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5 Best Places To Shop For Holiday Party Decor In New York City

This holiday season impress your guests with fun and fabulous decor. Thankfully, these five stores (and sites) are making it easy to find everything from the perfect serving tray to festive centerpieces. By Carly Petrone.

Gingerbread People

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Eli Zabar's has just launched a brand new site, making it even easier for you to get your holiday party shopping done. If you're looking for a festive way to seat your guests, definitely check out their adorable Gingerbread People. Give the store the names of your guests and they'll pipe them onto four 6-inch tall fellows' aprons. Not a fan of gingerbread? No problem. They're also making these cute "place cards" out of shortbread. Grab a pack of four for $24 and show your guests your creative side.

Flying Tiger
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Want to impress your guests but have no idea where to start? Stop by the newly opened Flying Tiger store in the Flatiron and get some inspiration for as little as $1. Yep, this quirky Danish store has the feel of Ikea and the convenient prices of a dollar store. Grab a Christmassy pen under a felt Christmas tree ($1/each) for that game of Pictionary you'll play after dinner or stock up on elf napkins (20 for $1) to serve with those homemade cookies that everyone can't wait to bite into. You can even send your guests home with an elf tin of cookies of their own ($3 for large, $2 small). Plus, it's the perfect place to splurge on wrapping paper, gift tags, Scandinavian ornaments, reindeer magnets, and sparkly ribbon. Walk in with $20 at this store and you'll come home with enough goodies to throw one memorable holiday party.

Paper Source
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Spice up your holiday party with decorations and knick knacks from Paper Source. Put together a Merry Christmas or Happy Hanukkah Garland Kit for your guests to walk under when they arrive, hang Tree String Lights along the window, or grab the Christmas Photo Prop Kit to make your photo area even more memorable. You can hand out Antler Wine Markers to help everyone keep track of their mulled wine and have them set their drinks on festive Peace Joy Love Gold Foil Coasters. Decorate your dining room table with a Christmas Felt Pom Pom Garland and Wooden Tree Table Scatter or clip your guests place cards with red and white Christmas Advent Clothespins. It's also a great place to pick up adorable holiday thank you cards in case you receive any holiday gifts from your guests. And if you're a Martha Stewart in the making, grab a bunch of their holiday bags and tissue paper to make memorable gift bags. Happy shopping!

Bauble Wreath

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You most certainly will be able to find the perfect outfit for the holiday party season at Anthropologie but this store is also spilling over with decorations that your guests will be talking about for years to come. From Very Merry Mini Crackers to Baubled Wreaths, this is a one-stop shop when it comes to holiday entertaining. The 12 Days of Christmas Candle Set is an easy way to light up a centerpiece while the Snowglint Trees give a bit of a metallic edge to an otherwise traditional red and green color palette. Serve up those dinner rolls from a Cast Antler Bowl or pass out dessert on one of their Holiday In Provence Plates. You'll probably end up wanting to buy more than you can afford at this store - but isn't that what next Christmas is for?

Gracious Home
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Head over to Gracious Home and gear up for that holiday shindig. Make every room smell like the holidays with Nest Fragrances Holiday Collection or Aromatique Smell Of Christmas Potpourri. Make a statement by serving eggnog from a Baccarat Crystal wine glass and serve up your favorite meal on a dish from the Caskata Poinsettia Dinnerware Collection. Their adorable Small and Large Green Christmas Tree Candles would look great on the dining room table while their variety of snowglobes offer another fun way to dress up any table. Get ready to fill up your basket at this store!

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Carly Petrone is a freelance writer living in New York City.

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