What Angeleno doesn’t dig a splashy summer party? However, going broke while putting on a celebration of this sort in the City of Angeles will have you feeling the opposite effect. So, go ahead and start planning but while you do, be sure to land the best bargains you can when shopping for particular party paraphernalia, from invitations to decorations to extracurricular activities like petting zoos and bounce houses. Following are some of the best sources for an array of fun celebration stuff that won’t break the bank.
Jessie’s Party Animals
Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick struck a deal with Jesse’s Party Animals for their son Mason’s ranch-themed party and this frisky firm also supplied Miley Cyrus’ 19th birthday bash with a “unicorn.” However, you don’t have to be a celebrity of any sort to reap the benefits of this Hollywood supplier that is all about critters, big and small. To be sure, a full-blown petting zoo can be set up in your own backyard just by calling Jesse and asking for her to come by with a bounty of bubbly pets, from baby doll sheep and miniature horses to mighty mules and lots of gentle rabbits. Choosing the number of animals for your temporary zoo is up to you so start making a list before putting in your order with this friendly vendor who should be dubbed the pet whisperer of Los Angeles.
Joker Party Supply
1512 E. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90021
This party supplier knows the value of a dollar so well that when customers spend $100 or more, a free piñata is offered. However, you may be hard pressed to reach that goal since this party place sells all sorts of goods well below retail prices. If you’re looking for balloons that will give your celebration a signature look, shop here because the selection is sensational. The availability of fairly priced helium tanks to rent will keep you on your party budget. Visit on weekdays in the early afternoons to avoid long lines.
Los Angeles Jumpers Bounce Houses
3221 E Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90023
Competitive activities always get the party started. From water slides to sumo suits and mechanical bulls to bungee trampolines, this awesome outfit will rent you these trappings for these diversions and then some. Try this place and expect fun galore with all kinds of ways to entertain your guests. Beyond the party goods, a good reason to stick with this particular firm is because the price you are given comes with the price of delivery and any other important extra costs (like damage fees) that other companies tend to tack onto the bill after the fact. In other words, no costs are hidden. Now that’s a perk.
Party Palace Rental
3390 San Fernando Road
Los Angeles, CA 90065
Sometimes a summer party calls for pulling out all the stops, in which case you can’t count out any accoutrement to make merry, up to and including portable dance floors, fine China, garden enhancements, extra places to lounge and, of course, the perfect lighting. Then there is the ideal tent, should you care to go that far. That said, all these extras can cost a pretty penny, but are well worth spending for a single evening that will produce memories to last a lifetime. That’s where Party Palace Rental comes in since this Los Angeles-based firm can work with your budget to get you literally everything you’ll need for the perfect party in as grand a style as you and your guests deserve.
Vine American Party Supply
5969 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90038
While rentals aren’t its mainstay, Vine American is still the first stop for many Hollywood types getting set to pull off a shindig of any proportion. Located near Paramount Studios, this fully stocked emporium has been around since 1934, arguably the oldest place of its type in Tinseltown. All kinds of summer festivities will be covered at this massive, multi-purpose party store, from nifty luaus to patriotic Fourth of July celebrations. If you go, expect to find every accessory you’ll need to pull off your event, from hats and horns to party favors and personalized invitations.
Los Angeles freelance travel writer Jane Lasky, contributes to publications such as Travel + Leisure, Vogue and Esquire. Her weekly sojourning column ran in 40 newspapers for 20 years. Jane is anything but an accidental tourist. Check out her articles on Examiner.com.