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Party-Perfect Paper Straws

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I had gray striped straws at my Game Night party last year.


These cheery red straws are from MarthaCelebrations.

Any entertainer knows that the secret to hosting a sensational event lies in the little details. Inexpensive and available in a multitude of hues and patterns to complement any color palette, paper straws will punch up your party décor. The striped beauties above, featured in our Scarlet party from the newly launched MarthaCelebrations line, are a fun way to add a little something extra to decor.  Pick up our red, orange, and blue striped straws at JCP ($5.50 for 8), buy a fantastic faux bois set, such as the chic birch option below, or DIY your own festive straw toppers.


Canadian Birch Straws from Kikkerland, $8 for 144


Baking cups become floral beauties when trimmed and slipped on the green, stem-like straws. These lovely faux blooms are almost pretty enough to use as a party centerpiece. Get the how-to.

Add some tropical flair to a basic straw with crepe paper bamboo shoots. Get the how-to.

These delightfully twisty straws would be perfect for a baby girl's baby shower; the twist is easy to do, but adds a touch of whimsy. Get the how-to.

Shamrock straw toppers will give you a little extra luck year-round. Get the how-to.

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