"The party pack seemed like a better deal than buying things a la carte, so I went for it. I'm sorry I did. There was a lot of stuff that needed put together/constructed, which was a pain. The balloons they include are the cheapest available on the market (as explained to me by the specialty store where we had them blown up). They started to shrivel/sink only a few hours after having them blown up with helium. The centerpieces were The quality of pretty much everything included was on par with a dollar store's products. The one saving grace was the personalized banner. That was a big hit and looked great."