Timetable for Planning a Fantastic Summer Fun Party

Stay organized and prepared with the planning timetable below! You can even print out the list and check off each item as you finish it.

3-4 Weeks Before The Party
• Set budget
• Rent tables and chairs
• Arrange for any special help
• Make a list of your basic supplies and needs
• Send out invitations
• Decide on theme and order decorations

2-3 Weeks Before The Party
• Plan your menu
• Prepare food ahead of time, if possible, and freeze
• Purchase favors and tableware
• Choose music
• Order any flowers
• Determine your event schedule for activities (games, mingling, food) – always have a few extra ideas in your bag

1 week Before The Party
• Finalize the headcount, but be flexible that it may change
• Purchase beverages
• Check camera equipment and purchase film

2-3 Days Before The Party
• Confirm all arrangements
• Purchase any fresh food
• Give helpers a specific task from your list
• Arrange your serving trays and dishes
• Arrange favors
• Decide on what you will wear!
1 Day Before The Party
• Decorate!
• Complete food preparation and pick up ordered food items
• Set tables
• Make room for coats and purses
• Purchase ice

The Day Of The Party
• Put out any outdoor decorations
• Set out bowls of candy and nuts
• Give last-minute instructions to helpers
• Set up the bar
• Prepare any last-minute food
• Put your camera out so you are sure to capture the memories
• Start the music, light candles, set the mood
• Get ready for the event – a bath, glass of wine, exercise – whatever gets you in the right mood
• Relax and enjoy the party!

Party TipZ for a Beautiful First Communion Party

Spring is the time for First Communions and a party is a fantastic way to mark this milestone in your loved one’s spiritual life. There are tons of ways you can make it an event to remember including decorations, personalized banners and party favors.

Gather guests for your party with beautiful personalized invitations. You can choose the invitation design and add your own custom wording. We suggest the Dreaming of Moonlight Invitation. Its sleek vertical design is perfect for a simple but elegant affair.

Use personalized banners to greet guests or congratulate the communicant. We have beautiful vinyl banners perfect for the event. The banners are printed on heavy-duty, weather-resistant vinyl with or without metal grommets for hanging. Plus, you can choose from seven different sizes to fit your decorating needs. For a First Communion we suggest the Christian Faith Personalized Banner with a Bible and cross design.

Decorations for this party can be simple, elegant items. Gossamer is a fantastic decorating material. It makes beautiful swags, drapes, curtains and coverings for walls, tables and ceilings. Try star patterned gossamer for this theme and check out our Gossamer TipZ for ideas on how to use it.

Add a floral accent with cracked ice roses and ivy and rose bud garland. The floral accent is great for the springtime and for adding a simple touch to the event. Red rose mylar balloons are also a great touch.

Balloons are a classic decoration. Create balloon bunches in odd numbers and secure them with curling ribbon. They’re great for dressing up tables, walkways and doors. Add a bunch to your lamppost to let guests know where the party is.

A party isn’t a party without food. Decorate your tables for a beautiful place to celebrate. For a centerpiece try the Gazebo Candleholder or the Standing Rose Bouquet. Spruce things up with silk rose petals or red rose confetti. Serve your party snacks on the Colorful Gingham Tableware Ensemble. Its fresh, springy colors and pattern are perfect for this event. Accent your table with votive candles for a simple but elegant touch.

Thank your guests for sharing in the special day by sending them home with favors to remember the party by. Fill frosted candy boxes with baked treats, candy or other favors. Personalized candles also make a great favor. You can add a logo and wording to our candles for a beautiful personalized favor.

Tell us your ideas for a beautiful First Communion Party.

Decorations and Supplies for a Fantastic Business Party

You won’t have to wait for the end of the year to experience the thrill this business party is sure create!

We’ve gathered everything you’ll need to decorate and celebrate executive style, and to guarantee fun for everyone!  Decorating for this party can be fairly simple if this party will be held at an office, or in a backyard.  Try to greet your guests with a festive welcome, and create over-the-top tables for eating, and for food display!

Outdoor decorations:

Line a walkway with our red Shimmer Stars, writing each guest’s name on a star.  Tape the stars with masking or duct tape to the sidewalk, walkway or exterior walls leading to the site of the party.  The stars can also be used on the food table and as place cards.

Attach a bouquet of helium filled Balloons to a light post or mailbox so there will be no mistaking where the fun will be that day!

Indoor Decorations

Our Orange Cheer Phones (sport cones) are great for party activities, and they will also add a great splash of color to any party location!

Stand life-sized stand ups of people around the table…all employees would be welcome guests!

Balloons can economically transform any room or yard into a festive space in a matter of minutes by using some of the following ideas:
*If you are trying to fill a large space, or create a fun photo backdrop, try a Balloon Arch or Column.  You can select the colors to match your color scheme.
*Your guests will be impressed with our Star Balloon Drop.  You can use it as a huge decorating focal point, and then release the balloons at your own perfect timing!

*Use a Helium Tank to fill balloons.  Tie Curling Ribbon to balloons, and group them together. (Odd numbers look best: 3, 5, or 7) Place groupings of balloons around the party site.

If your party is indoors, or if you are eating in a separate room, Streamers offer an economical way to splash lots of color around the site of the party.  They look terrific hanging from doorframes or cascading vertically down walls.

Table Decorations & Napkins:

Setting a table with the party ware, including the tablecloth, cups, plates, napkins, and cutlery is the fastest way to create a focal point in a room.  If you are serving your food buffet style, simply lay out the ensemble pieces on a side-board or serving table. Add one or a few of the following touches to personalize your tables:

Hang personalized signs down the back of each chair around the table.  A treasured sign will hang in your garage, office or basement for many years to come!

Set a personalized Cheer Phone at each place setting as a place card.

If you have a water cooler, put it in the middle of the room so you can socialize “around the cooler.”

Add other personalized items, such as a Stadium Cup to each place setting to let the honored guest know just how special he/she is.  These items will stir fond memories of the “best party ever” for many years to come.

Order Napkins and have them imprinted with your party slogan and the design of your choice.  Select a metallic or foil imprint.  The napkins will serve several purposes…great decorating in disguise and a treasured memento for a scrapbook.  Try one of the following ideas to liven up your table:

The napkins can be laid out on a serving table, or can be displayed at each place setting.  Place napkins in the center of each place setting at an angle.

Unfold the napkins, pinch each in the center of the napkin and place the center point in the bottom of each cup. This adds a festive touch while the cups are still empty.

Tie napkins with Curling Ribbon and place in the center of each plate at an angle.  Add a Pen to the top of each bundle.  The cutlery can also be added before the napkin is tied with ribbon.

Business Party Supplies

For every party there are a few basic elements that you need no matter what your theme. All of these items will work whether you are hosting an intimate family gathering or a blowout bash for 200 guests. The quantity you will need, of course, depends on your budget and the number of guests you expect.

• Balloons
• Centerpieces
• Confetti
• Curling Ribbon
• Beverages
• Favors
• Food
• Appetizers
• Main Course
• Desserts
• Cake
• Glassware
• Gossamer – a terrific lightweight decorating material!
• Invitations
• Luminaries
• Party Lights
• Twinkle Lights
• Music – background or dancing
• Personalized Napkins
• Placecards
• Punch Bowl or Pitchers
• Serving Trays
• Plastic Cutlery
• Streamers
• Table Covers and Skirting
• Tableware
• Tables and Chairs

and most importantly…an attitude of fun! Take the time to enjoy the planning as much as the party.

Invitation Ideas for a Business Party Blast

After selecting this theme for your party, choose a slogan to use in your invitations, and to use in tying in decorations and personalized favors to your business theme.  Try one of the following if you don’t have one in mind:
• “Rock Out After You Clock Out!”
• “Shout Out ‘Cause Work is Out!”
• “Business Bash!”
• “Loosen Your Tie, Let’s Eat Some Pie!”
• “Drop the Pen, Let the Party Begin!”


Choose one of the following invitations to let your guests know what a blast they will have at the party:
• Treat your guests to an invitation that will transport them straight to the party.  Start with a personalized clock invitation, which can be imprinted with your slogan and any wording you wish.  Attach a pen or mini calculator to the invite with curling ribbon, and you could paraphrase the wording to create a very clever invitation.  For example, “Clock me out Boss, I’m ready to party!”
• Throw a sprinkling of confetti into each envelope to give guests a sneak peak of the fun that awaits them!

Fantastic Favors for Mother’s Day Gifting

Imprinted FramesFun Favors:

Give guests frames imprinted with special party details. Try one of our inexpensive imprinted acrylic frames, or one of our other specially imprinted frames. Either use a Polaroid camera to send a picture home with your guests, or mail souvenir photos at a later date.

Check out our selection of custom imprinted glassware. Guests can drink water, juice, etc. from the special glass, then take the glass home and fondly recall the party every time they see the glass.  They will add a lovely decorative touch to your tables…tie a small piece of ribbon to
each stem for an elegant look.


Order pink or lavender napkins and have them imprinted with your party slogan and the design of your choice. Select a metallic or foil imprint. The napkins will serve several purposes…great decorating in disguise and a treasured memento for the birthday girl’s scrapbook. Try one of the following ideas to liven up your table:
-The napkins can be laid out on a serving table, or can be displayed at each place setting. Place napkins in the center of each place setting at an angle.
-Tie napkins with curling ribbon or gossamer streamers, and place in the center of each plate at an angle.  The cutlery can also be added before the napkin is tied with ribbon. Tie the napkin bundle with a Pearl Beads, or slip the napkin into a photo napkin ring for a more elegant look.


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