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Lucky St. Patrick’s Day Party Decor

Courtesy of Life of Sarah

If you love gold, the color green, rainbows, and beer, more than likely you are a fan of Saint Patrick’s Day. Well, lucky you! We are sharing our favorite decoration ideas for Saint Patrick's Day this year.

Everyone loves a good balloon arch, or moreover a balloon sculpture! I think we generalize our balloon creations too much by saying arch when really its just a balloon masterpiece. This one is definitely a favorite of mine, and it would be so cute for photos at your party whether personal or for a business.

Purchase balloons here. Photo via Balloon Therapy on Instagram

Now, who said anything about needing real gold to properly celebrate Saint Patrick's Day properly? Create your own trail to a fantastic pop of gold with gold foil wrapped candies and chocolate coins! These are crowd pleasers, easy decorations, and inexpensive.

I love the greenery on this table as well that really adds to the springy vibes of the holiday while keeping on theme.

Photo courtesy of Best Friends for Frosting

Keeping with table decor, if you are more into the pastels and flowers, then perhaps this is the way to go for you! With dried flowers, pastel palettes, and rainbows galore, this table is sure to satisfy your sweet side.

Photo courtesy of Kara’s Party Ideas

Lastly, this bar cart decor is just to die for. I think bar carts are an easy way to look like you did a lot of decor work without actually having to buy too much. Check out everything Party Place has to offer for this great holiday both in store and online here.

May the luck of the Irish be with you.

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A Galentine’s Day Party Made for the Girlies

I recently went on a weekend cabin trip in Hochatown with my girlies. You know, the good ol’ hole up in the cabin, hot tub all night long, lots of jams, and board games type beat. Not that long ago, I moved back to the United States. So, for some of my friends, this cabin weekend was the first time I had seen them since moving back.

I love my girlies. Some people might refer to what we call “the girlies” as their girl gang, sisters, or some other affectionate term. Well, whatever you call your version of the girlies lets celebrate Galentine’s properly with a party simply made for the girlies.

What does it mean to be made for the girlies? 

I feel like it is something sweet, magical, meaningful, and a party truly written by a woman.

For me and my girlies, this would entail a bottle of wine, a meal we all cooked together, some sort of dessert, and for Valentine’s Day, some sappy romance movie.

So, that being said, here is my idea of a Galentine’s Day party made for the girlies.

Keeping the same trail of thought in line, let’s do this dinner party style. We all love to dress on theme, so that is exactly what I am suggesting you do too. Think hearts, pinks, reds, and all that cheesy, cliché, Valentine’s Day goodness. Something like the photo below is a casual but on-theme option for sure.

photo courtesy of Lash Next Door
Photo courtesy of Everlasting Fabric
Photo courtesy of Lady Decluttered

Now, for the dinner party, think extravaganza on the table setting. Messy but sophisticated, dripping in hearts, flower petals, and candles. Yes. Please.

For a menu, I feel that pasta dishes are always a crowd-pleaser and easier to make for multiple people. Why make your life difficult by doing a complicated meat dish when you can do a solid Cacio e Pepe or Vodka sauce pasta? Yeah, that’s what we thought!

Okay, and lastly, for the movie. I am not going to tell you which movie to watch, that is totally up to you.

However, I am going to suggest doing a movie snack board. Think charcuterie but with chocolate-covered strawberries, pretzels, popcorn, and all that good stuff.

Additionally, if you have a projector, bust that out to make it feel super special. There is something about using a projector that really sets the tone that a TV screen just cannot do.

That is my lowkey, for the girlies Galentine’s Day party. For all your cutlery, dinnerware, and decoration needs, Party Place has what you need. Check out their online offerings here.

Cheers to that.

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A Spa Party to Handle Winter Weather

I used to like winter, but when it is so miserable, and bitterly cold for days, I get tired of it. I hate to feel so cold and sad that I cannot even go do anything outside. I feel bad weather really makes people stay inside, and then we completely lack in social interaction. How tragic.

However, I love a good night in, one that is relaxing with some wine, candles, and face masks. It is giving spa day realness. So, how about we combat the horrific winter blues with a relaxing night doing a spa party to also advocate for more social interactions and hangouts?

If you are like me, I genuinely enjoy spending time alone. Yet, I know how good it is for me to spend time with loved ones and friends. So, do something lowkey like a chill spa party to not only get some well-deserved R&R but also to improve friendships.

Alright! For any good spa night, you need wine. For winter, I enjoy going for a smooth red that warms you up! I personally will advocate for a Beaujolais wine because they have lots of flavor without that overpowering smokiness. My other recommendation is a wine from Chianti for a classic red wine with lots to offer.

I am going for wine for this party so that no one needs to buy tons of ingredients for cocktails and so forth, but if that is more your vibe, then go for that.

Next, let’s get ourselves a banging charcuterie board to fulfill everyone’s deepest dreams for a night in (girl dinner to the max). Even if you do not want to make the board yourself, there are tons of local options to go for to create the easiest spa, relaxation party ever. Amazing Graze and Cheese Wisely are two fantastic options that will have your mouth watering for more.

Okay, now that food and drinks are covered, let’s get into the relaxing part.

To really set the mood, we suggest tons of well-scented candles to get the good vibes going. If you are less of a candle person then perhaps opt in for some relaxing scents like eucalyptus, frankincense, or lavender in an oil diffuser. Scents can truly impact a person’s whole aura, so make sure you get something that positively impacts you.

Next, we want to get face masks so that we can get that glistening glass skin we all crave. I suggest going to somewhere like TJ Maxx, World Market, or Target to find Korean skin masks. I am probably biased, but I swear by Korean skincare, and I am forever on the train to get other people to switch to the good side.

Another thing to add to your spa day are lavender-scented towels that you can soak and put over your eyes. I went to a yoga studio that did this, and it was so relaxing.

Lastly to really amp up the vibe, put on relaxing music that will set the tone, and let everyone know this is a palace of relaxation and a night of rejuvenation.

Feel free to add anything else you like to your spa regimen, but hopefully, this inspires you to handle the remainder of winter better than you could have imagined.

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Dry January? No Need to Be Thirsty! 5 Drinks to Serve at January Parties

Whether you are participating in Dry January or you just aren’t an alcohol drinker, these non-alcoholic party drinks are for the win. Sometimes you don’t want the effects of alcohol but still want a mixed drink or something fun to sip on. We get it. These three drinks are sure to be crowd-pleasers for all party guests

Courtesy of the Kitchy Kitchen

  1. Spicy Watermelon Mint Fresca

For all you spicy margarita and mojito lovers, this is a fun twist for you. Honestly, it could be another twist on a daiquiri, but who cares? All I know is that it is delicious!

2 cups cold water

2 cups watermelon (rind removed), seeded and chopped

2 tbsp granulated sugar

1 tbsp lime juice
.25 cup mint leaves
.5 jalapeño, roughly chopped

Ice cubes or crushed ice (optional)

Instructions

Combine all of the ingredients and puree until smooth. Pour mixture through a strainer into a pitcher, forcing through most of the pulp. Chill and serve.

Created by Claire Thomas of The Kitchy Kitchen

Courtesy of Food and Wine

  1. Jardin Verde

Makes me think of a bit of an English Garden which is one of my all-time favourites.

1 cucumber ribbon, for garnish

Ice cubes

1.50 ounces Seedlip Garden 108

4 ounces Fever-Tree Mediterranean Tonic Water

1 basil sprig, for garnish

Instructions

Line a highball or wineglass with cucumber ribbon; fill the glass with ice cubes. Add Seedlip Garden 108 and tonic water. Garnish with basil.

Recipe found on Food and Wine

Courtesy of Mindful Mocktail

  1. Grapefruit Thyme Mocktail

Just a fun, fruity, and flavorful drink.

1 cup water

1 tablespoon Stevia or sweetener/sugar of choice (see note 1)

½ cup thyme

½ cup grapefruit juice

⅓ cup soda water

Instructions

To make the thyme syrup

  1. In a small saucepan, combine water and sweetener/sugar of choice over medium heat. Stir until the sweetener/sugar is dissolved.
  2. Add thyme and simmer on very low (barely bubbling) for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit it for at least half an hour, or up to 3 hours. Strain and cool.

To make the mocktail

  1. Add 1 tablespoon thyme syrup and ½ cup grapefruit juice to a glass. Add lots of ice, top with soda water and stir gently. Garnish with extra thyme and serve.

Recipe courtesy of The Mindful Mocktail

Get to mixing those drinks, and if none of these mocktails strike your fancy then definitely check out some recipes on Pinterest. Dry January might be underway, but that doesn’t mean good times won’t still be rolling!

For all your party needs, make sure to stop by Party Place or shop our store online. Here for every season and any reason to throw a party.

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Glitter Galore, a New Year’s Bash

New Year’s Eve is approaching which means we are almost in 2024! Have you thought about any New Year’s resolutions yet? Spoiler alert: I have not. Of course, I have general things I would like to improve in my life and get done, but I have yet to solidify anything major.

Give me a little longer, I promise I will be ready.

However, one thing I have definitely started thinking about is a New Year’s Eve party theme. As someone who generally forgets to plan things out or somehow runs out of time on literally everything, I like to keep New Year’s simple, elegant, and fun.

This year, I want to keep it cool, collected, and glittery! You can never go wrong with a little glitter, especially at New Year’s. It makes me think of all the shining possibilities a new year can bring, and it is a reminder of all the golden memories I made in the previous year. Sappy, but true. I find life is better when you let yourself get a little sappy.

Okay, anyway, my main source of inspo for this theme is these Gold Glitter New Year’s Dessert Plates found on our website, Partyplacear.com.

The best part is that the glitter is printed onto the plate’s surface so no need to worry about glitter in your food or all over your living space. Yeah, that is def important to me.

So, using these as inspo, let’s get glittery.

I really like the idea of using this Star garland as either part of a dessert table decoration or even on part of a photo booth. As someone who is extremely single, I could do without the “kiss me at midnight” signage, but hey, to each their own. If you have a New Year’s kiss, more power to you.

Okay, enough about that.

I find that a New Year’s party photo booth as one of the most integral parts of this party. Not that the other aspects do not matter, but I would say most New Year’s parties are made to be chill events where you dress up and enjoy one another’s company.

I am obsessed with fringe photo backdrops, and I will never not be. Sorry! They are so classic and just scream party.

I am particularly obsessed with these layered gold, glitter fringe backdrops. They add so much depth to a backdrop and are certainly way more effective.

Courtesy of Confetti System

This one is my main source of inspo, and you can easily make one of these by getting a plain backdrop, tons of gold fringe and cut them different lengths and stack on top of each other for that layered effect. If you don’t want to do that, get one of these layered fringe banners instead to cut the work in half for a similar effect!

With this, you’re sure to have a showstopper. Just do not forget the props, drinks, and a good New Year’s attitude.

Cheers to the New Year!

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A Colorful Christmas Celebration

I saw the most beautiful Christmas party decorations and table set up on Pinterest this morning. It inspired me so much, that I am not only going to throw my version of this party, but I am going to tell you how to do so as well!

The first photo was my initial inspiration, but it seems to be a big trend this year to use the streamers and ornaments as a sort of table centerpiece that hangs on the light as opposed to sitting on the table.

I like this because it feels simple but festive and very whimsical. Christmas is all about everyday magic in my opinion, and this really emulates that for me. I know it uses different colors than the traditional red and green, but I have been trying to experiment with even more colors for Christmas to attempt to capture some of that magic!

Additionally, I like the different types of candles and candle holders used on the tables along with festive Christmas tableware and plates. This being said, let’s see what Party Place offers to create this type of vibe for a colorful Christmas celebration!

Crepe paper is essential for that type of hanging centerpiece, and lucky us, Party Place has a plethora of different colors too! You can click here to view all their crepe paper options.

Also, I think any Christmas party is a crowd-pleaser when there is either a festive craft involved (i.e. making ornaments) or when it is a cookie swap. If you choose to do a cookie swap or something similar, get your cookie containers from Party Place. They have some major Christmas offerings. Personally, I like these stackable ones, but be sure to check them all out in-store or online.

Anyways, be sure to get lots of filler ornaments as well for your centerpiece, which can be purchased from most big box stores like Walmart or even Dollar General.

As for more table decorations, I like the use of foliage and winter fruits the most on this table display. I love this style of decorating for most events, and this Christmas is no exception. It also is an inexpensive way to create full table settings and provide a cozy warmth to any party.

Lastly, I think any colorful or detailed tablecloth would work quite well for this party. Especially if it something vintage or a family piece, that is even better!

Don’t be afraid to go past the red and green of Christmas and get colorful with it.

Be sure to stop by Party Place or shop online to get all the necessary party supplies for all your Christmas celebrations.

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The Leaves are Falling, Throw a Friendsgiving Party!

With the weather finally being consistently autumnal, the tree leaves are technicolor galore, and the holiday season is in full swing now is the perfect time to throw a Friendsgiving party before it becomes a winter wonderland.

Party Place has an exceptional selection of fall partyware and decorations that will make every autumnal party perfect. I love Friendsgiving. It is such a lovely opportunity to create joy and memories with your closest friends. Although Thanksgiving is a wonderful opportunity to spend time with your family and have a fantastic time, sometimes families can be stressful. It doesn’t mean it is any less fun, but sometimes we all need a Friendsgiving that does not have tons of expectations or traditions attached.

Think of Friendsgiving as a relaxed precursor to Thanksgiving.

Anyways! Let’s move on.

I want to talk about some table decorations for this Friendsgiving and those that will really make it scream autumn and nature. Super cool vibe to emulate if you ask me.

Okay, first and foremost, I want to highlight these homemade dried orange garlands. They are super simple to make, and they are showstoppers for a plentiful, natural Friendsgiving celebration. You can either hang them around your house or bundle them together for a table centerpiece. Simply cut the oranges into slices, bake at 350F for 45 minutes then thread through with a needle and string. Easy.

Courtesy of Pinterest

Next, let’s make sure the punch we serve is something that your guests simply will not stop buzzing about throughout the party and months after.

For some holiday cheer that is perfect all season around, go for an Apple Cider Sangria. This recipe should be a winner in everyone’s books.

Courtesy of Half-baked Harvest

Lastly, let’s talk about dinnerware. I have recently been loving mismatched dinnerware for dinner parties. I think it adds a certain je ne sais quoi element to the atmosphere and allows for a relaxed, yet put together aesthetic. Take a look at your local thrift stores for tons of options and unique finds.

Courtesy of Stilleben

With these ideas and all the items Party Place has to offer, this Friendsgiving will be one for the books.

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The Best Ways to Spice Up your Thanksgiving Celebration

Thanksgiving is probably the most popular holiday in terms of food. I think that is pretty much the hype around the holiday nowadays, is it not? However, maybe you are just a tad tired of doing the same things, and you are looking for some ideas to spice up your dinner. If so, we have some ideas to share with you to help make your Thanksgiving celebration even better!

Even if the basis is the same—like a dinner-style type setting—that is more than okay. We just need a few more ways to add some flair and spice to the day.

  1. Forget the Charcuterie Boards and go for a Literal Cheese cake

If you love cheese, this is the way to go. Additonally, if you are not a crazy-talented charcuterie board maker like my sister, this is also something you should strongly consider.

The cheese cake is exactly what it says it is: a “cake” made entirely out of cheese.

Get three different wheels of cheeses you enjoy, stack them on top, garnish them up, and then of course get out the jams, crackers, and bread! Done. Easy. Beautiful. Fun. Different.

  • Candlelight Dinner Anyone?

I know it sounds simple, but really take the meaning of a candlelight dinner literally.

I am probably the biggest advocate for ambient lighting. I legit will not turn on the big overhead lights in my apartment unless absolutely necessary. I love the vibes that exude from candles, lamps, and other warm lights. So, let’s do Thanksgiving simply by candlelight. Spin some smooth tunes on a record player and ooh baby, that is an ideal dinner party to me. Especially for Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving? Everyone will surely think you are the coolest cat.

  • Design Some Menus for Your Guests

Again, dare I say the simplest things just change everything? If you want to serve up some elevated Thanksgiving realness? This is absolutely the way to do it. Even if you serve the exact same line up of dishes each year, I think a menu can make or break a table setting. Let’s go for broke on the tablescapes this year and make Thanksgiving a luxurious ordeal.

For all your Thanksgiving decoration needs, checkout partyplacear.com or stop by the store any time.

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A Halloweentown Fun Fest

When I was a kid, I loved the movie Halloweentown. Honestly, I still love that movie and watch it every year. I think it is a Halloween classic, encapsulating the joy I felt as a kid during the Halloween season. Even today, Halloween remains my favorite holiday.

As an homage to one of my favorite spooky season movies, let’s throw a fun Halloweentown party. Make sure you wear your most festive and classic Halloween costume for this party. To me, Halloweentown is all about celebrating the old-school Halloween we all know and love.

So, let’s get started.

You need to pull out all the stops on decorations. No easy way out on this one—a Halloweentown party deserves to be over the top. Bring out all the pumpkins, skeletons, bats, and spooky galore. If you feel you are running short on anything, go ahead and come down to Party Place to get our decorations sorted out.

I also recommend an elaborate balloon arch for the party entrance to really set the tone.

I think taking this pumpkin arch as inspiration is a great way to embody the Halloweentown vibe.

Courtesy of Buzzfeed

For drinks and food, I would recommend paying a visit back to the movies to see what they can offer you. When you make foods and drinks that align with either the party theme or something specifically from a movie, it really adds a level of authenticity people love.

These marshmallow spiders are a great example and easy to make for all hot chocolate drinks!

(See Halloweentown High for their appearance in the franchise.)

Courtesy of Delish.com

Now for food and snacks, I will be honest, Pinterest is definitely the place to go for any kind of inspiration and how-to. There are some seriously creative people on there.

Lastly, let’s look at some more Halloween décor for the party.

As a I previously said, really try and take it over the top.

These floating candles are a wow factor and really easy to achieve the effect. I made them in college once, and they were totally a crowd-pleaser.

Courtesy of Eatingbender.com

For the rest of the décor and the general ambience of the party, think cooky spooky. Nothing too frightening but something on the brighter side of the Halloween fun. That represents Halloweentown to me more than anything. I think the table below really shows a good mix of it all.

Courtesy of Lady Decluttered

Now, have some fun and go crazy with it!

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Fall Fun and Fantastic Foliage

Now that the weather is finally starting to cool down, the leaves are starting to change, and the pumpkins are coming out, it is time for the beginning of the best time of year! What is that you might ask? Well, it is Fall of course.

There is something just so beautiful about the season. As George Eliot once said “Is not this a true autumn day? Just the still melancholy that I love—that makes life and nature harmonize.”

I think that quote just captures the autumn vibe perfectly.

Anyways, this is the perfect time of year to host some chill but festive parties before holiday madness kicks in. Now, trust me, I love a Halloween party, but I also enjoy a nice autumnal party just to get into the whole spirit of it all.

So, here are some of my favorite products from our online store I think you be perfect for any party, charcuterie night, or dinner that you want to invoke the autumnal vibe.

I know when we think of Fall we primarily think about warm jewel-toned colors like deep reds, oranges, greens, and yellows. However, hear me out and think about these Melamine Fall Checkered Chargers that come in a seafoam blue!

They pair perfectly with our Muted Autumn Fall Round Plates that are filled with that pumpkin goodness but truly stunning partyware pieces. Additionally, we have a matching table covers and napkins that can make this set complete. No need to struggle with finding things that match when you can have the perfect complimentary pieces for all of these.

Any fall shindig would be look perfectly perfect with our wide range of décor, but these plates and napkins are definitely my favorite.

Order online, browse our entire web store, or stop by in person to see all we have to offer for your party and celebration needs.