Twenty-two years ago today, I became the mom of Matt Huston. Happy birthday, Matt! I can't believe it. I do believe, though, that you will find some fun ideas in this all-party edition. First, though, take a look at my buddy, Wearables Editor C.J. Mittica, in this video. He really knows how to get his party on and here, he shows you how to sell Hawaiian shirts. I mean, does anything scream "party time" more than a snazzy Hawaiian shirt? Enjoy! Send your feedback directly to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. It may be published in a future issue of Advantages magazine. For free information on products featured in Advantages, click here: www.advantagesinfo.com. Kathy
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Footwork The Pitch: Get any special event off to a great start withFoot Bags (known on the street as Hacky Sacks),which are extremely popular with teens and young adults. My 18-year-old just bought one of these at the mall for $10! And he was up on our roof the other day retrieving it. Well, Brighter Promotions Inc. (asi/42016)offers 2'' colorfully woven kick balls, priced by the individual ball, but they are sold assorted in 2-dozen increments. These also make great party favors. Pricing starts at: one; $1.05-R. Click here: http://www.brighterpromotions.com/. The Bottom Line: Kick it.
Make It Pop The Pitch: These are a great addition to any party's dessert tray. They are mini lollipops made with the finest Belgian chocolate from 5th Avenue Chocolatiere (asi/54451). They're perfect as cupcake toppers for a corporate event, or simply as mini treats for meetings, trade shows, weddings, bridal showers and more. They can be printed with unlimited colors in vivid detail to display any company logo. They are available in milk, dark, and white chocolate. Pricing starts at: 500; $1.20-P. Check them out: http://www.5thavenuechocolatiere.com/. The Bottom Line: To top it all off.
Seared in Your Memory The Pitch: Here's a super idea for any barbecue or tailgate party. The Grill Topper from The Grill Topper (asi/58226) is a metal plate that you place on the grill and it sears your favorite team's name onto hot dogs or bratwursts. Pricing starts at: one; $17.99-Q.For other information and to see a video demo of how it works, click here: http://www.thegrilltopper.com/. The Bottom Line: The center of attention.
Groove On The Pitch: Right now, I'm listening to the disco channel on Pandora.com and "Shake Your Groove Thing" is on. In fact, I am shaking my groove thing, albeit in my chair. Music always puts you in a good mood (well, unless you're into the more maudlin stuff like Radiohead and whatnot), and festivities would not be complete without some awesome tunes. Spirit Promos (asi/88722) has the Sonic Sound Speaker, a portable sound system, which, they say, can get the party started. It has a durable colorful case with a carabiner that allows you to clip it anywhere. The padded interior secures and protects an MP3 player. AA batteries are included. These would make unique event giveaways. Pricing starts at: 500; $12.22-T. Check it out: http://www.spirit-promo.com/. The Bottom Line: Turn it up.