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

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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.

5 Super-Expensive Celebrity Summer Parties

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It’s no secret that celebrities often drop major coin on their parties. While you may not have that kind of cash to invest in a party, it’s always fun to see what kind of parties you can throw when you have an essentially limitless budget. If you’re looking for some extreme summer parties or party ideas, you’ve come to the right place. Here are five examples of super expensive celebrity summer parties for you to ponder.

1. Suri Cruise Turns Two for $100,000

If your parents were anything like mine, even spending $100 was a big deal when it came to birthday parties. If you are Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, both of whom have been big movie stars for decades, dropping a hundred thousand dollars on a birthday party for your daughter doesn’t really seem like that big of a deal. Want a break down of where that money went? Here it is:

The event as catered by Wolfgang Puck himself, for the meager sum of $45,000. The flowers came in at around $17,000—which is likely more than most couples spend on their entire wedding, instead of just on flowers for a two-year-old’s birthday party. We can’t be sure what makes a cake worth $5,000, but that’s how much Suri’s cake was worth.

2. Kim Kardashian Has a Birthday for over $1 million

It’s impossible to estimate exactly how much her new husband, Kanye West, spent on this party for his wife. It is estimated that he spent a million just on presents for her – what she could need that she doesn’t already have that would cost a million dollars, no one seems to know. There was a Chanel dress, a cat, a diamond bracelet, and a trip to Italy in there somewhere. If that wasn’t enough, he also had a custom Prada bag made for the. I guess when you’re a rap and hip hop mogul married to one of the biggest reality television stars in the world, you don’t really have to hold back when it comes to summer parties.

3. The Beckham’s Kids Get a $187,000 Play House

As a present for their middle child’s, the UK power couple had a play house built on the ground of their home. And that cost was just for the house, not even for the ensuing party, where The Wanted made an appearance. Yes, for the price of an actual house, they had a play house built just for one of their children. This is in addition to the play castle that is built elsewhere on their estate.

The party that came along with the house was another $125,000. Compared to the sums that they’ve spent on other parties for their other children, it might seem like a small fee to pay. Even for parties that their children will never remember, like their first and second birthdays, the family has paid well over a hundred thousand dollars in order to make the day special.

4. Blue Ivy’s First Birthday for $200,000

That might not sound like a huge sum compared to what some people are spending on birthday parties and play houses, but this is a first birthday party for a baby. Kids don’t remember their first birthday parties, no matter how much their parents spend on them. That didn’t stop Beyoncé and Jay-Z from spending more than $200,000 on their little girl’s bash. And they can afford it, right? Both of them are legends, so they might as well make their parties legendary.

In order to rack up this sum, the pair rented out the Jungle Island botanical park in Miami and filled it with their friends and family, along with several thousand dollars with of presents and catering.

5. Paris Hilton Turned 21 for $75,000 per guest

$75,000 might not sound like a super expensive celebrity party, until you realize that the Hiltons had to pay that sum for every guest that participated in Paris’s party. And this party didn’t just span the city, it spanned the entire globe, with a series of in cities like Los Angeles, New York, London, Tokyo, and then back around to Vegas. Even if you only brought along a few of her closest friends, it’s easy to start racking up that tab. It’s rumored that more than $2 million was spend just on this one summer party.

If you want to be fabulous, you have to pay, and it’s not like the Hiltons don’t have the cash to make it happen. The entire party few from destination to destination by private jet and indulged in all of the most exclusive and first-class amenities at every stop along the way. It’s been a while since Paris turned twenty-one, so she’s surely topped this party and its price point, but this is still one of the most expensive celebrity parties on record.

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to have great summer parties or to get great summer party supplies. Do take cues from these celebrities partiers, however—there are some things that you should splurge on, like great food and music. If you’ve got a tight budget, focus your money just on one area of the party, instead of trying to spread it thinly across all areas.

If you don’t have a celebrity’s budget, take a look through our party supply store to help you find beautiful, affordable party supplies for every occasion.

How To Plan the Ultimate 4th of July Party

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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!

How to Use Floral Paper Products to Transform Your Party

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When I was a child, inexpensive paper products were barely more substantial than a piece of paper and when stacked up next to a barbecue or party spread, they looked “not so classy”. Today, there are far more brands and colors to choose from, and there are a range of paper products that are made to actually hold more than a few potato chips before they collapse in your hand.

While most fancy parties still demand “real” plates and cutlery, there are choices today, especially floral paper products, that put the flimsy white paper products of our childhoods to shame.

Here’s how you can use floral paper products to transform your next party.

Set the Table

There is something particularly classic and alluring about floral paper products, especially today. Florals are very trendy right now, and while they may remind someone of that old couch moldering away in their grandparents’ house, there are quite a few varieties that look fresh and modern. Floral paper products are a great way to both make your table look great and save yourself time during setup and cleanup, as well as money.

Set your table with paper plates and cups—just make sure to use something heavy to hold them down if you’re setting a table outside as even the sturdiest of plates can be flipped up and blown away by a strong breeze. Plastic cutlery in a heavy utensil holder is a great way to hold down your plates and keep the entire place setting looking festive and beautiful.

Stack the Buffet Table

When it comes to decorating a buffet table, most people are at a loss. What can you put on a buffet table that doesn’t just look silly or that clashes with or will get in the way of the food? Floral paper products are an excellent alternative to other decorations, and because they’re functional, they actually do double duty. This is the perfect way to dress up a buffet table for a spring or summer garden party, and all you have to do is take the paper plates out of their wrapping and set them on the table.

If you have matching cups and napkins, stacking these all together can really pull together a buffet table and make it look like it’s really a part of your party. Just like when setting a table outside, if you’re stacking your plates, cups, and napkins on a table that’s outside, you might want to find a way to hold them down. A clean, decorative stone or a set of paper weights can be very useful in this regard.

Use Them as Decorations

If you are looking for a decorating idea that a little out of the box, hold on to your hats. Why not use floral paper products as decorations for your next party. A simple piece of tape on the back of a plate and you can stick it to just about anything. If you get both small and large plates, or plates of different shapes, you can create a unique design on a wall.

This is a great way to cover up a wall you might not be in love with, and to add fast, fun color to any space. It might sound a little silly, but after you get a few plates stuck to the wall, you can transform the space and you’ll love the slightly retro, slightly quirky look of the room once you’ve finished with the plates.

Make Cleanup a Breeze

One of the main reasons party planners choose paper products over china is because of how much simpler cleanup is. If you can just sweep all of your paper plates into the compost bin, it’s so much easier than having to wash every single plate that someone has used during the party. Even a small dinner party can create a lot of dishes if you’re using china. Using floral paper products gives you the same level of sophistication in your table setting, without all of the hassle.

Many people avoid using paper because they believe it is more environmentally friendly to use china. The truth is that either way, whether you have to wash all of the dishes or just throw them away, you’re going to be using resources. If you dispose of your paper products the right way, you can actually prevent wasting water by washing all of those dishes and can also prevent all of those plates, cups, and napkins from just entering a landfill and rotting away. Whether you compost them yourself or simply put them in the paper recycling fin, you’ll find clean up much easier than if you have to wash a hundred dishes.

Goes Perfectly with Any Meal

Watermelon was the biggest enemy of paper products when I was a child—pieces of that watery melon would soak right through a flimsy plate and it would be in shreds in no time (and the dog would get more than his fair share of watermelon as it tumbled off of the plates).

One of the benefits of buying high-quality paper products like the ones in our store is being able to use them to transform just about any party, no matter what kind of food you want to serve, up to and including the dreaded watermelon. With a variety of different plates, cups, and napkins to choose from, it’s easy to find products that will work perfectly for your needs.

Check out our online store for a wide selection of floral paper products.

Kid’s Birthday Decoration Trends for 2015

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When we were kids, a birthday party was a sheet cake from the grocery store and maybe a piñata if your parents were feeling festive. Today, kids’ parties and the birthday decorations that accompany them are far more sophisticated, with lots of parents going all out to create a memorable day for their child. Just because you want to create a memorable day doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot of time or money planning—it just means you need some great decorations and a theme that the kids will love. Here are some of the best kid’s birthday decoration trends for this year.

Pennants

Pennants have been all the rage this year, both with lettering and without. Sometimes also called “bunting,” these triangles on a string are extremely versatile. Whether you buy a premade set from our store or you make your own, you can use pennants to decorate for just about anything, depending on which color and style you choose. Our family has a crate paper set that we have been using over and over to decorate the house for various birthday parties. However, a pennant banner that has just about any shape, size, or color can be used either as a main birthday party decoration or as an additional wall decoration to accent the other birthday decorations you’ve used.

Cupcake Papers

If cupcake papers don’t sound like a “trend,” then you haven’t seen some of the new and crazy papers in our store. With cupcakes making a comeback, especially for kids’ birthday parties as they are less hassle to make and decorate and far easier for a child to eat with their hands without becoming completely covered in frosting, cupcake papers are now becoming part of the party décor.

While you can find cupcake papers that match the theme of your party, if you have one, it’s also possible just to find fantastic papers in a range of patterns and styles that will spice up any set of cupcakes. You don’t have to turn every cupcake into Olaf from Frozen or one of the many other favorite characters that are making the party rounds this year. All you need are some great papers and a great cupcake recipe. Cupcakes can play triple duty—if you let the kids decorate the cupcakes themselves, they are an activity as well as a snack, and if you line the cupcakes up on a table in their cute papers, they are also a decoration!

Themed Cakes

Again, when I was a kid, the cake came from the Smith’s down the road and you were lucky if it even had your name on it. Maybe your parents sprung for dinosaur-themed decoration that came along with a few plastic dinosaurs. Today, cakes are part of the decoration. If you’re skilled with knife and frosting, you can probably make a theme-matching cake easily. If not, and you still want to incorporate this trend into your kid’s party, it might be best to go to a professional.

For example, a music-themed party could have a cake that’s shaped and decorated like a drum or a record. For the kid who loves nothing more than fairies and elves, you can transform a cake into a tree stump complete with little doors and creeping ivy. The possibilities are endless and a theme cake can be the focal point of your decorations—and all you had to do was call a bakery.

All Grown Up

More and more, little kids are asking for parties that have a more adult theme, complete with virgin cocktails and fancy food. This means that the decorations are also grown up, using more sophisticated colors and styles. For example, every little girl loves having a princess-themed birthday party, but the crowns don’t have to be plastic and everything doesn’t have to be hot pink. Choosing a subtler shade and more sophisticated princess-themed accents can create a party that is just as memorable and more appropriate for the little girl who is six going on sixteen.

Other examples include themes that would generally be relegated to teenager parties, like American Idol or camping, all of which can be aptly adapted for younger children. These are favorites of the rising generation, who seem to be growing up even faster than the generation before them. Picking birthday decorations that are little more mature, in muted colors, is a great way to make your party venue match the more mature theme you’ve chosen for the party.

Paper Rounds

We have a huge variety of hanging “paper rounds” in our shop, ranging from round Chinese lanterns to tissue paper fluffs. Because these are available in a huge variety of colors, they are the ultimate birthday decoration for any kid’s party, and they are super on-trend right now. Hanging decorations are making a comeback in a big way this year, and a variety of these hanging balls in various colors can be a great accent to any party and any theme. Choose red and blue for a superhero party or pink and white for a princess party, and any other color in between.

The best aspects of this trend? The decorations are reusable and inexpensive. They are cheap enough that you can get lots of hanging decorations in many different colors, and are durable enough to go into your party closet and come out months later, ready to party again!

8 Beautiful Examples of Caspari Paper

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If you’re familiar with Caspari, you already know that they produce some of the most beautiful and unique paper products in the world. As a party planner (if you’re ever tasked with planning a party, you are a party planner), makes your life so much easier. First of all, you don’t have to worry about china, which has to be washed and handled carefully, and second of all, you can still find beautiful paper products that match the theme and style of your party. Check out the Caspari products that we carry and these eight beautiful examples of our favorite Caspari designs.

Blue and White

Blue and White doesn’t quite describe this pattern, which features blue carnations on an ivory background. This design is reminiscent of very classical china patterns, with a modern flair that makes it ideal for just about any party (or even everyday use, if you’re feeling fancy). This pattern is often paired with their Silk Road design, as both feature the same colors and similar styles. The Silk Road design features a scene of a man and a boy in the Chinese countryside, overlooked by a woman in a shrine. There are exotic birds and plants.

Both of these styles come in a range of different paper products, including plates and napkins of different sizes. Caspari even makes paper guest towels that you can put in your bathroom for guests to use that will carry the theme of your place settings throughout your home. These designs are very affordably priced and are sturdy and fancy enough for even the most sophisticated dinner parties.

Elsie de Wolfe

If you’re looking for paper products that are both elegant and have a natural theme, this is the design for you. With that same wide variety of paper products in this style to choose from, Elsie de Wolfe is a great option for anyone who wants to embody both of these themes on their table. This design features green and tan fern fronds and other natural accents. You can easily pair this with a variety of colors, but Caspari does offer a number of napkins and accent plates that match perfectly with this style. In addition to the paper products, there are also a number of sturdier plastic products that match the Elsie de Wolfe design.

Celebration

Planning a celebration? If so, Caspari’s Celebration paper products are perfect for you! This design is gold with silver polka dots, making it the perfect style for just about any table. Whether stacked up beside a buffet or laid out on a table, both the plates and the napkins act as decorations. Unlike most of Caspari paper products, which are round, these are square, which can add another layer of visual interest to a table.

This pattern is often pairs with Gold Stripe or Silver Stripe products, as well as the Silver Leaf design, all of which are also square. Any of these make the perfect addition to the Celebration style. Which color you choose to accent this style with can dictate which color from the design is more prominent.

Le Jardin de Mysore

If you are looking for paper products that are as fun as they are classy, this is the design you’ve been looking for. These napkins are the perfect accent to just about any of Caspari’s other designs, but are especially good with the gold leaf or Fuchsia Batik designs. Featuring an elephant, ox, and other animals in a very distinctive Spanish art style, these are fun napkins that can add color and interest to a table that is otherwise boring. Though there are no plates and cups that are specifically designed to accompany these paper products, choosing a color from the napkins and matching it to other paper products is a good way to pick the plates and cups you might need to accompany this design.

Garden Images

Again, the name perhaps does not adequately communicate what this design is all about. This pattern features a large white flower, surrounding by green leaves. It comes in two different varieties, one with a white background, and one with a bronze background. The white background can be paired with just about any color and any other style. The bronze background, however, demands other bronze accents, since the color is fairly prominent.

Deyrolle Butterflies

This pattern is an excellent example of why Caspari is the best producer of paper products in the world. This design, featuring butterflies, arranged as though they’ve been pinned to board, is one of the most beautiful in their lineup. The plates themselves are square, and are only available in the desert size, but Caspari has a variety of larger plates in a variety of colors that will match perfectly.

River Gauche

One of Caspari’s simpler designers, River Gauche comes in many different colors and can be easily paired with one of their other more decorative plate and cup sets. The napkins and hand towels are a solid color, cut through with a white border. Despite being fairly simple, these are still quite beautiful and are one of the most popular products in their lineup, for good reason. Versatile and attractive, you won’t have any trouble finding a version of the River Gauche pattern that meets your needs.

Hollyhocks

Last, but certainly not least, is the Hollyhocks style. Featuring brightly colored hollyhocks in many different shades of pink, as well as green leaves, on a white background, this pattern is the idea choice for garden parties and fancy dinner parties alike. You can’t go wrong with these beautiful napkins and plates.

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5 Must Have Yankee Candles for Summertime Relaxation

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If you’re not yet a fan of Yankee Candles, you’re about to be. This brand of candles makes some of the highest quality candles on the market, and with a range of scents, colors, and containers, candles are no longer just for the fall and winter.

Just because summer means school is out and warmer weather doesn’t necessarily mean that your days will be less stressful. If you are looking for candles to use around home this summer, to help you relax, we have five of the best scents to perk up or mellow out any room in your home.

Beach Flowers

Is there anything that says “summer” better than a trip to the beach? Luckily, here in Philadelphia, we’re never too far from a beach, and many families have the chance to enjoy some sand and sun during the summer months. Beach flowers is the perfect scent to evoke memories of the beach, with notes of tuberose, hyacinth, lily, and “watery notes.” If you’ve ever found a little patch of flowers growing in soft beach sand, that is what this candle will smell like. Sweet and fresh, it is the perfect addition to any room of your home.

This candle is especially good for a bedroom, where someone wants a subtle, clean, but still floral scent to help them sleep or relax. These candles are made from the very best paraffin available on the market to ensure a non-irritating, consistent scent and burn rate. Which size and container of candle you choose will affect how many hours of burn you can get out of a candle, but some of the larger candles can burn up to 150 hours, which means you could likely use this beach flowers scented candle from Yankee Candle for the entire summer.

Beach Holiday

Just like the beach flowers scent, this candle is designed to evoke memories of beach holidays. Anyone who has ever spent any time near the ocean knows that it has a very particular scent, which the salt air, warm sand beaches, and underwater plants all contribute to. These are the smells that this candle is designed to mimic, so even if you do not live near the beach, you can enjoy the scent of the beach anytime, anywhere. Yankee Candle describes this candle as, “Like a vacation by the shore anytime.” If you love the smell of a clean beach, this is the candle for you!

Like the beach flower scent, this candle is great for any room of your house, but it will be especially ideal for bathrooms and kitchens. The clean smell can help to cover up and air out and other smells, leaving behind just the refreshing memory of salt spray in the early morning.

Black Coconut

If beach flowers and beach holiday are designed to hearken back to exploring warm sand beaches during the day, then the black coconut scent is designed to remind you of “sunset in paradise.” The mix of coconut, island blossoms, and cedarwood is the ideal combination to bring sunsets over the ocean at the end of a long day of exploring to mind. It’s the ultimate island scent, neither too sweet nor too musky, with the ideal balance of scents that makes it perfect for relaxing at the end of the long day.

Even if you’re not a believer in aromatherapy, you can’t deny that certain scents have the power to bring up memories and feelings. Yankee Candle’s black coconut has been specially formulated to make your feel relax, just like you’re sitting on a beach, still warm from the day’s sun, as you watch the sunset over the water. Use it in any room of your house where you like to relax!

Blue Summer Sky

With “summer” actually in the name of this candle, we certainly couldn’t leave it off the list. This scent has been formulated with idyllic childhood summers in mind. The clean, sweet smell of summer berries to remind you of picking berries on walks through the woods; floral tones including jasmine, orange blossoms, and blue lotus, to evoke the sight and smell of fresh flowers on a dewy summer morning, and fresh ginger to add a little spice and even out the other scents.

Blue summer sky from Yankee Candle is a crisp, enduring scent that will make you feel like a child, playing in the warms summer sun again. Neither too floral, nor too clean, this candle is ideal for just about any room in your home.

Campfire Treat

Just like visiting the beach, picking berries in the woods, and watching the sunset, campfires are quintessentially summer. Roasting marshmallows over the fire and telling ghost stories—it doesn’t get much more summer than that. Even if you’re not a fan of camping, you will certainly be a fan of this candle, which has both smoky notes of a campfire and the rich sweetness of toasted marshmallows.

This is a sweeter scent, which may not appeal to everyone, but it is perfect for those that want a delicious-smelling candle to help them relax at the end of a long day of running errands or working.

vWhat Sizes of Yankee Candle Can I Find?

Yankee Candle has a range of sizes you can choose from. The largest size that we sell is the 22 oz. jar, which burns for up to 150 hours. Smaller sizes include a 14.5 oz. jar, a 7 oz. tumbler, a 12 oz. pillar, and standard sized votive candles which can be used in standard candle holders.

Other great summer scents include: citrus tango, buttercream, and fruit salad.

Top Ten Reasons to Throw a Summer Party Now

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Sure, May isn’t technically a summer month—but it’s also the first month that we get consistently warm weather. And by the time June rolls around (which, for the record, is still two-thirds spring, since summer doesn’t officially begin until June 21st), it might be too hot to through a comfortable outdoor summer party in the middle of the day. May is the perfect time to start the summer festivities, so why not grab a few summer party supplies, call your friends, and get the party started!

Here are just ten of the best reasons May is the ultimate month for throwing a summer party.

It’s warm, but not too warm.

Nothing can put a damper on a great party like the sun constantly beating down on you, making everyone sweaty and uncomfortable. Unless your party is water balloon or squirt gun fight, there’s no reason to wait until the hottest part of the year just to through a summer party. May is perfect because the days are warm, but not too warm. March and April’s rains have passed, but the summer monsoons have not yet set in. It’s ideal party weather, people!

Cheap summer party supplies abound.

Until it’s actually summer, summer party supplies will be relegated to the “holding shelves.” They’ll still be available in your favorite party stores and they’ll also be easier to find, as your party will be the first of the year to choose the summer theme. Whether you choose luau as your theme, or just warm weather and sun, spring is the perfect time to buy summer party supplies (even if you’re just going to save them for the dog days).

Yours will be the first party of the summer.

If planning a party during the “real” summer months, you will have to compete with other parties. However, if your party is the first of the year, not only will you be the trendsetter amongst your friends, you would have any time and date conflicts as the rest of your friends want to throw their summer parties too.

Get more of your guest list to show up.

During the summer, most people travel. They’ll pick up and head off to the beach, to visit family, or abroad for some culture. Even if your friends don’t travel, they may get caught up in summer activities. Little league, soccer, hiking, and touring the surrounding counties and towns can all muck up a schedule and make it difficult to find a time for everyone to get together. Plus, there are other holidays that take precedence during the summer months. May is devoid of holidays (except for Cinco de Mayo), making it the ultimate time to throw a summer party.

Blow of some steam.

The time in between winter break and summer can feel like a long haul, especially for students, but definitely for professionals and stay-at-home-parents. There really aren’t any holidays during this time that require the bacchanalia that accompanies Christmas, Hanukah, New Years, and almost all winter holidays. Before summer actually arrives is the perfect time to throw a party, just to get everyone through that last month and a half until they can take a little break.

You’ve got your tax return in hand.

If you paid your taxes before Tax Day, you will have your refund in hand by the beginning of May. What better way to spend it than with a celebration? If a party is usually outside of your budget during the rest of the year, May is a great time to throw a party, before you find other, more responsible uses for that money.

The party’s honoree will be gone in the summer.

If you were planning on throwing a going-away, graduation, welcome-home, birthday, or other party for a friend or loved one during the summer, but have discovered that they, the guest of honor, will not even be in town that weekend, why not move the party up to May? Some people aren’t out of school yet, which means they have academic pursuits holding them in town, and most people haven’t schedule their summer vacations until June or July. You won’t have to fight with schedule or other holidays if you pull up a party to May.

Celebrate the end of school.

Some schools let out in April, but most let out in the middle or near the end of May (if you’re unlucky, it’ll be June). This makes May the ideal time to celebrate. Sure, school can be fun, but after two long semesters of learning, you definitely have reason to celebrate. Pull your friends together and throw a party while the weather is warm and clear.

Have the first water balloon or squirt gun fight of the year.

May is the first time it will be warm enough to have a real water fight. Fill up balloons, grab a bunch of big squirt guns and just go to town! You can make the party very structured, by forming teams and having an objective like “Capture the Flag,” or you can just splash and shoot each other until all of the water is gone.

Why not?

You don’t really need a reason to throw a great summer party in May. With summer party supplies on hand, it will be easy to put a party together, whether you want a well-planned, effortless affair, or whether you just want to get your friends together and have some off-the-cuff fun.

Fill all of your summer party supply and decoration needs at Parties 2 Order.

How to Throw a Luau Graduation Party

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In Polynesian culture, a luau is used to mark any special or momentous occasion—and that includes a graduation! Whether you are graduating or are in charge of planning the graduation party for a friend or family member, choosing a luau theme is a great way to mark this amazing achievement.

Here is everything you need to know about planning a luau party to celebrate a graduation.

Picking a Venue

Finding the right venue for your graduation party is probably going to be one of the more difficult part of planning this party. Not every venue will have the right vibe or the necessary accommodations for your party. Of course, if you care more about the people that show up to celebrate with you than how closely the venue adheres to the luau party theme, then you can hold your graduation party just about anywhere.

If your parents or friends have a backyard to offer, this is usually the best place to hold your party, as long as it is large enough for all of your guests to mingle without feeling claustrophobic. Hosting your party outside will add to the luau theme, and if you have a barbecue available, you can grill hamburgers, hot dogs, or something more traditionally Polynesian.

A party hall, church, park, or rented tent can also be great places to hold your party, depending on what kind of rent you can afford. Most parks allow you to reserve an area for free, while most other venues will require some kind of deposit in order to secure the area for your event.

Invites

Sending out invites will be one of the most important parts of your luau graduation party. Incorporating the luau theme into the invitations can help your guests understand the theme and remember to dress appropriately and get into the spirit of the luau even before they arrive at the party. It is traditional to include pictures of the graduate with the invite, so why not throw a lei over the graduate and add a note to your guests, reminding them to wear their best luau gear when they arrive at your party.

Other things to include with your graduation party invitations: date and time, place and directions if the location is likely to be difficult to find, whether or not gifts are welcome, whether or not children are welcome, what kind of food will be served (lunch, dinner, appetizers, dessert, etc.), and what kind of party it is (i.e. open house, dance, munch and mingle, etc.).

Decorations

Luau decorations are going to be one of the most integral parts of the whole event. Luau party supplies are easy to find, but what exactly will you need? You will probably want to start with leis. Leis are traditionally given in celebration or as a welcoming present to guests. Having a lei for every guest is a great way to get everyone into the spirt, and if you set them on a table or hang them on the wall or a fence, they can double as a decoration. One of our favorite luau party supplies is our set of bamboo string lights. This is a great way to add some festive fun and light to an area!

Other decorations include ocean animal-themed balloons, hanging palm tree decorations, hibiscus-themed paper products, hula girls, and a range of banners and hanging paper lanterns. Tiki masks, grass skirts for tables, and flowers are all appropriate options when it comes to luau party supplies for your graduation celebration!

Choosing a Menu

What kind of food you are going to serve will depend on the format of your party. If you are hosting an open house, where you really only want your guests to stop by, give their congratulations, grab some food, and then leave, you probably want small, handheld food. On the other end of the spectrum, you might want all of your guests to stay and eat a full dinner with you. Either way, here are some of the most traditional luau dishes:

  • Huli huli chicken
  • Baked mahi-mahi
  • Teriyaki beef or chicken
  • Roast pig
  • Poi
  • Potato salad
  • Baked sweet potato
  • Tossed salad
  • A variety of cut fruit, including pineapple, papaya, grapes, strawberries, mangos, lychee, and coconuts

To Cook or Not to Cook?

Once you have chosen your menu, it is time to decide whether or not you want to cook. If you have the budget for a caterer, this can be a great way to cut all of the time and stress of cooking out of your party planning schedule. Caterers can, however, be rather expensive, and if you want to save your budget for luau party supplies, it might be more cost-effective to buy and cook the food yourself. Many of the most traditional luau dishes can be easily made in a slow cooker or in the oven, without much maintenance or attention given to the food itself.

Attire and Details

When it comes to what to wear, you have a number of options. You could go as Hawaiian as possible and break out the Hawaiian shirts, the grass skirts, and the coconut bras. This might not be the idea option for everyone, however. Throwing a lei over normal clothes and maybe adding a flower to your hair is usually plenty of luau attire to really look the part.

Dancing the hula and playing a few rounds of limbo are great ways to get into the luau spirit! Just find some traditional Hawaiian music for your party’s soundtrack and you will be ready to luau all night long!

Check out our Luau Party Supplies here.

Party Decoration Trends for This Spring

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Just like fashion, technology, business, and life, party decorations follow trends. While you don’t have to keep up with party decoration trends, if you want your party to look stylish and modern, keeping the following trends in mind can help you look for decorations that will help you achieve this aesthetic. Here are the top party decoration trends this spring.

Garlands and bunting

If you’ve been on Pinterest lately, you’ve probably seen hundreds of party décor ideas that include one kind of garland or bunting. While hanging wall decorations like these have been popular for decades, bunting especially has come back into vogue recently. It is the ultimate party decoration and because it can be found or made in just about any color or combination of colors, it is ideal for any party. Bunting is especially easy to make, as it is just isosceles triangles (two sides the same length, third side shorter) attached to string, thread, or ribbon, or rope.

Garlands on the other hand can be made out of just about anything. Tassels can be made into a garland for a graduation party, pink or blue bows for a baby shower, or silver bells for a wedding reception. Whether strung across a wall or draped across the ceiling, garlands and bunting are hot party decorations this spring.

Confetti

You’re going to begin to see a trend in these trends—people are starting to rediscover classic favorites. Confetti is another party decoration that has been used for decades that is making a comeback in a big way this spring. While the classic choice is multicolored dots, you can usually find confetti in a single color or in a variety of colors that more closely match your theme (school colors, a specific holiday, your favorite colors, etc.).

Aside from the standard round shape, it is now possible to find confetti in a number of different shapes, which can make it easy to decorate for a theme-specific party. Just toss a handful of confetti across a table and it’s decorated! It’s also great to throw at weddings, at a New Year’s Eve celebration, or to include in the envelope with an invitation, so the receiver gets a mini celebration when they open the note.

Stylish paper products

There is perhaps nothing sadder than walking into a well-decorated space and seeing cheap, flimsy, white paper plates set up next to all of the food you have worked so hard to prepare. While patterned plates are typical for a child’s birthday party or summer celebration, why not pick up some fun floral paper products or stylish plates and cups to accompany your spring extravaganza? Pastel pink, teal, and coral are very in this spring and it’s possible to find paper products that reflect not only your party’s colors, but also its themes. From a tropical barbecue to an understated garden party, make sure to accent your food and beverage table with stylish paper products to stay on trend this spring.

Paper fans, lanterns, and fluffy balls

Spring 2015 is the season of the hanging paper decoration. With so many different varieties available, it’s not difficult to transform a space simply by purchasing and hanging a few varieties of fans, lanterns, or other hanging paper decorations. Most of these are “assemble yourself” products, meaning that they come folded flat and you have to put them together and hang them up, but the instructions are included and they are far less complicated than your favorite piece of Ikea furniture.

Fans give great texture and dimension to a wall, while lanterns can fill up empty air space over a dance floor or in a vaulted reception hall. Tissue paper spheres have the same effect, whether they are lanterns or are fluffy and resemble the Truffula trees from The Lorax. These are a very inexpensive way to make a big impact and are very hot this spring!

Piñatas

When we were kids, piñatas came only in festive Cinco de Mayo colors and in very traditional shapes. Today, you can find piñatas in just about every shape, color, and size. Even if you don’t want to make breaking that piñata a part of the celebration, having a piñata at your party this spring is a great way to add dimension to your party decorations.

If you can’t find a piñata that exactly matches your theme or boasts the right colors, you can always make your own. Just pick up some tissue paper from your favorite party supply store and make the base out of paper-mache or cardboard. Once the base is prepared, just cover it in tissue paper until you have your desired design.

Drink stirrers

Who knew that drinks could double as party decorations? Well, obviously someone knew, because decorated drink stirrers are becoming a major trend this spring. You can pick up this party decoration at just about any store, or you can make them yourself out of plain drink stirrers and any accoutrements that fit your theme.

Top them with feathers, securing each plume with a bit of decorative washi tape, or even make toppers out of clay, attach them to the stirrers and bake them in the oven (following the clay’s directions, and only if the stirrer is wooden or another material that withstand the heat of the oven) to get reusable stirrers your guests can take home with them!

These are just some of the trends that are popular in party decorations this spring! Check out our store to see what other classic decorations are being rediscovered!