Party supply stores
At this kelly green, 1,100-square-foot spot with a backyard for events, whimsical housewares, novelties and whatever owner Ann Cantrell, a former product developer for Ralph Lauren and Coach, deems “best in show” crowd the shelves. Its rotating lineup is heavy on small gifts for little ones, and it also carries plenty of party supplies. Stock up on festive paper goods, temporary tattoos and unique party favors.
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.
Animal masks and piñatas 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.
For the full party supply experience, check out Party City near Penn Station—this super organized array of paper goods, costumes, favors and candy makes it a one-stop shop in the realm of party supply stores, and it even has its own balloon bar for making your kid's special day totally epic.
Stop by Chinese emporium Pearl River Mart to find the coolest kitschy knick knacks around—grab strings of paper lanterns, rope lights and pretty garlands plus exotic goodies like paper fans, chopsticks, calligraphy sets and gummy candles to complete your party experience.
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; their awesome arts-and-crafts kits make for instant party activities.
Balloon Saloon is a definite go-to for your usual inflatables, but they also offer cool stuff like singing balloons, custom-printed balloons, balloon sculptures and balloon bouquets. Seriously...if you need balloons, this is the place.