“Stop At My Booth!” Tradeshow Promotional Products


Clever Promotional Products

Are you a small business owner looking for promotional products? Do you have a trade show event coming up and need giveaways? Booths at trade shows always need giveaways. Anything can be handed to passers-bys. Even sitting on a table with a sign marked, “TAKE ONE” will encourage people to stop, look, and listen. When you walk the tradeshow floors or visit clients, you’ll want them to have more than a business card to remind them of your services.

Hungry event participants stop for chocolates or candy. Personalize your mini chocolate bar wrappers with your name or logo.

Working a health fair? Encourage healthier habits. Stress balls are very popular, but bike bottles are a great giveaway. Water bottle tradeshow products are easy to personalize and potential customers will continue to use them. Plus…no calories!

People at tradeshows always need bags. Vinyl Tote Favor Bags are small and the perfect size to collect all the business cards and candy collected that day. Some will throw out the cards, but keep the bag with your information on it!

Divaz personalized wand lip shine is a promotional product that’s a practical tradeshow giveaway. Your potential clients will keep lip balm and use every day.

Personalized Promotional Product Hints

Make sure your company name, website and contact information is clearly displayed on every product. Keep logo and brand consistency so people will recognize it instantly. Get creative and have fun. Find products to give away that will remind customers of you all year long.

All School Faculty Christmas Party


I am sure our kids were not thrilled when they heard that we would be hosting the school board and all the faculty from their school. I mean, what student wants their teachers checking out their room and seeing if they are actually studying? Wendy and I, on the other hand, were absolutely thrilled to be asked to host the party and give back a little bit to the teachers who have such a positive influence on our children. It really is an amazing and committed group of educators who care about their students. I know that you must have these talented folks in your school as well and we should all celebrate their amazing dedication and contribution in our educating our children.

We knew we wanted to change the party up a bit this year and add our own unique touches. I am confident this frightened the school administration and the board, but we convinced them to go along with us. It was a primary goal of ours to get as much of the faculty to attend as possible so we wanted to make the event fun and personal.

We started with party invitations. In addition to an email invitation which is simple and easy to do, we also created an inexpensive printed invitation that we sent to the home of the faculty so that we weren’t just making it a “get invited to the work party” kind of event. Next, we asked each board member to call at least five of their favorite teachers and to personally invite them to the party. As you know, the personal ask is always worth more than just the emailed invitation. And, just to make sure, Wendy roamed the hallways for several hours, sticking her head in classrooms and extending yet another personal invitation. There was no escaping this party!

Next, we got down to planning the event itself. Nailing the flow and traffic of a party or an event in your home is critical to make sure that things don’t get too bunched or too spread out. Shockingly, Wendy and I don’t always agree :-), and so we had a running two discussion over the location of the bar. Long story short, she was right and we went with her ideas and it worked splendidly. Just don’t tell her I admitted she was right!

We brainstormed lots of ideas and tossed many as inappropriate or impractical for a group of almost 200. Holiday Bingo—ie find out unique things about faculty members and every partier is given a bingo sheet and has to find the person that “likes Barry Manilow” or “swam the English channel as a teenager.” It’s a great icebreaker and the winner would receive a nice prize of some sort. We finally determined this was too executionally challenging for our limited time. We played with live music, but concluded it was unnecessary. So what did we do?

Gold Glitter Frame

Gold Glitter Frame


First, and most importantly another Wendy idea, we offered holiday stress massages for the neck and shoulder. We hired two massage experts in Santa hats who had people just sit in chairs and then give them a relxing neck and shoulder massage. This was an enormous hit with a constant line! Who doesn’t need some relief from the stress of the holidays?!! Next, we wanted to make sure they had some takeaway from the evening. So, we asked a friend who is a photographer to set up on the landing and take holiday pictures of each couple or set of friends and we then gave them one of our great looking Glitter Frames that we then put their picture in the frame and they were able to take it home as a holiday memento.

We also wanted to show off our great cookie tins so we had two designs of cookie tins produced and we gave everyone a sampling of our Brownstone cookies. We have been getting rave reviews from the faculty as they have been eating these as vacation time approaches. We also gave each partier a chocolate lollipop imprinted with a holiday saying and we did customized holiday napkins just to tie it all together.

We combined this with Wendy’s hit playlist of Xmas music— Xmas music plays in our house nonstop from the day after Thanksgiving to December 26th— and a pair caricaturists in basement doing fun caricatures of the faculty. We wanted the event to be unique, personal and memorable and show the faculty just how appreciated they really are. Based on the comments we received that night and are still receiving, we hit the mark! We used older high school students as our valet parkers and they did pretty well on their tips for the night! Our kids had to stand in and pass appetizers and they all rose to the occasion even though it was unpaid duty. :-)

Paste Your Face Elf

Paste Your Face Elf


As always, it’s about letting your personality shine through in your parties. It’s about providing surprises to the guests, trying the unusual and making it personal. (We won’t even talk about the Paste Your Face Elf the company did of Wendy and I!) It was a great night and we learned a lot about the impact our products have on making a special party even more special. If you need help our ideas for your special event, just let us know. We are ready to help!

Be well and have a great holiday!!!

All the best,
Shep

Snap Settings For Photographers


http://www.shindigz.com/party/Stylized-Winter-Sleigh-Kit.cfmPhotographer’s toolbox checklist:
• Camera (Check)
• Extra cards and batteries (Check)
• Lights and filters (Check)
• Toys and props for kids (Check)
• Backdrops, stand up cut outs, quick sets for parties—shopped at Shindigz (Check)

Today’s tips are for photographers.

      Did you know Shindigz has a ton of quick sets, backdrops, stand up cut outs, and so much more for any photo shoot? Whether you’re doing class photos, a wedding, or anything in between, we have something perfect for your toolbox.

      Shindigz understands that a natural backdrop of trees, a mountain view, or a brilliant skyline isn’t always available. But that doesn’t mean you can’t create a wonderful setting for your subjects. You can imagine you’re in a forest with the forest backdrop.

      Taking holiday card photos months in advance and need a winter setting? You could try a winter wonderland room setter to get in the holiday spirit.

      Taking pictures at an engagement party or prom? Why not use the heart patterned corrugated paper as a backdrop. It’s so sweet and romantic, and it’s also available in solids and stripes. For something bigger and more glamorous, try a hollywood entrance. That’ll set the tone for your party.

      Need a simple backdrop for professional headshots? Choose from the excellent selection at Shindigz. A metallic background will be simple and not distracting, while creating a hint of magic.

      Hosting a crazy party and want to add a little spice or silliness? Try a photo stand in cut out. Shindigz has over 250 to choose from and you can personalize them any way you want. They’re perfect for kids’ parties or fundraisers.

      If all else fails, make everyone look like a super hero and call it a day!

Soothing Party Ideas- Reduce Holiday Stress


         Don’t let the holidays stress you out.   Make your life simple by implementing a few easy strategies, being organized, and taking time out to de-stress.   Have a lot of people for which to buy gifts? No more trying to remember who’s taken care of—make a list of every person and keep the list with you. Then, when you see something perfect for someone, buy it and write it down. 

        Some large families and offices have narrowed down their gift lists by creating a Secret Santa.  In Secret Santa, everyone’s name gets thrown in a hat and a spending limit is set.  Each person then draws one name secretly.   This way of gift giving can be fun & reduce your gifts from twenty to only one! Now you can focus on getting that one person something really perfect.

        Make sure to put important dates on a calendar that everyone in your house has access to so that when the party/trip/photos come around, everyone will be ready.

        If you’re throwing a party, consider making it a soothing one. Create your own invitations that’ll hint at the theme and personalize them by using your own photos!

       Here are some party planning tips:

  • Set up your buffet table the night before. Put a label down where each food will be, plus hot pads and utensils. You can even place the serving dish there, too, if you haven’t yet made the food. Then you know how much room you have on the buffet, and there’s no last minute running around trying to find large spoons!
  • Don’t forget to put out the small things like toothpicks and paper goods.
  • Mugs can make cute and inexpensive holders for plastic utensils.
  • Making your buffet several levels (by putting a shoe box or hat box underneath the table cloth for added stability and height) adds visual interest.
  • Put plentiful food items at the beginning of the buffet (so guests fill up on the easy stuff) and enlist a friend to help keep an eye on what might need replenishing throughout the night so you’re not doing it all yourself. 

          Nothing’s more relaxing than candles. LED lights will twinkle all day safely and set a calming mood. Put them on the buffet or around your house.

         Create your own dance party mix on your mp3 player or use a great party mix like the 50’s music CD that’s sure to make any guest want to kick off their shoes and start dancing.

        Instead of guests bringing gifts, tell guests to bring gift ideas! That might help spark ideas for you and others during the holiday season. Consider donations to charities in people’s names—it’s always a perfect gift for the person that already has everything.

If all of the above doesn’t work…get a piñata and beat your stress away!

Memorable Winter Parties


  Many major hotels have an afternoon tea. High tea is typically served at 5pm and has a lovely assortment of finger sandwiches and a box full of tea selections. It can be quite pricey and quite formal, but incredibly fun. Little girls sometimes have tea parties with stuffed animals.  I say, have your own. 

  Some days, an adult tea party is just what the doctor ordered. You can make a most memorable birthday party with all your female friends and do something really special. Dust off your fanciest hat, drag out your white gloves, dress up like Donna Reed and give yourself permission to use your grandmother’s china tea set. Set up your table with old fashioned table cloths and doilies.  If you want something easier for cleanup, Shindigz has some lovely silver plastic cutlery you could pair with silver banded plates that would create an elegant table for your guests.   Add some insulated hot cups and your clean up is done!

 This is the perfect opportunity to clear all the teas you have hidden in your cupboard and organize them in a pretty box. Try an old cigar box, decorate a shoe box, or some other creative way of displaying them.

 Traditional finger sandwiches are usually displayed on a 3 tier serving platter. We need to make a lovely assortment with some new flavors and some old standards. The most classic sandwich is also super simple, the cucumber sandwich. Then try a smoked salmon and cream cheese on pumpernickel. If you’re drinking a strong flavor tea, you might want a subtle sandwich to balance. Or maybe your tea is light and therefore you pair it with a hearty sandwich of roast beef, caramelized onions and horseradish sauce on rye. Finish the meal with a fabulous array of petit fours, cookies, and rugelach (the perfect bite sized cake). Are you getting excited yet?

  Whether you do a classic high tea with all the antique frills, or a simple and whimsical tea party, your guests will have a wonderful time sipping with their pinkies up and giggling. So bring out the little girl inside and play dress up!

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