October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Although this disease affects mainly women, it is a disease that can affect men as well. This month is not about participating in activities and fundraisers only if you’re a victim, survivor or family member of either one. This month is about taking the initiative to educate yourself about this life-threatening illness, helping others and learning about preventative measures that can be taken. Continue reading
When I was young, the fifth grade class at our school used to put together a “wax museum.” Each student would select a historical figure and write a summary about their life. Part of the assignment was to get a costume. The fifth grade teacher made makeshift buttons out of cardboard and the parents would come at different times, “push” the button and the student would recite his or her speech. It was such a great way to learn about important people in U.S. history.
Now, I know many of you have little ones today that will soon be celebrating President’s Day (note: this can also work for any 4th of July event). Some school assignments can get pretty pricey if the teachers require costumes (that is, if you’re thinking rentals). A friend of mine helped her younger brother put together a powdered wig for his president costume last year and it turned out great! Continue reading
This weather is driving me nuts! Is it going to be hot or cold? Just choose one already, Mother Nature. I know, I know, April Showers bring May flowers. Blah Blah Blah.
The point is that Memorial Day is around the corner. I love this holiday because it’s set aside to commemorate our veterans–they do not get enough recognition–and because it’s the second to last checkpoint before summer vacation. I am aware that as an adult, this no longer means 3 months off to do absolutely nothing but sleep in and swim, but I still get excited each year.
Celebrate by planning day trips with your children. The economy isn’t our friend right now, but economical trips to the beach and the park should be. Shop our store for Picnic Party Supplies that can inspire anything from lunch at the park with the children to a romantic candlelight dinner with your significant other. It’s all in the lighting.
Mothers are the hardest creatures for which to shop. What gift tells the person that gave you life, or that raised you, “thank you” for doing absolutely everything and more for me?
Flowers? Always a must. They signify life and they make beautiful fresh decorations around the house.
Purses? Yes, we women carry our lives in those pretty bags.
Watches? Of course. How else would they do the million things on their schedule?
What must not be overlooked is a celebration of their hard work. Only a mother can do the motherly things she does without expecting anything in return. Shop our selection of Floral and Spring Party supplies to accent your dinner table because you’re cooking a special dinner for her whether you like it or not. If it’s takeout, make it pretty. No excuses.
Cinco de mayo marks the date when the Mexican militia was victorious over the French Army at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. This Latin holiday is around the corner and we are thrilled to point everyone in the direction of our new Caliente Party Supplies. Our selection of party decor has expanded beautifully with colorful lanterns, maracas, paper tissue balls and garlands.
Although barbecue season does not typically begin until the end of May, Cinco de mayo is definitely a holiday that is often celebrated by grilling meat and serving traditional dishes. Fiesta themed parties are festive and the perfect excuse to dress up in traditional dress.
Don’t let this holiday pass without sharing a piece of history with your young ones. And again, this is not Mexican Independence Day.
Although April 22 is officially Earth Day, it is important that we do not forget that technically, everyday is Earth Day.
Do your part to pitch in to the global “Go Green” campaign every day. It doesn’t matter if your contribution involves picking up a small wrapper off the floor, ceasing your relationship with aerosol cans or putting together a beach cleaning crew, the main objective is to improve our environment.
You can start with your home or office by switching to our Recycled Guest Hand Towels or any of our environmentally friendly recycled party supplies. Sure, we may not endure any of the harsh climate changes predicted in our future, but our children will.
March 2nd is the birth date of the one and only, Dr. Seuss. This man made huge contributions to children’s literature and his work will most definitely live on for generations to come.
At the elementary schools, the school teachers typically organize schoolwide reading events. At the most recent one, the teachers made invitations and sent them home with the students. The event was to consist of a makeshift slumber party where the students come with one of their parents, dress in their pajamas, bring blankets and a favorite Dr. Seuss story book. Families can be asked to donate snacks and drinks in order to create a large feast spread.
Contact your child’s school PTA to help organize an event in Dr. Seuss’ honor. Use our solid colored tableware to create a colorful table display for your young guests. Small coloring book favors are perfect activities and take home souvenirs of the event. Children’s literature is a vital part of a child’s development. Don’t downplay the efforts of such a great artist.
February is Black History Month. This month is about a lot more than reciting great speeches–it’s about remembering the great speeches that granted civil rights to everyone and about promoting equality throughout the human race.
Many teachers opt for sprinkling Black history lessons throughout the month, while others assign projects that allow their students to learn hands-on. A lot of schools plan parades and events praising the hard work of some of America’s leaders.
For those hosting community events, I recommend using disposable tableware like plastic or paper plates, plastic table covers (just envelope everything off the table and throw away after) and plastic or paper cups. Don’t make life more difficult for yourself by asking for a mess after the event. Make sure you enjoy the speakers or stations at your event as much as your guests.
January is National Blood Donor Month this year–an entire month worth of opportunities to donate blood to those who need it to survive accidents and disease. Of course, I’m not advocating that these donations should only be made throughout the course of this month. I am merely pointing out that it would be a great month to begin doing so, since it is the month that celebrates this benefit.
A cousin of mine was born with a rare birth defect that has forced her to undergo open heart surgery every certain number of years. Each time, a blood transfusion is required and each time, the hospital relies on their donated supply.
I encourage all of you to make a difference in someone’s life.Hospital employees, consider vibrant solid colored dessert plates for post-donation treats and paper tray mats for the unfortunate patients.
November is Aviation History Month, a time frame set aside to pay tribute to and celebrate our progress in aviation technology. The Wright Brothers definitely opened a wide range of opportunity on different levels. Aviation has contributed to the strength of our military, our economy and our travel efficiency.
Take a minute this month to take your children to an aviation museum, or to share the wealth of information available at your local library. Add ambiance with Pilot themed partyware!