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Get Your Party Planning Supplies at For Your Party Today! When you find yourself in charge of planning a party, do you jump for joy or go into full panic mode? Whether you’re hosting a small gathering or a large-scale event, party planning can be both exhilarating and nerve-wracking all at the same time.

Most parties have common elements such as invitations, food, and decorations, but the sky’s the limit when it comes to almost every other detail. Will there be entertainment, like a band or magician? Will guests receive party favors? Will you need to reserve a reception hall, or rent a tent and seating for an outdoor venue?

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Party Planning Reviews

5 stars
For Your Party

FOR YOUR Best-In-Class Blue Ribbon Award

If you want to "personalize your party", check out For Your Party. Whether you want to submit your own design for use on your bridal party favors, or you want gorgeous party invitations made by independent designers, you'll probably find it on their site. You'll also get lots of current trends and ideas to help you with your party planning needs.
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4 stars


Punchbowl is "the new gold standard in online invitations", allowing you to send print-quality invites in a wide variety of designs and themes via email. They also offer a modest vendor referral service, some party supplies, and a selection of party ideas, recipes, and so on. If you're looking for online invitations that go far above and beyond what Evite has to offer, you'll want to take a look at Punchbowl. Read More... Visit

3 stars
Party Basics


True to its name, Party Basics sells a traditional range of personalized party products, from invitations to napkins. Prices are reasonable, and a no-frills website makes it relatively easy to find what you need.
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2.5 stars
Private Island Party


Private Island Party has a good variety of party items for sale, particularly with respect to costumes, favors, and decorations according to different party themes. Shipping is free for orders over $10, and prices are good, but a lackluster rating with the BBB may be an indicator of less-than-stellar customer service. Read More... Visit

2 stars
My Party Planner


My Party Planner offers many items for your next party - but all of the items we checked linked to other websites for making the actual purchase. There is also a vendor referral service, and a blog with some ideas for your event. You might be more successful with one of the more highly-ranked stores in our review. Read More... Visit

1 star
Best Party Ever


Best Party Ever offers a vendor referral service, recipes, party ideas and planning tools, and hundreds of articles and how-to guides. However, the site is almost unusable; it seems that it was last updated in 2009, and many of the site's features (most notably the vendor referral service) don't even render in such a way as to be able to read the page. Best Party Ever hasn't kept up with the times, so you'll want to look for your party planning help elsewhere.
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Using party planning services can cut down some of the guesswork - and legwork! - as you figure out everything that you’ll need to choose, buy, prepare, and set up for your next big event. There are many online services that can help you, from sites that provide referrals for local vendors such as bakeries and bouncy house rentals, to others that sell personalized party favors and more.

As you go online to find a site to help with your party planning, you should keep the following questions in mind:

  • Services. What services does the party planning site offer? Can you find a range of helpful features, such as referrals and theme ideas, or is the site limited to one particular type of product or service?
  • Party Suggestions. Are the site’s suggestions trendy and fresh, or outdated and less-than-exciting? There’s nothing wrong with a classic theme like Disney Princesses or Over the Hill, but the best party planning services will connect you with Pinterest-worthy themes and ideas (and may even connect you with Pinterest itself!).
  • Value. Does the party planning service offer a good value? Whether you’re buying customized party favors or hand-stamped invitations, you want to get your party gear at a good price. Or, if you’re searching for vendor recommendations, the party planning site should have a wide variety from which to choose, preferably with reviews by previous customers. has reviewed and ranked the best Party Planning sites available today. We hope these reviews help you create an event that leaves you and your guests with happy memories for years to come!

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Published:  Mon, 11 Dec 2017 23:00:00 GMT

Rubio Criticizes Fellow Republicans Over Plan to Cut Top Individual Tax Rate

Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida criticized his party for considering a cut in the top individual tax rate to 37 percent as part of its tax-overhaul plan -- while setting the proposed corporate rate slightly higher than planned to cover the ...

Published:  Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:30:00 GMT

Planning a company holiday party Here's how to keep it harassment-free

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Published:  Tue, 12 Dec 2017 14:31:00 GMT

Republicans' Tax Plan Takes a Quirky Swipe at the Little Guys

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Published:  Mon, 11 Dec 2017 20:01:00 GMT

Facebook feedback Dec. 12: Event planning, Hilton Village history, Peninsula median income

A longtime home-based Newport News event planning and graphic design business moved into an Oyster Point office that it's opening up to other small businesses with rentable co-working space. "We had a lot of customers doing home-based businesses ...

Published:  Tue, 12 Dec 2017 23:45:00 GMT

New Year's Party Planning & Decorations

You can give your New Year's party the special treatment it deserves instead of leaving it as an entertaining afterthought at the end of a whirlwind holiday season. New Year's decorations often get overlooked because most people keep their other winter ...

Published:  Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:17:00 GMT

O.Z. Tyler planning New Year's Eve party

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Published:  Tue, 12 Dec 2017 22:20:00 GMT

Plan A Holiday Party And We'll Tell You If Your Guest Liked It Or Not

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Published:  Mon, 11 Dec 2017 19:39:00 GMT

Fareed's Take: Republican tax plan

Fareed gives his take on how the Republican party still appeals to a broad base of voters despite a tax plan that largely benefits the rich.

Published:  Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:11:00 GMT

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