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Spring for Bunny Ears

Bunny Ears tail & bow tie set The Easter Bunny won’t be the only one wearing bunny ears this spring. Thanks to the friendly folks at Cappel’s, I’ll have little ones at my house with bunny ears, too.

Cappel’s has an inexpensive bunny ears headband, tail and bow tie set for just $5.99.  It can be worn by children or adults.

There are so many new items for spring and Easter. I’m ready to freshen up our look all through the house.

We could Silk Baby Breath Spray use some new floral arrangements in our home. Cappel’s has quite a display of long-lasting artificial flowers – even I can’t kill those. From Easter lilies to long-stem roses, silk flowers are perfect for a floral arrangement to brighten any room.

Deluxe Easter Bunny Costume You’ll find what you’re looking for at Cappel’s. Whether it’s for cellophane with an Easter Bunny print, an Easter Bunny costume, two-piece, plastic eggs, or beautiful new artificial flowers to brighten your home for spring.

What’s on your list?

You’ve probably seen our website by now, but did you know we have five locations in the Cincinnati area open year-round? Do you need a last-minute gift idea? Don’t want to resort to giving a gift card again this year? Are you looking for something different, something unusual, out of the ordinary? Guess what? Cappel’s has more than Santa Suits, Christmas lights and garland!

For instance, Hollywood Nutcrackers™ are a collectible Christmas gift, conversation piece, and transformation of an age-old tradition into a new generation. Designed by artist Holly Adler, these wooden nutcrackers are highly detailed, whimsical creations depicting kings, toy soldiers, and guards. Less expensive than the classic Steinbach® brand, Adler’s

Hollywood Nutcracker King Soldier
Hollywood Nutcracker – great gift!

nutcracker designs depict modern visions snowmen, gift-wrapped packages, and Christmas candy.

The Holiday Season involves celebrating many family and work-place traditions. Why not make one of your family traditions a stop in a Cappel’s in Cincinnati? If you are too far away, check out our website, www.cappelsinc.com, and enjoy shopping with us for your gifts and decorations this year.

For those of you who have already stopped by or shopped at our website, thank you for another wonderful holiday season. We appreciate your business!

Gamemasters, Live Action Role Play (LARP), Interactive Literature – all new terms or not so new…

Hooded Executioner costume
Executioner Costume – Great for LARP or Halloween
Have you heard of Live Action Role Play (LARP)? This is an area of gaming that is part fantasy, part fact, part theater, all interactive. The origins of LARP, according to information posted on Wikipedia, are multi-national but in each country the games are based on participants’ desire to act out, in real life, episodes of life in another time. Some LARP groups focus on replaying specific battles, historic or futuristic while others establish rules based on games such as Dungeons & Dragons.

As important as the play actors, costumes, and weapons in LARP, are the Gamemasters (GM) who identify the setting, determine the rules, and handle recruitment and financial aspects of the events.

The oldest recorded LARP group in the U.S. began in 1977 with a focus on reenacting fantasy battles. Since then, this adult form of make believe is typically meant for entertainment, artistic expression, or educational purposes. LARP events may be as short as one or two hours, or may involve a great number of players and last several days.

Whether your involvement is as a participant, GM, or crew member, Cappel’s has great costumes, accessories, wigs, and fake weapons for your next LARP outing.

There ARE alligators in the NJ sewer system after all: Unusual use for a soft rubber squeaky alligator toy!

We’ve seen alligator bead necklaces, inflatable alligators, and even an Alligator King costume.

We’ve heard of Alligator Skin boots, purses, wallets, jackets and even car accessories. But, have you ever seen an alligator hat like this?

Alligator Hard Hat
New Jersey Sewer worker wears his Alligator Hat

Cappel’s customers in New Jersey have their own design and collection of Alligator hats using our 10” Alligator Squeak Toy.

A Project Manager, JB, adheres the squeaky alligators to hard hats as an initiation/recognition tactic for trainees in the NJ Water Environment Association. The trainees enjoy squeaking the alligators on top of their hats and so do other workers (who fondly remember wearing the hats when they were trainees).

Although the item is not as popular as some other squeak toys, it is readily available and among our many novelty and toy items.

JB wrote us a note when he sent a picture of this season’s successful trainees.

Hi Stef,

Thanks for your help. The New Jersey Water Environment Association is an educational service organization. We provide professional training and recognition to water professionals working in Sewage Treatment Plants and the water infrastructure. The folks you see in the pictures are operators, engineers, lab techs and the like.

Use the photos as you like
JB

NJ Sewer workers with Alligator Hats
NJ Sewer workers, engineers, lab techs wear their new alligator hats

So, you see, even though it is refuted by many researchers and websites, there are truly alligators in the NJ sewer system after all.

Celebrate The Winter Olympics

Taking The Olympic Torch To Sochi
Taking The Olympic Torch To Sochi

 

 

It’s not often we get to immerse ourselves in the excitement of the Winter Olympics!  Beginning February 6 with the Opening Ceremony, and running through February 23 the Winter Olympics will be packed with events both interesting and suspenseful.   These quadrennial games provide the perfect excuse to gather with friends and family for a party!  Build on the international theme by assigning each guest a country to represent.  Ask them to dress in some manner representing “their” country and to bring a dish or beverage to share which represents the country.

Set the mood by giving your home a cozy winter lodge look.  Hang snowflakes on the windows, a nice warm fire, and throw blankets will add to the feel of a mountain lodge.  Don’t forget to hang some flags from several nations to build the international theme.  Perhaps these could surround the food table, or TV area.

Team USA's Opening Ceremony Uniform... Is it me or is this sweater a candidate for the ugly sweater contest?
Team USA’s Opening Ceremony Uniform… Is it me or is this sweater a candidate for the ugly sweater contest?

It will be fun just to munch, drink, & watch the events; but to make it interesting, plan a competition or two.  How about your version of a curling competition in the hallway?  You could also have a Snowball Ring Toss, as seen on Make and Takes! Guests are simply asked to toss five marshmallow snowballs into each of the five rings in this easy but deceivingly tricky activity.  For those who simply want to sit and watch, put their minds to work with Olympic trivia!  Use this link to provide many fun and interesting facts to test Olympic knowledge.  http://www.infoplease.com/spot/winter-olympics-trivia.html

Don’t forget to award medals to top contenders.  It’s not official without the medal!  Most importantly keep it simple, and have fun!

So Moustaches Are Cool?

There was a day when moustaches were so Moustache
seventy-ish. But lately, have you noticed the resurgence of interest in moustaches? They seem to show up in the least expected places. Namely, not on a male’s face. Of course, we’ve always sold tons of moustaches, but now there are moustache earrings, moustache suspenders, rings and bowties, to name a few. What is the reason for this sudden fixation with upper lip décor? After doing a little investigation I believe I have found the answer.

Thanks to the Movember movement moustaches have become mainstream, if only for a month each year. Never heard of Movember? Movember is celebrated every November, and is a challenge to all males, and their wives, sisters, and friends to raise funds in support men’s health issues, especially prostate and testicular cancer. Men begin the month clean shaven. For the rest of the month, these selfless and generous men, known as Mo Bros, groom, trim and wax their way into the annals of fine moustachery. Supported by the women in their lives, Mo Sistas, Movember Mo Bros raise funds by seeking out sponsorship for their Mo-growing efforts.

Seems a little hairy to me.

Photo courtesy of Movember United States, http://us.movember.com/about/
Photo courtesy of Movember United States, http://us.movember.com/about/

And The Baby Is……. ?

Image courtesy of Kauffy.hubpages.com/hub/Gender-Reveal-Party

These days if you’re having a baby, friends and family can help you celebrate in more ways than ever before.  Gone are the days when only ladies came to a “Baby Shower”.  Now you can invite everyone to a “Reveal Party”.  In case you haven’t heard, that’s a party where the gender of the soon to be born baby is revealed to the expectant parents, grandparents, relatives and friends.

Being in the party business, we have seen many creative ways to go about the “Reveal”.  Often the expectant parents want to know the good news first, so they can have a private moment to celebrate.  But if they are willing to wait for a general announcement, they can have the doctor or ultrasound technician write down the gender of the baby and seal it in an envelope.  Take the envelope to a party store and ask them to fill a large box with the appropriate color helium balloons and seal the box.  You can wrap the box in pretty paper and put a pink and blue bow on it if you like.  When you open the box at your Reveal Party, all will know the gender of your baby at the same time.  (Note:  helium balloons only last for a limited amount of time.  Be sure to get them right before the party to insure maximum “lift off” from the box.)

More ideas that I’ve heard are fun:  Fortune Cookies with the gender written on the “fortune”, a cake or cupcakes with the inside tinted in pastel pink or blue.  How about picking out baby clothes in pink and another outfit in blue, give the sealed envelope to a retail clerk and have them box the proper color outfit and put the other one back.

Image courtesy of http://hayeshouseblog.blogspot.com/2012/06/gender-reveal-party.html

Which ever way you choose, having a reveal party is bound to be an event you won’t long forget!  Enjoy!