Super Bowl Sunday

  • January 31, 2008
  • Jenna Maxwell
Are you ready for some football?!  This Sunday, February 3 my husband will be like millions of other football fans, sitting in front of our tv, a buffalo wing in one hand and a beer in the other watching Super Bowl XLII between the New England Patriots and the New York Giants.  If you love football, there is no better way to spend Sunday!  I do enjoy watching football games, especially if my favorite team is playing (which by the way didn't happen this year).  But, no matter what teams are playing in the Super Bowl it's one game that everyone watches.  I'll admit though, my favorite part of the Super Bowl is watching the commercials!  I love them!  I'm looking forward to seeing what the big advertisers come up with this year.  I think the Budweiser commercials are my favorite!  This year it's not going to be too hard actually watching the game though because as every female out there knows - it's not hard on the eyes to watch Tom Brady and Eli Manning play football!  The traditional Super Bowl Party is probably the least fussy, most laid-back party you can host all year.  So there is no point in holding anything back! Go all out and serve everyone's favorite high fat, finger-licking snack foods. After all, your television set is the focal point, not the food. Wings, subs, pizza and chili are just some of the easily prepared (or even easier - ordered) foods that people love to eat at Super Bowl party's.  Throw a basket of chips or pretzels around and your set.  Although don't forget you have to have plenty of beer to wash down all that food. I don't have a favorite in Sunday's big game which will make it easy for me to sit back relax and enjoy the festivities.  Here's to Super Bowl XLII!! Oh, and don't forget ... Tuesday is FAT TUESDAY.  You still have time to get that Mardi Gras mask online!

Will You Be My Valentine?

  • January 27, 2008
  • Jenna Maxwell
The other day my daughter Sydney, who is in the 2nd grade, brought home a note from her teacher.  Each child needs to bring in Valentine's Day cards for everyone in their class and a box that they decorate themselves so they have a place to put all their Valentine's.  She is so excited!  She ran upstairs, grabbed the first shoebox she found and headed into the dining room with tissue paper, tape and scissors.  When she had all that in place I took her to the store thinking we'd run in, pick up some Valentine's and get home in time for me to start dinner.  What was I thinking?!  I didn't realize that this was going to be the biggest decision of her life picking out what Valentine's to give to the boys and girls in her class!  After careful deliberation she decided on High School Musical and of course, Hannah Montana.  With the hard part over, we headed home. Well, I thought the hard part was over until we sat down at the table and she had to decide which Valentine to give to each child in her class.  Of course you don't want to give a "girl" card to a boy or vice versa - the world would end as we know it!  After writing her name on the back of every card and addressing the envelopes with each child's name in her class, she finally started decorating the shoebox.  I helped her with cutting a hole in the top for the cards to slide in while she wrapped the box in pink, red and white tissue paper.  Then with any extra cards she had she cut out words and pictures and glued them all over the box.  It looked beautiful and she was so proud of her Valentine's Day box. Seeing all the planning and work that Sydney put into her Valentine's for her classmates made me realize that Valentine's Day is not just for loved ones and sweethearts, but for friends as well. 

Happy New Year!

  • January 27, 2008
  • Jenna Maxwell
Wow!  We made it – 2008!  I still can’t believe how fast 2007 went!  I hope everyone had an enjoyable holiday with their family and friends! 

Here’s wishing everyone a happy and healthy 2008.

Happy New Year!


Holidays, Holidays and More Holidays

  • January 25, 2008
  • Jenna Maxwell
Wow I can't believe all the holidays that are coming up in the next two months!   Along with those dates we have Groundhog Day on February 2, Mardis Gras on February 5, Ash Wednesday on February 6,  Palm Sunday on March 16, Good Friday on March 21 and one of my favorite dates - March 20, first official day of Spring!  To me that date can't come fast enough!  It's been a really cold winter this year and I'm so ready for some Spring weather.  If you're reading my blog you're obviously on the Halloween Express website.  Take a minute to check it out - there's something for everyone!  We have costumes and accessories for every holiday that's coming up as well as school plays, dance recitals, theme party's or if you just get the urge to put on a costume and have fun every once in a while.  We've got what you're looking for! 

Valentine's Day Around the World

  • January 23, 2008
  • Jenna Maxwell
In the United States, is a holidaycelebrated on February 14. It is the traditional day on which lovers express their love for each other by giving cards, chocolates, gifts or flowers. The holiday is named after two Early Christian martyrs named Valentine.

Mardi Gras - Fat Tuesday

  • January 21, 2008
  • Jenna Maxwell
Tuesday, February 5th is Mardis Gras, which is French for Fat Tuesday.  It is the final day of Carnival which begins 12 days after Christmas on January 6th.  Mardis Gras always falls exactly 47 days before Easter.  Traditionally, it is the last day for Catholics to indulge—and often overindulge—before Ash Wednesday starts the weeks of fasting that come with Lent. The whole point of Fat Tuesday is to gorge yourself on all the food, drink and revelry you're about to give up for awhile.  In the United States, Mardi Gras draws millions of fun-seekers to New Orleans every year. Mardi Gras has been celebrated in New Orleans on a grand scale, with masked balls and colorful parades, since French settlers arrived in the early 1700s. Hidden behind masks people behaved so badly that for decades in the early 19th century masks were deemed illegal in that party-loving city.  As we all know, the millions of colorful beaded necklaces thrown from floats are the most visible symbols and souvenirs of Mardi Gras.  People do outrageous things to catch the most throws. Some dress as priests hoping the many Catholics on the floats will shower them with goodies. Others dress their children in eye-catching costumes and seat them, holding baskets to catch the loot, on ladders that tower over the crowds.  Here are some fun facts about Mardis Gras:
  • Throws - Inexpensive trinkets including beaded necklaces and coins tossed from floats during the parades.
  • Carnival Balls - Formal parties given by a krewe (private club) for its members and their guests.
  • Parading with ladders - The ladder rule of thumb is, you place the ladder at least as many feet back from the curb as it is tall.
Other cities most famous for their Mardi Gras celebrations include Louisiana, Venice, Italy and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The Gift That Keeps On Giving

  • January 15, 2008
  • Jenna Maxwell
Hi it's Anna and I'm back with another year of "everything you need to know about costumes"!  I realize that Halloween is quite a few months away, but there is always something going on all year long that requires some type of costume.  For example, do you know what big day is coming up on the 14th of February?  Yep, it's Valentine's Day, and what better gift to give that special woman than a beautiful outfit for her to wear that makes her feel sexy.  Or for the ladies, if you want to be flirtatious and fun you too should check out our entire line of Valentine's Day costumes.  If beautiful, provocative lingerie is more what you're looking for then check out what we have at http://www.sexylingerieshop.com and see all we have to offer. Remember, this is one gift that both parties will enjoy!