• NRF Predicts Gift Card Spending to Drop Slightly as Shoppers Favor Holiday Discounts

    Nov 19, 2009

    According to the National Retail Federation's (NRF) 2009 Holiday Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey, conducted by BIGresearch, holiday shoppers plan to spend slightly less on gift cards, with the average person spending $139.91, compared to $147.33 last year. Total spending on gift cards is expected… Full Story »
  • IBA Introduces Smart Balloon Practices Committee

    Nov 18, 2009

    The International Balloon Association (IBA) has announced the creation of a new committee called the Smart Balloon Practices Committee (SBP). In keeping with the IBA mission statement to protect and preserve the industry for future generations, the SBP Committee was voted in by the membership… Full Story »
  • WBC 2010 To Offer Classes For All Experience Levels

    Nov 18, 2009

    Party retailers looking to add balloons to their repertoire will gain an abundance of knowledge at the World Balloon Convention (WBC), April 15-18, in Dallas, Texas. Delegates will be able to choose their classes based on three experience levels, including Level 1 classes that are… Full Story »
  • NRF Holiday Survey Finds Shoppers Plan to Pay with Cash, Debit Cards

    Nov 17, 2009

    According to the National Retail Federation's (NRF)2009 Holiday Consumer Intentions and Actions survey, conducted by BIGresearch, one-fourth (24.9 percent) of holiday shoppers will pay for gifts this year with cash, a 9.1 percent increase from last year's 22.8 percent. In addition, 42.5 percent of shoppers… Full Story »
  • Party City Celebrates Third Annual Industry Awards

    Nov 13, 2009

    More than 300 Party City company executives, designers and other manufacturer representatives attended Party City's third annual Halloween Industry Awards Saturday, Oct. 24, at the company's annual Halloween Bash at the Boca Raton Resort & Club in Boca Raton, Fla. Dressed suitably in Halloween costumes,… Full Story »
  • NYIGF Launches New Web Site

    Nov 12, 2009

    Extending its newly-unveiled "New Rules" marketing campaign to the internet, the New York International Gift Fair (NYIGF) has launched a new Web site at the same URL: The new site is designed for optimal functionality - prioritizing and delivering content to visitors based on… Full Story »
  • Industry Celebration Registration Now Open

    Nov 10, 2009

    Celebrate Party & Paper Retailer's 25th Anniversary and enjoy a fun-filled evening of valuable networking, lively entertainment and delicious food and cocktails the night before the Halloween & Party Expo opens in Houston, Friday, Jan. 22, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the House… Full Story »
  • HCPShow Bolsters Buyers’ Incentives With VIP Packages

    Nov 6, 2009

    Executives with TransWorld Exhibits have announced substantial buyer incentives and hotel packages for the 26th International Halloween, Costume & Party Show (HCPShow), held Feb. 26 - March 1 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill. According to Partner Sam Bundy, TransWorld has… Full Story »
  • Summer Balloon Camp Expands for 2010

    Nov 6, 2009

    The 2010 Summer Balloon Camp, held Aug. 10-12 in Las Vegas, is adding diversity to meet the changing new demands of balloonists, decorators, entertainers, florists and the party industry around the world. What's being called The Creative Party Arts Convention International will expand on the… Full Story »
  • Berenstain Bears Headed to the Big Screen

    Nov 4, 2009

    Walden Media is acquiring the film rights to the bestselling book series The Berenstain Bears. Shawn Levy's 21 Laps, Corus Entertainment Inc.'s Nelvana and Walden Media will produce the family comedy which will be a live action film mixed with computer generated characters. Levy’s 21… Full Story »

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