Welcome to Your New House! Ideas for Your Home Warming Party


Take a page from the book of domestic best wishes and make your home a center of warmth, light and life for the occasion of your house warming party.

Plants = Life. Plants symbolize the wish, “May your home always have life.” The colors you choose can reflect this wish, and this time of year there’s no better way to go than the hues of spring regeneration.

To start, visit the shop-by-color store. This year we are leaning toward a citrus green paired with fresh white and accented with pastel flower colors such as yellow, pink or lavender. A bright green with hot pink would mod-ify the space; a sky blue with white would reflect more serenity but still be in keeping with a bright spring day.

As you ponder your color options, you’ll also notice materials that are available for covering large areas for different effects:

  • Corrugated paper is 4 feet wide, which is perfect for instant wall wainscoting.

  • Lengths of gossamer covering walls, windows or ceiling can soften a room, and patterns (e.g., clouds against blue sky) can transform.

  • Floral sheeting as table runners adds touchable texture.

These background materials are fun to use on their own merits, but they also mean you have fill-in décor for wherever your home may still be under-furnished or unpacked!

Light = Light. Lights symbolize the wish, “May you always have light through the dark times.” Here are just a few ways to provide restrained, gentle light:

  • Line the main walkway to the house with luminarias. We have the old-fashioned kind for purists, but also new LED and electric options. Our personalized white luminary bags would be perfect for a house warming with a photo of the household and welcome message for the guests.

  • Create a focal point with one or more LED trees with white, green or blue bulbs. (Please note that you will not find a better price on a quality, 7-foot prelit tree.)

  • Paper lanterns – for ceiling or floor – will not only bring festive lighting but also color to an oft-neglected space.

The traditional way to bring the wish for light is with candles, so candle favors are a natural here. Shop our DIY favor pages for the raw materials and embellishments to coordinate a votive style with the rest of the décor and to make them your own.

Wood = Warmth. Wood symbolizes the wish, “May you enjoy warmth, peace and stability.”

Of course your colors, flowers and lights have already put you on a warm path. What will progress the theme further is tying your look together with accents that are rustic, homespun and/or natural. Examples:

  • Place 4” pots of spring flowers in tin buckets; finish with raffia bows.

  • Choose a whimsical icon, such as a retro flower or butterfly, which you can incorporate into the décor as props, wall cutouts and/or tableware.

  • Embellish tables, doorways and handrails with a leaf garland from the Garden Party store.

We hope this gives you food for thought about your house warming get-together – and may you always make life more fun!

Spring Break Parties and Mixer Ideas


It’s time for spring break, but you can’t get away?  No problem – just bring the party to your house!  Many of your friends would love to have a warm beach “vacation”, so send out beach ball invitations and prepare to party!

Decorate for Your Spring Break Party

It’s easy to create a beach scene. Puddle some gold and silver mottled gossamer fabric on the ground to look like sand.  Place a couple of beach towels on the ground and drape them in order to provide decoration. Hang brightly colored decorative lanterns.   An inflatable palm tree cooler does double duty as a main decoration and as icy place to store cans and bottles.  You can provide water bottles and soda, but everyone loves smoothies, especially when they’re served in tropical coconut cups!

Spring Break Mixer Ideas

As your guests arrive, direct them to a table where they can decorate beach pail sets with permanent markers and quick drying paints.  The pails can be used later as the bowls for ice cream sundaes, as well as souvenirs to take home from your spring break party.

Challenge your guests to a limbo or hula hooping contest. How low can they go?  How long can they hula hoop?  Can they spin the hoop on their arm? Can they make it go up and down their body?  It’s not as easy as it looks!  You can also use beach balls and play a game of beach volleyball. Make it harder by having people play while only using one hand!  Another fun, mixer game is to balance a beach ball on a plastic shovel and see who can walk the farthest without dropping the ball.  And while you party, play music that inspires people to wear hula skirts and silk leis!

The Spring Break Mixer Send Off

Spring break inspires memories.  Send guests home with party favors and souvenirs.  Not only can they take home their beach buckets, but if you have everyone sign the beach balls, it will truly be a spring break to remember!

Spring Birthday Celebrations with Family


Make spring party theme ideas the basis for a special family birthday celebration.

To select a birthday party theme that also celebrates a “spring thing,” consider the birthday honoree’s interests. For many people, spring marks a return to gardening, birding, golf and other popular pastimes. These activities lend themselves well to birthday party themes that utilize color and decorations we associate with spring.

Take the family member’s hobby and work it into a birthday theme slogan: “Help Tim Tee Off on His 29th” or “Ella’s Garden Party Birthday” are examples. You could also tie the theme and slogan to a “first,” which is a natural for spring, such as the first firing up of the grill for the barbecue season, first spring flowers, etc.

Dora and Friends, a safari party or a “spring training” baseball party herald the return to green backyard adventures for the younger members of the family who have spring birthdays.

While it’s wonderful to plan an outdoor spring birthday party, it’s certainly not necessary if weather or other circumstances make the outdoors too “iffy.” In that case, just select a few standout spring party decorations for the great indoors. Look for:

  • A trio of towering 68” tulips to hang from the ceiling

  • Our rose topiary standee ready for your special birthday message

  • The photorealistic, dew-dropped Leaves of Grass banner from our Spring Banners collection

  • Green and pink argyle-patterned golf party supplies for the inveterate golfer in the family

  • An ivory birdcage centerpiece ready for bright spring greenery

  • Big, beautiful and textural tissue flowers, butterflies and topiaries

  • Shop Spring Party Supplies soon for the best selection and create a fresh combination of spring colors, activities and a special birthday for a memorable family celebration.

    Take Advantage of Warm Weather – Throw a Garden Party!


    Large Garden Party Tulips

    Large Garden Party Tulips

    It’s coming to the end of spring, and the flowers are all in bloom. If you have a beautiful garden, show it off to your friends and family by throwing a garden party!

    A party in the backyard is a great way to gather around your loved ones and let them bask in the warm sun, while they admire your green thumb. There are a lot of garden party supplies you can purchase to spruce up your yard for the bash!

    A floral banner welcoming your guests is a great way to get the celebration going. To give your garden a magical feel, add some white columns or a cardboard waterfall to the background.

    You can also purchase topiaries or a fountain to add to the lively springtime tone of your garden. If you have a fence in your yard, purchase some faux-vines or roses to add to the effect.

    Garden parties can also be thrown in the evening hours! Decorate with standing luminous columns or hanging white lights to make your party sparkle.

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