Category Archives: Summer Pool Party Ideas

Did She Say She Found the Sunglasses in Iceland?

Written by:
Stephanie Cappel

Parrot Sunglasses
She found the sunglasses in Iceland and had us ship them to Hawaii!

On February 10 a pleasant, well- traveled woman phoned Cappel’s in Cincinnati. Ms .R wanted to ask if we would search for an inexpensive way to ship three pair of sunglasses to her in Hawaii. Dave, in our shipping department, determined the cost for shipping anything up to 1 lb. and Ms. R. was glad to have found a way to get her hands on those glittered, palm tree and parrot sunglasses! Cappel’s has the shades in combinations of red/blue, pink/lavender, and green/gold. Ms. R. wanted the red/blue parrot sunglasses.

You see, she had recently visited a market in Reykjavik. There, in the cold but beautiful capital of Iceland, Ms. R. tried on a pair of glittered palm tree and parrot sunglasses and was enamored with them – but didn’t buy them!

When she got home to HER beautiful island of Hawaii, she really wished she had purchased the sunglasses. So, she looked online and found them at Cappel’s. Ms. R. was so happy with her experience with Cappel’s that she sent us a note and a picture of her wearing the sunglasses in the market in Iceland.

Here is her note:
“Stephanie Cappel,
Here (is a picture of me wearing) your sunglasses that I found at the flea market in Iceland! I am so excited that I will be able to have them now. Mahalo (Thank you) again for all your help. Your customer service is outstanding. A hui hou (Until next time)!” Ms. R.

When we asked Ms. R for permission to use her picture in this post, she replied, “Be sure to say how terrific I think all of you are.”

Having such wonderful customers makes our jobs all the more enjoyable!

Party Like You’re Nine!

I was taking a trip down memory lane the other day, remembering my daughter’s 9th birthday party.  I had just started working for Cappel’s and was almost overwhelmed with so many choices for a party theme.   I thought about a princess party with tiaras for all the girls.  I considered a circus party with so many bright colorful cutouts, polka dot hats,
and I thought the girls would like the idea of doing clown make-up for each other.    I briefly considered a magic theme, but realized I’d be the one who had to learn the magic tricks!   (Too much to do for that.)   It could have been a Jungle party with cute little monkeys, or even a luau party with pretty flower leis.

Well, I chose the luau theme.  I asked the girls to wear something “beachy” and told them they were bound to get wet.  I gave each one a Hawaiian flower lei and off we went to the back yard.  I had surrounded  our deck with raffia skirting and hanging palm trees, and had  Hawaiian centerpieces  on the tables.  They were thrilled when I gave each one of them a grass skirt to wear.  Of course they all tried to Hula dance, each one trying to out-do the other. We had a water balloon toss that had them giggling and we played several more games.    Towards the end of the party, we strung up a brightly colored pinata that everyone got to smack until it burst and all the candies came rushing out.  The girls were quick to pick up the goodies, filling their loot bags.

A good time was had by all, (especially my daughter), and I’m pretty sure those grass skirts and floral leis were kept as reminders of the great time they had that day.



Partyin’ At The Pool

Getting ready for the big SPLASH!

Summer time and pool parties, what a perfect pair!  Summer is my favorite time of year, and If you’re fortunate enough to have a pool, you have the best of all worlds.

Set the mood for your summer pool parties.  I love the way paper lanterns look when strung over a pool, or around the patio.  If you have a covered area, the lanterns can enhance your pool area for months!  Whether combined with strings of lights, or by themselves, they add a festive look to any pool party.

Add a little music and a limbo party kit, and you have the makings of a very memorable
summer pool party.  Kids and adult will all want to get in the act.  After dusk, bring out the light up necklaces, kazoos, and maracas for a summer sing along.  Download some of the 100 Greatest Songs of Summer, and you’ll have everyone smiling and singing!  For
something simpler try these old favorite camp songs :

On Top Of Spaghetti
Down By The Bay
Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes

I wish summer would last forever!