In my brainstorming quests, I'm usually trying to find something out-of-the-ordinary, something high quality and something easily accessible and affordable. Kind of impossible, but I found it at JCPenney in the MarthaCelebrations section! I was most excited to find her giant round balloons. Have you seen them in the pictures of fairytale weddings on Pinterest or in the magazines?:
My sister and I were having breakfast recently and there was a small party going on at a long table. Floating over this table were 3 giant round cotton candy balloons. They had such an impact! No other fluff was needed, the table looked fresh, modern and festive. I figured the balloons were probably expensive, bought in bulk and only available to the party planning trade. So I was happy I happened upon them again at JCPenny in every color!
And giant means giant and round means circle/ball. They are 36" inches in diameter, that's as wide as your front door! Martha sells them in sets of two for $10. The green Sweetgrass balloons are on sale online for $7.49. Here's a close-up:
Next up, I had been exploring disposable table covers that were not plastic. Martha Stewart read my mind! Take a look at these paper table covers, they look like hemstitched linen table cloths, tell it to your neighbor!:
These table covers are 108" long by 50" wide and could probably be cut with scissors to fit a smaller card table. They are $5 and the green is on sale online for $3.69. I found 10 different colors available at the store (black not pictured):
Now let's talk backdrops, banners and hanging decorations. Martha has it all at JCP. One stop shop. If I could have a photo booth at a party, I'd be using these easy garlands and streamers as the backdrop.
The hanging decorations are all different shapes, colors and materials. You'll be able to find the right style for your special party!
If you're gathering supplies for a candy bar at a party, Martha has the candy, containers and the scoops! Great colors:
Long story short: For our next spontaneous shindig, we now have extraordinary party supplies available to us in small quantities at great prices and just down the street at our nearest JCPenney. Thank you, Martha!
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