Need a Reason to Party? March is Here!


Depending on your interests, there are plenty of reasons to host a party this month.

We’ve got Easter on March 31st this year, and whether you’re going to be hunting Easter Eggs with the kids, or are planning an Easter pageant, you still have time to order your decorations online at Shindigz.

St. Patrick’s Day is also on a Sunday this year, so there’s plenty of opportunities to Wear the Green and salute our Irish ancestry, even if you’re only “Irish for a day“.

Take a moment and tell us your plans in our St Patty’s Poll.

Have you filled out your brackets for the NCAA March Madness College Basketball Tournament yet?  The Party King at Shindigz has his favorites and you can show your support for your team too. Shindigz has 29 teams to choose from.

NASCAR’s back, and baseball fans are celebrating with spring training.

One more reminder, Daylight Savings Time kicks in March.

Spring forward, as they say, which means set your clock forward an hour when you go to sleep on Saturday March 9th!

What else are you doing this month of March?

Relaxing Father’s Day Party Ideas


Time to Plan Your Relaxing Father’s Day Party

With Father’s Day slowly approaching (it’s June 17th), it’s definitely time to start planning a fun party.  To show the special Dad in your life just how much he means to you, plan a nice, relaxing Father’s Day party.  Because you have a lot of time to plan (at least, you have a lot of time if you start planning now), you can choose from a wide variety of parties.  Generally, most people plan a fun backyard barbecue for Father’s Day. This year, try pulling out other ideas—look at your dad’s favorite sports.  No matter what sport he follows the most, there are all sorts of party ideas buried.

Relaxing Father’s Day Backyard Barbecue

The standard fun party idea for Father’s Day is a cookout.  While dads are usually the grill men, give him the option this year.  Either let Mom cook, or (if he wants to) give Dad his place at the grill.  The catch this year is that Dad has to wear a chef’s hat and an apron decorated by his loving family.

When you start planning what food will be appearing at your Father’s Day backyard barbecue, think about your dad’s favorite foods.  Pick his favorite main dish, a few of his favorite sides, and make his favorite dessert.  If he wants to be a part of the food preparation (if he maybe has a new seasoning he wants to try or something along those lines) and the cooking, let him.  Don’t refuse to let him be a part of the fun.  It’s his day; he can do whatever he wants!

Father’s Day Sports Party

If your dad wants to just sit and watch sports for awhile on Father’s Day, let him!  Suggest that he invite a few other dads and guys over to join him!  However, after a few hours, try to remind him that he needs to get up and about, maybe go outside and get some fresh air.  The catch is: while he’s been sitting inside watching sports with his friends, you and the kids have been outside, maybe conspiring with the families of the friends he’s watching sports with, and decorate your backyard before beckoning Dad outside.  Watch his face when he walks into a backyard sports party!  Whether his favorite sport is baseball, basketball, football, golf, or racing, he’ll be shocked to see his backyard transformed into a Father’s Day party place!  Even within each of those Father’s Day party themes, there are other choices to be had: use his favorite team as a jumping-off point; pick either car racing or the Kentucky derby; you can even plan activities for the party!  Remember, though, it’s your job to make sure it’s a relaxing day for the dad in your life as well as a chance for you and your family to show him how much you love him.  Happy Father’s Day party planning!

Big Heads, Big Sports Trend, Big Fun



The biggest trend in college basketball student sections is really B-I-G.  Three feet tall, big head cutouts, numbering 150 strong at some schools are waved as an attempt to distract visiting players when shooting free throws.  Whether they are effective is debatable, but it’s clear their popularity has taken off.

“The big heads are very popular during the NCAA tourney. Those watching the games from parties at home or in bars wave personalized big head cutouts of their guests to produce a few laughs, while cheering on their favorite teams,” remarks Jacquie Downey, Director of Sales and Marketing at Shindigz, a leading national party supply company.

Making a BIG Impression

High schools are enjoying the action, too. Administrators and parents create big head cutouts to recognize players and coaches during games. “It was the highlight of the night and the talk of the town,” says one mother who used them during her sons’ final high school football game.

Cheering families of marathon runners find the big head cutout’s huge three feet size make a huge impact when their runner turns the corner and sees themselves larger than life.

“They’re not just for sporting events anymore. We get many orders for milestone birthdays.  Big head cutouts showing the guest of honor as a child and an adult really makes a big impression,” adds Downey.

About Shindigz

Since 1926, Shindigz has been a part of over 22 million events and delighted customers with creative party ideas, supplies, and decorations.

Celebrate the Season with a Baseball Themed Bash


Hang a personalized baseball banner at your baseball party

Hang a personalized baseball banner at your baseball party

Baseball season is underway! If you have sports fans in your home, it’s time to throw a baseball themed bash to get this season off to a fun start.

Baseball fanatics will be happy you’ve decided to celebrate America’s past time. For the next big game, invite all your buddies over and have them wear their favorite team’s jersey. Decorate your home with baseball banners cheering on your favorite players.

You can also hang up decals of baseball bats and gloves to get your fans into a festive mood! Streamers of your team’s colors, or mylar balloons shaped like baseballs, are also a great choice.

If you want to throw a barbecue to celebrate game day, why not purchase some green grass mats to turn your backyard into a baseball diamond? You can even host a pick-up game for the kids at your bash.

Maybe you have a family member, neighbor or friend who plays on a baseball team? You can personalize a banner, invitations, or party favors to make the player in your family feel like an all-star.

Make your next party a grand slam – throw a baseball party this summer!

Hit a Grand Slam with a Summer Baseball Party


After selecting this theme for your party, choose a slogan to use in your invitations, and to use in tying in decorations and personalized favors to your super sports theme.  Try one of the following, or brainstorm with the birthday boy or girl to come up with the perfect slogan for your party:

• ”Corey’s Home Run Happenin’!”
• “Grand Slam Gathering!”
• “Hey now…You’ll be an All-Star at Jaysen’s Party!”
• “We’re gonna have a BALL at Taylor’s Baseball Bash!”

Invitations:

Choose one of the following invitations to let your young guests know what a grand slam time they will have at the party:

• The Championship Baseball Ensemble and Major League Baseball Party Ensemble contains an invite that is perfect for this theme. Address each envelope to “Big Hitter Josh” (each child’s first name.)

• Treat the kids to an invitation that will transport them straight to the 7th inning stretch at Yankee Stadium or Wrigley Field.  Start with a design invitation, which can be imprinted with your slogan or logo, and any wording you wish.  Attach a box of Cracker Jack to the invite with curling ribbon, and you could paraphrase the wording to “Take me out to the Ball Game!” to create a very clever invitation.  For example, “Take me out to Cameron’s Birthday Ball Game….Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack, etc.”

• Be sure that the invitation notes that kids should come dressed to participate in sporting activities, including the right kind of footwear.

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