Parties are cancelled, but birthdays are not. We are all looking for ways to make birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, and other occasions special when we can’t throw a party or plan a big event. One thing we can still do is pick up some party supplies.
Don’t get me wrong, I have spent my fair share of time in Party City stores and on their website. But we thought it would be nice to focus on local and Canadian stores.
There are two local Calgarian party supply store to check out.
Canuck Amusements is one of my favourites to browse. I like to walk around the store, checking out all the themes and occasions, picking up what I need and planing future celebrations. Right now you can browse their website, and call them with your order for curbside pickup or shipping. Great way to support a local business!
Reid’s Stationers is an iconic Calgarian store, with a delightful mix of stationary, novelty items and party supplies. Again, this is a great one to browse in person. Call or email them to find out their current open hours, or how you can order from them.
For those who are looking for easy online ordering and front door delivery, here are two Canadian owned options, both of which made me want to start planning a party.
The first is Open a Party. Tons of themes and occasions covered here, plus candy buffet supplies (who says you can’t have a candy buffet for 4?), pre-made loot packs, and craft supplies. They even have learn-at-home resources!
Next up is Party Things. Also Canadian owned, this site has lots of themes covering many occasions. Check out the pre-made party packs and all the great stuff on Clearance. My favourite theme on Party Things is this the video game one!
There is one more thing I wanted to tell you about. The Happy Birthday Project. This is based in Calgary, and they provide birthday party supplies to kids who would otherwise not get to celebrate. “Our mission is to bring joy to the lives of children and families facing adverse circumstances through the celebration of birthdays, holidays, and other special life events.” There are a number of ways to help, including donations, sending in party supplies and ordering gifts on Amazon to be delivered to their office. It’s an easy way to add a little giving to your celebration.
However you decide to celebrate special occasions right now, we hope that you find ways to make memories and have fun!