Just Wanna Have Fun" could be my theme song (even 45-year-old girls,
so no comments). So when one of my readers (hi, Joyce!) suggested a cool party
favor edition, well, how could I resist? So, here it is from Party Planning
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Here Comes the Bride The Pitch: We went to two weddings
in two weeks this summer and, besides the fact that I noticed nobody does the Electric
Slide at weddings anymore, they both had creative favors I thought. One couple (from Boston)
had their fave Boston brew (a blueberry ale), held in a neoprene bottle holder with their
names and date. (Of course, at the Huston house, the brew was gone the next day, but bottle
holders last a lifetime.) The other couple had a photo booth where everyone could have
their pictures taken, with the couple's
name and wedding date on the bottom. Thoughtful! This is also something different for a
bride on a budget, from Floatpens.com LLC (asi/54685): Item #6/9964W is
a wedding pen with bride and groom that float back and forth in a garden scene with "Love
and Kisses" on the back. Imprint the barrel with the couples' names and date. Pricing
starts at: Qty.-100; list price-$4.50; price code-P. Click to see: http://www.floatpens.com/6-9964W.html. The Bottom Line: A marriage made in Heaven.
Flip-Flopper The Pitch: There's
a lot of talk about flip-flopping these days, but this is the good kind. While we're
on the wedding topic, my sister attended one recently where the bride had buckets of flip flops
available for the ladies. What a great idea! You know, girls, we always wind up kicking our
painfully-high-yet-chic shoes off and dancing barefoot to "Dancing Queen" by the
end of the night anyway. This is a much better scenario (and more hygienic): Neet
Feet Inc. (asi/73535) offers item #KEYW, stylish and feminine flip
flops, featuring leatherette straps embellished with Swarovsky crystals on a rubber sole. Pricing
starts at: Qty.-100; list price-$18.99; price code-S. Web address: www.neetfeet.com. The Bottom Line: Put on your boogie shoes.
Hey, Boo The Pitch: Back in the ‘80s, I rocked at "Trivial Pursuit" (OK,
not so much, but it was fun playing anyway). With Halloween only 3 ½ months away, you
need to plan for spooky shenanigans. Trivia Company (asi/92193) offers item
#TRV1209, an entertaining and unique Halloween-themed, play-along trivia game DVD. Pricing
starts at: Qty.-100; list price-$7.90; price code-R. Also, check out the "Trick-Or-Treat" and "Costume
Party" showcases in your upcoming August edition of Advantages. Web address: www.triviadvds.com. The Bottom Line: Get spooked.
Cocoa Crazy The Pitch: What kid wouldn't
like a chocolate trading card? (Except for my wacky kids who aren't big fans of chocolate,
which makes me wonder if I'm
really their mother.) Think about team parties, sports fundraisers, and … since they
are Kosher … how about bar and bat mitzvahs with the person of honor as MVP? The chocolate
has a shelf life of one year or longer if stored at room temperature; away from heat, humidity,
direct sunlight and strong odors. Item #225 is from Corporate
Chocolate Logo Co. (asi/46746) and
pricing starts at: Qty.-75; list price-$5.40; price code-P. Web address: 46746.asisupplier.com. The Bottom Line: Edible image.
Piece of Cake The Pitch: I love this
idea! Creative Cookie (asi/47134) has
Celebration Cakes. Each comes with a custom label and is approximately 2.8 oz. (8 oz. cooked),
packaged in its own microwave-safe cooking bowl. They include cake mix, frosting, sprinkles,
party favors such as a dreidel, balloon, noisemaker, etc., depending on the theme, and a mini
spoon. The recipient just has to mix with water, microwave, decorate and indulge in its deliciousness.
Isn't this a creative alternative to a card? It's either small enough to be mailed
or makes a nice table favor. Pricing starts at: Qty.-96; list
price-$5.91; price code-R.
Click to see: www.creativecookieonline.com/tcakes.htm. The Bottom Line: Sweet sentiments.
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