As you plan your child's party, it's easy to get overwhelmed by the amount of kids' birthday party supplies you need. Luckily, party supplies are available everywhere, from your local grocery store to the internet.
Before you start shopping, it's best to make a list of everything you need for the party. Without a list, it's easy to overspend on unnecessary impulse items. The following items are generally needed for a birthday party, so you should decide if you will purchase the items, make them yourself, or hire professionals to do the work.
The following supplies might be needed, depending on what you already own and the size of the party:
- Helium Tank
- Serving Equipment
- Canopy (for outdoor party)
Kids' Birthday Party Supplies Locally
Most kids' birthday party supplies can be bought close to home. Unless you are planning a truly one-of-a-kind party, you can find everything you need within driving distance.
If you are hosting a birthday party for a toddler or a preschooler, you will find most of your party decorations, invitations, and favors at your neighborhood grocery store. Grocery store items are often more expensive than other outlets, though, and might not be the best choice for a large party.
Warehouse stores can be a great place to shop, especially if you are buying in bulk. These large stores require customers to pay a membership fee, but most offer considerable discounts on a wide variety of items, including party favors, paper goods, and decorations. Warehouse stores typically sell larger items, such as tables and chairs, as well. Some warehouse stores also have bakeries and offer made-to-order birthday cakes. Popular warehouse stores include:
Party stores are specialty stores offering a wide selection of party goods. Most party stores carry decorations, paper goods, cutlery, tableware, pinatas, balloons, and costumes. Many also offer rentals on tables, chairs, and popcorn machines. Party stores are available in most major cities. Here are some nationwide party chains:
If you need larger items for the party, but you don't want to commit to a purchase, consider renting. Party rental stores are available in most cities and usually offer the following items:
- Helium Tanks
- Canopies & Tents
- Lawn Decorations
- Beverage Machines
- Serving Equipment
Many party rental providers even offer kid-sized tables and chairs. These are ideal for toddler and preschool parties since adult sized furniture is simply too large for comfort.
To find a party rental company, check your local Yellow Pages or visit the Yellow Pages online.
Kids' Birthday Party Supplies Online
Whether you are looking for an unusual item or you simply prefer shopping online, there are many kids' birthday party supply stores on the internet. At these sites, shopping is often as simple as entering a search term. Many even have supplies categorized by themes. Online party supply stores include:
Kids' Party Supply Kits
For the easiest option of all, consider a birthday party supply kit. These kits are sold by theme and include most of the things needed for the party. Many kits include invitations, balloons, tableware, decorations, and centerpiece. Most sell matching accessories, too. Some online stores selling prepackaged birthday party kits are: