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It’s Party Time!

Wow your guests and create summer fun with Party World and Other Things

Step into Party World and Other Things at 380 Union Street in West Springfield and you’ll find hula skirts, leis, piñatas, and giant blow-up flamingos — just a few of the many offerings to make your summer party fun and unique. Checkered-themed picnic items are great for a summer BBQ, and there are plenty of supplies throughout the year for events like Easter, Christmas, Cinco de Mayo, the Fourth of July, milestone birthday parties, Disney character-themed parties, and of course weddings.

Party World and Other Things opened its doors in 1972, offering basic party items. In 1976, the store expanded its inventory and has been growing ever since. Manager and buyer Matt Thibodeau joined the company in 2011. “Working here part time through high school and college, I envisioned what the store could be,” Matt explains. “Over time, I realized I really liked working here and helping customers. When I was asked to stay on full-time, it was an easy decision.”

In 2020, the store closed temporarily due to the pandemic and “we used that time to renovate, paint, and transform the store to make it more modernized and customer friendly,” Matt says.

For children’s birthday parties, explore the selection of water balloons, birthday yard signs, sidewalk chalk, and window markers to make the day unforgettable. “I like to help people with birthday parties,” Matt says. “I help customers choose a theme, then select items that coordinate. Every project is a fun project because each customer is looking for something different, and you get to be creative,” he explains.

Party World and Other Things has a wide selection of paper products in every color imaginable and if you’re planning something fancy, they have a selection of tableware that looks like real crystal to give your party an elegant feel. You can even purchase a chocolate fountain! For customers seeking eco-friendly products, the store offers a line of plant-based cutlery, plates, and to-go containers that are 100% compostable and extremely durable.

“Our product offerings are different and because of that, we will continue to grow,” Matt says. “We see what’s trending and adjust our store offerings for what’s popular now or upcoming.” For instance, the store has a new novelty candy section including Haribo and Pez products, and a large selection of latex and Mylar balloons for decorating and balloon bouquets.

“Customers coming in for the first time are surprised at how big our selection is,” Matt explains. “We have any party product you need to make your party successful.” The customer service at Party World and Other Things is personalized to make your experience enjoyable and reduce the stress of party planning.

Party World is also an excellent resources for bakers, offering cake pans, Wilton cake decorating turntables, Chefmaster Liqua-Gel food coloring  in over 24 different colors, DiamonDust Glitter, pastry fillings in many flavors — including the extremely popular guava — and numerous more baking items. The store is one of the only in the area to stock Yum Crumbs cake toppings.

If you enjoy making candy, Party World and Other Things has an extensive selection of products, including a wall dedicated to candy-making molds. They also sell Merckens chocolate, a sought-after product for candy making for its smooth texture and consistent melting. Fun fact: last year Party World sold over 20,000 pounds of Merckens chocolate wafers!

Matt says that customers can learn about what’s new at Party World and Other Things by following the store on Facebook and TikTok, which are updated frequently to feature new products. Party World and Other Things is locally and veteran-owned. Visit the store Tuesday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., check out their website at ShopPartyWorld.com, or call 413.781.6311.

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