Sunday, January 31, 2010

Where To Get Supplies

As I prepare for bachelorette parties, I'm always running around the city picking up supplies at different stores, or perusing the Internet looking for the best buys. People at the parties are always asking "where did you find this?" so I figured I would share the wealth.

All New Yorkers know that the back room of Ricky's NYC is a bachelorette party gold mine. As long as you can muster up the courage to venture past the door beads and the "Adults Only" sign- you can find all the ingredients you need to make a successful bachelorette party including name tags, goody bags, penis straws, veils, bachelorette t-shirts and napkins, etc. Ricky's is great, because almost every neighborhood has one, and it's a quick and easy stop. The only con is that Ricky's can be pretty pricey.

Enter Party City. There's only one in the city (14th street between 5th & 6th), but I used to live two blocks away, so that was quite convenient for me. Party City has a lot of the same things; they are just not as "X" rated as some of the things found at Ricky's. You can still find your name tags, veils, bachelorette napkins etc, as well as other necessary party supplies including glow sticks, boas, and Mardi Gras beads. If you need to set a table - Party City is great to pick up utensils, plates, napkins, balloons, crepe paper, table cloths etc in fun colors (which can also be a lot cheaper than the bachelorette napkins, or you can use them as accents). If you have time, you can even order from their website. If you sign up for their e-mail list, you can get coupons to help save you some extra dough. Here's a link to their bachelorette party merchandise, and below are a few of my favorites.

Bachelorette Party Balloons: An easy way to make the event space look festive!

Bachelorette Sash: So everyone knows who the bride to be is (perfect for your BFF who refuses to wear a veil)!

Scratch A Dare Cards: This way everyone can get in on the fun and the crazy activities!

Bride Martini Glass: Give her a special glass and make her a signature drink!

Another great resource for supplies (especially those not in NYC) is an oldie but goodie. Remember how growing up your mom ordered gifts for your birthday party goody bags from the Oriental Trading catalog? Well who knew it's now a great website to order your bachelorette party accessories from? SuperBridesmaid did! Just like Party Cirty, Oriental Trading is a great stop for items like plates, napkins, balloons etc- and is even cheaper. If you sign up for their e-mail list, they always have great offers going on including free shipping and other coupons. They always have great sales going on, and don't just look at the bachelorette items. Check out all areas on the site, I have ordered heart shaped lollypop rings before that were a big hit. Depending on the size of your party, this is a great place to order any candy for your girls' night out, as they have great deals on bulk quantities (since I know many of us don't want to schlep up to the new Costco at 116th st). Here are some of my favorites from Oriental Trading:

Bachelorette Party Pack: An easy set that has everything you need to make the party festive!

Shot glass rings: She’s got the bling, now give her a ring to hold her alcohol!

Mardi Gras beads: Make sure everyone knows you are part of the bachelorette party by giving everyone beads to wear!

What supplies and decorations are your favorites? Any good hiding spots in the city that you've found?
Happy Bridesmaiding!

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