I purchased this kit on a whim and have never been so happy with something so simple. It was New Years Eve and, after realizing none of our friends would bite the bullet, we decided to throw a party at the last minute. As a compulsively organized human this irked me, but I knew that with a couple of good lists and a bit of hustle we could pull it off. I farmed out the grocery shopping and LCBO run to the fiancée (he did have the car..and the muscles, after all!) and I set off in search of the ‘fussier’ items needed to throw a proper New Years Eve party. When I took off that day I had one goal in mind: most, if not all, of the items purchased were to be multi-seasonal and multi-purpose so that we could use them at any future do’s and in our every day life.
On a mission for decorations, exploding table crackers, and (obviously) old timey noise makers, I found myself happily lost in one of my favourite stationery stores, The Papery. It was there, in a way back, perfectly lit and merchandized corner that I discovered the magical sorcery that is the Theatre of Dreams Garlands by Wendy Addison. (Available for purchase here.) At just $20, I knew that I had found a party accessory that would be well loved and well used in our house on many occasions for many years.
The kit comes with an extremely long and reusable cord, 80 assorted cardboard tiles: 4 of each letter in the alphabet in 4 different fonts, several ballet dancers, jesters, and what appears to be a well dressed monk. There is also an amazing array of circus animals featuring words like “wondrous” and “fantastic” printed on scrolls. The colour scheme is mildly girly but mostly whimsical and gender neutral, which is great as it is not limiting in the types of events the set can decorate. This set is by far the best party accessory allowing for quickly crafted and beautifully personalized banners for any occasion – making you look like the tireless hostess every time!