard to remember who’s is who’s. If they aren’t labeled, kids tend to get a new one for each sip. Here’s an easy trick to keep all your plastic cups labeled, helpful enough for even young ones to find which one is there cup.

Supplies for Labeling Cups:

  • cups – plastic cups work best
  • permanent marker – preferably black
  • stickers (optional)

Write their name on each cup. Now to help the younger children who aren’t quite reading their names yet, I like to add a fun little drawing or sticker to help them recognize their cup. If you have amazing drawing skills like me, then simply draw on a flower, fish, or cat next to each name.

Or if you don’t feel as comfortable with a pen, you can easily pick a sticker to add next to their name. You can even let them pick what sticker or drawing they’d want.

Hopefully this will help your kids recognize their own cup and they’ll keep using the same one all night!


  1. If you use the stickers you could put the “frog” sticker on the cup, and put another “frog” sticker on their shirt/hand etc. and then they won’t forget :)

  2. We do this at parties. At my annual cookie exchange at Christmas, we do snowflake, Comet, Santa, etc. We pre-mark these at the party, so you get what you get! Never had anyone complain. Other parties we just leave them blank and let the guests do them.

  3. I love this. I use stickers on our sandwich bags when I send my kids off to Auntie’s or Nana’s house. They are too young to read and my oldest is just learning to id her name.
    My girl loves princesses so she knows that the princess sandwich is hers.

  4. Deanna – I love the idea to give the cup to them as they leave. Especially if they wrote the name themselves or added specific stickers. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Yep- I also will write in sharpie on the inside near the rim – where you can see it as you go to take a sip.
    Went to a party family party this weekend and I asked for a sharpie. They were amazed and astounded at the good idea (that to those of us with kids and playdates is old hat)!!

    I will use the decorate-the-cup as a craft while waiting for all the kids to arrive and then give the cup a quick rinse and send it home with the kids, too.

  6. We do the names with a Sharpie at our get-togethers, but I LOVE the sticker idea!! Especially for those younger children who can’t read or write yet!! So fun!

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