When Savanna turned four, her mom Rachel threw her a party complete with cupcakes, bright colors, and jars full of candy. We took notes from Rachel's party planning tips and compiled our own shopping list for a colorful birthday.
Plates and Tableware
Longer-lasting than average paper or plastic, but more lightweight than ceramic or glass, this stuff is great for parties. Preserve's On the Go Collection is made of recycled #5 plastic, and you can buy it online or in chain stores like Whole Foods or Target.
Placemats and Table Linens
Crate and Barrel
You can always count on this store to stock bright, colorful tablecloths, placemats, and napkins—especially during summer. This is the Maisie Lime Placemat for $5 - $6. If you're looking for deals, check the outlet section, where tabletop is always on sale.
Whole Foods Market
To keep flowers inexpensive and easy, buy a few bunches of tulips at the grocery store while you're picking up candy and cupcakes. Just split the bouquets up into mason jars or basic vases—their bright colors will go well with the candy theme.
This online store sells simple invitations and announcements that can be customized for your party. (For ordering info and turnaround times, click here.) This is the customizable Favorite Parlor birthday invite, starting at $1.09 each.
You can buy cupcake toppers and tags in a bunch of places, but we're singling out the Paper Source because they have an entire cupcakes and sweets section of their website with stickers, cards, and kits.
Candy Jars and Cupcake Stands
Whole sections of this online store are devoted to candy, cake stands, cupcake trees and apothecary jars. Prices are inexpensive, and you can buy in bulk if you need a set of jars or cake stands. Apothecary jars start at $11, and cake stands and cupcake trees start at $12.
If you don't want to go the Martha Stewart route and make your own tissue paper pom poms, there are plenty of Etsy shops that sell them and ship them across the country. Rachel ordered hers from Fiesta Pom Poms, where they're sold individually or in sets.
To see Savanna's birthday party, click here.