ShindigZ How-to’s for a Summer Fiesta Party

Fiesta Table DecorationsWith Memorial Day come and gone, the summer party season has officially started! Summer is a great time to host a festive fiesta party! Whether you host a fiesta in your home, in the yard, around the pool or in a big venue, ShindigZ has all the tips for decorations, favors, and activities you need to make it a real summertime blowout!

The first step in throwing your fiesta is invitations. It’s a good idea to send invitations out three to four weeks in advance of your party and expect about 25% of your invitations coming back as regrets. Try tossing a bit of fiesta confetti into the envelopes to surprise your guests!

For creative invites try attaching a fiesta invitation to a dried chili with curling ribbon. Or, tie the invitation to a sombrero or chili pepper necklace and encourage your guests to wear them to the party. These invitations will have to be hand delivered.

Southwestern DecorationsGreet your guests first thing with a custom vinyl banner personalized with your own wording. For a big entrance, line your doorway with a Fiesta Entrance decoration. Completely transform your party space with theme kits including southwestern decorations or room setter boarder rolls.

Check out these other decorating TipZ:
• Hang some Fiesta Lights outside your party site for a bright, festive look. The lights alternate between boots and cacti.
• Add bunches of Fiesta Mylar Balloons to let guests know that the fiesta is here!
• Create a sizzling start with an Inflatable Chili Pepper & Cactus.
• Set up an Amigos Photo Op. It creates a unique decoration and serves as a amusing activity for guests to take funny pictures together!
• Don’t forget to decorate with balloons! Fiesta Balloons are exactly the right colors to make your guests feel like they are in Mexico.
• To transform your party room in an instant, braid Gossamer together in the Mexican flag colors of red, green and white. Swag this “flag” from walls and ceilings. Use 19″ lengths of gossamer and gather them to approximately 2″ wide. Braid the lengths of gossamer using the standard braiding method. Staple the braid at each end to keep the gossamer strands in place.
• Start with Fiesta Tableware to set a festive table and add some of our other Table Decorations for a look that can’t be ignored!
• Use real cactus plants for your centerpieces or try a Fiesta Party Centerpiece.Amigos Photo Op Standee

Once you’ve got your party decorated, you’ll want to have some activities set up for your guests too. You could hire a Mariachi Band to keep music and entertainment going throughout the party. Also, you could set up a table and teach guests how to make a piñata, or just hang one and see who can be the first to break it. (Don’t forget the candy filler!) For a simple party craft, have guests decorate sombreros with gossamer streamers and tissue flowers. You can even have a contest for most creative, prettiest, or most authentic!

Send your guests home with party favors to remember your fiesta! A personalized cactus stem goblet, margarita glasses or cowboy boot mugs are great favors for an adult party. Kids and adults alike will think chili pepper bracelets and blinking chili pins are fun!

Fiesta parties also make great pool or lake house opening parties, so you might want to check out pool party supplies too!

A Glowing New Spin On A Graduation Tradition

Glow in the dark sticks and braceletsAt North Central High School’s graduation in Indianapolis, Indiana Wednesday, May 23rd, graduates revealed a new spin on the old cap-toss tradition.

Traditionally, graduates toss their mortar-board caps at the end of the Commencement Ceremony, celebrating their graduation. At North Central, however, the ceremony ended with the lights being turned off as graduates pulled glow sticks and necklaces from beneath their gowns and waved them in the air.

This new technique could also be applied to candlelit friendship circles or memorial ceremonies as a fire-free, safe alternative.

Check out all the glow-in-the-dark accessories your school’s graduates need for their own glowing commencement traditions, including glow sticks and lanyards, glow twirlers, glow bracelets and popular glow mouthpieces. There’s even have glow-in-the-dark paint to reveal a special, hidden message to the graduates!

All the best! Shep

Throwing A Luau Party Made Simple

Luau Party SuppliesPartygoers of any age love a tropical luau. ShindigZ makes it easy to transport your guests to an exotic island with our large selection of luau tips that will transform your party site into a tropical paradise in a matter of minutes. Easily decorate a back yard, school gym or large convention hall for a day in paradise!

There are several large decorating items that make great focal points at any tropical bash. Luau Party Kits include palms trees, colorful umbrellas and Pink Flamingos reminiscent of an island paradise. The Luau Cabana is a perfect place for guests to relax and enjoy a tropical drink or to pose for photos.

Below are some additional decorating tips for your luau party:

  • Line your front sidewalk with Tiki Torches leading the way to hours of island magic.
  • Greet your guests at the door with two or three Poly Leis to finish off their Hawaiian attire. An Aloha Banner draped across your front porch will spark the traditional greetings.
  • A Luau Flower Door Curtain is an economical way to add a South Pacific flair to a backdoor or walkway.
  • Lighted Palm TreesLighted Palm Trees are the ultimate Hawaiian Luau mood setter so we recommend having as many on hand as you can afford.
  • For maximum effect for non-lighted plam trees, put your Palm Trees into a wading pool, fill it with sand, and add some Plastic Shells, Starfish, and a coconut to the base of the tree. Add a little Blue Water Gossamer and some clear Balloon “bubbles” to hide the sides of the pool. Check out our full selection of Luau Palm Trees for more ideas.
  • Because the Gossamer drapes and hangs beautifully, you can easily create a stunning tropical waterfall. We have used doorways and ladders, or your waterfall can be attached directly to a ceiling or rooftop with pins or nails.
  • When decorating a large indoor area, transform your room by covering walls with rolls of blue Water Seamless Paper to create a tropical paradise. Recruit some creative helpers to paint various beach scenes – waves, palm trees, the sun, beach towels, etc. Finish off the look by simply hanging some Tissue Bubble Fish, a Fish Net, and Tissue Rainbow Fish on the walls.
  • Hang a Bamboo Room Scene Setter on your walls and transport guests to an island paradise!

Creating a gorgeous tropical table is a snap! We have tons of Luau Tabletop Decorations! Start by setting your table with all the goodies in Luau Party Ensembles, creating a placesetting at the table for each guest. Add instant charm with a Lighted Tabletop Palm Tree! It’s great for indoor or outdoor use. Place a tea light in a Coconut Candle and surround with a Silk Lei. Or, choose the fun and colorful Luau Honeycomb Centerpiece.

Add one or a few of the following touches to personalize your table: wrap your tables in true Hawaiian fashion with Raffia Table Skirting. Add a string or two of Tropical Lights around the head table for extra flair!

A Luau Party would not be complete without some Hawaiian music being played, either by a live band or on your stereo. You will almost feel the warm ocean breeze. If dancing is in your plans, try lots and lots of Beach Boys and Reggae! The young and the young at heart always enjoy the classic beach game of “limbo”. Check out the Limbo Kit!

Don’t forget Luau Party Favors!

The best! Shep

Luau and Graduation Parties in Full Swing

Graduation Party SuppliesSpring has finally arrived and so we are very happy to be enjoying nice weather for a change. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families in Greensburg, Kansas where the tornado did such horrible damage. Since our company is also based in a small town, it gives me pause to think about the impact of such a disaster on a close knit community like ours and where that town will go from here.

We are in the midst of finishing our prom season where we are busy supplying most of the high schools in the country with their prom supplies, decorations and favors. It is always an exciting time as we are working round the clock and sending orders all over the world for this very special event. The event of prom continues to grow ever larger with pre proms, morps (prom spelled backwards), the grand march, prom, after proms and the prom breakfast. The average couple now spends over 1,000 dollars on prom. Wow!

Our summer Shindigz catalog and website have just gone live and it is so fun to see all of the luau and graduation events planned for this time of year. My nephew Michael is graduating from high school this month and we look forward to his day in just a few weeks. And then he is off to college in Chicago as an art student. He is quite talented and we look forward to watching him develop his portfolio in school.

We want to thank all of you who send us such nice comments about our party hosts. It means the world to them to hear from you. Keep it coming. We love delighting our customers.

American Idol remains a big deal at our house for family viewing and our favorite is Jordin Sparks. I was thinking last night about inviting over about 50 friends to our call center next week and letting them keep calling in for her. I suppose that might be a bit over the top?!

Wendy and I have a party this weekend—a costume event no less—where ShindigZ is supplying the décor and favors—of course. The theme—the wild wild west. So, out come the cowboy boots and hat and let the roundup begin. We’ll let you know of any creative happenings.

Be well.



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