About Stumps

Thank you for visiting Stumps Prom & Party! Since 1926, Stumps has been America’s favorite for Prom and party supplies. From coast to coast, we’ve played a pivotal role in transforming millions of special events from ordinary to extraordinary. When we first introduced the first memory book and the first decorations for Prom more than 84 years ago, who would have imagined what Prom would ultimately become!

Take a look at some of Stumps vintage catalog covers below. You can see that we’ve come a long way over the years!

1970 1989 1992 2006

Celebrating 84 Great Years!
Since 1926, Stumps has been America’s favorite for Prom and party supplies. From coast to coast, we’ve played a pivotal role in transforming millions of special events from ordinary to extraordinary. When we introduced the first “memorie” book and the first decorations for Prom, who would have imagined what Stumps would ultimately become!

History of Stumps

Hubert Stump founded Stumps in 1926 in South Whitley, Indiana, a small town located just outside Fort Wayne, Indiana. The original Stumps Printing Company was started primarily as a commercial printer and local newspaper publisher. As local legend has it, in the depths of the Depression, Hubert Stump was left with one nickel that he could either use to buy a loaf of bread or put in the church collection plate. Hubert, as the story goes, put the nickel in the collection plate. The next day, Hubert came up with the concept of the “Memorie” booklet, a printed favor for Proms and Junior-Senior receptions. The “Memorie” booklet was a great success.

Over the next decade, Stumps continued to expand and began to print products for schools like lunch tickets, menus, athletic schedules, and award certificates. In the 1940s, Stumps introduced crepe streamers, balloons, and even the first large-area decorating theme kit (Evening in Paris) to its offerings. In the 1960s, it introduced the first full-color catalog featuring numerous theme kits. Stumps also moved to a new manufacturing and distribution facility in 1962.

During the 1970s and 1980s, Stumps grew rapidly, and the company changed dramatically. Stumps began offering the first personalized favors for high-school students and party concepts were added to the company with a new special occasion catalog.

In 1990, Shep and Wendy Moyle purchased Stumps. Since that time the company has moved aggressively to focus on 100% customer satisfaction, exceptional quality, and solid product values.

20 responses to “About Stumps

  1. how do I order? I like the castle in the clouds theme prom

  2. Corinda Hilyard

    We’re interested in the Phantom Prom theme.

    How do I order?

    Thanks!

  3. Corinda,
    Thanks so much for your post and your interest in Stumps Prom & Party. You can purchase our Music of the Night theme kits items here on our website – http://www.stumpsprom.com/catalog.cfm?caid=960999 . If you prefer to phone in your order, dial 1-800-348-5084.

    All the best, Jodie Batterton, Customer Service Manager

  4. I’d love to order from you but as we’ve in the the U.K. Shipping costs are a problem, is there any way we could get around this. PLEASE!!!

  5. JANNETTE VANDERDYS

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  6. Saine Grandison

    My comment is the same as Mary’s. You have some items I would like to order but I’m in the UK & I’m not sure about shipping costs

  7. Saine,

    Thanks so much for your post and your interest in Stumps Prom. Yes, we do ship internationally. Shipping and handling charges are based on the value of the merchandise (not the number of shipments). You can add items to your shopping cart on-line and the international shipping rates will be calculated for you during the checkout process.

    If you prefer you can email csr@stumpsprom.com or call 1-260-723-5171 for international shipping rates.

    All customers outside the U.S. are responsible for customs, duties and local taxes.

    Please contact us with any questions at csr@stumpsprom.com or call 1-260-723-5171.

    All the best, Jodie Batterton, Customer Service Manager

  8. Hello, do you mind doing Vintage Theme Prom tips ? 😀

    My school’s holding a Vintage Prom soon and I’ve got no idea about the decoration ! 😦

  9. mercedes ramos

    hello, i am intrested in the mardi gra post prom?
    i would liek to know how much it is and how do i order?

  10. Mercedes,

    Thanks so much for your post and your interest in Stumps Prom. You can view and purchase our Mardi Gras Magic Arch and Stars on our website – http://www.stumpsprom.com/prom/Mardi-Gras-Magic-Arch-and-Stars.cfm . You can view all of our Mardi Gras theme decorations and items here – http://www.stumpsprom.com/catalog.cfm?cat=17300 . Please contact us with any questions at 1-800-348-5084 or csr@stumpsprom.com.

    All the best, Jodie Batterton, Customer Service Manager

  11. please send me a prom catalog

  12. would like to see about getting a catalog so that my son’s Jr class could get some ideas.

  13. our class is looking for decorations early. and we loved one of the westerned theme proms but we noticed you were sold out. when do you get a new stock.

  14. Hi,
    We are a party agency from Bulgaria and we are interested in some of the kits to order. Could you send us a price list for decor kits, please. How is with the shipping cost and terms?
    Thank you in advance.

  15. Hi!,
    I’m a part of my prom committee, and we are in a pickle, we have NO funds at all. I was wondering if your are doing anything to help schools fund for prom.

    • We’re sure you’re planning a wonderful event. We would love to help with them all, but we receive hundreds of donation requests every week and, unfortunately, cannot help everyone. But, thanks for keep Stumps in mind.

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