Make it a Safe Halloween

We have tons of tips on how to make Halloween more fun than ever, but it’s also important to remember to stay safe during the festivities. With trick-or-treating and parties galore, we always recommend passing out light up party favors and accessories, so kids and parents can stay safe in the dark. Check out a few of our favorites for Halloween.

Our Flashing Fangs are an absolute must-have for any celebration. They make a terrific costume accessory, and once they’re switched on, produce a flashing, multicolor light show. Batteries are included, so you can go ahead and pass them out to each of your guests for an easy and totally festive party favor.

We’re also loving our new Glow Lights! Kids will love taking these festive accessories as they go trick-or-treating. No matter the costume, this is the perfect accessory for Halloween.

Be sure to check out the rest of our glow sticks, bracelets, necklaces and more. Not only are these all an easy way to keep an eye on everyone once the sun goes down, but they also make fantastic party favors. Make this Halloween a stylish and safe one!

Breast Cancer Awareness

Whenever we reminisce about the month of October, the first things that come to mind are spooks, scares, and sweets. However, more and more people around the country are discovering that October has more to offer than pumpkin spice lattes. Breast Cancer Awareness Month has become a national spectacle that lasts throughout the month of October, encouraging awareness of the disease to provide the funds and education for women and men alike in hopes of reducing their risk of cancer. We at Amols’ understand the importance of this cause, and we’ve got great new products for you and your devotees to help show your support.

Whether you’re hosting a fundraiser or marathon, we’ve got you covered. Create a wonderful and ultra-pink booth with our collection of Pink Ribbon decorations. We definitely recommend that our Pink Ribbon Banner be a part of your booth. Perfect for both indoor and outdoor use, you can drape this cute banner across your booth for a festive and easy look. Go that extra mile for fabulous by including these always stylish Pink Ribbon Tissue Fan Bursts, and don’t forget to stock up on Pink Ribbon Pins! With the way you’ll be decorating your space, you’ll need plenty to satisfy a crowd.

We think one of the best ways to show your pride for something this important is by dressing for success. So now that your event space is sporting that famous pink, it’s your turn! We offer fantastic accessories like Breast Cancer Awareness Buttons and Pink Ribbon Lanyards perfect for displaying your support. At the end of the day, thank those who donated and other fellow supporters by handing out fun Breast Cancer Awareness favors. Our favorites include Breast Cancer Rubber Bracelets and kid-friendly Pink Ribbon Jewel Tattoos. Wrap in pink tissue paper or tie with pink curling ribbon for the final touch.

With October already upon us, we hope these decorating tips will help you put together the perfect pink ribbon inspired event for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Share the love – tag us in your event photos on Instagram with @amolsfiesta!

Papel Picados for the Holidays

If you haven’t noticed by now, we’re obsessed with papel picado. These hand-cut Mexican banners are wonderful for Fiesta celebrations, but we love them so much we make sure to incorporate them into every holiday. We have each design custom made in Mexico, so we’re always dreaming up new ideas for different occasions. And if we may say so ourselves, the Christmas picado banners are pretty spectacular.

The metallic versions of our papel picado are all fantastic, but we think this finish is especially perfect for Christmas. It’s a great way to add a little extra shimmer and cheer to your festivities. We love hanging these banners up for a great party decoration, or just stringing them up to decorate your house during the holidays. Your guests and neighbors will love this unexpected touch.

If you want to go even more unique, you can’t go wrong with our Feliz Navidad picado. After all, papel picado is a classic Mexican tradition, so it makes sense to wish everyone a merry Christmas in Spanish. Especially here in south Texas, we love adding these banners to our more traditional Christmas decorations.

No matter what you’re decorating for the holiday season, our seasonal papel picado is a must-have. Switch up your decor a bit this Christmas!

Treats for Your New Year’s

We have some fabulous New Year’s party supplies, but there are a few more ways you can make this year’s celebration a hit. Food and drinks, of course, are ones we love to discuss. So this one goes out to all the foodies out there – we know that a truly great party is nothing without the perfect treats!

First things first, you’ve got to come up with some scrumptious appetizers to satisfy your guests while they wait for midnight. We suggest having a mix of sweet and savory treats. This way, there’s enough variety for those with salty palettes and those with a sweet tooth! For savory, we found that these Herbed Mini Caprese Skewers were not only tasty, but super easy to make. For sweet, these Champagne Cake Balls with a champagne undertone are sure to disappear before you know it! These appetizers are finger-lickin’ good without having to go full-meal for the crowd, and we couldn’t ask for more.

Of course, then there’s the actual champagne. While it’s already a hit on its own, we’ve seen some great ideas for jazzing it up. Take this Peach Bellini, for example – light and refreshing, this drink is perfect to make for larger parties. Combine frozen peaches, peach schnapps, champagne, and ice in a blender and blend until smooth. What could be easier than that? This is everything you’ve ever wanted in a champagne drink and more.

Now if you’re celebrating the countdown at home with family, it’s always important that the kids can participate in the fun too. While toasting to midnight on New Year’s Eve is often associated with bottles and flutes of champagne (like that Peach Bellini!), it is actually a popular tradition in Spain to ring in the new year with a skewer of twelve grapes, one for each month of the year. Adopt this tradition with your family for a kid-friendly and sweet New Year’s Eve treat!

We could keep going, but it’s probably easiest to just link you to our personal Pinterest board. We hope your New Year’s party is a huge success!

How-to: Perfect your New Year’s Party

1. Make a guest list! We’ve all been there. You think you know everybody who is going to be stopping by, only to find out that Ally’s cousin Login will be in town, and he’s really interested in stopping by – and by the way can his football buddies come, too? In situations like this, having as firm a guest list as possible is a lifesaver. Not only will it help you plan the amount of food you’ll have and the way people will get along into the night, it can also let you know exactly what sort of venue is feasible and how many extra people you can accommodate.

2. Send invitations…now! As you know, New Year’s is a big holiday. Sending out your invitations ahead of time will give you the advantage when it comes to getting people to show up. It also allows you to properly plan to throw an awesome party! Foresight in this area is the difference between a rocking shindig full of people who you like the most, and a poorly attended dud where you continually annoy your cats with noisemakers.

3. Serve food that’s easy but filling! You’ll definitely want to serve some food, but a full meal can be daunting for a high volume of guests. Instead, encourage them to have dinner before they come and let them know that you’ll have snacks throughout the night. Serving finger foods like pretzels, sliders, and deviled eggs keeps your guests full while allowing them to have their hands free for drinks and laps free for some serious dancing!

4. Keep it simple! If the party is going to be at your home, paper napkins and plates are perfectly acceptable. This will reduce the risk of anything being broken, not to mention making clean up the next day a much easier experience. Grabbing an all-in-one party kit will make creating the perfect holiday ambiance a breeze and save you a headache. Instead of scrambling around to store after store, contact Amols’ for help! Our kits are a fiesta in a box full of hats, horns, beads, and so much more. Hand out the favors to friends and family, and get ready to make some resolutions that you’ll definitely keep up this year.

Be sure to check out and download our full version of this How-To Guide – best part is, it’s free for customers!

A Roaring 20’s New Year’s Eve Theme

When it comes to New Year’s Eve, there are plenty of directions you can go in when it comes to theme and colors. However, one of our all-time favorite choices is a 20s-themed celebration. It’s totally glamorous, and everyone always appreciates the throwback look. Check out our tips to recreate the Jazz Age this New Year’s Eve.

1. Retro party favors and accessories for all. Our Chicago Swing for 50 kit makes this tip extraordinarily easy. Outfit the men in classic black and white fedoras, and hand out plumed tiaras to the ladies. Everyone will instantly feel like they’ve arrived at a speakeasy for the night. If you’re going for a more colorful theme, try our Swing Time Tiaras.

2. Serve up inspired drinks from the decade. Prohibition may have been the law of the land then, but there were plenty of iconic cocktails being mixed. Here are a few great ideas; the French 75, with champagne and gin, is especially fitting for New Year’s Eve.

3. Play some flapper-approved hits. You may want to intersperse some jazzy tunes with more current songs, or even try out The Great Gatsby soundtrack for a fun mix. Your guests will definitely appreciate this extra touch.

4. For decorations, stick with blacks and metallics. With a Roaring 20s look, you can go heavy on the glitter and sequins – perfect for New Year’s! Our Cascade 2018 Centerpiece is a great way to ring in the New Year while sticking with the retro theme.

Planning a “Spooktacular” Celebration

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Party Planning with Amols’.

The greatest part about planning a party is how you make it look! With Halloween right around the corner and Dia De Los Muertos close behind, now is a perfect time to plan a fun time for family and friends. Here are a few tips on expressing your inner designer in an affordable but adorable way this year with Amols’!

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Our Simple Party Planning Check List:

  • Dates & Invites.
  • Choose your theme.
  • Pick your décor.
  • Plan for food and drinks .
  • Have Games to add some fun.
  • Pass out party favors!

 

Get your display ready!

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The best thing when it comes to a table with food and drink or kids supplies is to keep it SIMPLE. Tables do have space for plenty of items and of course you can get really crafty with how you would like to decorate. But, if you want to keep it simple, a centerpiece with a few items will keep your party functioning fluidly by avoiding lack of space due to decorations. Your guests at some point or another, will want to set things down; which would be difficult with a table crammed with decorations.

 

Add a flare!

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Hanging lights throughout the house or party area is an excellent way to light up the place with a softer light and a more festive atmosphere. The colored purple lights that you can purchase at Target or Walmart, can add an eerie glow to any decoration or table setting as well.

 

 

Bring the food but have plates!

What makes a great party besides good music is good food! Be sure you’re prepared with table ware appropriate to your food choices as well as your decorations choices!

Orange Cups                  Table Cover

Purple Napkins                   Plates                    Green Cups

Halloween Napkins
Assorted Table Cloth Covers
  Skull Plates ON SALE

Spider Race Fun!

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Use these awesome Jack-O-Lantern straws and the plastic spiders that come in the spider web bag to have spider races!.A sure way to have some fun with the Kids and maybe, the adults too!

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ON SALE   Jack-O-Lantern Straws          Purple Giant Spider Web

View more of our products for Halloween or Dia De Los Muertos by selecting or view a few below!

 

 Halloween Tissue Fan $2.89
Jumbo Lawn Spider $3.98
 Halloween Picado $4.49-$5.39

 

  Spider Table Cover $3.89 
     Pumpkin Pal Picks $1.95 for 8
 Halloween Plates $1.69-$3.95

Spider Rings $2.79

 Witch Hat Ring Game $6.98

  Zombie Popcorn Bags $5.95

 

Giant Spider Web $2.46

Tombstone Cutouts $3.99

Fabric Ghosts $8.65 per pkg

 

Day of the Dead Garland $4.88
   Day of the Dead Swirls $13.59
   Day of the Dead Yard Sign $3.59
   DOD Stick Masks $3.95
Glow in the Dark! Day of the Dead Tattoos $3.99
Day of the Dead Metal Pail $1.35
      Rainbow Tissue Balls $8.95
Day of the Dead Catrina Centerpiece $3.29
         Day of the Dead Door Cover $4.75 ea.
Sugar Skulls Wine Glasses $13.75 per pkg.
  Day of the Dead Tableware
Day of the Dead Picks $2.99

Chinese New Year Traditions

Though we’ve made our resolutions and toasted to the New Year, the celebration hasn’t closed its doors just yet! Chinese New Year, or Lunar New Year, will take place on February 8th this year. So if you haven’t been keeping up with your resolutions, all hope is not lost. With the Chinese New Year on its way, you’ve still got a second chance to get that book read or that junk food out of your house.

When it comes to party planning for this particular New Year, there isn’t nearly as much champagne toasting as we’re used to. However, it’s certainly not an occasion to miss! The Chinese New Year is known for its most important element, the reunion dinner. Held on the eve of the New Year, the dinner spread is lavish with multiple courses – including a raw fish salad known as yee sang. The tradition behind this is that the higher you toss the salad, the more your fortunes will grow in the New Year. How’s that for a tradition?

While the western New Year focuses on resolutions and fresh starts, the Chinese New Year is tied to tradition and symbolism. One of the most common traditions that can be seen during the celebration is the dragon dance. It is believed that the loud beats of the drum and cymbals together with the face of the dragon dancing aggressively can evict evil spirits. These dances take the great skill and mentality of a sports team with the stagecraft of a performing arts group.

Today, the celebration lasts for two weeks featuring a number of important icons and decorations. From dragons to lanterns, Amols’ has a great selection of beautiful decorations to help bring good fortune to your Lunar New Year.

Planning for St. Patty’s Day

Are your favorite Irish recipes bookmarked? Is your venue awash in shades of green? If you’re not quite ready for an impressive St. Patrick’s Day celebration, don’t worry – with a little help from Amols’ party experts, it can be easy being green. Check our some of our favorite St. Paddy’s products and tips for some inspiring planning ideas!

Finding the right starting point can be tough, especially if you’ve just gotten off an all-day Pinterest binge (no, just us?) We recommend starting with some easy but perfectly festive decorations, like our St. Patrick’s Day Pennant Banner. Keep it going with some shamrocks hanging dramatically from the ceiling, and decorate the walls with our popular (and super adorable) leprechaun cutouts. So whether you’re throwing a large event or just decorating for the classroom or office, we’ve got the St. Paddy’s decor answer for you!

Make sure all your guests get in on the action, too! Our green party wear is a must-have for a true easy-being-green celebration. Hand out a hat to every guest as they enter the party, or send everyone home with some St. Paddy’s beads for a perfectly memorable party favor. Or, let your guests take home a piece of the cake – literally!

We can’t wait to try some of these ideas this St. Patrick’s Day, and of course we’d love to see some of your own ideas and plans for a terrific celebration!

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