In times of economic uncertainty, many of us are cutting expense yet looking for creative ways to maintain a full and vibrant life style. For years, Americans have gone all out for Halloween celebrations often sparing no expense in assembling frighteningly elaborate costumes and accessories. There is really no need for Halloween 2018 to be the year of the ghost. Re-fold your old sheets and get ready to double your fun. In addition to your annual Halloween party festivities, host a pre-Halloween or even last minute pre-trick or treating costume exchange party. Continue Reading →
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…Where the Wild Things Are – A Tribute to Maurice Sendak
“The wild things roared their terrible roars and gnashed their terrible teeth and rolled their terrible eyes and showed their terrible claws but Max stepped into his private boat and waved good-bye and sailed back over a year and in and out of weeks and through a day and into the night of his very own room where he found his supper waiting for him and it was still hot.” Where the Wild Things Are
As many of you already know, we are huge fans of Maurice Sendak. For more than forty years, the books Maurice Sendak has written and illustrated have nurtured children and adults alike and have challenged established ideas about what children's literature is and should be. The New York Times has recognized that Sendak's work “has brought a new dimension to the American children's book and has helped to change how people visualize childhood.” Parenting recently described Sendak as “indisputably, the most revolutionary force in children's books.”
To honor Mr. Sendak's memory we think the most appropriate tribute is making sure you have at least one Sendak book in your personal library. Here are a few of our favorites! Just scroll over the book cover for the title and click on the picture for a summary of each book.
Rubik's Cube Costume
I just saw this costume on the Today show and thought, wow — easy and fun! You can create it using one box or three boxes askew, solved or unsolved, large or small, with arm holes or without. Wear tights or black pants underneath. You can get as fancy as you want. If you have truly waited until the last minute — simply spray paint your boxes black with quick drying paint. During the 15 minutes it takes for the paint to dry completely, cut out your squares of colored paper. Now glue or tape them to box(es) being sure to leave space between the squares so it appears they are outlined in black. If you don't have boxes at home your local postal store or office supply store generally stock boxes. If you don't have a paper cutter or glue gun consider investing in one for the next time! Continue Reading →
Best Teen Costume – Sailor Moon!
The results are unanimous! At least so far this year, Party Idea Pros favorite teen costumes are without a doubt these Sailor Moon Costumes. True to the appearance of the actual Sailor anime cartoon characters, these costumes are increasingly difficult to find so you will definitely not see them everywhere. Additionally, they work perfectly for our theory that since most teenage girls travel in packs, their costumes must not only be cute and somewhat appropriate, they also need to be available in multiple colors and styles so all their girlfriends can coordinate. This particular costume has the added advantage of having a guy version too! In fact, these would make great couples costumes also!
So who exactly is Sailor Moon? Sailor Moon, also known as Usagi Tsukino, is an underachieving schoolgirl who lives in Tokyo. She meets Luna who is searching for the Moon Princess. Luna discovers that she is destined to save Earth from the forces of evil and gives Usagi a brooch to transform into Sailor Moon, and asks her to form the Sailor Soldiers, find their princess and protect the “Legendary Silver Crystal.” As Usagi matures, she becomes one of the universe's powerful warriors and protects her adopted home planet, Earth, from villains who wish to harm it. Usagi is depicted as carefree and cheerful when at ease but quickly serious and strategic-minded when fighting.
As the weather gets cooler and team spirit builds to a deafening roar, cheer on your favorite college teams (and professional teams) in these fabulously crazy team spirit sweaters & new, this year, team spirit ponchos. Not only are these sweaters perfect for showing off your school spirit on game day but you will have the perfect sweater to wear to ugly sweater holiday parties for years to come. These college sweaters conveniently come in a range of sizes and are perfect for future students, current students, alumni, and team fans of all ages so they make great gifts! We have only pulled a handful of examples, so click on over to the Fanatics site to choose your own fabulously crazy team spirit sweaters and ponchos. Continue Reading →