May 24, 2011
Game On

My parents never bought me a Nintendo when I was younger, but they did eventually humor me with a Game Boy – more for their sanity on road trips than anything else. However, I do remember when the neighbor got his Nintendo for Christmas and the first game we all watched him play – Super Mario Bros.

While Mario has appeared in more than 200 video games, it was Super Mario Bros. that shot him to fame. Two plumbers on a mission to save a kidnapped princess by jumping on and defeating enemies soon became a staple in many homes (and was also the first game I bought for my Game Boy) and a theme for many parties.

Now more than 25 years later, Mario and his brother Luigi are still front and center when it comes to both video games and party supplies. Not only are they making their mark on partyware and decorations, but Super Mario Bros. costumes have been some of the hottest-selling items the past two years.

Party & Paper takes a closer look at this license and gives you a few hints on how to score big points with this video game giant. After all, both young and old can share in the tradition of the Super Mario Bros. and you should have products to meet that demand.

Speaking of traditions, we also take a look at winter holidays and sports, two categories that bring their own set of traditions to the (party) table. Winter holidays parties are no longer just Christmas and Hanukkah, but also more snowmen and snowflakes and neutral themes. We share some tips on addressing each crowd.

And are you ready for some football? When it comes to sports, nothing is more “American” than the traditional pregame tailgate. It’s hours of food, family, friends, fun and socializing before the actual sporting event with their favorite team even takes place-in other words, one big party every single week. The feature takes a look at how you can make the most of fanatic fans looking for anything and everything football.

Do you have any party traditions of your own for New Year’s, birthdays, etc.? Let me know and you could be our next featured star-no jumping on and defeating enemies necessary.

By Abby Heugel, Managing Editor

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