Shopping for parties is so much fun, but can be overwhelming. Especially if you only shop for party goods a few times a year. We've found a few Etsy shops that are quickly becoming our regular go-to party sources and we would love to share them with you!
Based in Los Angeles, CA
13,000+ reviews 5 star average
This shop offers:
colored sugars | sprinkles | AWESOME edible sugar decorations | coloring and flavoring gels | cupcake liners | packaging | goodie bags | paper straws | cupcake toppers | cookie cutters
Sweet Estelle's Baking Supply is our favorite source for sugars and sprinkles. Not too mention some of the neatest edible sugar decorations imaginable!
Based in Danville, VA
8,500+ reviews 5 star average
This shop offers:
Paper straws | BENDY paper straws | PLASTIC mason jars and lids | party packaging | containers | silverware bags | cookie cutters | sprinkles | baking cups | cupcake toppers
The Party Fairy has some of the coolest party containers. Lot's of bright colors, or basic kraft paper. We love it all!
Based in Yorkville, IL
700+ reviews 5 star average
This shop offers:
UNIQUE cookie cutters | cupcake liners | cake and cupcake toppers | edible sugar decorations | sprinkles | party packaging | paper straws | gel paste food coloring | pastry tips and bags
Sugar Fox Shop is our absolute favorite shop for cookie cutters. So many fun designs. We want them ALL!
Based in Minneapolis, MN
(holla! FTS hometown)
360+ reviews 5 star average
This shop offers:
AMAZING favor box printables! You receive a PDF YOU print for your party. We especially love the crayon boxes (using those next month!) and the pizza slices...CUTE!
Favor Makers, I'm in love. Seriously can't get over the crayon boxes!
1,500+ reviews 5 star average
Approaching 10k sales
This shop offers:
Printed goodie bags | paper straws | party containers | NEAT deli wrap paper | natural wood utensils | 36” round balloons | ribbon | twine | tape | mini colored clothes pins | paper doily | airmail envelopes
Creative Juice Cafe is one of our newest discoveries. Ordered up the French Fry Boxes and can't wait to play around with them. You HAVE to check out the over the top cool deli wrap paper they offer. Oh, and 36" round balloons...woohoo!
We hope you'll check out some of these shops. You won't be disappointed!
Do you have a favorite Etsy shop for party goods? Share your discoveries with us!
I'm pumped to share with you a project I've been working on for a few weeks now. It began as a document I wanted to create for personal use. Then I realized that this is totally something I need to share with my fine friends. I designed this party planner to be simple and minimalistic. I wanted function rather than overly designed pieces of paper. The initial design process was relatively simple. It was converting the planner to a PDF form that was a major pain in the ...well, you know what.
I'm happy to say with extreme triumph... It's READY for use!
I hope you'll find it useful! Feel free to leave feedback in the comments below if you think of anything I should add to the Planner, or if you're using it and dig it.
Thanks yo and don't forget...plan. party. awesome.
Purpose - the reason why something is done or used: the aim or intention of something
Set realistic expectations for yourself. Are you capturing an important day in your family’s life or trying to get your party published in a magazine? Weeks, maybe even months ago, you set out to plan the perfect party and I’m sure you found great inspiration from beautifully photographer parties. Keep in mind that many of those may have been staged to sell a product. There is absolutely nothing wrong with these inspiring parties. Just keep in mind that you are hosting a REAL party; there’s going to be uncooperative children, questionable lighting, and lots and lots of movement. If you set your expectations to capture the feel of your party, rather than just the details, you will be much happier with your results. The details are important too, so we’ll cover that in week 2.
Decide what’s most important to you. Do you want eighteen photos of the food table, or a photo of the three generations that will be present? Pre-plan what your must have shots are. If you’ve written a list of photographs you want to have after the party, you’re more likely to remember to take them during the party, or ask someone to take them. Don’t be afraid to have a checklist handy and ask a trusted family member or friend (preferably someone who won’t be chasing down 3 kids of their own) to help you make sure the photos are taken.
What will you do with the photos after the party? If you spend a little time deciding what the fate of your photos will be, you’re likely to capture the party more as a whole. I am a scrapbooker Project Life scrapbooker. When I think about what I’ll want to include in my spread for the party, I capture more meaningful moments. Maybe you create a digital book for the guest of honor as a keepsake, or you have an ongoing party portfolio. With clear intention of the purpose of the photos, you already have a predetermined goal in mind.
"Hey Pops, I really want a picture of you and little Jimmy." If you really want to get a shot of the birthday boy with his Dad and Grandpa, tell the dad and grandpa! Ask them to remind you if you forget. Chances are they will. This goes back to your checklist. Now instead of it being in your head, you have it written on a list and have said it out loud. These are all subtle triggers to remind you to take action.
Be present! Get in some of those shots too. Hand over the camera (take a deep breath control freaks, this is a big step!) I am 100% guilty of NOT doing this. When I look back at my daughter’s third birthday party, I am in one, ONE, photo, and it’s not even with her! Grrr! I could spit it makes me so mad. I only have myself to blame. I never handed the camera over. I was too freaked out about controlling the photos that were captured that I forgot to BE in the photos.
Your turn! Share you best tips for photographing your party with purpose!
The pressure to photograph the perfect party can be super debilitating. I’ve suffered from this. Gwen’s first birthday party, gah. When I looked back at the photos after the party, I thought my mistakes were composition of the candy buffet or the shot with the ugly blue folding chairs around the table. No, my real mistake was not fully capturing the memories. Sure I have photos of the cake, party favors, and candy buffet (albeit not the ones I truly wanted) but my mistakes were missed key moments. The guests watching G eat her smash cake. I have about 30 shots of her with cake everywhere, but none of her grandparents laughing as she tries to feed me cake. Damn it!
When I sat down to write this article, I thought it would be a list of tips. I realized that there are four key elements to photographing a well-planned party. I will be sharing my tips and tricks over the next few weeks in a series.
Part 1: Photographing your party with purpose – I’ll share insight and tips about making sure you capture your party with intention
Part 2: The details – photographing all the hard work you’ve put into personalizing the party
Part 3: Capturing the mood – tips on taking great candid moments and posed shots
Part 4: Techie Stuff – we’ll talk about camera settings, lighting, and post editing
I'm excited to share this series with you, and I hope you'll find inspiration, usefull information and of course, a little humor.