Theme Parties are ALL the Rage!!

Whether it’s Birthdays, Retirements, Baby Showers, Anniversaries, or any other special occasion…Theme parties are the hottest thing around!

From 50′s Sock Hops, to Hollywood Awards Nights, there is literally a theme for everything and everyone.western 50's 60's casino hollywood medieval pirateWith Decorations, Costumes, and Accessories, we can turn your ordinary function into an Extraordinary Party!!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

With Valentine’s Day approaching quickly, let us help you celebrate this special day! Looking for some decor ideas, we have table covers, heart cutouts and Valentine’s centerpieces to help set the mood.

r77751Why send flowers, when you can send Balloons! Express your Love or simply wish your special someone a Happy Valentine’s Day with a customized Balloon Bouquet made especially for them. Let one of our Certified Balloon Artists put together a bouquet that will bring a smile to your sweethearts face.w29070Whether it’s a quiet dinner for two or a Valentine party for a large group, let our staff help you make this special day, a little extra special for you and yours.


Balloon Magic Continues!

Each year Fanshawe College hires us to help decorate for one of their annual events put on by the Hospitality and Food Services Program students.  It is a huge dinner they put on and each event has a theme.  The students pick the theme, decorate the facility and everyone that participates is in costume.  They put on a dinner show throughout the night and having attended one of these events I can say it is so much fun and the students work really hard!  We help get everyone set up with a costume, and provide some of the decorations done out of balloons.  Hours and hours go into this event and we thought we would share some photos from this years gala!  The theme this year was The Prohibition Era…take a look!

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Not in the Halloween Spirit yet?  Come to our store to get inspired!! 

LIKE US ON FACEBOOK AND GET A CHANCE TO WIN AN iPAD!!!  Go to Facebook and look for McCulloch’s Costume and Party Supplies!

 It is an exciting time at McCulloch’s as we celebrate 50 years of being in business this year!!!  We want to thank our customers for making this possible by holding a WEEK-LONG sale in the store where you can take 20% of the sticker price September 10th – September 15th, 2012!  (This sale is for all regular priced in-store items only.  Special orders and sale items are not qualified for the discount.)  If that isn’t enough, we will also be serving cake for all of our customers every day of the sale. 

Excited?  We are!  In fact we are so excited about all of this we want to do something even better for our customers!  We are giving away a BRAND NEW iPAD by APPLE!!  This beauty is an iPAD 2- THIRD GENERATION which is the newest one on the market!  Here is how you can get it:

1. Go to our Facebook page and “Like” our page.  This gets you one entry into the draw for the free iPad.

2.  Visit our Facebook page every day and “Like” our daily post/status update for an additional entries!!  Please note that you must “Like” our status on the day it was posted for your entry to be included in the draw. 

3.  Share our Page and get yet one more entry into the contest!

This iPad contest runs through 12:00 Noon on October 31, 2012 when we will draw a winner in the store!  You do not need to be present as we will contact you via Facebook!  Share this with your friends and don’t forget to “Like” our daily status updates every day on Facebook to increase your chances to be a new iPad owner!

Special Notes/Rules:

  1. Employees and family of employees of McCulloch’s Costume and Party Supplies are not eligible to participate in and/or win said contest.
  2. Winner does not need to be present to win.  Winner will be contacted via Facebook.  Should winner not claim prize by close of business November 30, 2012 a new winner will be drawn.
  3. McCulloch’s Costume and Party Supplies reserves the right to release the winners name and/or image in print and/or video for publicity purposes.
  4. iPad contest runs from August 1, 2012- October 31, 2012 at 12:00 Noon.
  5. Contest is open to everyone and is not limited to Canada.  Should the winner not be able to pick up their prize in person at our store, the prize will be shipped.  Winner will be responsible for shipping costs.


Find us on Facebook and "Like" us for a chance to win an Apple iPad!!



And then the balloons drop….

An exciting thing that happens at New Years is the countdown.  Following the screaming of 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 are the horns, bells, sirens, hugging, kissing and many times balloons fall magically from overhead.  This adds so much fun to the closing of one year and ringing in of the next, and your party can easily have this added magical burst of fun too.  Balloon drops aren’t just for large convention center settings!

Clear Plastic Balloon Drop

McCulloch’s has a variety of balloon drop sizes.  If you’ve never seen one or used one before, they are pretty straight forward and easy to do.  All you need is a drop, a bunch of air inflated balloons, and some string or fishing line to rig them up.  All that’s needed then is someone to pull the cord when the clock strokes midnight!

There are basically two types of balloon drops: plastic bags and net bags.  At McCulloch’s we carry both and in various sizes.  Take a look at our options:

  1. 3′ x 6′ plastic bag with a capacity of (100) 7″ balloons
  2. 7′ x 4′ nylon net bag with a capacity of (100) 9″ balloons
  3. 4′ x 14′ nylon net bag with a capacity of (200) 9″ balloons
  4. 7′ x 14′ nylon net bag with a capacity of (500) 9″ balloons
  5. 6′ x 24′ nylon net bag with a capacity of (1000) 9″ balloons

With those size options you have a lot of flexibility for your balloon drops.  You may find it better for your space to do two smaller nets instead of one large one.  Whatever your space, we can help with your balloon drops!

At McCulloch’s we have a fully stocked balloon center with professional balloon artists, and can prepare your balloon drops for you if you don’t want to do the inflating and stuffing.  We can even come to your venue and rig them into place for an additional fee so that you don’t have to!

We would like to pass on a few tips however if you are doing your own balloon drop.  These are a few little tricks we have learned over the years and they will ensure an easy preparation and execution on New Years Eve.

  1. UNDER inflate your balloons!  Under inflating your balloons basically make them more squishy and pliable without the risk of popping.  This will allow you to put MORE balloons in your bag or net.  A good rule of thumb is to inflate them 2-3 inches smaller than your balloon capacity.
  2. If using a plastic drop bag, spray the inside with a good coating of static guard before stuffing with balloons.  Latex by nature creates static, and this step will help to ensure you don’t have any balloons clinging to the bag at the drop of midnight!  There’s nothing worse than standing on the floor and looking up to see a third of your balloons still up at the ceiling.
  3. If using a mesh net, make sure you are stuffing the drop with the balloon stems facing the inside of the drop.  This just takes a few extra seconds of time but again will ensure that all of your balloons fall out of the drop.  If your balloon necks are facing out rather than in, they can get stuck in the mesh and subsequently you again are left with balloons hanging onto the drop rather than on your guests’ heads!

Again, if you are needing a balloon drop this year, McCulloch’s has you covered.  We can set you up with all of the supplies, or we can prepare one for you.  Give us a call and we will be happy to quote your job and help out with your New Years party this year!  You can also go to our online catalogue and order your supplies at and hit the online catalogue link. 







Happy New Year!!! Really….it’s right around the corner!

New Year’s parties are being planned and McCulloch’s is stocked and ready to meet your party needs!

When it comes to New Years Decorations and supplies you have a wide variety of options.  We’ve got hats, noise makers, confettie bursts, balloon drop bags and nets, tiara’s and air horns just to name a few.  You can pick these items out “Ala-Cart” or you can purchase a New Year’s Kit Assortment with everything you need already packaged up and ready for you to bring in the new year!

All of our assorted kits are based on 10, 20, 25, 40, 50, or 100 people so, depending on your party size, we are sure to have the perfect party kit for you.  Just to give you an idea of what we have to offer here are a few of the different assortments:

Silver Party Kit for 50 people, contains: 25 full size HAPPY NEW YEAR hats, 25 tiaras with sparkling glitter, 50 musical horns, 25 Hawaiian poly leis, and 200 serpentine throws

Wanting a more colorful and vibrant theme with top hats this year?  Check out this next kit:

Starry Nights Kit for 50 contains: 25 assorted color plastic top hats with HAPPY NEW YEAR band, 25 HAPPY NEW YEAR tiaras, 50 printed 9″ foil horns, 25 Hawaiian poly leis

This next kid is a head turner and even comes with noise makers.  The color scheme screams elegance, sophistication and most importantly, FUN!

Royal Party Assortment for 50 contains: 25 full size curved brim HAPPY NEW YEAR top hats, 25 deluxe HAPPY NEW YEAR tiaras, 25 9″ fringed horns, 25 deluxe metal noisemakers and 200 serpentine throws

For those of you with larger parties or corporate functions you may want to look into a kit for 100 people.  Here are just a few of our favorites that we have to offer:

Bonanza Assortment for 100 in Gold or Silver contains: 1 bartender Hi-Hat, 1 plumed waitress tiara, 45 foil hats, 5 plastic NEW YEARS toppers, 50 glittered fringed tiaras, 20 deluxe noisemakers, (80) 9” foil horns, (36) 33” party beads, 14 soft twist poly leis, 100 serpentine throws, (25) 9” balloons, (1) 8.5” glittered HAPPY NEW YEAR banner

Here is another assortment for 100 that is colorful, playful and lots of fun:

Grand Slam Party Kit for 100 contains: 50 colorful assorted hats, 50 HAPPY NEW YEAR tiaras, 100 jumbo 9″ foil horns, 50 Hawaiian poly leis

There are so many assorted kits that we just can’t list them all here.  We’ve got kits that are themed, too!  Mardi Gras style, gangster style, Western style, Vegas style, multi-colored, kits with red or gold or silver as the main color, kits with derby hats, kits with top hats….the list keeps going on and on!  You really need to come into the store and check them all out, or visit our online store and browse all of our inventory!!  We at McCulloch’s are confident that we can get the right kit to make your New Year’s bash a success and look fabulous!!

And don’t forget about the balloons!  Our professional staff can create a number of balloon sculptures, arches, and bouquets to add to your decorating.  We can even take care of filling up those balloon drops for you so you don’t have to!  McCulloch’s strives to be your one-stop New Year’s shop!



1000 acts of kindness!

Last October McCullochs participated in the LUSO 1000 Acts of Kindness Challenge Flash Mob by providing the balloons used in this stunt. We’ve seen 1 balloon make someone smile but 42? See for yourself.