Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Easy and Affordable Party-Planning with Discount School Supply

Summer days mean extra hours to enjoy the beach, barbeque and backyard, and with this season come the summer celebrations that have young and old gathering together for fun in the sun. I’m Laurel Johnston, I work in Brand Marketing, and I sure seem to have a lot of baby showers, beach barbeques and kids’ birthday parties to host/attend this summer!

Thankfully, preparing for my summer celebrations is super easy and affordable with Discount School Supply's great selection of arts & crafts materials that can be used for d├ęcor, party favors and activities. I thought I’d share a few ideas with you in case you too find yourself in party central this season:

So Sweet of You to Come: The walkway into a candy-themed birthday party is extra sweet with balloons made to look like giant lollipops! Simply cover inflated balloons in Colorations® Cellophane Rolls tie at the base of the balloon with a matching ribbon, and stiffen the string with white straws or thin cardboard tubes to “stick” the lollypops into the ground. Bundle candy favors in cellophane as well, tie with a ribbon to close, letting each guest know that it was “sweet” of them to come!

Choo-Choo, Congrats to You: A train-themed baby shower is made extra fun with Decorate Your Own Wooden Trains. Use as a centerpiece, or as a creative way to hold cupcakes surrounding a cake stand. Have guests decorate their own one-of-a-kind train car, too-- either as a favor or to give to the new mom for the baby’s room or toy chest.
Ready, Set, Get Wet: Beach and pool parties are extra fun with a splash of creative expression! Letting guests decorate their own ball for is a great way to get everyone involved, even if, like me, they’re more inclined to keep theirs on dry land. Land lubbers might also like the Decorate-Your-Own Flying Discs too.

Pretty Pink Princesses: If there’s a little girl in your life, there’s probably a princess party or in your future. I’ve thrown two already and these Decorate-Your-Own Crowns and treasure boxes were huge hits at both. Princesses also made their own necklaces with beads and Rexlace for placing in the treasure boxes.

Want some more summer-themed ideas for parties and/or playtime with the kids? Discount School Supply has a free list of 25 fun and budget-friendly summer activity ideas online. Our Brand Marketing team helps prepare these ideas each season, and it’s always a fun project. If you have any ideas you think we should add to our ever-growing list, we invite you to share them here!

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