7 Brilliant DIY Wedding Planning Tips

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

1. Pick an unconventional location.

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

2. Decorate your chairs.

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

3. Make yourself a schedule.

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

4. Do your own makeup.

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

5. Make your own invitations.

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

6. Keep a checklist.

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

7. Don’t be afraid to hire help.

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

10 Great Ways to Use Floral Paper Products

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Floral paper products are a great addition to any party. They can make your event look modern and pulled-together and you don’t even have to wash them when the party is over! For a fun, rustic party or a hip modern party, floral paper products are a great choice. Aren’t sure if they’re right for your party? Here are ten great ways you can use floral paper products.

1. For a springtime wedding.

Getting married in the spring? Floral paper products will fit perfectly into your theme, no matter what it is. The right paper products on your buffet tables or set at each place setting, can help to set the tone and style of your wedding. Best of all, these are a very inexpensive way to add visual interest to your tables, and to bring springtime flowers into an indoor venue. Cheaper than real flowers and easier to find and use, floral paper products should be at the top of every spring bride’s list.

2. For a fancy summer garden party.

Even if your party isn’t really all that fancy, there’s no better way to add some class and some fanciness than to use flowery paper products. Especially for a party you are hosting outside, there really is no better way to incorporate nature onto your table than to use paper plates and cups that actually have flowers on them. These products can help your table look complete and bring the entire party together, even if you really just set them on the table.

3. For a trendy fall wedding.

Rustic weddings are certainly on trend as we approach the fall wedding season, and no paper product pattern will play more perfectly with a trendy fall wedding than a floral pattern. Floral is very in right now and it will continue to be on trend during the fall. Especially when juxtaposed with dark woods and rich, fall colors, floral paper products will be a beautiful addition to just about any wedding.

4. Perfect for everyday use.

One of the biggest benefits of choosing floral paper products for a party, wedding, or event, is being able to use the leftovers in your everyday life. Having a normal lunch or dinner on a floral paper plate can turn even an ordinary meal into an extraordinary one. Even if you don’t have products left over from and event, you can pick up a package to use instead of plain white paper plates when you want to do something extra special in your everyday life.

5. As decorations for your table.

There is perhaps nothing more difficult when planning any kind of party, whether it is for a wedding, corporate event, or birthday, as picking the right decorations for a table. You don’t want anything too large in the middle of the table that will make it difficult for those sitting on either side to speak, nor do you want to just leave the table bare. Floral paper products are a great way to add some life to your table, especially if you do not want to spend very much time decorating your dining table.

6. As decorations for your buffet table.

If you are, instead of having a sit-down meal, planning to offer a buffet at your event, floral paper products will look just as lovely on the edge of your buffet table as they would look in a formal place setting. A stack of floral plates, next to a stack of floral cups and napkin is an awesome way to add color to a buffet table that might otherwise be bare.

7. As decorations for your wall.

Don’t underestimate the power of paper plates and their ability to multitask. If you have a large wall that you have to cover and you want to do something unique, there is nothing more unique than putting a little bit of tape on the back of a few paper plates and using them to create a polka dot effect on the wall. This is a very simple and very effective way to add wall decoration to a large space, without having to buy a bunch of decorations specifically for the wall. If you have leftover plates from another event or excess plates for the event you are planning, this is an excellent use for those plates.

8. As a way to spice up paper plate crafts.

Any crafty mom is familiar with paper plate crafts. Paper plate crafts are a great way to occupy children and to give them something interesting to do, especially on a rainy fall day. Presenting your child not with plain white paper plates, but instead with floral plates, is a great way to give them an entirely new canvas to work with.

9. As décor for your kitchen.

Most paper plates you’ll want to just hide away in your kitchen cupboards. Whether you buy floral paper products specifically to use at home or there is a stack left over after an event, these are paper products that you’ll want to set out on the counter for the entire world to see.

10. For any party, event, or reception.

Floral paper products cannot be relegated just to one type event or one use. This pattern is one of the most flexible and functional designs in the paper product world, as it can mesh well with just about any theme and style the party planner wants to achieve. This design can simplify the paper product purchasing process and leave more time for other party planning tasks.

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.

The Essential Guide to Planning the Perfect Labor Day Party

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Labor Day is fast approaching, even if it doesn’t really feel like it is. Soon, school will be back in session, and Labor Day will either be the first reprieve or it will be the last holiday before the school year officially begins. It’s the end of summer and is one last big hurrah before fall and winter start cooling things down.

Traditionally, Labor Day is a day for cookouts and pool parties. Lots of families visit their favorite vacations spots and summer getaways one last time, while other stay at home and celebrate with their neighbors. Because this is a bank holiday, just about everyone has school or work off, which provides a great three day weekend to really do something fun.

Whether you are planning a party for your neighborhood or for your friends that have accompanied you on the last vacation of the summer, here is the essential guide to planning the perfect Labor Day party.

Get the Date Locked Down Early

You already know when Labor Day is going to be. You might not want to have your actual party on Labor Day itself, simply because that day is going to quickly fill up with parties and barbecues, but you can always plan your party on the Saturday or Sunday beforehand, to make sure that all of the people you want to come will be able to come.

If you want to have your party on Labor Day, you will want to pick your time and send out your save the dates as soon as possible. This will ensure that your party is at the top of everyone’s list, so that more of your guests will be able to attend the party.

Pick Your Theme

The key to getting the right Labor Day party supplies is picking your theme early and sticking to it. Often, people will treat Labor Day as a second Fourth of July and will pick a red, white, and blue theme. There will always be plenty of red, white, and blue Labor Day party supplies for you to choose from, so this is a great option. It will make finding decorations and decorating quick and easy, especially if you have items left over from the Fourth of July.

Another great option is an all-white party. Because many still adhere to the dictate that it is not stylish to wear white after Labor Day, you can make your Labor Day party their last chance to wear and enjoy all of their white clothing. Send out the “all white” dress code along with your invitations, and you’ll have a great party theme that will be easy to find decorations for.

Choose Your Menu

While Labor Day is “traditionally” a cook-out holiday, like Independence Day is, that doesn’t mean that you have to barbecue. This tradition persists because in most parts of the country, after Labor Day, the weather starts to decline until it is too cold and wet to use the grill anymore. A standard party might include hamburgers and hotdogs for your guests to choose from. Fancier affairs might choose grilled chicken, vegetable kabobs, grilled corn on the cob, and steaks.

Other traditional fare might include fruit salad, ice cream Sundays, and coleslaw. Of course, you can completely abandon the barbecue in your party planning and choose food that goes along with your theme. All white food, for example, might be an interesting play on the “no white after Labor Day” rule or as a companion to an “All White” Labor Day party.

Choose Your Activities

Getting together, having great food, and talking might be activity enough for most of your guests. However, if you do want to plan some activities to do with your guests, either for everyone or for just the children that attend, here are some suggestions:

  • Volleyball – Even if you do not have a real volleyball court, you can always just grab a volleyball, split into two teams, and play with the space and people that you have. In a few weeks, it will likely be too cold to get outside and play outdoor games anymore, so if you are a fan, now is the perfect time to play.
  • Dance – Playing the summer’s big hits and even setting up a dance floor is a great way to send the summer off in style. If you’re not sure what music to play, send out a plea for all of your guests, asking them to send or bring songs that you can play on the dance floor. If you don’t have a patio, a lawn is always a great dance space.
  • Rent out a swimming pool – Labor Day is also the last day that most outdoor pools will be open. While some will hold on for a few weeks longer and pools in some parts of the country will be open for the entire year, others will be closed after this day, making this a great time to utilize them.
  • Have a movie marathon – Just as it will soon be too cold to play games outside or swim, it will soon be too cold to enjoy a lovely fall night. Use one of these last warm nights to set up a projector and show your favorite movie.

Planning a Labor Day party doesn’t have to be difficult. With the right Labor Day party supplies, theme, and activities, you’ll have a party that is sure to please.

Be sure to visit our online party supply store for all your labor day party supply needs.

Using Birthday Decorations to Transform Your Next Summer Birthday

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

Pick Decorative Napkins

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

Pick Up a Table Decorating Kit

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

Grab Some More Table Decorations

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

Wall Decorations by the Bushel

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

Decorations for the Guest of Honor

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

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

Decorate the Food

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

Don’t Forget the Balloons

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

Personalized Touches

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

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

How to Throw a Last Minute Baby Shower

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

1. Make the guest list.

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

2. Send out the invitations.

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

3. Plan the activities.

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

4. Nail down the menu.

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

5. Choose a venue.

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

6. Buy baby shower decorations.

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

7. Decorate the space.

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

8. Have fun!

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

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

Luau Party Ideas

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

Luau Food Ideas

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

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

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

Luau Party Supplies

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

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

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

Luau Party Activities and Venues

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

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

High Quality Plastic Party Supplies for Your Next Party

 

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High quality plastic party supplies

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

1. Stands up to more use.

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

2. More environmentally friendly.

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

3. More economically friendly.

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

4. More functional.

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

5. More color and style options.

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

6. Wide variety of patterns.

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

7. Easier to clean up.

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

8. More functional for a large party.

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

9. More fun.

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

10. Easy to store.

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

6 Summer Decorations for a Great Beach Party

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Summer decorations, summer party supplies

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

1. Nautical Decorations

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

2. Shells Everywhere

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

3. Sand and Candles

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

4. Make the food be your decoration

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

5. Sand Bucket Centerpieces

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

6. Fishnet

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

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

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

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.