Delightful, Santa Bucket Favor Pails

Create Santa Buckle Favor Pails

Create Santa Buckle Favor Pails

Looking for a creative way to display and contain your Christmas party favors? We have an easy, unique favor holder for you to make, and all you need are some small red pails, black felt, white felt, and hot glue for this project. Even Santa would be impressed by these favor pails. Follow the steps below to make these festive Santa bucket favor pails:

Santa’s Buckle Favor Pails:

  • Use the small red pail (item FVRSPL RED).
  • Create the Santa favor pail by using FVRSPL RED, black felt, white felt, and hot glue.
  • Cut a long strip of black felt for the “belt”. Hot glue the black felt strip to the pail.
  • Use white felt to create the buckle, and hot glue it to the black felt.
  • For a snowy look, fill the pail with cotton balls and add your favorite favors. (We used our edible marshmallow snowmen favors).

Santa Bucket Favor Pail Ideas:

  • These jolly favor pails should be filled with fun
    Christmas party favors like: Christmas yo-yo’s, mini Christmas coloring books, candy cane pencils, snowman playing cards, and holiday sticker strips.
  • Transform your party space with a
    cozy Christmas scene setter. Other Christmas scene setters include: the Christmas scene setter kit, the Christmas trees room setter, and windows and the fireplace scene setter.
  • Santa may not be at your party (or maybe he will be, that’s up to you) but Santa’s sleigh can be there. Add a beautiful Santa’s bag
    prop next to the sleigh filled with wrapped empty boxes to complete the effect. The Santa’s bag is made out of crushed velvet looking fabric with gold embroidered wording and a gold drawstring rope. Santa’s sleigh is a great photo opportunity, and you may even want to include your photo in your Christmas cards.

10 Creative Halloween-Themed Adult Alcoholic Drinks

To many, Halloween is for the kids and about ghosts, pumpkins, candy and costumes. But children aren’t the only ones who are entitled to enjoy themselves on All Hallow’s Eve.

Create Your Own Halloween Bottle Labels

Create Your Own Halloween Bottle Labels

According to a 2010 survey conducted by BIGresearch, Americans spent $200 million MORE on adult Halloween costumes than children’s costumes. In addition, a larger percentage of American adults attended or hosted a Halloween party than took their children trick or treating. So, it’s pretty safe to say that Halloween has become a holiday for adults.

Recognizing this trend, Shindigz, where the world comes to party, has partnered up with to come up with a list of dastardly adult drinks that are spooky, fun and full of Halloween “spirits.” has a drink recipe guide that features hundreds of unique drink combinations. While perusing through their list, Shindigz came up with their own list of blood curdling concoctions that are sure to please the guests of any party or night club.

1. The Witch’s Brew
This popular drink can be found in almost any bar and with 100 different recipes. We like this recipe because it really focuses on the spices that make up a true cauldron of taste.
2 oz Yellow Chartreuse
1 1/2 oz Blue Curacao
1/2 oz Brandy
1/4 tsp cloves
1 dash nutmeg
1 dash allspice
Instructions: Mix Yellow Chartreuse, Blue Curacao, Brandy and the rest in a shaker. Shake well and serve in a chilled glass. Alcoholic Cocktail, served in a Highball glass.

Create A Poison Wine Bottle Label

Create A Poison Wine Bottle Label

2. Vampire Juice
If you’ve got fangs, this is the drink for you! It’s just the right mix of alcohol and juice. Don’t worry; no blood is in this recipe.
1 oz Coconut Rum
1 oz Blue Curacao
1 oz Bacardi Rum
8 oz orange juice
Instructions: Mix Rums and Blue Curacao in shaker over ice. Fill up with orange juice, shake well and strain into a glass. Alcoholic Shot, served in an Old-fashioned glass.

3. Snakebite Cocktail
This mixture of beer and cider has the spicy taste of fall with the bite of a good beer.
1 part Beer
1 part cider
Instructions: Pour all ingredients carefully down the side of the glass to make two distinct layers in a glass. Alcoholic Cocktail, served in a Highball glass.

4. Pumpkin Pie Cocktail
It’s not Halloween without the pumpkins. This drink actually uses pumpkin pie filling for a true pumpkin taste with an adult twist of Malibu and Kahlua.
1 oz Malibu Rum
1/2 oz Kahlua
3/4 oz canned pumpkin pie filling
2 oz cold milk
Special Equipment: Blender
Instructions: Mix Rum, Kahlua, milk and pumpkin pie filling in a blender with ice and blend well. Pour into graham cracker-rimmed highball glass and garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Create A Devil's Drink Bottle Label

Create A Devil's Drink Bottle Label

5. Death in the Afternoon
We have one thought about this drink – it ought to be against the law to consume. Read the ingredients and you’ll see why. Here’s to Fridays!
1/2 oz Baileys Irish Cream
1 oz Kahlua
1/2 oz Crème de Cacao
1 oz Chocolate Syrup
2 oz milk
4 oz Ice Cream
whipped cream to garnish
chocolate flakes to garnish
Special Equipment: Blender
Instructions: Blend all ingredients. Garnish with whipped cream and sprinkle chocolate flakes on the top. Alcoholic Blended and Frozen, served in a Margarita glass.

6. Zombie Cocktail
If there were ever a Jamaican Zombie, I’m sure he was the creator of this crazy concoction of fruit and rum. If you weren’t a zombie when you ordered this drink, you might be one when you’re finished.
3/4 oz Light Rum
3/4 oz Dark Rum
1 1/2 oz Jamaican Rum
2 oz pineapple juice
1 oz lime juice
1 oz orange juice
a pineapple slice or cherry
Special Equipment: Shaker
Instructions: Mix light rum, Dark Rum, Jamaican Rum, and juices. Shake and strain into a highball glass over fresh ice. Serve with a straw. Alcoholic Cocktail, served in a Highball glass.

7. Gates of Hell
We have two words that explain the title of this evil drink: Tequila and Brandy.
1 1/2 oz Cuervo Tequila
2 tsp lime juice
2 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp Cherry Brandy
Special Equipment: Shaker
Instructions: Mix tequila, lemon and lime juice in a shaker over ice. Shake well. Strain into a cocktail glass with crushed ice. Pour cherry brandy over top. Alcoholic Cocktail, served in a Cocktail glass.

Create A Witch's Brew Bottle Label

Create A Witch's Brew Bottle Label

8. The Undertaker
Just as the profession is a combination of macabre and compassion, this dark shot is a perfect mix of darkness and sweetness.
1 part Jagermeister
1 part Cointreau (or Triple Sec)
1 part Bacardi Rum
Instructions: Pour liqueurs layer after layer in a shot glass. Alcoholic Shot, served in a Shot glass.

9. Tootsie Roll Cocktail
It’s one of America’s favorite Halloween treats. So why not enjoy a glass of this classic chocolaty goodness?
1 1/2 oz Kahlua
1 1/2 oz Dark Crème de Cacao
orange juice to fill
Instructions: Mix liqueurs and juice. Shake with ice in a highball glass. Alcoholic Cocktail, served in a Highball glass.

10. Black Magic Cocktail
This vodka and Kahlua mixed drink creates a bit of black magic with a lemony loop.
1 1/2 oz Vodka
3/4 oz Kahlua
1 dash lemon juice
lemon twist
Instructions: Mix all ingredients in a shaking glass with ice and stir gently. Strain over ice into a highball glass. Garnish with a lemon twist. Alcoholic Cocktail, served in a Highball glass.

Shindigz and Party and Event Guide would like to remind you to please drink responsibly. Getting home safely ALWAYS makes life more fun.

He’s Adorable! Your Snowman Centerpiece

Create a Snowman Centerpiece

Create a Snowman Centerpiece

This adorable snowman centerpiece is simple to make and he will melt your heart with his button eyes and his soft carrot nose!  The young ones will get a kick out of the delightful “Kids Only” sign!  The snowman centerpieces are the perfect touch on your tables, or even as one of your winter party decorations.  The instructions below will help you assemble this lovable centerpiece:

Snowman Centerpiece:

  • Hot glue 3 styrofoam balls together (all different sizes).  We cut the bottom off of the largest ball to create a flat bottom surface.
  • Hot glue buttons for eyes and chest.
  • Create a “carrot” nose by shaping orange felt into a cone… attach using a small pin or hot glue.
  • Hat created by cutting 2 circles out of black felt for (a larger circle for brim and a smaller circle for the top of the hat).  Then cut a rectangle piece of felt that when wrapped into a circle, is the same diameter as the circle used for the top of the hat).  Attach pieces together using glue.  We added a glittered red ribbon to the hat for extra sparkle.
  • Insert candy canes into styrofoam for arms.
  • Use a ribbon or fabric of your choosing for the scarf.
  • “Kids Only” sign was created using craft wood and letters.  We painted the letters and glued them to the wood sign. Add a ribbon of your choosing (hot glue the back to sign) to hang around the snowman’s neck.
  • Add cotton balls to the base of the snowman for extra texture and a “snow” look.

Snowman Centerpiece Ideas:

  • After your snowman centerpieces are assembled, coordinate your event tables by using the let it snow tableware.
  • Treat your snow buddies to a snowflake photo candy bar as a favor on your wintry tablescape.
  • You and your guests can take turns being a snowman inside of a snowglobe with the snowman paste your face standee.
  • If cupcakes are on the dessert menu for your party, then make sure to pop in snowman and snowflakes deco picsto match your theme.

Transform November into Movember with Mustache Themed Parties

October is nearly behind us, which means the Halloween decorations and Breast Cancer Awareness pink ribbons come down. But, what about November? Poor November… always the forgotten month as far as parties and causes go.

Shindigz hopes to change the fun status of November by bringing awareness to a growing worldwide movement called “Movember.” It’s time to celebrate with new mustache themed parties and fundraisers.

While the symbol for Movember is the mustache, the meaning for the movement goes much deeper.  Movember is about raising awareness about prostate cancer, testicular cancer and other men’s health issues affecting millions of men across the globe.

Donations for cancer research are raised through fun mustache-themed events.  Men (aka: “Mo Bros”) register their Movember participation at On November 1st, they start off completely clean shaven. With a little help from their wives and girlfriends (aka: “Mo Sistas”), the Mo Bros spend the rest of the month, growing, trimming, grooming, plucking, waxing and shaping their mustaches into their own unique and whimsical whisker-works of art. The moustache becomes the hairy ribbon for men’s health and is used to spark conversations about cancers affecting men.

Started in Melbourne, Australia in 2003, Movember has grown to include more than 1.1 million Mo Bros and Mo Sistas.  In just 9 years, $174 million in donations have been raised. Men gather donations for their facial masterpieces from sponsors and supporters throughout the month. At the end of the month, many members celebrate their fund raising efforts with Gala Parties where achievements are recognized and mustaches are compared. Prizes are awarded for categories including Best Mo in Character, Miss Movember and, of course, the Annual Man of Movember.

Shindigz party supplies, where the world comes to party, is adding party decorations to Movember events and now features a new line of mustache party supplies and fundraising items like custom vinyl banners, entrance arches, yard signs, chocolate bars, and much more.

“It’s hard to believe what began as a bit of a joke has turned into a global movement for men’s health,” says Adam Garone, Movember CEO and Co-Founder.  “It’s humbling to see so many men and women passionately support this cause.  These days, you can’t grow a moustache without people asking what’s going on, leading to amazing conversations about cancers that affect men.”

How to Throw a Faith-Themed Party for Teens

Written by: Amy Reynolds*

It can be difficult to throw a party for teens that is fun, safe and still aligns with your religious views.  But with the following ideas, you can host a party for teenagers of faith that would make the Lord proud.  Be sure to decorate with crosses, doves and angels and use any of these tips as a springboard to generate your own creative ideas!

Dinner Party

Sharing dinner and bonding over food with friends is always a great way to bring people together…especially teens.  So put a Christian spin on this simple party by preparing and serving dishes that Jesus would have enjoyed in His time.  With traditional, biblical foods such as beans, lentils, figs and grapes you will be dining just like He did.  To represent the story of Jesus and the loaves and fish, serve a main dish of fish and bread on religious tableware.  You can then go around the table and have each teen read their favorite Bible verses and then discuss what the verse means to them.  Also, instead of a traditional grace, have each person talk about what they consider to be a blessing in their life.

Bible Character Costume Party

Host a costume party where teens dress up like their favorite Bible character.  For a game, play “Ten Questions” in which guests ask yes or no questions to see if they can uncover which Bible character each person is dressed as.  If you don’t want to involve dressing up in costume, an alternative is to pin a Bible character’s name on the back of each party member.  Have your attendees mingle and ask questions to try and figure out who they are portraying.

Light of the World Party

Since Christians believe that Jesus was the light of the world, host a party with light being the theme.  Place candles everywhere and play worship music while enjoying the company of one another by candlelight.  For decorations, you can really get creative by taking bowls of water and place floating candles in them, or by filling bowls with river rocks and placing the candles amongst the rocks.

Karaoke Praise Party

Host a karaoke party where everyone gets together with uplifting, Christian music being the central idea.  Before the party, make a playlist of worship based songs and incorporate music note themed décor.  Another fun idea for this kind of party is to invite your church band or worship group to play for the group.

Tea Party

This is a great party idea for teenage Christian girls to get together and rejoice in the Lord.  Host this event in a backyard and plan a devotional prayer for the group.   For décor, make a table setting with violets as a centerpiece (a symbol of humility, violets has been represented in Christian art for centuries).  When each guest leaves, hand out a party favor such as a cookie in the shape of a teapot along with a scripture mint that has a Bible verse written on it.

Scavenger Hunt

This is always a wholesome party activity that can be used as teamwork encouraging icebreaker.  Designate teams and give them a checklist of different things they have to perform across the neighborhood.  Send them with a camera to document the different activities.  Maybe they have to pick up programs from different churches, take a photo with a pastor, obtain a small cross, etc.

*Amy Reynolds is an author who writes on topics surrounding Christianity and dating from the site Christian Dating Sites


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