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May 2015

May 2015

Party Line: The Persisting Party Memories
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hop Talk: Mask Factory
Everyday Party Pleasers

Welcome Back, Invitations
One-of-a-Kind Wedding
Personalize for Profits
The 2015 Paper First Affiliates Conference & Trade Show
Balloon Recipe
Industry & Trade Show News
Show Calendar
You Said It
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Party People: Brandy Barkas


 

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Party Line: The Persisting Party Memories

Party Line: The Persisting Party Memories

Looking back over the years, I have very distinct memories of my favorite parties. Most of these memories don’t include a Santa Claus, a ball drop or poorly painted Easter eggs (mostly brown from a haphazard dye job). These components have been largely forgotten because people tend to remember details — the particulars of an event — not what someone said but how they looked saying it, the coaster they set their drink on in between sentences or the green balloon that was caught in the ceiling fan the entire evening (thanks, Hi-Float). The everyday nuances that build memories have more to do with these details than anything else, which is what makes the everyday a celebration we all cherish hurrahing about. It’s also why party people get all caught up in the details. On page 17, Party & Paper discusses the trending details that…  » Read more
Shop Talk: Mask Factory

Shop Talk: Mask Factory

Spotlight On: New Orleans A collaboration of community and culture Stores within the shopping districts in New Orleans are thriving and fiercely loyal to local artists and cultural heritage. Aside from a plethora of party items specific to the Crescent City spirit — including Mardi Gras masks, beads and anything with a Fleur de Lis illustration — the culmination of Southern charm, French history and tight-knit sense of community makes The Mask Factory rare for more than its products. The family-owned and -operated Mask Factory in the city center on Decatur Street offers many of these New Orleans staples, some even locally produced like artist-signed porcelain masks and handmade voodoo dolls. But what isn’t up for purchase is the store’s rich community history that the family continues to preserve in their day-to-day business. The brick-and-mortar beginning Co-owned with her husband, Sajjad, Irshad Malik has been…  » Read more
Everyday Party Pleasers

Everyday Party Pleasers

What hosts and hostesses are looking to have in-house in 2015 Every day is a cause for celebration. With that in mind, retailers need to remain on-trend to keep their customers prepared for any party. While gold-foil, printed products have carried over from last season’s party trends and are fast becoming a décor classic, customers are seeking the latest product lines and accessories to customize their events. With this demand for detail, there is a plethora of recently developed items for 2015 to showcase any retailer and entertainers’ creativity. “The way to impress during that special event is presenting décor that is unique and creative in its coordination,” said Colin Littler, marketing director for Design Design. Party & Paper Retailer was able to visit with a mixture of retailers, designers and manufacturers to talk about which new party essentials are being sought after this year…  » Read more
Party People: Brandy Barkas

Party People: Brandy Barkas

Pink Pickle Studios Clearwater, Florida Brandy Barkas is an e-commerce retailer that sells children’s birthday invitations and handcrafted party decorations. She has always loved throwing parties for her own children. After creating invitations and decorations for her children and family, she began selling her designs online at PinkPickleStudios.com, as well as through Etsy, as Pink Pickle Parties. 1. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? Some of the best advice I’ve received is from my business mentor, Renae Christine. She talked about skill versus passion and told me that I should do what “physically makes me swoon.” Well for me, I love everything to do with paper and designing parties. I have such a passion for it makes me all warm and fuzzy inside. I love following new trends and since paper and party designing makes me “swoon,” learning the skills of creating the fun…  » Read more
One-of-a-Kind Wedding

One-of-a-Kind Wedding

What’s in vogue for nontraditional weddings By definition, nontraditional wedding themes require imagination. As a retailer, you never know what merchandise might help a future bride and groom fulfill their unique vision of the perfect wedding. “Nontraditional weddings are becoming more mainstream,” said Eddy Martinez, owner of Natural Impression Design. “Creating new traditions and ways to celebrate unions are proliferating to traditional wedding couples as they create unique and more intimate ceremonies and receptions. Couples are opting to spend more per guest, while keeping their guest count down.” With many of today’s couples footing the bill for their own weddings — or at least a higher percentage of the bill — more people are looking for ways to get creative. That often includes do-it-yourself decorations, floral arrangements or unique wedding favors. The personal touch Ariel Meadow Stallings, author of “Offbeat Bride: Alternatives for Independent Brides”…  » Read more