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  1. A site redesign is a-brewing

    Written by Michael on April 13, 2017

    Howdy, folks!  Within the next 2 weeks Factory Direct Party will have an entirely new look that aims to be cleaner, easier to understand, and easier to use, on both desktop and mobile devices.  It's going to look remarkably different than the current design, so don't be shocked if you come back and things don't look familiar.

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  2. Balloons are fun... for everyone!

    Written by Party Gal on December 20, 2016

    Hey There Party People,

    So you've seen it on every other party website out there. Easy to make balloon creations, like balloon bouquets, balloon arches, and balloon drops. You might even have seen how to use 9" and 12" balloons to spell out messages. These are all really great ideas! Sure, you'll spend hours on Youtube looking at videos of how to assemble these fabulous balloon arches and have all your guest "Oooo" and "Ahhh" at your colorful creation. Oh, and how about a balloon drop where you'll teeter at the top of a really high ladder and staple netting to the ceiling while simultaneously trying not to break your neck? Sounds fun, doesn't it? That's all great, but what if you're like me and you just don't have the time and patience to patchke around like that? What if you like your neck the way it is, safe and unbroken? Face it. You're busy and you are looking for something with a little more wow! and pizzazz! (pizzazz: an attractive combination of vitality and glamour) anyway.  You want to make your party that much more exciting without actually having to do much work. And that gets you thinking: 'What could I possibly do with Factory Direct Party's huge selection of balloon supplies that would really throw this party over the edge you?' ask yourself. Well, I'm glad you asked.

    For starters you can pull a 'Danny Deck Chair'. That is where you take a nice sturdy lawn chair and tether it to the ground using our balloon weights and our 100 yd. holographic or metallic and 500 yd. poly spools of curling ribbon. Then you'll tie a good 100 or so helium balloons to the back of the chair. Strap your guest of honor in and, instead of lifting the chair by hand (too much work!), you simply cut off the weights and watch as your surprised guest of honor goes floating up, up and away (this works best outdoors). Don't worry – it's completely safe (if you're made out of latex or foil, like our balloons)... plus, your guest can come back down at any time by slowly popping the balloons one by one.  Don't care much for the guest of honor? Just forget to give him/her a sharp pokey thing to pop the balloons with! Your guest of honor will end up somewhere far, far away.

    But seriously folks, don’t try this stuff at home. Stick with the balloon arches and bouquets. They’re gorgeous and are totally worth the effort!

    You can also create really cute Hot air balloon center pieces for your party in 3 simple steps.

    1. Take a basket, fill it with brightly colored tissue paper or tissue shred.
    2. You can put little bags of candy or party favors on top of the paper.
    3. Lastly you'll tie together a bouquet of 5-15 balloons (depending on the size of the basket) and secure them to balloon weights which you will drop into your basket and Voila! A stunning center piece that only takes minutes to assemble.

    Keep reading for more great ideas from me, Party Gal!

    Always remember that at FactoryDirectParty.com we are budget friendly because we can be! And we will not apologize for that.

    Disclaimer: Factory Direct Party does not in any way shape or form advise attempting the "Danny Deck Chair" referred to above. Floating with the use of helium balloons should not be attempted at home or anywhere else for that matter and should be left to trained professionals. Achieving liftoff and/or flight through the use of helium balloons may result in serious injury or death.

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  3. Cookie Party

    Written by Party Gal on November 18, 2016

    Cookie or flower seed exchange party: Each guest should receive their invitation attached to a cookie tray. The day of the party, each guest brings their tray laden with sugary treats to exchange. Make sure all guests write their recipe down for everyone to follow! For convenience, guests may want to individually wrap their cookies and/or place them in goodie bags to give to each other. The host should have plenty of spare plates and cups to help their guests with all the food.  Put your cookies out on white and red oval trays to snack on. Serve iced tea in our fancy cups with a lemon wedge on the side. Make them disposable to help with clean up!

    Alternatively, gardeners can have a flower seed exchange party, where the theme should be all the beautiful colors of the flowers they intend to grow with the seeds they are swapping! Pretty plates, balloons, and streamers will add a festive, springtime look. To get festive, use lime green, yellow, sky blue, orange, purple, and hot pink. Our leaf plates will help inspire while making your party look its prettiest. Serve your guests any food that needs to grow! Crudités are perfect! Slice cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots, radishes and celery, and serve with a spinach dip. Place it on our scrollwear trays and serve the dip in the matching scroll bowl. Factory Direct Party also has matching plates to coordinate!

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  4. Enchantment Under the Sea

    Written by Party Gal on June 29, 2016

    Who doesn’t love a good “Back to the Future” reference? For this 1950’s cum 1980’s party, dress in your most radical 1980’s wear. Pull out the fluorescents you were hoping would be banned for all eternity, your slouchy socks, high ponytails, and leg warmers. For a sea-friendly feel, use lots of different colored blue cutlery, table covers, table skirts, plates, cups, and trays to serve on. Accent with some silver as well. Throw up lots of plastic fake pearls for a fun feel. Decorate a trunk with lots of “jewels” by crumpling up some tissue paper balls and placing the lid in a half open position so others will see the jewels. Line the chest with silver or gold metallic wrap. Throw in some plastic fake pearls for good measure. Throw some silver streamers around the room for a wave-like effect and interlace some with pearls. Add some “sea-weed” by taping green streamers to the walls going from the floor to the ceiling “waving” in the ocean breeze. You can use a revolving fan on a light setting to get the wavy look just perfect. For food, serve tuna fish salad, lox, crackers, sushi, and blue colored gelatin. They would look fabulous in a shell or flower-shaped dessert cup. Place any other dessert on a mini-leaf plate.  Throw a guitar and amp in the corner and see who can do the best Chuck Berry impression.

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  5. Honeycomb around the world...

    Written by Party Gal on December 29, 2015

    Happy New Year to our customers around the world and thank you to our friends in Denmark for the pictures of the setup they created using different sized and colored honeycomb balls!  With the honeycomb decorations gaining global popularity (honeycomb items are our number one export!), now is a great time to get creative and try them out at your next party.

    Tip: Try using them to create Jumbo Lollypops. All you need are 12" or 14" honeycomb balls and wooden dowels (available at any home improvement or arts 'n crafts store).

    Making honeycomb tissue projects are as easy as 1-2-3!

    1. Lay a closed honeycomb ball on a flat surface.
    2. Use clear scotch tape to stick the wooden dowel to the back (what will become the center once opened) of the closed honeycomb ball.
    3. Open the honeycomb ball and hang your Lollypop decoration where everyone will see it and marvel at your genius.


    Back to our overseas friends – check out these awesome setups!

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  6. March Madness!

    Written by Party Gal on February 22, 2015

    March Madness is almost here! Thanks to Factory Direct Party, your b-ball game viewing has just gotten better. Factory Direct Party offers a whole line of plastic tableware that you can use to mix and match in style. Are you a University of Arizona fan? Go blue with a red table skirt underlay. Norte Dame your team? Go gold on top and blue skirt on the bottom. Show your true team spirit! It will have a wonderful effect on the party room and have your guests rooting for more! Throw in some high quality disposable plates, napkins, and cutlery and you are set for the season! Don’t forget the must-haves for any game! High quality beer cups. They are available in a wide range of colors to help you get into game-day mode. Try to really get yourself into the spirit by hanging up orange honeycomb tissue balls! They are the newest and hottest thing in decorating. Spray them around the room or have them arc in a series to demonstrate a three-pointer.  They come in sizes of 8”, 12”, 14”, and 19” inches. Your friends will be your biggest fans! Here at Factory Direct Party, we believe that your party should be high quality and low cost. We throw in the incredible customer service as an added bonus because we love our customers!

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  7. Neighborhood Block Party

    Written by Party Gal on July 14, 2014

    Fire up the BBQ and meet your neighbors! Serve all food on disposable plates, trays, and cups, and add beer cups for the adults. For a kitschy feel, add disposable gingham tablecloths to your picnic. Serve classic BBQ foods such as hot dogs, hamburgers, ribs, steaks (if you’re so inclined!), fries, baked potatoes, salad, and macaroni salad. Factory Direct Party also has great salad bowls and serveware to impress your guests! Serve condiments in our adorable mousse cups for a touch of class. For dessert, serve American Apple pie and ice cream. We have disposable pie cutters and ice cream bowls to help with that! Get to know your neighbors by playing charades or a board game. A big bucket of chalk will be great for the kids to get along.

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  8. Pomegranate Punch

    Written by Party Gal on June 11, 2014

    Ah, summer. Nothing says delicious and refreshing like a nice tall glass of punch. Make this for your next BBQ (adults only!) or family get together (alcohol free!)

    Here is what you'll need:

    • Champagne (or Sparkling Cider)
    • Pomegranate Juice
    • Club Soda (or Ginger Ale)
    • Citrus Vodka (or Orange Juice)

    Mix 2 cups of champagne (or sparkeling cider!) with 1 cup of pomegranate juice, 1 cup of seltzer (or ginger ale), and 1/2 cup of citrus vodka (or orange juice!) in one of our large bowls. Use one of our premium quality ladles to pour your party drink mix into our margarita cups to present with a festive flare! Garnish with a slice of orange and enjoy the summer!

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  9. Champagne Punch

    Written by Party Gal on June 02, 2014

    Planning a large party or celebration? Check out this recipe for an awesome party mix! Mix the following in one of our large party bowls:

    • 1 Cup Cointreau (orange liqueur)
    • 1 Cup brandy
    • 6 Bottles of champagne
    • Crushed ice
    • 1 Cup sugar
    • 1 small orange (sliced thin)
    • 1 lemon (sliced thin)
    • Whole strawberries, with the tops cut off

    Mix well and serve in our elegant margarita cups for even more style! Garnish the margarita cups with sugar around the rim (like a sweetened margarita!) for an even more professional look. Impress your guests with your party know-how. Relax and enjoy the party!

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  10. Las Vegas/Casino Night

    Written by Party Gal on April 24, 2014

    The glitz of Las Vegas has never been closer to your own living room! You can make the evening a casual affair of today or an old time-y dressed up feel from yesteryear. If you choose to dress up, make sure you wear your finest hats, jewelry, and elegant dresses to give it that rich feel.

    For poker tables, set up a round table with a green tablecloth and tie it down to the legs to allow for a smooth surface. Use a black table skirt draped around the table to complete the look – really, who needs to see all those legs? Place chairs around the table and set up with poker chips. (Don’t forget to have the dealer wear a bow-tie!) More chips should be awarded to those who bring a nice dish to eat (this is not your Las Vegas $2.99 All-You-Can-Eat affair!).  Mousse, elegant cakes, salads, and caviar would be an excellent touch. Make your presentation classy with our beautiful serveware, caviar spoons, fancy bowls, and dessert miniatures.

    Don’t forget the alcohol. Lucky for you, Factory Direct Party also has a wonderful collection of barware including wine glasses, margarita glasses, mini martini glasses, and champagne cups – all available at incredible prices! Add some real sparkle to the night with balloon weights as centerpieces on the serving tables. Next, relax and watch your guests place bets on your awesome hosting skills.

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  11. Finals/Midterms Midnight Breakfast

    Written by Party Gal on November 04, 2013

    For the students in your life who are stressed by finals or midterms and are up all night studying, host a midnight breakfast! Late in the evening serve waffles, pancakes, fruits, and cereal to help fuel their learning minds. Put everything in disposable dinnerware so the students do not have to worry about dishes when their done. Teach them a valuable lesson on economics and saving by purchasing your disposable tableware right here at Factory Direct Party!

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