If you’re planning a birthday bash for your little one, whether it’s the 1st or the 5th, there are plenty of great shops around the DC area that offer a wide selection of party-making materials–from invitations to decorations, kids activity/craft supplies, creative baking supplies, favor materials and more. Here’s what we found in our hunt for the best shops.

diy-party-store-dc-1Photo: Kids Birthday Parties via Flickr

Party Mania
The DMV is jam packed with independently owned party stores, but this is one of the best. Loaded to the brim with great party items, this is where to head if your wee one has their heart set on a pop culture favorite, such as Dora or Nemo. These discount party stores offer themed basic party sets (plates, cups, napkins, etc.) as well as matching favors, balloons and even piñatas. Also, there are plenty of generic items in every possible color so you can mix and match with themed items to save a few dollars.

4910 Cordell Ave. (Bethesda, Md)
Online: mypartymania.com

The Hangout: Del Ray VarietyPhoto: Ayren Jackson-Cannady

Del Ray Variety
If you swing by this Alexandria hub, be prepared. If you shop with your kiddos, they are bound to find dozens of different things that they can’t live without (you will, too). Variety stores like this provide super choices for unique toys, such as small barnyard animals, wooden tea sets, kites, and wonderful gifts to create cool favor bags. There are also many good supplies for a party craft project.

Del Ray Variety
203 E Custis Ave.(Alexandria, Va)
Online: delrayvariety.com

diy-party-supplies-3Photo: Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store via Facebook

Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store
Shops that once were solely focused on fabrics mostly have branched out fully into craft stores as well. These materials are excellent for DIY parties for little ones. Many of these stores, including this one, also allow you to throw your party right in their shop, with craft projects lead by their great staff.

Multiple locations
Online: joann.com

diy-birthday-4Photo: The Dandelion Patch via Facebook

Dandelion Patch
The Dandelion Patch offers a personalized experience for discovering the finer details of party planning, providing guests with a wide assortment of customizable materials and accessories–from unique invitations to signs to sweet touches around the table.

1663 Wisconsin Ave., NW (Georgetown)
Online: thedandelionpatch.com

diy-party-dcPhoto: Just Paper and Tea via Facebook

Just Paper & Tea
This is a little gem of a place and has unique little gifts, including mini tea tins in assorted flavors, which make perfect little favors for a tea party birthday (hint-hint). More than that, helpful staff will help pick out the coolest fabric kites, gorgeous invitations, a wide array of special papers, ribbon and more. Heads up on strollers, be prepared to leave them outside of this very small space.

3232 P St., NW (Georgetown)
Online: justpaperandtea.com

Do you have a favorite party supply store? Tell us where it is in the Comments section below.

–Kristina Messner