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Best birthday party supply stores in NYC

These city stores help kids celebrate their birthday like rock stars.

  • Balloon Saloon

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    Michaels

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    Party City

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    Pearl River

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Pearl River

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Pearl River

Balloon Saloon


BALLOON SALOON
The Tribeca purveyor's soaring products may have graced the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Yankees' Canyon of Heroes festivities, but the spot is also a local family fave. In addition to standard inflatables, the Saloon carries singing balloons, custom-printed balloons, and balloon sculptures and bouquets. 133 West Broadway between Duane and Thomas Sts (212-227-3838, balloonsaloon.com)

E.A.T. GIFTS

At the nonedible arm of the Eli Zabar empire, parents can stock up on whimsical paper goods emblazoned with Yankees and Mets logos or monkey cartoons. Plus, the boutique's kid-friendly baubles—from stickers and erasers to cupcake-shaped lip glosses and silly straw sunglasses—take the guesswork out of party favors. 1062 Madison Ave between 80th and 81st Sts (212-861-2544, elizabar.com)

MICHAELS

DIY-inclined moms and dads know that this arts-and-crafts hub also doubles as a party-planning mecca. After rustling up all the raw materials for a homemade fiesta—including decorative papers, treat boxes and cake molds—you can look to step-by-step project guides for creative know-how. 808 Columbus Ave at 99th St (212-865-0813, michaels.com). Visit the website for additional city locations.

PARTY CITY

This party store staple is packed to the brim with paper goods in every color of the rainbow—plus coordinated invitations, decor and favors. Favorite themes include Curious George for the preschool set and Glee for tweens. 38 W 14th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-271-7310, partycity.com). Visit the website for additional city locations.

PEARL RIVER

At this Chinese emporium on the edge of Soho, resourceful parents can find bargains on many shindig essentials. Paper lanterns, string lights and garlands come in a dazzling array of shapes, colors and patterns, while other exotic treasures (think paper fans and gummy candies) have party favor potential. 477 Broadway between Broome and Grand Sts (212-431-4770, pearlriver.com)

STATE NEWS

These newspaper stands–cum–neighborhood stores specialize in stationery, toys and party supplies. Try not to lose little ones as you navigate aisles full of colorful gift wrap, greeting cards, paper goods and favors; arts-and-crafts kits by Alex and Creativity for Kids make for instant party activities. • 1243 Third Ave between 71st and 72nd Sts (212-879-8076). • 112 E 86th St between Park and Lexington Aves (212-831-8010)

VILLAGE PARTY STORE

Animal masks and piatas beckon wide-eyed kids into the shop, which boasts a comprehensive selection of character-themed partyware adorned with the likes of Justin Bieber, Captain America and the Smurfs. While parents browse the requisite party hats and tableware, children can try out tiaras or magic wands for their special day. 13 E 8th St between Fifth Ave and University Pl (212-675-9697, villagepartystore.com).


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