Favorite Party Vendors – Local to Dayton/Cincinnati

Yesterday I listed my favorite online party vendors, and today I am listing my favorite vendors local to my area, Dayton, Ohio, and Cincinnati too, although mostly Dayton. But a few of these vendors you can find across the country, so here goes!

The Flower Factory – They basically sell any kind of craft or party supply you can think of. Huge warehouse feel, used to be open only to business owners, but now they are open to the public.

Things I like to buy here are:

– Baskets of any size, color, variety

– Glassware galore! I recently bought an apothecary jar here that is adorable for only $5! You will see it when I post about my daughter’s birthday party.

– Party goods – paper and plastic tablewares, punch bowls, catering supplies, balloons, pinatas, baking supplies, everything!

– Candy for candy buffets, such as single color bags of Sixlets chocolate candies, hard candy, etc.

– Ribbon & Tulle in many many shades

– Raffle Tickets also in many colors.

Esther Price Candy – This place started in Dayton, on Wayne avenue, and they now have more stores, the newest one I can think of is in Centerville.

Things I like to buy here:

– Chocolate!!!

– Bulk Jelly Belly jelly beans

– Bulk candy in many other varieties!

– Pre-bagged retro type candies, and specialty candies

– Bulk gold chocolate coins!

Party City – This place is a huge party supply store. I mean huge. They have pretty much everything, but they are a little expensive. Just keep a look out for their sale racks and clearance bins. T

Things I like to buy here:

– Bulk candy

– Bags of single colored Sixlets and gumballs (the large ones), although they are pricey. They actually have pearlized white Sixlets and gumballs! So pretty.

– Balloons in any color

– Specialty party items for different themes

Odd (Big) Lots – I still call it Odd Lots, although most of you probably know it as Big Lots. They changed it years ago… You really just have to keep an eye out for things at a good price, since they literally sell odd lots from other stores closeouts.

Things I have found at Big Lots:

– Large Whirley Pops for $1 each!

– Colored napkins/paper plates

– kids’ party favors

– Random candy (you never know)

– Cheap soda (even found New York Seltzer there once, but found out it isn’t the real thing, which hasn’t been made for years – ::sniff::sniff:: but a new company bought the rights to it and started making it with artificial sweeteners! UGH!!!)

– Cheap designer wrapping paper!

– Anything else you can imagine!

Trophy Nut & Candy – This store has assorted varieties of nuts and candy in bulk.

Things I like to buy here are:

– Their huge malted milk balls, in many colors, made in their store!

– Bulk M&Ms in all shades

– Bulk Jelly Belly jelly beans in all varieties

– Of course bulk nuts too! especially around Christmastime.

IKEA – Most people know a lot about IKEA by now, but you might not think of them when it comes to party planning.

Things I like to buy here:

– Plastic air tight containers in all sizes, perfect for displaying candy.

– Old fashioned style candy jars with lids, I believe you can get the scoops there too.

– great cheap picture frames for signs on a buffet table at a party

– nice selection of baskets in different sizes and colors

– candles

– dishes

– table linens

– mini kid sized tea set for a little tea party

Meijer – Meijer carries about everything. Mostly a grocery store, but they have great homegoods too.

Things I like to buy here for a party:

– Bulk candy and gum

– Snacks & Soda duh!

– Clearance dishes

– Canning jars in all sizes (for drinks, or candy display)

Target – Every mom probably knows about the infamous Dollar Spot, where you can get almost anything a child’s heart desires for $1. Target carries so many wonderful things for parties, at a slightly higher price.

Things I look for at Target:

– Those cute little buckets on the dollar shelf – great for favors!

– all kinds of $1 toys, stickers, etc. for favors and decorating party tables

– They have fabulous wrapping paper, bags and tissue paper at great prices.

– They have unique candy/snacks only made for Target (like the gummy letters I saw there awhile ago!)

– Love to browse the end caps for clearance goodies for treat bags!

– They also have great tablewares there that I also like to look for on clearance like tablecloths, great themed melamine dishes, beverage ice buckets in a variety of colors, etc.

Joann Fabrics, Michael’s Crafts, Hobby Lobby & Christmas Tree Shops – I am grouping these together because they are pretty much the same. Crafting items, little party favor items, etc.

Things I look for:

– Scrapbooking items for making tags, etc. (love the round and scalloped punches in the 2″ and 3″ sizes)

– Dollar rack items at Michael’s and Joann

– Ribbon galore!

– Fabric

– Michael’s and Hobby Lobby have great glassware, for displaying candy, etc.

– Paint markers for personalizing party favors.

– Discount dishes, giftwrap and candy at Christmas Tree Shops

– Don’t forget to bring your coupon from the Sunday paper for big discounts at Joann, Michael’s and Hobby Lobby!

That concludes my list of favorite places to buy party items in the Dayton/Cincinnati area. I know there are lots more! I just haven’t found them all yet… Wanna share one I forgot in the comments?



Favorite Vendors – Online

Today I thought it would be useful for a lot of people who are planning parties out there to have a great list of vendors for party supplies at a reasonable price. These are the places I look when I need something for a party, and I hope you check them out!

Online Vendors:

Bake It Pretty – fabulous baking and decorating resources, such as: cupcake liners in every pattern and color, cupcake toppers (some are pretty funny, actually), sprinkles, pastry bags and tips, candles, bakers twine, and the list goes on and on!

My favorite 3 items from Bake It Pretty:

cupcake boxes

Small Favor - Cupcake Boxes

Disco Dust - Edible Glitter

Soda Bottle Cupcake Toppers

Shop Sweet Lulu – Great shop that sells cupcake liners galore, candy cups, vintage-y goody bags, beautiful Japanese washi tape, real fabric bunting, and much, much more!

My 3 favorite items from Shop Sweet Lulu:

Fabric Bunting

Pink Striped Goody Bags

Paper Straws

Stripey Paper Straws

The Sweet Life – A candy supplier in NYC that ships bulk candy right to your door!

My 3 favorite items from The Sweet Life:

Gummy Strawberry Puffs

Gummy Strawberry Puffs

Grape Rock Candy

Grape Rock Candy Crystals

Smooth N Melty Mints

Smooth N Melty Mints

Specialty Bottle – They have all sorts of containers on this website, mostly for candy displays and favors. Glass, plastic, aluminum and tin. In all shapes and sizes, all for a pretty decent price.

My 3 favorite items from Specialty Bottle:

Tall Clear Glass Jar with Lid

Tin Container

8oz Tin Container with Lid

Glass Gallon Jar

Glass Gallon Jar - Great for drinks or candy!

Save On CraftsThey have anything you could need for DIY crafts and decorations for a party. From party lights to apothecary jars!

My 3 favorite items from Save on Crafts:

Apothecary Jar for Party

11" Glass Apothecary Jar

6 chalkboards

Set of 6 4x6" Chalkboards - Great for buffet signs!

White Paper Parasols

White Paper Parasols - Little girl's Japanese Tea Party???

Oriental Trading Company – Of course, most party planners, teachers, and mothers everywhere know about this place! They carry super-affordable (cheap?) party supplies, crafting items, favors, etc. Great for saving money!

My 3 favorite items from Oriental Trading:


Valentine Pops

Valentine Twisty Pops

Children's Paint Palettes

Children's Paint Palettes


Pirate Treasure Treat Box

Pirate Treasure Chest Treat Box










Etsy – Probably my favorite online retailer EVER! Etsy is a collection of handmade and vintage sellers, each with their own individual shop, all in one place. You can find ANYTHING cool on Etsy. Including our shop! 😉

My 3 favorite items on Etsy (very hard to choose just 3! – And I will not put my own shop in this little list).



Children's Number t shirt

Children's Birthday Number Shirt




Lego Man Crayons

Lego Men Crayons - Party Favors




Vintage Cowboy/Girl cupcake toppers

Vintage Cowboy + Cowgirl Cupcake Toppers (Printable)



Last on my list for today’s online vendors list….


The Party Studio – Loads of cute tableware for parties. Simple and sweet.

My 3 fave items from this online shop are:



Wooden Forks for party

Wooden Forks




Cloth Bags

Cloth Bags for Party Favors

Red Striped Party Plates

Ruby Red Party Plates




And that concludes my current favorite online vendors list! I know there are a lot of others out there, too many to count! What are your favorite online vendors for party wares? Wanna share? Leave a comment below!

Tomorrow I will have a list of my favorite local vendors for those of you who live in the Dayton/Cincinnati area.

See you then!