Best Sources for Party Supplies

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We're beginning to think we only throw parties as an excuse to decorate. Most of the time this is easy: choose a theme and a color palette, rummage through saved supplies like crepe paper and vintage tablecloths, find a simple centerpiece, light some candles and go! And when we need to restock supplies (the fun part!) we look to a couple of sources:

For Your Party: this is an awesome resource (when you have a bit of lead time) to get stuff personalized. Be it napkins, matchbooks, coasters, etc. They've got bulk supplies in every color and it's all customizable. Score!

Paper Source is a great place to find cool printed papers, labels, hostess gifts, thank you ntes, stamps and crafty kits. We're always inspired when we walk in.

Martha Stewart Crafts: what can we say, it's Martha. She inspires. And in her craft store you can find all manner of place cards, banners, pom poms and even a tiny party in a box.

Bulk Party Supplies: Earlier this year when I turned 30 (!) I had grand notions of decoration the Palm Springs House we rented for the weekend. I bought paper garlands and giant paper balls in white and yellow to make things feel festive. Alas, I ran out of time and decided to relax and enjoy the weekend with the place undecorated. But now I have an awesome supply of yellow and white decorations. I'm planning to use the white for a holiday party in December. But this website is perfect for getting a bunch of similar decorations at a bulk discount.

Target: let's not be coy. Many of us shop at Target because it's cheap and it's convenient. Well, they also have a pretty nice housewares department, have all the mini lights you'll need and have some fun napkins and tablecloths. Plus this year Marcel Wanders is doing a special line of holiday stuff! And if you're looking to keep it simple it's a good place to stop in while you're stocking up on kitty litter and dish soap and grab some party supplies.

• Your Local Thrift Store: Salvation Armys and Goodwills are excellent places to score cake stands, serving dishes, even holiday themed supplies. Mine almost always has a great shelf full of glass vases in every shape and size and platters for days. Need some shot glasses or a water carafe? They've often got em for about $2. Need some more mugs or a table cloth? Definitely worth a look. You'll know that whatever you're finding is going to be pretty one of a kind and if you end up hating it, you're only out a couple of dollars and can donate it right back.

Confettisystem is a newly added resource for more edgy decorations and inspiration. We like the metalic pinata!

Also, check out this post on buying classic and retro party supplies and these party lighting ideas. For a green resource, check out Green Party Goods.

Where do you shop for party supplies?

Products clockwise from upper left:
Pinata from Confettisystem
Tissue Fan from Bulk Party Supplies
Printed Matcbooks from Foryourparty.com
Tiny Party in a Box from Martha
Crepe Paper from Target
Paper Napkins from Ikea