Reasons to Celebrate in December 2007


Gingerbread Theme DecorationsDecember is a month full of celebrations. Everyone loves getting out of the winter cold and going to a party! Check out our ideas for unique parties you can throw this Decmeber!

December 12th is Gingerbread House Day. Have a group of friends—young or old—over to build gingerbread houses. There are tons of decorations and party supplies perfect for hosting your gingerbread party. Welcome guests to your party with a personalized gingerbread banner. These banners are printed on heavy-duty, weather-resistant vinyl that you can reuse next year! Decorate your party space with gingerbread man standees, a 3-D gingerbread house and a pepermint drop walkway. Gingerbread house wall decorations are great for finishing touches. For a really huge impact, try a frosted holiday castle decorating kit! Decorate your tables with gingerbread house mylar balloons and a festive holiday tableware ensemeble. Your guests will have a blast decorating gingerbread houses and gingerbread men while chatting and listening to holiday music. There are great party favors like a gingerbread themed favor pack or a gingerbread house sticker set.

December 16th is the anniversary of the Boston Tea Party. Celebrate that monumental moment in U.S. history with a tea party of your own! Use a cute, matching tea party tableware ensemble instead of real dishes to save on the mess. Welcome guests with a personalized tea party vinyl banner. Check out our Tea Party TipZ for more ideas!

December 28th is Card Playing Day. Celebrate by hosting a poker or game night. There are tons of casino and poker themed decorations. Make the evening a huge affair by transforming your home or venue into a casino! Use a casino theme kit, a roulette wheel arch, and card suit cutouts, mylar balloons, and tableware ensembles to create the perfect atmosphere for a day of games with family or friends! Check out our Casino Theme Party TipZ for more ideas.

There are reasons to celebrate every day! Tell us about your reasons to celebrate this Decemeber!

* Advent * Kwanza * Hanukkah * Eid-al-Adha * 1- World AIDS Day * 2- Special Education Day * 4- National Dice Day * 6- St. Nicholas Day * 7- Pearl Harbor Day * 9- National Pastry Day * 12- Gingerbread House Day * 15- National Firefighter’s Day * 16- Boston Tea Party * 16- National Chocolate Covered Anything Day * 18- Anniversary of the 13th Amendment Abolishing Slavery * 22- World Peace Day * 24- Christmas Eve * 25- Christmas * 28- Card Playing Day * 31- New Year’s Eve *

Photo Banners for Graduation Showcase the School Years


graduation poster picturesWendy -

Check out these excellent product photos of Logan and his cool poster, courtesy of ShindigZ.com for his high school graduation.

Thanks so much it was fun to have pictures of him in different stages of his life – everyone enjoyed looking at them and it made a unique graduation party decoration. What a memory!

You are the best!

Gail

Make a Leap Day Birthday Four Times as Special!


Leap Day ClockSince Leap Year only comes around every four years, celebrate with a bang! Don’t hesitate to brag to your friends that you are only one quarter of their age and proud of it. To get you started on your Leap Year Birthday Celebration, here are a few fun ideas.

Start by rounding up everyone you can that shares your Special Leap Year Birthday. If you come up empty, no problem, that just shows you once again, how special you really are.

Select a slogan/theme to wrap your celebration around. The following list will start you off.

One Quarter of Your Age and Lovin’ it
Leaping Ahead, Because We Can
The Best Leap Since Neil Armstrong!
A Part of the Chosen Few – the “Eleapest”

Use your slogan throughout your party on personalized murals, personalized napkins, personalized glassware or stadium cups as well as personalized favors such as frames, bubbles, and photo albums. These cheerful reminders of a fantastic event will bring back memories long after the last hurrah has been heard.

Decorate your event to coordinate with your slogan/theme. The frog is a natural tie to Leap Year celebrations. Add a plush frog, glittering frog prince decoration, and 3-D hanging frog to your decor. Our friend the frog brings with it the color green. Starting with green add a second and/or third color to complete your color theme. We recommend yellow and blue. Use these three colors to decorate the table, walls, doors, and ceilings.

Decorate with balloons, balloons and more balloons. Decorating with balloons is an easy and affordable way to transform a room into a magical partyland. Create towering balloon archways, glorious balloon columns and funfilled balloon garlands. Weave the three colors together (green, yellow and blue) to work with your color theme. If you are low on time and air, inflate a few dozen balloons and dangle them from the ceiling (upside-down) using curling ribbon. It’s a simple way to create with balloons without the use of helium.

Don’t underestimate the importance of your head table. Place the birthday cake prominently in the center. A few ideas for a Leap Year Birthday cake include a frog shape cake resting on a pond of blue mylar, a lily pad resting on a pond of Blue Mylar with toy frogs on top, or a moon surface with a foot-printed imbedded placed on black star gossamer. Decorate the table with brightly colored Table Skirting, Confetti, Metallic Shred, green candles, and toy frogs. On either side of the cake, secure two bouquets of helium balloons.

Check out our Leap Day Party TipZ for more ideas.

Since a Leap Day Birthday only comes once every four years, it should be extra special. Creating a perfect party should be focused on the personality of the guest of honor. If the birthday person is a bit older, try hosting a party themed on how old they would be if only their actual birthdays counted. For example, if the birthday boy/girl is 16 they’d actually be 4. Having a party at Chuck-e-Cheese’s could be a blast. Or, if the guest of honor is turning 65, host a Sweet 16 party! Check out our other party tips for tons of ideas for fun party themes.

Tell us about your Leap Day Birthday parties!

Jump into Fun with a Leap Day Party


Splish-Splash-Frog-Beverage-NapkinsLeap Year only comes around every four years so why not make the most of it. This year start a Leap Year tradition that can play out for years to come. Treat Leap Day (2/29) like a Snow Day. After all, it is sort of like a gift of a day that has been given to us. Whether you’re single, a couple, or part of a family, take advantage of the extra time.

For starters, treat the day like a holiday. If you can, take the day off of work or school or simply leave the office early.

For Singles:
Treat yourself to a day of pampering. Go out to a day spa alone or with friends and have the works done. If you don’t have the resources, turn your home into a spa. Light candles, soak in the tub, give yourself a facial, and curl up with a good book.

Take off on a day of adventure and pretend to be a tourist in your own hometown. Go places you usually just pass by. Pretend you are on a special vacation that you are only allowed to take once every four years.

Call up four friends and spend four hours playing cards, watching old movies or exercising.

For Couples:
Start a special tradition on each leap year, to have one spouse be king/queen for the day. Each Leap Year the honor changes. Start with a Crown or Tiara and let the royal pronouncements begin.

Invite another couple over for a day of fun and games. Get out the old Monopoly board, Twister and other fun games. Order in pizza and relax.

For Families:
Make it a party day. For kids and parents alike, the daily routine can sometimes become monotonous. Stave off the winter-time blues by throwing a Leap Year bash. Plan it for just the family or invite other friends and families to join you.
Select a slogan/theme to wrap your celebration around.

The following list will start you off.
• Leaping into Spring
• Stealing a Leap
• Takin’ Advantage of the Day

Use your slogan throughout your party on banners, personalized napkins, personalized glassware or stadium cups as well as personalized favors such as frames, bubbles and photo albums. These cheerful reminders of a fantastic event will bring back memories long after the last hurrah has been heard.

Decorate your event to coordinate with your slogan/theme. The frog is a natural tie to Leap Year celebrations. Our friend the frog brings with it the color green. Starting with green add a second and/or third color to complete your color theme. We recommend yellow and blue. Use these three colors to decorate the table, walls, doors, and ceilings.
Add a jovial 3-D Hanging Frog to your decor.

Next, add balloons, balloons and more balloons. Decorating with balloons is an easy and affordable way to transform a room into a magical partyland. Create towering balloon archways, glorious balloon columns and funfilled balloon garlands. Weave the three colors together (green, yellow and blue) to work with your color theme. If you are low on time and air, inflate a few dozen balloons and dangle them from the ceiling (upside-down) using curling ribbon. It’s a simple way to create with balloons without the use of helium.

If you haven’t decorated with gossamer, you’re missing the lily pad. Use gossamer streamers to create curtains in doorways, tent-like ceilings and swags around the windows. Large sections of gossamer can be used to create your leap year pond, marsh, and bank.

Don’t underestimate the importance of your head table. Decorate the table with brightly colored table skirting, confetti, metallic shred, green candles, and toy frogs.

Every party needs a game or activity to get the crowd going. Start with some Leap Year trivia. Famous events that happened on a leap year, name of the individual who came up with the leap year idea and celebrities with a leap year birthday are all fun ideas. Or, ask your guests to write down what else they wished they could do only once every four years and share it with the other guests. Give out awards for the most unique answers. Hang a large piece of flat paper on the wall and ask guests to write their predictions for what may happen in the next four years. Roll up the paper at the end of the party and save it for the next leap year. Or, using the large paper, make a number of lists/comments of what happened during the last 100 years only on every leap year. Ask guests to identify what leap year each set of comments relates to.

For added fun, set up your party in fours. Table of fours, four layer cake, four course meal, four candles on the cake, a friendly game of quarters or serve food that can easily be “quartered.”

Remember to have plenty of film on hand. These Leap Year Celebrations don’t come around too often!

If you have the time, plan special activities for your party that coincide with Leap Year. If you live in a warm climate, plan an outdoor “summer” leap year Olympics. Create events that include jumping like obstacle courses around the house for track, leaping into the pool for swimming, leaping and twirling for gymnastics. Be sure to have plenty of awards on hand to present to the winners. Make sure you have at least one award for each contestant. For those of us in cooler climates, have a winter leap year Olympics. Keep with the leaping theme. Create snow mounds to jump, ski or sled over. Create a special ice skating event with or without skates danced to music. It isn’t important what you do, but more important that everyone participate and have fun.

Keep the food tied to the events by starting the day with the breakfast of champions Wheaties and serving plenty of carbohydrates for the Olympic athletes.

If you’re more the political type, set up a leap year election. Let the entire family cast their votes and predictions for the upcoming election. Decorate in red, white, and blue. Serve only red, white, and blue foods. Save your predictions and award prizes in November. This will result in the need for a second party in November to present prizes. Of course, one party that leads naturally to another is the best kind!

If you don’t have the time or energy to go all out this year, start small. Plan a special dinner with a simple frog theme. Set up a few decorations and cut everything in the meal in fourths. Treat the day as a found day to re-proclaim your love for yourself, your family and your friends.

Enjoy the Hectic Holidays with a Shopping Party


The Holiday Season has officially begun! Christmas is on its way and that means you have a lot of shopping, planning, and baking to do! Ease some of that holiday stress with a shopping party with your friends.

In this case, we are going to start with one of our Christmas banners for inspiration, the Trendy Christmas Presents square banner shown here. Of course we have several Christmas banners with gift/present motifs, so do please browse for more traditional color scheme options. When you find one you like, put your shopping party message on it.

Next, visit Create-an-Invitation. Using the Trendy banner as a guide, select a blue background and the green, pink and red stacked presents graphic. Detail how you’ll spend the afternoon or evening, whether guests should bring a dish to pass, and so on. Ask for RSVP ASAP so you can figure out car pooling arrangements to the mall!

Set cute tables for snacks or a light lunch to eat before hitting the town. Select fresh lime and candy pink solid tablecovers for this job. Cover tables in the pink, and wrap empty boxes in the green to look like gifts as centerpieces. Use a royal blue gossamer streamer for ribbons and bows, doubling it for opacity if you want. Use more colors of tablecovers and streamers for multiple tables and different sized boxes for stacking.

Continue working your colors in lime, pink and blue using solid color tableware and balloons. Add darker green or red accents if you wish.

Once you’ve enjoyed some food and drink together, head out to the mall to do some holiday shopping. Think of something relaxing to do afterward, too. Visit a spa, go ice skating or build a snowman. Schedule a class at craft store and spend a couple hours learning how to paint, sew or knit. There’s plenty of great ways to have fun together and get a break!

For this type of party, favors are not usually expected, but they’d still be a special surprise! Fill lime paper favor bags with gourmet instant coffee mixes, chapstick or lipgloss, holiday scented candles and other fun surprises! If you’re bringing younger girls with you, put together a girls’ Create-a-Favor pack.

We hope these tips are helpful for a fun shopping day party with your friends. Let us know about your holiday shopping party!

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