6 Cheap Party Supplies that Can Transform Your Party


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.


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.

Clever End of the Summer Party Ideas

Summer Party Ideas

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Summer coming to an end doesn’t have to be a sad affair. While school starting again and cooler temperatures isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, the end of summer means it’s time for an end of summer bash. If you’re planning an end of summer party but aren’t yet sure what kind of party you want to throw or where you want to throw it, here are some clever end of summer party ideas to get you started.

1. Have a luau.

There is nothing more summer than having a luau, and before the temperatures start to cool off is the perfect time to thrown one. All you need are the right summer party decorations and you will be off to the races. A few leis are a great place to start, while green grass skirts will round out the look for a truly Hawaiian bash. There are plenty of luau party decorations you can find in our online store, that will make it easy to deck out your venue and your guests for this party. Activities can include limbo, hula dancing, chowing down on slow roasted pork sandwiches, and more!

2. Throw totally sick 90s party.

While to some of us, the 90s doesn’t seem that long ago, it’s becoming what the 70s and 80s were to older generations when most of us were children. It’s now a nostalgic period, just like any other, and can make a great theme for an end-of-summer party, especially since so many movies during this time period were about the end of summer and school. Throw on your favorite grungy 90s outfit, pump the soft rock, and have a sweet time.

3. Whip up a white party.

Whether or not you follow the “no white after Labor Day” fashion rule, it’s still fun to wink at this paradigm with a party for the end of summer with a white color scheme. This theme make finding summer party supplies really easy: all you need to look for are white table cloths, balloons, hanging paper lanterns, banners, etc. in the color white. Deck out your house and your yard, and include the imperative on your invitations that everyone busts out their vest white outfits.

4. Make it Christmas in “August” or “September”.

Christmas in July might not be your favorite of the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer specials, but it is definitely a clever idea, especially if done in August of September. Plus, with hot temperatures abounding, your guests might be raring for a colder temperatures and the fun of the winter holidays. Bust your Christmas tree out of storage and decorate it with leis and grass skirts and everything else summer. Santa’s on vacation for a few more weeks, why shouldn’t you be, too?

5. Throw a fiesta.

There’s nothing better than a Mexican fiesta to wind down your summer! Not only is this a fun theme to get your end of the summer party rolling, it’s also easy to plan. Snack? Chips and salsa. Drinks? Margaritas. Grab a piñata and you have your activities planned, too. Toss out a few sombreros and maybe pop some taquitos in the oven and you’re ready to go!

6. Hit the beach one last time.

Quick, before September arrives and it’s too cold to visit the beach! Taking all of your friends to the beach for the weekend is a great way to get away from home for a little bit, play some beach sports, and just soak in the sun while it’s still around. Everyone should bring or wear their swimsuits, a few big beach balls, and some blankest to delineate your space on the beach, and you’re sure to have a great time!

7. Get together for a garden party.

Summer nights are the perfect time to throw a garden party, and this makes a perfect theme for your last party of the summer. Gather the last of your cut flowers from the garden, set up a long table, and set out plenty of food so you have lots of impetus to sit and eat and talk together. Summer party decorations for this event can be extremely simple, or they can be as fancy and as complex as you desire. Your guests are sure to love this event and your success will keep you warm in the cooler months!

8. Put together one last BBQ.

Most people don’t barbecue during the fall, winter, or spring. It’s just not the right time of the year to fire up the grill. As summer comes to an end, put together one last barbecue to send off both your grill and this great season. Plan a bash with lots of great grilled goods and gather in your backyard to enjoy these last few days of warm weather.

9. Build a campfire.

While some of your survivalist friends might have no trouble camping in the fall and winter, most people will leave campouts behind as summer comes to an end. Why not organize one last camping trip and build a big fire for roasting hot dogs and making s’mores? While everyone might not want to actually sleep outside, everyone will love gathering around a warm campfire when the sun goes down.

10. Movie night.

While most towns no longer have drive-in theaters, there is still something uniquely summer and very nostalgic about watching a movie outside. Build your own drive-in theater with a projector and a white sheet and invite all of your friends over to watch a few of your favorite movies once the sun goes down.

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.

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.

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!

7 Ideas for a Kid’s Summer Party with Party Supplies

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Party supplies

Summer is the perfect time to plan a kid’s party. School’s out, it’s warm enough to be outside, and there are endless party themes and fun to choose from. Whether you have a birthday party to plan or you just want to throw a party to offset the doldrums that can sometimes set in after a few weeks of summer vacation, here are seven ideas to help you through the perfect summer party for your kids:

1. Carnivals Parties

Is there anything that evokes the nostalgia of being a child more than a carnival? Even if your children have never been to a carnival, they will surely appreciate the bright colors and carnival games. When it comes to picking up party supplies, all you need are banners, plates, and cups in a variety of colors. If you can find a multicolored tent or umbrella to go over the good table, that will undoubtedly round out this entire theme. Carnival games could include a milk bottle toss, ring toss, fishing pond, basketball toss, football throw, and more. Having a variety of games that the whole party can participate in is the best way to keep everyone happy and involved.

2. Outdoor Camping Parties

If your child has been begging you to let him have a sleepover with his friends, but you can’t stand the idea of having a rabble of children in your home for an entire night, an outdoor camping party is a great alternative. Whether you set up a tent in your backyard or set up camp in a real national park, this is a great way to get kids out into wilderness and away from their electronics. No camping party would be complete without a fire to tell spooky stories around, hotdogs to roast, and s’mores to make. Other fun activities might include a nature scavenger hunt or a contest to see who can build the best shelter out of sticks and some rope.

3. Tea Parties

Great for toddlers and little girls alike, a tea party is a great excuse for your little girl to invite all of her friends over, dress up, and have some fun. If you set up a little table and some chairs in your garden, this can be a whimsical event that all will remember even years down the road. If you’re not comfortable giving tea to your children, juice is always an excellent substitute. My mother would give us a little bit of soda with some cream added—it looked like tea, but we would actually drink it. Tuna fish sandwiches cut into triangles and petite cookies would also make an excellent addition to the table. While this is usually a party for a small group of girls, it could just as easily be a large event for your daughter or son’s entire class.

4. Fiestas

Cinco de Mayo may be well behind us now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t throw a fun fiesta in your backyard. Party supplies for this kind of bash will be extremely easy to find—just pick up red and yellow and orange banners, some hanging paper banners, and maybe a piñata and you are ready to go! Hand out the sombreros and serve chips and salsa. Let the kids go to town on the piñata and then have fun swapping candy. This party is simple to throw together and is perfect for hot summer afternoons. After the food and piñata bashing are over, the kids will love dancing to some traditional fiesta music!

5. County Fair Parties

Almost every county has a fair come summertime! For most kids, the county fair is part of their childhood, and that makes it the perfect theme for a fun summer party. Line up a few fair games and maybe even throw in some contests. See who can make the biggest pig out of recycled containers and toilet paper rolls. Have a pie-eating contest (just be ready to clean up any aftermath). Have each kid throw something different into a batch of cupcakes and then have a round of judging to see who made the best combination! There are endless possibilities with this theme, and you can even throw some carnival games into the mix if you’re running low on activities.

6. Water Parties

It’s already been a hot summer and it’s only going to get hotter. One of the best ways to cool down (and to water your grass) is to turn on a sprinkler and let the kids run through it. A sprinkler on the lawn can provide hours of fun. Put a sprinkler under trampoline and you’ve got even more hours of fun! Set up a water obstacle course and tell everyone to bring their swimsuits. Your lawn will get watered and you’ll help keep the kids cool. Serve hamburgers and popsicles for a truly quintessential summer party.

7. Obstacle Course or Scavenger Hunt Parties

If you’re looking for something a little bit more elaborate than just setting up a sprinkler, setting up a fun obstacle course or scavenger hunt in your backyard, front yard, or around your neighborhood or park is a great way to get everyone involved and moving. Don’t make the obstacle course so difficult that none of the kids can actually complete it and make sure the scavenger hunt is reasonable, but as long as you’ve got those two things covered, this will be a fun and memorable party for all involved.

Visit our online party supply store to find the perfect party supplies for your next kid’s summer party.

8 Home Decor Accents That Will Transform Your Home

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Home décor

Accents and accessories are what make a home a home. If you’ve ever walked into a display home or a home that is staged for sale, you’ve probably noticed how soulless the rooms feel. This is because in order to make the house into a “blank slate,” the designers remove all accents and decorations from the house. If you want to inject some style into your home, home décor is the best way to round out the look of your furniture and pictures. Here are some of our favorite home décor accents from our line that are sure to give your rooms personality.

1. Antique mercury glass bottles

Mercury glass is very popular right now and they are the perfect accent even for a modern home design. These give off a definitely vintage vibe, but with the right surroundings, they can add kitsch to any and all mantelpieces, half-walls, or bookshelves. You can even use these bottles as vases for real or fake flowers, which can help to offset their monochromatic appearance and will allow you to add color to your room without sacrificing the vintage-y vibe.

2. Early riser lighted canvas picture

Why just have a pretty picture when you can have a lighted pretty picture. This scene of the sun rising over a beautifully disheveled barn, barnyard, and farmhouse is neutral enough to go in any room, but colorful enough to add light and spirit to that room. The light in the center of the picture adds further fun and helps to add to the beauty of the entire scene. This is a great option to put in a bathroom where you want an interesting nightlight, or in a child’s bedroom to help kids who are afraid of the dark to get their sleep.

3. Electric light cream star garland

This lighted star garland is the ideal addition to just about any home and home décor. Perfect for draping along the edge of a metal bedframe, hanging above a doorway, or along a bookshelf, these lights will add a little festive fun to any room. While you can use them just for Christmas or 4th of July decorations, they will look beautiful in your home at any time of year. You can even hang them from the ceiling to give your room a cosmic effect.

4. Faucet soap dish

If you’re going for a vintage or industrial vibe in any of your rooms, this faucet soap dish is sure to fit the bill. While the faucet doesn’t actually work, it certainly looks real. With ample room for your favorite soap, this is sure to be a talking piece of any bathroom or kitchen. You don’t even have to use it a soap dish! Leave it by your entry way to collect keys or coins, or on your vanity to hold necklaces and rings. There is also a larger version with two buckets that is perfect for holding shower supplies!

5. Ivory electric light star

Lighted hanging stars aren’t just for Christmas. They are the perfect addition to any room that needs a little fun or a little whimsy. It comes with its own lights and cord, so all you have to do is hang it up and turn it on. Again, this might be a good option for kids who have a hard time sleeping in the dark or for those who just like a little hint of the cosmos in their bedrooms. This definitely gives off a vintage vibe, but that doesn’t mean it won’t work great alongside more modern home décor.

6. Key plaques

Looking for something vintage to hang on your walls? Maybe something you can hang your bag or keys on? These little plaques look like vintage door locks with a skeleton key in the lock. Hang them by your door and they’ll hold anything and everything, or simply just add them to a room in order to give the wall some visual interest. They work best as a set, but you can buy just one plaque and use just the one to add a vintage feel to your room.

7. Metal basket set

Storage doesn’t have to be just utilitarian. In fact, if you need baskets to collect and store toys, magazines, books, etc., you should have a set that you absolutely love, like these metal baskets. They come in three different sizes, making it possible to turn any shelf or cubby into a storage space. The burlap liners keep the mess hidden and still show off the neat metal work on these baskets. These are an easy way to encourage kids to clean up after themselves or even to encourage yourself to clean up after yourself! Just throw everything in the basket and slide it away and it’s hidden!

8. Oval leaf platter

A beautiful platter can be the ideal decoration for the center of a dining table or coffee table, and this is definitely a beautiful platter. Verdant green with light green accents, it looks like a bed of beautiful leaves that you can lay your serving dishes on during meals or simply leave out as decoration in between meal times. If you have a big blank table right now, you can easily decorate it with a platter like this.

Choose one or all of these home décor accents to make your home look beautiful and unique and give it some personality!

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How To Plan the Ultimate 4th of July Party

If the 4th of July is a big deal is your family or neighborhood, you’re going to want to throw a great party. This is the first big holiday of the summer, and that means that most party planners roll all of the best parts of summer into one big bash for Independence Day. That means barbecues, pool parties, outdoor games, fireworks, and more! If you want to throw the ultimate 4th of July party, here’s how:

1. Send the invitations out early.

What does this have to do with planning the ultimate 4th of July party? 4th of July is usually a busy day for most people (in family, it as house-painting day). You want to get your invitations sent out as early as possible, to make sure that the people you want to invite haven’t already made other plans. Even if they have—if your party starts at noon and doesn’t stop until the neighborhood fireworks show, you can always have people stop in and leave as their time commitment allows. Including that on your invite will up the likelihood of more of your guests being able to show up!

2. Plan your menu.

Don’t be afraid to go big and bold with your menu. A barbecue is the “traditional” for a 4th of July party, but if you don’t have a barbecue or you don’t like barbecue, you certainly don’t have to grill anything in order to make your party awesome. A variety of options, however, is the best way to ensure that all of your guests will have something to eat. Fruit, veggies, cookies, cake, hamburgers, hotdogs, corn on the cob, and even grilled chicken are all easy options that can be prepped ahead or cooked as needed as people arrive. If you really want to do something different and fun, you could serve traditional British food to thumb your nose at the UK.

3. Red, white, and blue it up.

You’re going to want to start stocking up on 4th of July party supplies right now, before the stores are completely wiped out. Making your backyard or house (if rain decides to come down on us this Independence Day) a 4th of July wonderland is as easy as picking up some red, white, and blue decorations from a party supply store. A red checkered table cloth, set with blue and white plates is a great start. Top it off with some patriotic banners and hanging paper lanterns and you’ve got the ultimate 4th of July space to celebrate our Independence Day.

4. Get your music in order.

If you’re planning a day-long bash, you’re going to want a lot of music. Your guests will only be able to listen to the Boston Pops play The Star Spangled Banner so many times before they’ll opt for no music over hearing that brass band go at it again. While there is a huge selection of “patriotic” music to choose from, you can also widen your scope a little bit and select not just from traditional Independence Day tunes, but from classic Americana music as well. Bands like Boston and Chicago, as well as any number of “country” acts will add variety and interest to your playlist and won’t tire out your guests.

5. Start a water fight.

This summer is already too hot. Can you imagine having to hang outside all day in this summer heat? The best way to cool down your guests without sending them running for the air conditioning inside is a water fight! You can pick up cheap squirt guns from just about any dollar store or party supply store, and put out a few buckets of water to make them easy to fill up. If you really want to go extreme, buy some of the big super soakers and give everyone a real water weapon. Fill up water balloons and leave them in strategic points around the yard and then just let everyone run free! Kids and adults alike will love being able to cool down in this summer heat.

6. Plan some games.

A water balloon and squirt gun fight might keep most people occupied for the entire afternoon, but you might want to come up with a few other games and activities in case the water runs dry or some people don’t want to play. Three-legged or gunnysack races are popular choices, but you could also set up some corn holes, horse shoes, or other games to keep the rest of your party occupied. Bocce ball is another popular choice, as are lawn bowling and croquet. If you can set up a quick mini golf course, this is also great for adults and kids.

7. Hand out some starry party favors.

If you’re looking for a way to deck out your guests in addition to your backyard or home, why not pick up some plastic star-spangled necklaces inred, silver, and blue. These party favor necklaces are extremely cheap and will make everyone look just as patriotic as they feel. You’ll give your party a little bling and your guests will have a memento from what is going to be a 4th of July party for the ages. You can find necklaces like these in any store that sells 4th of July party supplies.

When the barbecue has cooled down and the fireworks are over, don’t forget to end out the night with some sparklers!