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December 2009

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2010 Costumes & Warables

With Halloween 2009 having come and gone and the trade show season just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about costumes for the next year. Already. But before we plan out the future, it can be helpful to look to the past. According to the National Retail Federation’s (NRF) 2009 Halloween Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey, conducted by BIGresearch, 47 million adults and 58 million children across the country planned on dressing up for Halloween 2009. For children, 4.5 million princesses were expected to show up in October, followed by two million witches, 1.3 million Spider-Men and a million pirates, pumpkins and vampires. Witches took the top spot for adult costumes (18.1 percent), and vampires jumped to number two (4.2 percent). Hardest hit were nurse costumes, which fell from number five to number 13, and political figures, which didn’t even make the list.…  » Read more

2010 Top Trends

Looking at the trends for 2010, you may get the feeling that you’ve been here before. That would be because you have, seeing as many of the upcoming trends are reincarnations of things from the past. Bringing back familiar in an unstable time, many companies are going for the classics — from retro looks to movie remakes and sequels — in hopes of rekindling that spark for sales. But even with the old sneaking in, there are still a few new things on the horizon, so buckle your seatbelt and head on in to the Top Trends for 2010. Flashback! Whether it’s the fabulously awful big hair, tacky clothing or the unforgettable music, it seems that the ’80s have become a fabulous decade to recreate. Yes, everything old is new again and a lot of trends from the ’80s are finding themselves firmly entrenched in pop…  » Read more

The Lippman Co.

The Lippman Co. in Portland, Ore. is where you can still find old-time goodies like chattering teeth, honeycomb tissue balls and rubber chickens. Or, you can find cutting-edge party decorations, balloon designs and rental props. In other words, The Lippman Co. is pretty much a top-notch one-stop party store 60 years in the making. That’s right — 60 years and three generations later, this family-owned party supply business is still going strong, offering just about every party need in their 14,000 square feet of retail space. But of course, it didn’t start out that way. Early Beginnings It all started in 1948, when Nathan “Ginger” Lippman and his wife Anne opened their store as a wholesale supplier of helium, balloons and redemption prizes for Punchboards — an extremely popular tavern game of the time. Shortly after Ginger and Anne opened their doors, Portland’s mayor outlawed punchboards…  » Read more