Locating great party supplies is something of a hobby for us. Though I really don’t love to shop, I do manage to find lots of cool stuff for parties. There are plenty of places to find neat decor–the hard part is recognizing it when you see it! You know us: we may love the fun stuff, but we hate to spend big bucks on it.
Michaels always has a vast array of possibilities, although it can also damage your budget, so keep an eye out for the chain’s 50 percent off coupons in your local paper, or, while you’re in Michaels, sign up for their email list; they’ll send you extra coupons. Watch for sales of items that have “centerpiece” written all over them. And, honestly, you never know what that might be, so keep an open mind (and imagination).
Floral Supply Syndicate with its very limited hours is open to both the wholesale trade and the public, but remember the prices are different. If you don’t have a resale number, don’t be disappointed if the cash register price is different from the one you saw on the shelf. The selection is astonishing, and even the retail prices are pretty reasonable. I’ve never been able to walk out with less than $50 on my invoice. Okay–there have been the few times that I’ve run in for just one item and have stuck to it, but it’s a rare day!
And what a fun place Moskatels is, not just for floral stuff but way more!There’s an array of vases that goes on for many aisles. They have all the stuff Michaels has and all the stuff FSS has and then they throw more at ya! This is fun store chock-full of great ideas and party decor galore, give yourself plenty of time to explore this one!
It’s not a huge chain, but I’m madly in love with Tai Pan Trading Company. The company is based in Utah and seems to have just five stores–two in California: one in Costa Mesa and one is close to me, across from the Ontario Mills. This store is gift-hunting heaven and a must destination for your tabletop. Their plates are priced reasonably enough that you can actually set a table for four or six with brand-new plates for less than $20. They have an enormous selection of silk flowers–not inexpensive but the silk floral rarely is. On the other hand, their glassware is incredibly reasonable.
Then there’s Stat’s & Fishbecks in Pasadena (and two other locations)– this store is just too much fun. Do not go in the door unless you’re feeling like you need to spend, spend, spend. But, oh, what fun you’ll have!
If you have a Saturday morning free, I highly recommend just meandering the area around LA’s floral mart. Between the garment district, the fabric district and the floral district, there are dozens of stores with the oft-mentioned reasonably priced décor. From sparkly items to fabric to use on your tables, to vases and other glassware, you can easily spend the whole day on a shopping death march. Bring a few bottles of water, cash and one of those rolling carts you see the bag ladies pulling so diligently. Trust me, they’re on to something. Oh yeah, bring a girlfriend to talk you down off the ledge when you think it will be your only chance to ever buy that perfect glass/fabric/vase/box again.