5 Awesome Group Halloween Costume Ideas

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Group Halloween Costume Ideas

If you and your family or you and a group of friends are going out trick or treating or just to have a little bit of fun this year, you might want to consider dressing up as a group. Nothing makes a huge impact like dressing up as a group—and it’s a good way to prevent your friends from abandoning you at a party. Here are five seriously awesome group Halloween costume ideas you are sure to love:

Men in Black

This is probably one of the groups Halloween costume ideas to execute. All you really need at least one other person and a black suit and tie. While this is group for a pair, it can be just as effective as large group of people. Here are some tips to make sure you get the look right.

  • Make sure you get some dark, matching sunglasses. The suits don’t necessarily have to all have the same fit, though they should all be black. The sunglasses, on the other hand, are what are really going to pull your group look together. Go to the grocery store and pick up a bunch of cheap pairs of the same sunglasses so you really look cohesive.
  • Decide which men in black you want to be. A pair of black-suited, sunglass-wearing people will look like alien-fighting Men in Black. A large group of people all wearing the same black suit and sunglasses might look like Agent Anderson from The Matrix. There’s nothing wrong with that, just know that you’re probably going to be identified as everything form FBI agents to secret service, to sentient computer viruses for most of the night.

Disney Princess

This idea is great for a group of girls that all want to go together, but don’t want to match exactly, or for a group of guys that want to do something a little wacky. There are lots of different Disney princesses to choose from, so each person can pick the princess they like best. Putting these costumes together usually isn’t very difficult, depending on how accurate you want to be.

An interesting twist on the typical Disney princess costume is to go as “hipster” Disney princesses. All this really requires is some ultra-cool clothing in the princess’s colors and a snarky, “I was into _____ before it was cool” saying to match that princess’s vibe.

Most costume stores will have Disney princess-type costumes or some type of costume that will work with a little bit of tweaking, but don’t be afraid to just scrounge your own costume out of party supplies.

Tetris

While Tetris might not be the most exciting game that’s ever been made, it is a classic, and dressing up as these different colored blocks for Halloween as a group is actually pretty simple. All you’ll need is cardboard, paint in the primary colors, and some black duct tape. The construction process is actually fairly simple.

Start by mapping out which pieces you and your group want to be. All Tetris blocks are made up configuration of the same four squares. You’ll want all the cubes in your final costume to be the same size so you can latch the Tetris pieces together when they are finished. Once you’ve constructed the pieces, make sure there are holes for your head and arms, paint the boxes, and hit the town!

Sims

For fans of the wildly popular Sims franchise, this one of the best group Halloween costume ideas and it requires very little work or preplanning. Unless you want to go as one of the Sim’s more iconic townies (like Bella or Mortimer Goth), you can wear whatever you like and simply make the plumbob (that thing that Sims have over their heads that helps players gauge the Sims’s mood) out of cardboard. Use a coat hanger to make a little stand for it and attach it to your head, neck, or back with a little bit of tape. A group of Sims together is always much more effective than just one running around by himself!

If you are really dedicated to making these the best Halloween costumes ever, you might want to learn some of the Sims’s iconic gibberish language so you can speak it amongst your group and really sell the image. Older people might not know what you are, but any modern day gamer will know instantly and be impressed.

The Seven Deadly Sins

A classic—especially if you a group of seven people you’re going out with on Halloween. Just for reference, the seven deadly sins are pride, covetousness, lust, anger, gluttony, envy, and sloth. Some of those will be easier than others to evoke, but when you’re all together in a group, it will be fairly obvious what all of you are.

One person can be “green” with envy, another person in a red outfit for anger. Gluttony should be food-themed, and sloth can actually just be a sloth, or a person who is sleepy. Pride can also be interpreted as vanity, so someone who is carrying and looking in a mirror is a good way to evoke that sin. Just have fun with it!

A Rainbow with a Pot of Gold

This is one of the best group Halloween costume ideas because it can be easily adjusted to however many people are part of your group and the costumes are simple to put together. Each person will be a color and the final person will be your pot of gold, with plastic gold coins attached to his or her shirt.

This works whether you have five people in your group, or whether you have fifteen and you really want to play on different color variations!

Save Money with These 5 Wedding Supplies Online

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A lot of your wedding planning does have to happen in person. You have to try on and buy your dress in person (though some people do buy their wedding dresses online), you have to taste and choose a cake and catering in person (unless you have decided to do those things yourself), and you have to pick out your venue by visiting and touring the available spaces near you. Many brides can get caught up in wedding planning and will start to believe that they have to buy everything in person.

That just isn’t true. Buying some of your wedding supplies online can not only save you time, it can save you a lot of money. You won’t have to buy gas in order to drive to a party supply store in order to pick up the supplies you need (which they might not even have in store) and you will usually get a better price when shopping online anyway.

If you are a bride or a groom who is currently in the midst of wedding planning—do not fret. There are plenty of wedding supplies that you can buy easily online.  Here are just five of the things that you can save money on when you buy wedding supplies online.

1.    Cutlery – No matter what size of wedding you are having, cutlery is going to be one of your biggest expenses. Why? Because you need a lot of cutlery. Even if you are setting out individual place settings, people are going to push their spoons onto the ground and drop their forks or set them down and leave them somewhere and need a new one. If you are having a buffet, most people will pick up new cutlery every time they go back for another plate of food. Is this a bad thing? No, but it means that if you are trying to purchase enough real metal cutlery for your wedding, you are going to be facing a serious trial. Plastic cutlery, luckily, can look just as classy as metal utensils, and they are far, far less expensive. You can buy a 48 ct. of black plastic forks on our website for less than five dollars. That means that even if you are inviting two hundred people to your wedding, you can get all the forks you need to serve them food for less than $50. That simply isn’t going to happen when you try to buy real utensils.

2.    Plates and Cups – Don’t think you can find beautiful plastic or paper plates for your wedding? You’re just plain wrong. There are so many different varieties of plastic and paper plates, that finding one that matches the theme of your wedding and your colors is simple. Plates and cups are two of the best things to buy as wedding supplies online. Not only can you get exactly however many you need, you can get them delivered right to your door, which means you don’t have to worry about going to pick them up or the store not having enough of the color or colors that you want to use at your wedding. We even have plate and cup sets that ensure that you get all of the plates and cups you need in the same color, no matter what color that is.

3.    Decorations – Getting enough decorations to fill your space at a low enough price to not break your budget might sound impossible, especially if the only way you have been shopping for wedding decorations is to drive around to different party supply and craft stores. Buying these wedding supplies online is a much, much better way to get exactly what you want, at a discounted price. Whether you need fluffy paper hanging decorations like these or a “Just Married” sign for your car, or any number of other decorations, like confetti, balloons, and even centerpieces, it’s time to stop looking in stores and time to start looking online. Buy your decorations enough ahead of time that you can pick up more if you need to or so that they have time to ship to your home.

4.    Favors – Are you having trouble picking out favors for your guests? Are you planning on having so many guests that buying favors for all of them is going to seriously break your bank account? Why not turn to the internet? You can actually buy favors for your guests in bulk online and have them shipped to your door so you don’t even have to leave home in order to get what you want and what you need. Candles are a great choice, since everyone loves a candle! You can buy them for much less online than what you would pay if you had to buy them in store, and you can actually get them in the quantity that you need!

5.    Flowers – Fresh flowers are nice for a wedding, but especially for a fall or winter wedding, finding the right fresh flowers can be difficult and expensive. A florist may be able to get you want you want, but it will probably be at a high cost and the flowers are not guaranteed to actually be fresh. Instead of going with fresh flowers, why not try faux flowers. These are a great alternative to real flowers, and premade arrangements like this are perfect for fall weddings. They are all far less than you would have to pay for similar arrangements made out of fresh flowers!

8 Ways to Use Discount Wedding Supplies for a Classy Wedding

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You want to throw a classy wedding. You may think that that precludes you from buying discount wedding supplies, but the opposite is actually true. Especially if you are on a budget, buying discount wedding supplies can be a great way to make your wedding feel and look classy, without having to spend thousands just on the decorations and supplies. Here are eight way you can use discount wedding supplies for a classy wedding:

1.    Paper Napkins – Shouldn’t a classy wedding have cloth napkins? Some will say yes, but the truth is that the right paper napkins can look and feel just as classy as any other type of napkin. Especially if they match the color and style of the rest of your wedding, no one is going to notice that you are using paper napkins, instead of cloth napkins. Finding the right napkins doesn’t have to be difficult. Look for a pattern that complements the theme of the wedding and a color that matches your wedding colors. If you can’t find a color that matches exactly, black and white or gold or silver are always great options.

2.    Plastic Charger Plates – If you are planning a classy wedding, you are probably planning on having real china for your tables. Full place settings for all of your guests can be extremely expensive. A great way to cut down on the cost of these settings and still provide a high-class experience is with plastic charger plates. They are stylish enough to mesh with just about any china choice and provide a great backdrop for that china, but they cost significantly less than normal charger plates. And because they are not the plates that your guests will actually be eating off of, no one will mind.

3.    Latex Balloons – Balloons can be a great way to decorate your venue, especially if you have a large venue with a lot of space to fill. Get latex balloons in your wedding colors, or as close to your wedding colors as you can find and you will love how stylish your venue looks. If you can’t find balloons that match your wedding colors exactly, black balloons are always a great alternative. They look sophisticated, and whether you fill them with air or with helium, they are great for covering walls and filling up high-ceilinged venues.

4.    Confetti – If you want a great way to make your wedding look sophisticated, sparkly confetti on the tables is an excellent option. Because confetti, even sparkly confetti, is so inexpensive, and the task of strewing it across the tables is so easy, this is one of the best ways to really spice up your wedding decorations, without having to spend that much money or put that much effort into the task. You can almost always find lots of different colors of confetti online and in our online party supply store.

5.    Ribbon – If you are looking for an easy way to class just about anything up, ribbon is a great option. It can make floral centerpieces look high class, can be tied around the back of chairs to make them look fancier, and can even be used to tie together utensils on top of your place settings for an interesting and beautiful touch. Choose a color of ribbon that meshes well with your wedding and then use it to adorn anything that needs just a little bit more class. If you choose a wired variety, it can be easily shaped into perfect little bows!

6.    Hanging Decorations – There are a wide variety of hanging decorations available on the market today. Available in a wide variety of colors and in a wide variety of styles, these can be a very inexpensive way to add some beauty and some class to your wedding’s venue. Fluffy paper decorations like these are a great way to make a venue look thoroughly decorated, even if you don’t want to spend a lot of money on decorations. There are also hanging lanterns varieties in many different colors that can have the same effect.

7.    High Quality Plastic Products – While there is something very high class about having real glass cups at your wedding, if you want to save money and still create a very fancy vibe, there are high quality plastic cups that you can buy. They have all of the classiness of real glass, without the expense and without the cleanup required to wash all of those glasses. Cups like these, that have a silver rim around the top, look very high-class, but are very inexpensive, especially when compared to the cost of buying real glasses for everyone, are a great option. Plastic forks, knives, and spoons can also be a low-cost but high-impact option for any wedding.

8.    Paper Table Runners – One of the biggest obstacles brides and grooms run into is figuring out how to decorate their tables inexpensively. A large wedding will inevitably require a large amount of tables. While you might spring for centerpieces for each table, consider paring down some of the decorations or opting for discount wedding supplies like paper table runners, instead of fabric ones. These can provide the same impact on your guests, at a much lower cost.

You don’t have to spend a fortune in order to plan a classy wedding! Use these tips to find discount wedding supplies that still look and feel classy!

6 Cheap Party Supplies that Can Transform Your Party

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Cheap Party Supplies

Throwing a party doesn’t have to break the bank. The right party supplies can make your party great, but that doesn’t mean that you have to spend hundreds of dollars just on things for your party. Whether you are having a lot of people over or just a few, finding the right cheap party supplies can make throwing a party a lot more affordable. In addition to making your party more affordable, they can also totally transform your party. Don’t be afraid to put out a little bit of money on your party, but with these cheap party supplies, you can get everything you need for a great party, at an affordable price.

1.Balloons

Balloons are a great way to add some fun to your party for a very low cost. Unlike other decorations that are very expensive and do not take up very much room, balloons cost only a few cents each, come in a wide variety of colors, and can be used in a variety of different ways in order to transform wherever you are having your party. They can be used to fill up a large party space that does not have very many decorations, can be used as wall decorations, can be weighted down in bunches in order to act as table centerpieces, and much more. At only a few cents a pop, they are a great way to add life to your party, without having to spend very much money on the decorations themselves. Because they also come in a wide variety of colors, it’s easy to find balloons that match the theme of your party, if you have one, or to simply find balloons that you like the color of.

2. Tableware

Available both in the solid and patterned varieties, tableware can go a long way to transforming your party. When you use simple white plates and white plastic forks, spoons, knives, cups, and napkins, the party itself can start to look extremely drab. While you might not consider how your table looks as a very significant part of your party, your tableware can actually set the tone of the entire event. Luckily, it is possible to buy very inexpensive tableware that can make a big impact. Whether you stack all of your plates, cups, and utensils at one end of a buffet table or you set all of the eating tables before the party begins, they can act as both decoration and tool.

3. Games

One of the great challenges of planning a party is deciding what you actually want to do at that party. Games can be a great way to spend your time and are not necessarily just for kids. While kids will enjoy bean toss games with bean bags, a set of dice that tell you want to do (take a shot, dance, etc.) and who with or where (on at table, for example), can be great for adults. If you are hosting a large party for children, having lots of different games is a great way to keep those children engaged for a long period of time. On the other hand, if you just want to make sure that you have enough games to occupy the children while the adults also play a game, our online party supply store has plenty to choose from. Buying a few cheap games are great ways to make sure the party goes smoothly.

4. Streamers

Want an easy way to decorate your space? Want a fun party supply that is as versatile as it is inexpensive? Streamers are the ultimate option for you. Why? Because not only can they be hung from the ceiling, draped on walls, draped across tables, and even used to decorate chairs, they can also be used to wrap presents, play party games, and more. There is just about no end to what you can do with streamers, especially because they come in such a wide variety of colors and are dirt cheap. They are the king of cheap party supplies and they are also super compact, so even if you do not end up using all of the streamers, they can be easily packed away and used again at a future shindig.

5. Serving dishes

Do the color and style of your serving dishes and utensils really matter? If you want to plan a fancy or classy party but also want to do it on a budget, picking up some cheap, but still beautiful serving dishes can certainly do the trick. Whether you just need serving plates for your buffet table or you want plastic chargers to go under every single place setting, cheap party supplies are certain to provide you with the exact look that you desire. Having a well-decorated food table and eating tables are key to making a party space look fully decorated.

6. Costumes

Costumes and accessories aren’t a necessary party of every party, but they are a great way to round out your theme, if you have one. If you are throwing a totally awesome 80s party or a swingin’ 40s party, having some costumes and/or accessories on hand for those that want to fit into the theme is a great way to transform your party in to a real event. Finding cheap party supplies like these doesn’t have to be difficult. Just look at the accessories section of our online party supply store to find the products you need.

7 Brilliant DIY Wedding Planning Tips

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DIY wedding planning doesn’t have to be difficult and it can save you a lot of money in the grand scheme of your wedding. Whether you are DIY-ing everything or just some parts of your wedding, here are seven awesome DIY wedding planning tips that are sure to inspire you:

1. Pick an unconventional location.

Picking a location that is off the beaten path can make your wedding a lot easier and a lot cheaper. While getting married in a national park might not be the right option for every bride and groom, those that want a beautiful natural space will revel in the ability to get married in a national park, and usually for free. Most national parks do require permits in order to hold events, but they are almost always free of charge, which makes them a great option for the bride who is both planning the entire ceremony herself and trying to stick to a budget. It’s hard to deny that a beautiful, flowy white dress will look crisp and beautiful against the backdrop of natural greens and browns.

2. Decorate your chairs.

Decorations on your chairs are a great way to round out your venue’s decoration, at a low cost, and without too much work. This is something your bridesmaids can be doing while the bride is getting into her dress. Tying lengths of ribbon around the backs of chairs, as long as those ribbons mirror the wedding colors, will ensure that even the chairs are on theme and they look great. Even just tying a loop around the top of the back of the chair and letting the ends of the ribbon flutter in the breeze can create an ethereal, unreal effect.

3. Make yourself a schedule.

For wedding planners taking the DIY route, you need to make yourself a schedule. Start from your wedding date and work backwards, giving yourself deadlines for the DIY projects you’ve taken on. If you don’t meet that deadline, it’s time to either scratch the project and get professional help or modify the project so that it can be done in time for the wedding. Too many brides and grooms try to take on too much as they are planning their weddings and end up tired and frustrated by the time the wedding day actually arrives. That’s not a good way to start a marriage. Be reasonable about how much time your projects are going to take and then stick to the schedule you’ve made for yourself.

4. Do your own makeup.

This might sound daunting—on the biggest day of your life, but with the abundance of YouTube tutorials and how-tos online, it seems a little silly to pay someone to do your wedding makeup, especially if you don’t want anything fancy or you are trying to save a little money. A makeup artist can run you hundreds of dollars and if you are running late on the day of your wedding, he or she may also charge you extra for making him or her wait. Doing your own makeup doesn’t have to be daunting. Look online for makeup that you like and then try out a couple of different looks before the big day so you can pick one that you can do with confidence on the day of. Alternatively, draft a bridesmaid who is especially skilled with a makeup brush to try out a couple of looks on you and then give her the task of doing your makeup day-of. Make sure to do a picture test of the makeup, too!

5. Make your own invitations.

With the wide variety of printable invitations available online, including custom-made ones you can order from websites like Etsy, why would you bother having custom-designed, printed, and embossed invitations, save the days, or programs made at a stationary story. This is going to be extremely expensive and you may still not actually get what you want at the end of the day. You can have some designed specifically for you and your wedding, and you don’t have to pay the high prices of printing! Many times, the designer or website will even tell you want type of paper to use so you can print the invites out on your own printer. Pick standard-sized invites, so you won’t have to pay extra to mail them!

6. Keep a checklist.

Planning a wedding requires a lot of things to fall into place at the right time. A schedule can be helpful when planning the actual planning and work of your wedding, but a checklist may be the only way to actually encourage yourself to get what you need to do done and to make sure that nothing is falling through the cracks. This is probably going to end up being a long list of things that you need to get done, but carrying around a long checklist that ensures you order your cake on the right date is much better than forgetting to order your cake until three days before.

7. Don’t be afraid to hire help.

Just because you are planning your wedding yourself doesn’t mean that you have to do everything yourself. In fact, there are going to be some tasks that are simply going to be beyond you. If the idea of making enough food to feed 140 people sounds ridiculous, hire a caterer. If you’re not sure how to even begin setting up a sound system, hire a DJ. This wedding may be do-it-yourself, but that doesn’t actually mean you have to be your own flower arranger, decorator, caterer, baker, and DJ.

Using Birthday Decorations to Transform Your Next Summer Birthday

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Birthday decorations are a great way to set the theme and the tone of your birthday party. While a birthday party doesn’t necessarily require you to have birthday decorations, it can definitely improve the entire mood of the room if you do have birthday party decorations. Here are just a few of the ways you can use decorations to really enhance your next summer birthday.

Pick Decorative Napkins

Do napkins count a decorations? Of course they do! The right napkins are a great way to decorate a buffet table or to help spice up a set table for a meal. Whether you want generic “happy birthday ”napkins or napkins that shout the guest of honor’s age,  there are plenty of different options you can choose from, in a variety of different styles that match your theme or décor. Decorative napkins are a great way to add a lot of punch to a table that might otherwise go undecorated. Fast, inexpensive, and easy—the ultimate way to transform your summer birthday.

Pick Up a Table Decorating Kit

Maybe decorating for a party isn’t your strong suit. Maybe you don’t have time to actually go out and find decorations for the party. If you’re planning a summer birthday party and you need birthday decoration, a table decorating kit is a great way to get everything you need to decorate your tables. You can use these kits to mix up just about any room of your home or venue, quickly and easily. If you’ve never decorated for a birthday party before or decorating isn’t in your skill set, these kits make it extremely easy.

Grab Some More Table Decorations

Especially if you are throwing your party in a rented venue or a restaurant, where you might not have permission to hang anything on the wall, picking up a plethora of table decorations is a great way to transform the space into a real party zone. Items like festive cupcake stands and colorful paper products are both a great way to turn your space into a full-decorated, beautiful space that will be ideal for celebrating your guest of honor.

Wall Decorations by the Bushel

If you are holding your birthday party in a space where you can hang wall decorations, you have a lot more freedom to really create that “birthday” ambiance. Banners that proclaim “Happy Birthday” are just the start. Sign in sheets that match your color scheme, wall hangings that declare “Happy Birthday” and hanging paper lanterns are all great ways to liven up your space. Even if you are going to be decorating the tables, getting plenty of decorations for the walls is always a good idea. This will help to make sure your space feels fully decorated, and not like you ran in a few minutes before and threw some birthday decorations out on the tables.

Decorations for the Guest of Honor

Not all of the decorations should just be the for the walls and tables (though most of them should be). A birthday hat or a tiara is a great way to decorate not just the space, but the person who is actually having a birthday. You don’t have to stop there, either. A birthday sash is sure to draw attention to the birthday girl or boy. If a tiara isn’t really your guest of honor’s speed, you can always pick up a happy birthday crown that allows you to add whatever the most appropriate number is to the front of that crown.

There are also a number of racier options, like a “dial-a-shot” pendant that will make ordering drinks a little more fun, or a diamond shot glass necklace, so the wearer is never without a shot glass on his or her birthday.

Decorate the Food

No matter what kind of food you’re going to be serving, it should be on-theme and on-color-scheme. If you are going to be making cupcakes, make sure the cupcake liners match the other decorations you’ve chosen. We make this really easy by providing cupcake liners in a variety of colors, patterns, and shades, that mesh well with the other decorations that we offer. We have liners that will work well for both male and female birthdays, as well as those that are neutral and can be used for either.

Don’t Forget the Balloons

While, ideally, you can get helium-filled balloons to help fill a space and make it look completely decorated, even balloons that are simply blown up and scattered around the floor still make great birthday decorations. Balloons are a simple way to add more color and fun to a space, for a very low cost.

Personalized Touches

The key to really transforming a space for a summer birthday is picking a theme and color scheme that the birthday boy or girl is really going to love. If they like silly, fun decorations that make them laugh, that should be the theme of your party. If they prefer classic, more modern birthday decorations, opt for those. As with anything, it is really the details that transform a bland party into a great one. Cupcake liners, birthday hats, and table decorations can all help you turn a space into the perfect birthday party venue.

For more birthday party decorations or to help you pick a theme and color scheme, check out all of the birthday decorations Parties 2 Order has to offer.

How to Throw a Last Minute Baby Shower

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It’s happened to the best of us—we realize just a little too late that no one took on the task of planning that baby shower for our sister, friend, neighbor, etc. Sure, you might think you have six or seven months to plan the event, but if you thought someone else was taking control or time simply slipped away from you, your only choice might be to try to throw the gathering together at the last minute. You might think there’s no time to gather baby shower decorations and plan the activities that make a great shower, but there is! There are plenty of ways you can create an awesome baby shower, even if it is last minute.

1. Make the guest list.

Standard invitations are available just about anywhere you can find baby shower decorations, but if you want something more personalized, you might consider getting only and finding a template that you can plug your information into and print off of your computer. For very short notice baby showers, it might be more prudent to simply send out an email or a Facebook invite to everyone, just to make sure you can lock down their schedules, before sending out a more formal paper invitation.

2. Send out the invitations.

While a large portion of the shower will be spent opening gifts for the expectant mother, there will also be other time to fill. Coming up with a few games or activities can help round out your last-minute baby shower. A baby shower word game is a great option, but there are a myriad of other games you can play. If the mother-to-be hasn’t yet revealed the sex of the baby, casting lots for the sex of the baby or when he or she will be born are all fun.

3. Plan the activities.

While a large portion of the shower will be spent opening gifts for the expectant mother, there will also be other time to fill. Coming up with a few games or activities can help round out your last-minute baby shower. A baby shower word game is a great option, but there are a myriad of other games you can play. If the mother-to-be hasn’t yet revealed the sex of the baby, casting lots for the sex of the baby or when he or she will be born are all fun.

4. Nail down the menu.

As with any party, food is going to be a major part of the baby shower. While some food might be dictated by whether or not the mother wants to do a sex reveal (lately, Pinterest has been buzzing with ideas like “sex-reveal cakes,” where they have a baker make a cake in a certain color and then frost it, so they reveal the sex of the baby when the cake is cut for the first time), cake, cupcakes, and finger foods are all good options. While not common at baby showers, serving a full meal, depending on the time of day, might also be great.

5. Choose a venue.

Most baby showers are simply held in someone’s home, but an alternate venue might be a good way to shake up what could otherwise be a very standard baby shower. A restaurant is a good option, especially if they have a private room that you can rent on short notice and you want to have a full meal during the shower. This is also a good way to bring the shower to a definite end. Instead of having to shoo people out of your house, when the food is finished and the presents are opened, everyone will simply go their separate ways. On the other hand, someone’s home might make for a more intimate baby shower. It’s really up to you and what kind of shower you want to throw.

6. Buy baby shower decorations.

Buy baby shower decorations. It’s not hard to find baby shower decorations. While many of the decorations will be blue or pink-themed, it is also possible to find yellow or green decorations, if you do not want to stick to the standard colors or the mother and father have not revealed the sex of the baby yet. Parties 2 Order also has a line of BaBEE Shower products that feature cute little bumblebees, for a sex-neutral party. Other decorations might include rattle cutouts, hanging paper lanterns, confetti, and banners for both boys and girls. Check out all of the baby shower decorations Parties 2 Order has to offer.

7. Decorate the space.

If you have chosen to have your baby shower at a restaurant or other venue, it would be worth your time to show up early and decorate the space before the rest of the guests or the mother-to-be arrive. If you are throwing the shower in your home, you will have a little more time and flexibility when it comes to decorating.

8. Have fun!

The primary goal of having a baby shower, even if it is last notice, is to have fun and to celebrate with the woman who is about to become a mother. This is the time to shower her with gifts and attention and show her support and love. Don’t be so preoccupied with planning and actually throwing a short-notice shower that you don’t have time to actually enjoy the party you’ve planned and the woman who’s about to have a baby.

Planning a baby shower on short notice doesn’t have to be difficult. Follow these steps and you’ll be able to put together a great shower that the mother and your guests will love!

Luau Party Ideas

Luau Party

A luau party is a great way to celebrate the summer or to send the summer off once fall arrives. In truth, any time of year is perfect for a luau party, even if you can’t actually hold it outside. If you are planning a luau party and need some help rounding out the theme, finding the right luau party supplies, picking a venue, or picking a menu, you’ve come to the right place. Here are some great ideas to kick off or help you finish up your party planning.

Luau Food Ideas

A large part of planning the right party is to have the right food. It’s what people will remember, more than the decorations and the activities. If you are looking to build your luau party menu, here are some suggestions that are sure to impress your guests:

  • Grilled vegetable kabobs – Everyone is going to be expecting meat—that’s a traditional part of a luau—but what about some vegetables? Red peppers, mushrooms, onion, and zucchini all threaded onto a skewer are a delicious and colorful addition to your table that will be perfect for someone looking for lighter fare or who simply doesn’t eat meat.
  • Meat kabobs – While pork would be an obvious choice, if you prefer chicken or beef, those will be just as tasty on a skewer and broiled on your grill. A sweet barbecue sauce, brushed onto the meat during cooking will add a little bit of island flavor to this part of your luau party. Just make sure to soak the skewers in water before you use them, or they will burn.
  • Pineapple upside down cupcakes – A pineapple upside down cake might be a bit ambitious for your guests to eat with their hands (as is the luau way), but a cupcake is a great way to get the same flavor, in a bite-sized package. Instead of using cupcake liners, just make sure the cupcake pan is well greased, and add some pieces of pineapple to the bottom of each before pouring in your cupcake mix.
  • Fruit salad – Is there anything better than fresh fruit salad? While it might be more traditionally American to add some cool whip to the diced fruit, simply tossing the fruit together, without any added sweetener is a great way to add a lot of color to your table and provide a healthier option for those that maybe want to avoid the cupcakes but still want something sweet.
  • Pork sliders – Pork sliders are just as much fun as big pork sandwiches, and if you just provide the buns and let each person build their own set of sliders, everyone is sure to get a meal that they love.

These are just a few options that can make a fast and easy spread for any luau party! Change up the ingredients and the mix so that the food fits your needs and the needs of your guests.

Luau Party Supplies

Decorating for a luau party is perhaps easier than decorating for just about any other party. With a myriad of luau party supplies available, it’s simple to find the exact items you want or need, at a great price. Here are some of the best luau party supplies:

  • Bamboo string lights–A little bit of kitschy lighting can completely transform your space. These bamboo string lights over a door or hung from a tree, are a great way to help set the ambiance and theme of your party.
  • Hula skirts for your tables – While you will probably want hula skirts for your guests, too, you can also find grass skirts that will wrap around tables. This is a great way to make even a plastic rental table look like it is on-theme. Wrap one around your buffet table, around your cocktail tables, and more!
  • Hibiscus plates and napkins–If you are looking for great paper products that will help round out your tables, these beautiful, multi-colored plates are the ultimate choice. Not only do they fit perfectly into the luau party theme, they are just as functional as other paper products.
  • Leis for days – Parties 2 Order has lots of different lei styles to choose from, whether you want rainbow lies, realistic looking leis, or leis in a specific color. Presenting each of your guests with a lei when they arrive will immediately set the tone and theme of the party.

These are just some of the great luau party supplies that you will need to make your party as perfect as it can be.

Luau Party Activities and Venues

Some luau party activities are obvious. You will probably want to limbo at some point. You will probably also want to dance the hula—otherwise, what’s the point of wearing the skirts, right? These two activities can be great fun for your guests, but they are probably not going to occupy everyone for the entire party. Other outdoor games can be encouraged, including volleyball or soccer, or you could set up and watch a great Hawaiian-themed movie.

Picking the right venue will simply be a matter of time and tastes. If you are planning your luau party during the summer, a backyard or even the beach are great venues and come with their own set of activities to keep your guests busy. On the other hand, if you are planning a party for the fall or winter, it might be better to pick a large indoor space that gives you plenty of room to spread out and still have fun.

High Quality Plastic Party Supplies for Your Next Party

 

high quality plastic party supplies

High quality plastic party supplies

High quality plastic party supplies are a much better option than paper or “real” plates. Don’t believe us? Here are ten reasons plastic plates, cups, and utensils are much better than their alternatives.

1. Stands up to more use.

When you use a paper plate, you can pretty much only use it once before it needs to be thrown away, especially if you are eating something that has any moisture in it at all. This means that during a party, you and your guests will go throw many more paper plates and cups than you will plastic plates and cups. If you’re serving anything that’s even a little bit sloppy, plastic party supplies are a much better idea than paper.

2. More environmentally friendly.

You may be thinking, isn’t biodegradable paper much more environmentally friendly than plastic? The truth is that plastic can be recycled, and because you will use much less of it during your party than you would use paper supplies, you’ll be consuming, overall, less throughout the course of the party. Some people even go so far as to wash their plastic plates and use them again, which is something that is absolutely not possible when you use paper.

3. More economically friendly.

The ability to use fewer plates throughout your party means that you have to buy fewer plates, which means you are spared from having to spend twice as much money just on plates, utensils, and cups. When you buy plastic instead of paper, you may have to pay a little more, but you have to buy fewer plates in general, and can therefore save money on your party planning.

4. More functional.

Have you ever tried to put a hamburger, chips, fruit, and dessert on a single plate? It just doesn’t work when you have a flimsy paper plate. A plastic plate, on the other hand, can easily stand up to that kind of punishment. If you’re serving hearty foods at your party, you are going to want a plate that can hold that food, without buckling. Even healthy foods like fruit can soak through a paper plate in no time, but are no match for plastic plates.

5. More color and style options.

Paper plates pretty much only come in one color: white. If you want to find plates and cups that match the colors you have chosen for your party, you are going to want to choose high quality plastic party supplies instead. You’ll be able to find a much wider variety of colors, so you can mix and match as needed. This is essential for parties that center around a certain theme or for parties set in a venue that demands a certain color theme. Our selection of plastic plates, cups, and utensils give you a much better selection of colors to choose from, so you are not tied just to white plates with a tacky floral trim like you’ll find at most grocery stores.

6. Wide variety of patterns.

The biggest perk of choosing plastic over paper is the ability to get a more complex design or style. Some plastic supplies are made to look exactly like real china or real silverware, which can class up your party, without requiring you to actually use real silverware and china, which can be extremely expensive. If you want a special pattern or style to match your party’s theme, plastic is usually going to be your best bet.

7. Easier to clean up.

If you use real glass or china plates, you are probably going to have to wash all of the before and after your party. Even if you have a dishwasher, this is going to be an arduous task. When you use plastic, however, you can simply sweep all of the cups, plates, and utensils into the recycle and put them out for pickup. There’s no washing up! Cleaning up even after a small party can be very tiring. If you’d rather be able to socialize with the few stragglers or just go to bed after an exhausting party, plastic is the way to go.

8. More functional for a large party.

If you’re throwing a large party, you probably do not have enough real plates, silverware, and cups to furnish all of your guests. Even if you do, getting it all out, cleaning it beforehand, and then cleaning it afterwards can be difficult. Plastic is the much better choice, especially if you aren’t quite sure exactly how many people are coming to your party. This is the best way furnish a large party with the plates, cups, and utensils that they need.

9. More fun.

One of the biggest benefits of taking this route over using paper or real supplies is the ability to offer your guests a plate, cup, and fork that matches the color and/or theme of the party itself. This can be much more fun than your everyday glassware and utensils and certainly more fun than plain white paper plates. You can also find plastic products like champagne flutes and wine glasses that you might not keep around your house on a daily basis, but which you might want for this party.

10. Easy to store.

When the party is over, you’re likely to have a few plates, cups, and utensils left over. Because they are plastic, all you have to do is put them in a bag and you can use them indefinitely!

6 Summer Decorations for a Great Beach Party

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Summer decorations, summer party supplies

A beach party is one of our favorite summer party ideas. If you are headed to the beach with your friends, here are some of the summer party supplies you’re going to need in order to make your party great:

1. Nautical Decorations

If you’re planning a party on the beach, nothing makes more sense than nautical-themed decorations. A garland with nautical flags would be the perfect decoration for a table or beach “home base.” All you need are some yellow and blue stripped ribbon and a piece of string and you can easily make your very own summer decorations. Keeping with the yellow, white, and blue theme, if you find yellow and blue napkins and white plates, you can easily tie your entire party together with one simple concept. Because nautical decorations lend themselves so well to the rustic atmosphere of the beach, your summer party supplies will blend perfectly into the natural background for your party.

2. Shells Everywhere

Seashells are synonymous with the beach and they make a great centerpiece or even hanging decoration for your beach party. Depending on what beach you are using as the venue for your party, you might be able to just go down a little bit early and find handfuls of great shells to place on your tables or gather into a centerpiece. Just rinse them off in the ocean and they will be ready to go! Most beaches will even was shells up with the surf, so they’ll be lined up along the surf-line, ripe for the picking. Even just putting a few shells on your table can be a great way to add some fun beach flair to your party.

3. Sand and Candles

Especially if the beach has soft, warm sand, you can use this sand in glass bowls or jars to help hold up some candles. The jar or bowl will protect the candle from the sea breeze, and will help tie your party into its venue. You might want to buy sand, rather than just use the sand from the beach, unless you have an expansive beach where you can find dry sand. Wet sand will not hold the candles as well and as it dries, will retract from the candles. Use a few shells on top of the sand to help stabilize it and given it an even more beachy appearance.

4. Make the food be your decoration

If you’re having a clambake, the vibrant colors of the lobsters, corn, potatoes, and clams will be an excellent complement to whatever other summer party supplies you have added to the event. They can also be the inspiration from which you draw your other summer decorations. Pick red and yellow plates to match the lobster and corn, or choose something stark white like the clams to act as a visual counterpoint. Dump the bake onto a tray and put it in the middle of the table so all guests can eat family-style, and you’re guaranteed to have a beautiful table.

5. Sand Bucket Centerpieces

Buy a few plastic sand pails and fill them with shells or simply fill them with flowers. Set them around the table and you’ll have excellent, on-theme centerpieces for your tables. If you don’t like the look of the plastic, opt for metal or enameled metal instead. Both of these will give you the same effect. If you don’t want to put fragrant flowers on the table, you might want to opt instead for using these buckets to hold utensils and napkins, so they are right at your guests’ fingertips as they need them. Once the food has all been eaten, you can then use the pails to build fantastic sand castles!

6. Fishnet

This is the ideal beach party decoration, and it’s also cheap and easy to find. Throw it across a table to make it instantly on-theme or toss it on the ground to designate the party area. While you probably don’t want to use fishnet made for party decorations to actually fish, it will play into the beach theme and will help round out the rest of your party’s décor. Don’t forget to look for fishnet in a variety of colors to match the rest of your decorations.

While having an impromptu party on the beach can be serious fun, it can be far more fun to take a little time to get some decorations together. Any of these ideas are easy, simple ways to add even more life to your party. Along with these decorations, you will want the right plates and cups. When planning a party of the beach, you have to account for the wind and for the spray. While paper might not be the best option, plastic plates and cups could be a great alternative, as long as you have a way to weigh them down when they are not piled with food or full of drink.

Your beach party decorations do not have to end just with these six suggestions. Any Hawaiian-themed party supplies will work perfectly for your beach bash, including leis, silk flowers and grass skirts, yacht caps, and sailor hats. Use sand, stones, and shells from the beach to help weigh things down and you’ll have fun, disaster-free beach party, complete with awesome decorations. For more summer decorations and party supplies, check out our store!