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My Favorite Online Party Suppliers
When the days are long and the nights are warm its time to celebrate out of doors. Lounging with friends is the seasonal sport I enjoy most. With the proliferation of on-line party suppliers, adding great style to your next party takes just a click. Here some of my favorite finds.
Chefs-garden.com Garnish chilled soups, toss sexier salads, freeze charming ice cubes using micro blossoms and herbs. Of course you can grow your own or establish an account with this organic family farm that is a favorite resource of picky chefs and fastidious food stylists.
Okamotostudionyc.com Ready-to-wear ice is the latest offering from the ice studio known for its frozen fashion statements. Cubes and cylinders to dress up raw bars also makes great white wine or soup chillers. Dry ice makes shipping anywhere overnight doable.
Icecaters.com Chill your drinks with giant jawbreaker-sized ice balls which melt slowly and make cosmos truly cool. Order a box for your next party and they'll arrive overnight.
Plumparty.com Looking for a treasure trove of party supplies? This is the spot. Plus they distribute the entire line of vibrant, sturdy, fashionable French Bull melamine tableware. The positive/negative floral prints in orange and white or black and white will look smart even after a season of dishwashering.
Foryourparty.com Stock up on paper cocktail napkins with your monogram, a summer address, or even a favorite print. With about 50 napkin colors to select from and a very easy ordering system you can flash bespoke style when you serve your next mojito.
Technobake.com Professional suppliers are always a marvelous resource for great serving accessories. Panibois baking baskets, made from lightweight poplar wood, are manufactured to be oven safe for bakers but I think they make appealing lunch trays.
Lunarbazaar.com Create the warm glow of ambient light without wax or electricity, LED battery lights feature an on/off switch and a 10-inch flexible cord for versatile hanging. Each order includes replacement batteries to illuminates paper lanterns or containers from birdhouses to colorful glass orbs and resin vases.
Canyoudigit.com Create a sandy centerpiece, host your own sand sculpture competition with beach tools and directions found on this site or do as I did and hire the artist to make a custom creation to impress even the most jaded guest. For a beachy wedding I designed, Matt Long created a cobblestone aisle with a monogram sculpted out of sand and a table-top lighthouse for the bar. A final spritz with watery glue is the secret ingredient for making these sandy art sculptures last.
WaterMillParty.com The go-to rental source for all the fabulous Hamptons events is encouraging every one to go-green. Bamboo plates and utensils are shippable anywhere for affordable, sustainable style.
Partylytes.com This LED candy store, has the best prices on a wide range of battery lights to add professional quality lighting to any celebration. My favorite, e-spotlyte, comes loaded with batteries and with a flick of a small switch, these cordless spotlights illuminate décor and architectural elements. Line up along an outside wall or between trellis beams to throw dramatic light patterns where you can enjoy them most.
Designonfront.com Want a luxe lounge? Recycled plastics with a rubberized finish are molded into club chairs and period reproductions of classic armchairs and loveseats . Pricy but so fabulous, the series , available in a rainbow of vibrant colors or simply sleek black or white, resists all weather conditions.
drinkupny.com Need booze? Wines from every region around the world, spirits, absinthe, even kosher wines can come right to your door with free shipping for orders over $99.
kellyscottdesigns.com Make shade with square canvas awnings with bamboo legs, available to rent or purchase. I like to line three or five in a row to create a canvas loggia, perfect to cover a long feasting table when you want to serve guests family style.
Bigskytent.com Thousands of years old and still stylish, the Raj tent makes a dramatic focal point to any celebration. Block-printed cabanas and tents create elegant out door lounges, if they're too much of a splurge, opt instead for the swell garden umbrellas, as seen in my book, Party Basics for New Nesters.
Outdoorfabrics.com Spruce up your tired old garden furniture with a new set of cushions, available in dozens of prints, with or without welting in sizes and styles to fit any chair.