Top Reasons to Celebrate

  • February 20, 2012
  • Jenna Maxwell

Yes, it’s still deep in winter but there are many reasons to celebrate everywhere you turn!  President’s Day weekend is nearly upon us, which officially kicks off a whole series of events that you won’t want to miss out on celebrating with your family and friends.  Whether you are having a school sanctioned event or a fun get together with loved ones, make sure you get your costumes and appropriate gear ready to make these events all that they can be!

President’s Day:  During the month of February, many schools and communities are emphasizing learning about two of our most infamous past U.S. Presidents as we celebrate the birthdays of both George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.  Get into the spirit of this special day with an appropriate replica costume that is going to look like you just stepped right out of a history book! 

Mardi Gras:  Mardi Gras is a party or dress up opportunity that you will not want to miss out on!  Fat Tuesday has become the infamous day to eat, drink and be merry!  Dressing up like a courtly Mardi Gras King, Queen or Jester is easy when you have the perfect costume, which will get you immediately into the character of these whimsically majestic characters.  Feeling a bit more mysterious?  One of our masquerade masks will hide your identity in a most alluring and eye catching way.  And of course you will not want to forget one of the most critically important Mardi Gras accessories--lots and lots of colorful, plastic beads!

St. Patrick’s Day:  St. Patty’s Day is one of the most exciting ways to get into a lucky Irish mood and into the impish spirit of all things green!  This super fun celebration is one you won’t want to miss and will be made all the more unique and special when you find an extraordinary way to wear your own version of green, with a specially designed for St. Patrick’s day costume, of course!  From a silly leprechaun get up to the sexy and sassy Beer Garden girl costume, when it comes to the wearing o’ the green you have to check out our fabulous costume and accessory collection--it’s almost as good as a pot of gold.

March Madness:  They don’t call it madness for nothing!  College basketball season playoffs are both thrilling and exciting.  You definitely won’t want to miss out on dressing up in your favorite team’s colors at your next tailgate or game watching party.  Don’t forget the big boys of the NBA when you can get into the spirit and excitement of their playoff season as well. Who are you rooting for?  Don’t have a favorite but still want to participate?  Dressing up as the ref is an easy way to take control over a group of overly rambunctious fans in a big hurry!

Easter: Easter’s on its way!  You may already even be making plans for your Spring Break.  Don’t forget to include the Easter bunny in your family’s Easter celebration.  Get into the spirit of Easter with our adorable inflatable Easter Bunny yard decoration.  This adorable bunny inflates in seconds and will add a whimsical touch to your yard this spring, as he is perched anywhere, cheerfully holding his joyful Easter greeting. For a more realistic trip hopping down the bunny trail, one of our Easter Bunny costumes is a great way to get your children very excited about their Easter egg hunt or any of your other Easter festivities!

Make your upcoming holidays pack some extra punch as well as pizzazz with unique holiday costumes and fun accessories that make every occasion more exciting as well as memorable. 


Hail To The Chief! Strange Presidential Trivia

  • February 13, 2012
  • Jenna Maxwell
Strange Presidential Trivia

With the President’s Day long weekend right around the corner, as well as the GOP primary elections heating up, in honor of all things presidential we’ve compiled some bizarre as well as interesting factoids about our elected presidential leaders, both past and present.  They say that truth is stranger than fiction--we think you will absolutely agree!

John Adams-It is said that John Adams and his family wandered aimlessly for hours before finally figuring out how to find their way to their new home, The White House.  (Perhaps a map was in order?)

Thomas Jefferson-When old Tom wrote his own epitaph he failed to even mention his time as president.  (Apparently it wasn’t a big enough deal…)

William Howard Taft-Weighing in at well over 300 big ones, President Taft holds the distinction of being the heaviest man to ever be the United States president.  Sadly, Taft once got stuck in the White House bathtub.  To avoid a repeat of this embarrassing gaffe, a new (and 4 times larger) bathtub was installed.  (It’s likely too, that this was prior to the Presidential physical fitness program!)

William Henry Harrison-This president, considered by many to be one of the most long winded when it came to giving speeches, gave one of the longest inaugural addresses in history, in spite of the fact that he was standing outside in very inclement weather without a coat or hat.  He died of pneumonia about a month later.  (Didn’t your mother warn you about not taking your coat?)

James Buchanan-When the Prince of Wales visited the White House with a ginormous entourage of people; President Buchanan was actually forced to sleep out in the hallway! (No respect…whatsoever…)

Grover Cleveland-President Cleveland enjoyed answering incoming phone calls to the White House himself. (That’s one way to screen your own calls…)

Woodrow Wilson-Enjoyed raising sheep for their wool during his stint in the White House. (so baaaad)

Warren G. Harding-President Harding had the distinction of having the biggest Presidential feet--rumored to be a size 14.  (But at least he didn’t get stuck in the bathtub…)

Calvin Coolidge-President Coolidge absolutely refused to use the telephone during his Presidential term. (Can you say paranoid?)

Herbert Hoover-President Hoover was known to donate his entire salary made as President to charity. (awwwwwesome.)

Harry S. Truman-This musical president was known to rise long before dawn each day to practice the piano for about 2 hours. (Such inspiration to budding politically inclined musicians everywhere!)

Gerald Ford-Gerald Ford’s former jobs include being a fashion model and also working as a Yellowstone park ranger. (Strike a pose…with bears…)

Jimmy Carter-President Carter was considered an expert speed-reader and was purported to be able to read approximately 2000 words per minute. (War and Peace in 60 minutes flat…)

Barack Obama-President Obama was known as O’ Bomber during his high school basketball days.  Obama is also known for collecting Spiderman memorabilia as well as Conan the Barbarian comic books.  (Now there are some interesting allies…)

Want more?  Here are a few tidbits of trivia on the GOP candidates:

Mitt Romney-Was named Mitt after his father’s cousin named Milton Romney.

Newt Gingrich-Was named Time magazine’s Man of the Year in 1995.

Rick Santorum-Karen Santorum, Rick’s wife, wrote a book about etiquette for children.  (And mother’s everywhere are still grateful…)

Ron Paul-During his career as an OB/GYN he delivered more than 4,000 babies.  He enjoys gardening and growing his own crops when he is at home in Texas. 

 

Be sure to check out our collection of President's Day costumes and accessories.


Oooo La La! It's Mardi Gras!

  • February 06, 2012
  • Jenna Maxwell
Mardi Gras 2012

Mardi Gras, and all the fun a good ol’ lively French-fest can bring with it, is right around the corner.  Mardi Gras hits the calendar a bit early this year, February the 21st, so you have just a little over 2 weeks to begin planning for your big Mardi Gras party or even a super sexy as well as mysterious masquerade ball.  Whether your trip to the Big Easy is real or just done in big Louisiana party style, we have all the hot supplies to make you look as if you are ready to go hit Bourbon Street and “laissez les bons temps rouler” (let the good times roll!)

What is Mardi Gras all about anyway?  For you Mardi Gras rookies that want to know why you should celebrate, as well as what the fuss is all about, here’s a basic crash course.  Mardi Gras, literally translated from French to English, means Fat Tuesday.  Fat Tuesday is a traditional day of feasting (can you say eat, drink and be merry?) that is done the night before Ash Wednesday, beginning the traditional Catholic period of Lent.  Lent is 40 days of fasting that occurs up until Easter.  French settlers that centered in the New Orleans area first brought this tradition to America.  The tradition of Mardi Gras runs deep in Louisiana until this very day.

The Big Easy:  Because of Mardi Gras’ early history associated with this southern region of our beloved country, the celebration of Mardi Gras has been heavily associated with and truly embraced by the people of New Orleans.  Just because you don’t live in New Orleans, however, it doesn’t mean that you can’t get into the spirit and the true Louisiana flavor of this exciting and flamboyant holiday! 

Masks and Masquerade:  Masks have been worn for years as part of the celebration of Mardi Gras.  Venetian style masks and many other creative, elaborate as well as decorative masks are part of the fun and tradition surrounding Mardi Gras.  Hiding ones identity has gone along with the celebratory theme of this holiday for hundreds of years, and there is some logic to the anonymity factor involved.  If no one knows who you actually are, traditionally, it’s been easier to really let loose and let your Cajun swagger truly get its groove on without worrying about tomorrow.

Tradition of Throws:  Since the late 1800’s, some of the authentic Mardi Gras tradition is to have many parades and floats as part of the celebrating that goes on in the city. Float riders are known to throw out many items to Mardi Gras revelers which include plastic beads, doubloons, cups and small stuffed animals.  Even if you aren’t planning a parade or float as part of your Mardi Gras festivities, you are still going to want to include some of these unique and traditional items as part of your Fat Tuesday celebration.

Party, Wild French Style:  If you are planning a Mardi Gras themed party, make sure you have all the sexy glittery costumes, elaborate masks, face paint, crazy hats, sparkling gloves and other ‘out there’ accessories that you may need to create a Fat Tuesday look that will be absolutely unforgettable.  Whether you are looking to be a Carnival King or Queen or even that wacky or sexy Court Jester, our costumes and accessories made just for your Mardi Gras celebration will definitely put the ooooo back into your la-la.  To Mardi Gras say OUI!