If you'd rather put together your child's party yourself -- because you're the crafty, imaginative type, that is -- save a considerable amount in the process with these one-stop shops.
Brick-and-mortar stores for party supplies
Artbox is a Korean brand that has both a physical store in Metro Manila and an online shop. Here you can buy stationeries, magnetic boards, quirky pens, clips, name tags, scarpbooks and even apparel are sold here. Located at Glorietta 4, Ayala Center, Makati City, Tel. 856-3157 / artbox.com.ph
Owned by papercut artist, jewelry maker and crafter Mansy Abesamis, Hey Kessy not only sells unique art supplies, but also holds workshops, art fairs and other community events regularly. If you're looking for washi tape, cutting tools, 3D letters, shibori, glitter tape, calligraphy and lettering accessories, party bags, postcards and paper straws, this is where you'd want to go. Located at 71-B Esteban Abada St., Loyola Heights, Quezon City. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 11:00am to 8:00pm. Message them at 0928-838-0038 (text only). Visit heykessy.com.
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Looking for paper flowers, tin cans, inspirational buntings and other hipster finds? Head for Common Room, a craft store that is home to 33 local brands of handcrafted and unique knickknacks. Located at #325 de la Rosa Street, Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City. Visit them on Facebook. Learn more about Common Room here.
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Tie Me Up Buttercup
The Gruffalo, Mr. Men and Little Miss, The Very Hungry Catterpillar, Charlie and Lola, and Peter Rabbit are just some themes covered by this store. It offers invitations, thank-you cards, loot bags, bunting, table covers, paper plates in different spaes, cups, napkins, straws, serving platters, and cake stands and toppers in the cutest designs. The only problem you'll have is choosing a theme! Located at Greenbelt 5, Tel. (02)542-2914
If you want to bake party treats yourself, head here. It sells cake toppers and decorations, packaging, and baking supplies. Whip up instant party favors with the delish cake pop and mini cupcake maker. Located at UP Town Center, Katipunan Avenue., Quezon City, Tel. (02) 625-4495
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Party in the City MNL
It offers affordable party paraphernalia for DIY styling and decor such as special-occasion lanterns, mini shopping carts, and mini chalkboard clips. You'll also enjoy its fun collection of party hats! Located at Phase 1B, Market! Market!, Taguig City
Formerly know as Saizen, this store carries cute Japanese party goods. Thinking of throwing a kiddie costume party? Choose from its wide selection of masks, wigs, costumes, stuffed animals, and toys -- all at reasonable prices. Visit daisoglobal.com to locate a store near you.
Aside from kitchen and cooking tools, you will also find a lot of party paraphernalia in its crafts section: tags, stickers, beads, and craft papers perfect for a charming DIY decor. Visit gourdos.com for a complete list of branches.
Bee Happy Craft and Party Supplies
Pack and label your party favors with its collection of letter and number stamps, and then use colorful baker's twine to seal the packaging. "Bee" happy crafting! Located at 104 8th Street, 6th Avenue, Caloocan City. Find them also on Facebook.
Given all the party inspirations compiled in her Party Doll Manila blog, Jo-Anne Wong saw the need to come up with a website containing a list of reliable and reputable party suppliers. Visit confetti.partydollmanila.com
My Little Party Shop Manila
It sells imported party supplies that are perfect for birthdays, baptisms, and briday showers. Craft kits are also available to keep kids entertained before the party program. Visit them on Facebook.
Based in Davao, this online seller carries DIY arts-and-crafts materials that make great party decor and favors. Visit them on Facebook.
It creates personalized invitations, banners, and giveaways: mugs, keychains, penholders, tumblers, and tote bags. Score some discounts if you avail of its packages. Call (02) 998-9588. Visit their website.
Chalkboard tags, jute twine, chalk, calligraphy work by Abbey Sy, stamp parcel tags, and mason jars are just what you need to spruce up an intimate gathering. Visit their website.