How to Organize a Successful Block Party

carnival block party

Celebrate the advent of spring and the emergence of housebound neighbors with a fantastic block party. Neighborhood parties are the perfect setting to reconnect with neighbors and to foster a sense of community as everyone becomes more active and visible. Although conceptually intimidating, the execution of a successful neighborhood party is actually quite easy. Simply form a committee and break the organization and execution of the block party into its basic components of scheduling, theme, invitations, activities and tableware.

Gather together a core group of neighbors who will form the committee responsible for selecting the date, time, and location. Avoid scheduling the party over a holiday when people are out of town. Choose a time when adults are off work but children are not in bed. Select a central location with space enough for kids to play and food to be served and eaten. Make sure to check with your local government to see if there are any permits you need to acquire. In addition to permits, some governments set up signs that block off any roads leading into your block party area. The restricted traffic benefits your neighborhood party in many ways. First, it makes the setting safer for your children to play in. Second, it allows you to decorate the roads and use the open areas for your activities and for your meal.

When selecting a theme consider the type of atmosphere you wish to create. Celebrate the return of warmer temperatures by choosing a tropical theme like the popular luau, the exotic Hawaiian islands, the fun-in-the-sun beach, or the splashy pool party. Create a festive atmosphere with such themes as a high-energy carnival, a spicy fiesta, or a backyard BBQ. For more theme ideas, consult popular party supplies websites like Shindigz where you will find a whole list of popular party themes that you could use.

Once you have chosen the theme deliver invitations that are sure to provide your guests will all of the necessary information. In addition to communicating the date, time, and location, make sure to include additional instruction as whether or not the guests need to bring any food, eating utensils, or chairs. Include contact information to which people can RSVP or address any questions that they may have. Being that outdoor parties are subject to the weather, make sure to indicate what will happen in the case of inclement weather. Motivate people to come by including a little something with the invitation. This could be inexpensive gift bags that the kids can fill throughout the night as they win prizes. Consider including a questionnaire to be filled out before the party and turned into the host upon arrival. The host, during the meal, will then read the questionnaires and award prizes to those able to identify first whose sheet is being read.

Keep the energy-level and interaction high with great activities for all ages. Pinatas are a sure-fire crowd pleaser. Kids of all ages (0 to 100) love having a chance at busting open the piñata that will flood the ground with yummy treats. Fill the air with music for people to dance to or sing with. Give kids sidewalk chalk to design hopscotch and four square outlines on the roads. Throw in some non-alcoholic drinking games for the adults entertainment.

Choose tableware decorations that provide the kind of versatility to transition from activities, to food, and back again. Plastic tablecovers clean up easily so that there is no need to worry about messy food or games. Anchor the tablecovers to the tabletops by wrapping strands of garland around both ends of the table. You can even tie some garland around chair backs or to demarcate different activity areas. Set up a photo op where pictures for a neighborhood scrapbook or directory can be taken.

So put on a block party to remember. Simply divide, conquer, and have fun!

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Last Minute Ideas for Teen After-Prom & Graduation Parties

Life is busy, especially in the spring time, and you may be in panic mode because you are still trying to figure out what to do for a teen after-prom or graduation party this year. Take back control of your schedule with these creative, fun, and affordable last minute party ideas! Put these ready-made theme parties into quick action with your special personalized touch:

Beach Party Theme
Everybody loves the beach! Ideally your party day will be warm and sunny, but even if the weather turns out to be less than perfect, take your beach party inside with radical beach party supplies. Beach party props or luau party props set a way cool beach scene for your party. There is even beach party tableware to make your life easier.

Retro Party Theme
Go back in time to a retro era with a ‘70’s retro party theme and decorate for your event with groovy, out-a-sight, dy-na-mite retro party supplies. Hang a
peace, love, party door curtain up and include your own wording above the door. There is even retro apparel for cools cats to wear.

Pirate Party Theme
The Pirates of the Caribbean movies are entertaining and enjoyable for people of all ages! Have a pirate themed party and end the event with the group watching a showing of one of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. Steal your way over to the pirate party supplies and find a real treasure! Your crew of pirates will dig the pirate party tableware and decorations. Deck out your pirate with pirate apparel.

Rock Star Theme
Set up a stage and open the microphone for your favorite group of rock stars with this riotous rock star theme party. There tons of head banging rock star party supplies to amp up your after-prom or graduation party. Guitar hero continues to be a popular party activity for kids and adults, set up an area to let them rock the night (or day) away and be sure to include rock star party decorations!

For more great party ideas and party supplies, shop Shindigz and get your party started!

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Graduating? Host Themed Grad Parties!

Time to celebrate your graduate and this major milestone in your graduate’s life! Many people have been there along the way to help nurture your graduate and support them in their life as they have grown, and these people will want to be a part of your family’s day. If throwing a party on a grand scale is overwhelming and gives you goose bumps, try having smaller celebrations with special groups of people, and multiply the fun with a different theme for each party. Choose themes that represent different aspects or the graduate’s education in elementary school, middle school, high school, or college. These themes can include school mascots, school colors, sports or interests of the graduate at that time, a graduation luau, a favorite food, or a special trip or memory. All the graduation party supplies you need to accomplish these themes are available to you at the click of a few buttons. Below are some fantastic ideas to get you started:

Graduation Banners
Graduation banners allow you to design a special message for your graduate to hang up for all of your grad parties. Choose from a wide variety of styles and options to personalize a graduation banner that suits your graduate.

Luau Graduation Party
Everyone loves a luau party and now you can have a more casual grad party with this fun graduation theme. There are hundreds of luau party supplies to make your luau graduation party a breeze. Keep drinks cool and tropical with the palm tree drink cooler. Set out the grad flamingos party pack with whimsical tableware for 16 guests. Don’t forget the grad flamingo piñata and the matching grad flamingo mylar balloon.

Collegiate Party Supplies
College party supplies from 29 major colleges are available to make your college graduation party quick, easy, and affordable. Plates, napkins, cups, tablecovers, balloons, and other supplies are ready to make your college graduate’s party extra special!

Graduation Decorations Galore
No matter what your graduation theme, whether formal or informal, centered on school colors, or another interest that makes your graduate unique, there are graduation decorations galore at your disposal. Decorate your yard, your deck, your kitchen, your graduate’s room, just decide on the party space and order great decorations to highlight your graduate’s accomplishments.

Personalized Graduation Favors
Remember this occasion for years to come with personalized graduation favors and products! Print a memorable photo of your graduate on a graduation photo canvas to display at the party and keep for a lifetime. Many, many personalized products like mint tins, coasters, standees, and yard signs are waiting for you to add your own wording and even a photo of your graduate.

Be creative and make each party stand out, just like your graduate stands out above the rest for these celebrations of their academic accomplishments.

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Amazing Summer Birthday Themes

Summer is a great time to have a birthday—especially if you’re a kid! All of the messes can be left outside & be hosed off easily. Try these fun summer birthday themes for your next birthday bash under the sun.

Pool Party
What says summer better than a pool party? Not much, in my opinion. Guests can bring their swim suits & towels for all kinds of water games and activities:
• Use duck pond floaters with stickers on the bottom for guests to fish out of a small pool. The kind of sticker that they get results in different prizes!
• Hold relays with water balloons, a relay egg game, and field cones.
• End the fun with a beach ball piñata and let everyone take the candy home as their party favors.
Whether you have a large pool, use a kiddie pool, or sprinkler, the pool themed fun will go on and on!

Luau Party
You will have your guests “limboing” their way over to the best party of the summer when you throw a luau party for your birthday!
• Hand out leis to guests as they enter your party.
• Keep everyone cool with water bottles complete with luau bottle labels placed in an inflatable palm tree cooler that keeps your theme going.
• Entertain your guests with a limbo kit while playing a luau island party music CD.

Garden Party
Nature lovers can go elegant with a garden party for birthdays! Your guests will love your outdoor space when you transform it using garden party supplies.
• Pass out cute retro mini flower fans that will keep guests cool.
• Add flowers to your garden for even more lushness using silk roses and tulips.
• Decorate your tables with lighted English ivy twig garland, twig garland, and cuckoo trees.

Backyard/Cookout Party
For a less formal birthday bash, hang out with your friends and family at a good old fashioned backyard party or barbeque.
• Invite guests to your birthday with cookout party invitations.
• Try BBQ party table decorations for no fuss decorating or be unique with fun backyard grillin’ dinner plates for your guests to put those hot wings and ribs upon.
• Buy printed stadium cups as reusable party favors for each of your guests to remember your party by.

Adults and children of all ages will appreciate your summer birthday party when you plan it with Shindigz’ help. From start to finish, invitations to favors, Shindigz has you covered!

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Sunday Afternoon, Donald Trump Theme Party Ideas

Donald Trump Party Supplies for Roasts

Celebrate the Tender Moments in Life. Host a Donald Trump Party.

“You’re fired!” Or, rather your party is “fired up” with the Donald. Cook up a cocktail or graduation theme that will have your friends buzzing. There are so many possibilities for a Donald Trump party that we can hardly contain ourselves:


The GoBama Donald Trump Birthday Party

The President Life Size Cut Out

This Donald Trump party is ideal for 40+ birthday celebrations. Send out adult birthday invitations requesting long form birth certificates for entrance to the party or to drink at the Hawaiian tiki bar. The birthday honoree must wear his or her long form birth certificate with a military, gold metal star pin throughout the celebration. Invite an Obama life size standee to be the guest of honor at your Trump cookout party. Give Hawaiian leis to designated members of the press. Ask them to ask questions of the birthday honoree, take notes as to his or her answers, tell jokes during the roast, and make merry with your cocktail party supplies. Watch as Pres Obama roasts Donald Trump and then, find out what’s really in the belly of this shark piñata.

The Graduate, Donald Trump Party

Find Yourself, Graduate, at a Donald Trump Party- Order a Standee

 Long ago when the Apprentice first started, the Donald recruited young executives for his enterprise. Bring this same spirit to your upcoming graduation party. That’s right. Host a Donald Trump graduate party, Mrs. Robinson, and invite your favorite apprentices and celebrities for an evening of light-hearted laughs. Besides filling the room with graduation party supplies and pool party supplies, team up your graduate apprentices to create a marketing video for Trump’s presidential bid. The team with the best overall video wins money bags, patriotic pinwheels, and personalized poker chips.

Donald Trump Baby Showers

Donald Trump Baby Showers & Kids Parties

If Mom and Dad see junior in the spotlight someday, mix and match baby shower supplies with gold bar favor boxes, paparazzi standees, and Donald Trump party supplies. Nothing is boring at this event. Pop up a big-top, circus tent in the backyard.

For older children’s Trump parties, take the children to see an elephant at the zoo or take pictures next to a baby elephant standee. Dress up Trump apprentices with gold foil wigs. Order carnival party supplies. Sort children into groups of four to compete for prizes. Whether they’re running relays or darting around cones, sports party games teach kids how to work together like true apprentice teams! If tempers flare, place You’re Fired! temporary tattoos on the backs of little hands.

Your Favorite Donald Trump Party

Let your inner, Donald Trump thrive and your ingenuity and imagination come to life. Share your Donald Trump party pictures and Donald Trump party ideas with us!


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