Throwing A Party During Marathon Madness

Marathon Results Sign - Banner

Marathon Results Sign - Banner

Well, I did it again. After a dinner with friends in November of 2007, we committed to run the Walt Disney World marathon. And, on January 9th, I completed my second marathon (the first was New York in 2006) by running 26.2 miles at Disney World. It was a fantastic event with 22,000 of my closest friends and since I have always enjoyed all things Disney, it was wonderful to be able to run through each of the parks — Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios — in 5 hours and 48 minutes of fun J. OK, so I am not setting any land speed records, but I was very proud of myself for training for over a year and being able to finish another marathon and receive the very cool Mickey medal.

As I was running—and I had PLENTY of time to think—I thought about how ShindigZ could be helping runners and their families complete these challenges that we place in front of ourselves. I find that one of the most important elements to finishing is the support of the crowd as you go through the grueling 26 miles. I was so fortunate to have Wendy fly down and surprise me on the night of the race and to be there to cheer me on throughout the race on Sunday morning — even getting up at 3 am!

I noticed that the handmade signs that spouses and children had made encouraging the runners throughout the race. I thought, “wouldn’t it be great if we had some stock runners theme banners and signs that we could offer to families that might feature the a picture of the runner and bold words of support (it’s hard to see a magic marker sign among the crowds). Here are a few ideas of what one might look like to support a runner in your family in both a yard sign and banner. I also thought our hand fans would not only be great to cheer on the runner but also to for the family to stay cool while waiting for the runner at mile 20. And I think it would be great if members of the cheer squad all had personalized buttons featuring the runner, pom poms to attract attention and cow bells or clappers to make noise as the runners went by. It truly is the energy of the crowd that helps propel the runners to achieve just one more mile.

And I thought about a banner for the hotel room or house when the runner returned celebrating their achievement “way to go dad on your first marathon”. Or my fantastic assistant Jo made a banner for my office with a screen shot of my time from the race website along with all my split times on a congratulations banner for my office. It’s a great reminder of a very special achievement.

I encourage all of you to set goals for yourself that you think you might not achieve. I am certainly not a runner, but I have been able to accomplish something that I never thought possible. If you or someone in your family is participating in such a marathon or half marathon, think about how you might support them or support others in the race. It is a fantastic experience.

All the best,


Unique Mardi Gras Decorations for 2009

mardi-gras-photo-op-decorationMardi Gras is February 24th this year and it’s always a fantastic day to host a party! ShindigZ has tons of Mardi Gras party supplies to help you channel the look and feel of the festival season whether you’re having a small get-together or a huge event.  These decorations and Mardi Gras party accessories are new for Mardi Gras 2009!

Set the stage for a festive Mardi Gras with our Mardi Gras Photo Op. The 7’ tall and 6’ wide standee is two pieces featuring a throne background and a festive table foreground. You can personalize the front piece with your own party details. This decoration is perfect for crowning your own Mardi Gras king and queen as well as for taking fun commemorative photos! It’s great for annual events too!

Another great focal point for your Mardi Gras event is our Mardi Gras Arch! Use the 8’ tall and 10 ½’ wide arch to create an awesome entrance to your party. The arch features a beautiful Mardi Gras mask photo print and there are even matching columns to fill out the look.

Mardi Gras banners are a great way to announce your party or welcome guests. Our banners are printed on heavy-duty, weather-resistant vinyl with your custom wording. They are durable and bright and are perfect for annual events too! Our Crown and Coins Vinyl Banner is a wonderful choice for Mardi Gras.

Mardi Gras masks are an essential. Decorate your party with Mardi Gras Mambo giant masks and decorate your guests with masks of their own! These make great party favors or door prizes. Our Blushing Elegance Mardi Gras Masks are beautiful, classic masks that guests will love to wear for a touch of mystery to the evening. The Mardi Gras Feathered Masks are a fun, light-hearted alternative.

Create an awesome backdrop to your event with our Mardi Gras Mask Photo Backdrop Illustration. The huge photo backdrop features a beautiful Mardi Gras mask and really sets the tone for your Mardi Gras Masquerade. These vinyl illustrations are easy to hang and are reusable!

Add a festive glow in Mardi Gras colors to your party beverages with Mardi Gras Glow Swizzle Sticks. The 4” sticks can also be attached to necklaces.

Decorate your party tables with our Mardi Gras Tableware Ensemble, which includes the plates, cups, napkins and cutlery you need to serve delicious Mardi Gras food. The ensemble features vibrant Mardi Gras colors and a fun mask logo. Plus, it coordinates with lots of other decorations including confetti, banners, streamers and balloons!

Add a finishing touch to your tables with a Luminescent Street Lamp Centerpiece that will bring the rustic look and feel of Bourbon Street to each table.

Check out all of our Mardi Gras Decorations, TipZ and party supplies and tell us about your party!

Valentine’s Day Decorations with which to Party Heart-y

Valentine’s Day is coming up fast and Shindigz has tons of Valentine’s Day decorations for Valentine’s Day parties, Mother’s Day get-togethers and other events where you want to wear your heart on your sleeve and elsewhere.

Welcome guests to your event with one of our personalized arches. They can be customized with your own wording and make for beautiful commemorative photos too. The Red Rose Arch is a festive floral decoration that stands 10 ft high and 5 ft wide and features a vibrant red rose print. You can personalize the top of the arch with a special Valentine’s message or your event details. Another great option is the Candy Heart Arch which features a fun candy heart print. Pair it with the matching square columns for a really full look.

Our Personalized Heart Cut-Outs and Personalized Heart Standees are always a hit. They’re great for adding a special touch to your Valentine’s Day decorations around the home, office or classroom.

Send a special message to someone you love this Valentine’s Day by displaying the Red Rose banner where it will be a surprise to see it.

Bring Valentine’s Day fun to your table and party food too with Valentine’s Day tableware ensembles. The Heart within Heart tableware kit has fun heart-shaped plates and a simple, classic print. The ensemble features a trendy color scheme and fun retro print. Use our Valentine’s Day Kits with these ensembles and basic decorating accents to host a Valentine’s Day party that looks fantastic!

Shindigz also has party favors for Valentine’s Day. These small gifts and treats make great give outs for your office, classroom, or party. Valentine’s Day buttons, slide puzzles, and pencils are favorites. Kids will love our Valentine’s Day Fun Pad or stationary set.

Guests can make their own favors with the Valentine Make-A-Frame kit, which includes the foam frames and accessories for making 24 heart-shaped frames. It’s a perfect set for a classroom party!

Prepare to make your sentimental journey with Valentine’s Day party supplies hearts, roses and lots more.

Host a National Popcorn Day Party

fresh-popcorn-party-kitJanuary 19th is National Popcorn Day and a great reason to celebrate at your home, office or school by having a popcorn party! Everyone loves this wholesome snack and a popcorn party is a great way to brighten people’s day during blustery January. ShindigZ has a fun selection of popcorn themed party supplies to help make your popcorn party look as good as it tastes!

Announce your popcorn party with a Carnival Popcorn Personalized Banner. The banner is printed with your custom wording on heavy-duty, weather-resistant vinyl and is available in seven different sizes to meet your needs. The banner can be used year after year if you decide to make this fun party an annual event. Plus, our banners are available with or without metal grommets for easy hanging. We have more popcorn banner designs to choose from too!

Use our Fresh Popcorn Party Kit to create fun themed décor. The kit includes coordinating tableware for serving your party snacks, invitations, red star confetti, red balloons, black balloons, gold curling ribbon, and a red plastic tablecover. The Deluxe Kit also includes a 10” x 30” personalized banner, a popcorn mylar balloon, black crepe streamers, red crepe streamers and glitter spiral white candles. The kit is a great way to pull all your decorations together for a coordinated, seamless look.

The Popcorn Wall Graphic is an awesome accent. It’s old-school Hollywood look creates reminiscences of the drive-in concession stand. The wall graphic is easy to use too. Simply peel it off the backing and apply to the wall. It can be peeled off and reapplied and reused too!

For a big effect, use the Popcorn Standee! This makes a fun focal point for your event. The standee is 52” tall and 29” wide and includes yellow and white balloons to fill the corrugated popcorn box. It makes for fun photos and kids will love it!

Our Popcorn Box Centerpieces are a great way to tie your tables into the theme!

Balloons are a must-have for this party theme. Create clusters of yellow and white balloons in odd numbers (3, 5, 7…) and secure them in place with balloon weights or tying them to the backs of chairs. For another option, suspend inflated balloons from the ceiling with various lengths of curling ribbon! It will look like your party is inside a bowl of popcorn!

Finish it all off by decorating your guests. Pass out popcorn beads at the door and everyone will be part of the popcorn party themed celebration!

Tell us about your National Popcorn Day Party!

ShindigZ Adding 200 Seasonal Jobs

ShindigZ is bringing good news to the northeastern Indiana economy. Plans are in the works to hire over 200 seasonal workers through May.


Although there are many challenges in today’s economy, ShindigZ, where the world comes to party, announced today that it will be hiring over 200 seasonal workers for its upcoming busy season for the spring beginning immediately. The company, based in South Whitley, will accept on line applications at for a wide variety of positions and shifts. Positions available include: phone and email customer service, fulfillment and warehouse positions including pickers and packers, digital print operators, cad cam operators, screen printers, and stagers among other general opportunities. The positions are available on multiple shifts and flex hours are available in certain areas.


“We are excited to be able to offer these positions during such a time of economic uncertainty and challenge. We hope that we will continue to attract those who wish a seasonal and flexible work environment which is busy in both spring and fall with opportunities for time off during the summer and winter. We are looking for positive, team oriented individuals who want to join us in our mission to make the world more fun,” said Shep Moyle, President of ShindigZ.


ShindigZ hopes that it can help alleviate some of the current local unemployment issues through these seasonal positions that will last until mid May. Many of ShindigZ current full time team members have started as seasonal team members who then join the team full time. ShindigZ offers an unique work environment including free popcorn on Wednesdays, ongoing party and holiday celebrations and a focus on bringing more fun to life. Applications can be completed on line at


The company sells over 38,000 party related items through many different brands and websites including,, and


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