Super Bowl Party Planning Hits High Gear, Reports Factory Card and Party Outlet

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Super Bowl Parties Transitioning from Simple Affairs to More Sophisticated Planning Events

Super Bowl parties really have become preeminent party events that mark the end of the post New Year doldrums

Super Bowl parties have evolved from simple snack and beverage affairs into more sophisticated and lavish affairs reminiscent of the nation's major holidays, reports Factory Card and Party Outlet, the leading party supplies retailer. Factory Card & Party Outlet reports that Super Bowl parties rank as one of the top party planning events each year.

"Super Bowl parties really have become preeminent party events that mark the end of the post New Year doldrums," says Sean Wheatley, Factory Card & Party Outlet's Director of Marketing. "In recent years we've seen new Super Bowl party ideas emerge that can make the parties more memorable than the game itself."

To help football fans score with their Super Bowl party, Factory Card & Party Outlet provides the following advice:

o    Make Your Own Super Bowl Pre-Game: With the game not scheduled until early evening, the afternoon is prime time for your own competitive Super Bowl party events. Hit the backyard or nearby park for an old-fashioned punt, pass and kick tournament. See who can punt farthest, pass furthest or most accurately (use a target, a receiver or tire on a rope) and kick the longest field goal. Tally up the scores for an Awards Ceremony an hour before game time.

o    Spice Up The Party with Favors & Prizes: For the awards ceremony, be sure to have some favorite prizes, including whistles, packs of football cards, key rings and mini-helmets.

o    Have the Right Super Bowl Party Supplies: Super Bowl party supplies mean more than peanuts, pizza and beverages. Critical "must haves" include football invitations and thank you notes, football-themed paper goods, tableware and decorations based on the colors of the teams playing, football memorabilia, helmets, jerseys and more.

o    Root For A New Team: Though your hometown favorite may not be in the big game, you can choose a team and show your team spirit with colorful pom-poms, face paint, and crazy wigs.

o    Create Your Own Tradition: Whatever your Super Bowl Party tradition, Factory Card carries a wide range of football party supplies that can help you score a touchdown on game day.

Finally, Wheatley recommends preparing in advance for your party to make sure you've got all of the party supplies, food and favors you'll need, and shopping online to avoid the crowds. Factory Card & Party Outlet can accept Standard online orders until January 28 to arrive in plenty of time for the party, with rush shipping services available after that.

About Factory Card & Party Outlet

Factory Card & Party Outlet (NASDAQ: FCPO) based in Naperville, Illinois, is the largest publicly traded retail party chain in the United States. Factory Card & Party Outlet currently operates 189 Company-owned retail stores in 20 states, offering a wide selection of party supplies, greeting cards, giftwrap, balloons, everyday and seasonal merchandise, and other special occasion merchandise at everyday value prices.

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