Birthday Party Themes for Active Boys


We all know that boys will be boys, but some boys are more active than others.  If you have a birthday boy who doesn’t like to sit still here are a few ideas that will keep him moving.

Birthday Party Themes

No matter the interests or the age of the birthday boy there is a birthday party theme that will thrill him.

From Iron man to Superman, superhero themes are ideal for active boys.  Ask your son which hero he’d like to be at the party and then invite his friends to come as other favorites.  During the party, offer a treasure hunt where all of the heroes have to work together to save the planet.  Set up stations or an obstacle course that the boys must weave through in teams.  Hire an evil character or two to crash the party with incoming water balloons.  Using squirt guns, have your young superheroes chase the villain away from Planet Earth (your backyard or some other area).

If superheroes don’t save the day there are many other themes to keep your active boy’s attention.  Keep them dug in with a dinosaur themed party.  The birthday boy will enjoy being the T-Rex of his party.  He can even have a hat to show off his status as king of the dinosaurs.  With inflatable dinosaurs or dinosaur standees around the birthday party dig site, each of your little paleontologists can have their picture taken with their favorite dinos.  You can have dinos hanging from the ceiling with hanging cutouts.

Sports also score.  No matter if the sport is baseball or hockey or soccer there is a sport out there for everyone.  There are decorations for every athlete.  If you have a little slugger then make him feel like he is in the middle of a big game with a room roll that will make him feel like he is the star of the game.  You can even decorate a cake to match his love of baseball with baseball bat candles.

Active Party Games

Burn off some excess energy with games fit the theme.

If you decide that Superman will save your party you can play a Superman game.  Have each boy try to pin the shield on Superman’s chest.

If digging up dinosaurs is the plan, then a scavenger hunt just might fit the bill.  Hide Dino themed favors and give the guests clues to find them.  Or have a dinosaur pinata for the boys to take a swing at.

If your boy likes sports then what would be more perfect than a game in the back yard.  It can be as simple as setting up a basketball hoop and watching the fun hit nothing but net.

No matter how active your birthday boy is there is always plenty for him to do at his party.  Just remember that it’s always better to have too many activities planned than not enough.  With the right supplies you can let your boy be a boy for his party.

The Top 5 Summer Birthday Party Themes for 2013


A Luau Themed Summer Party

A Luau Themed Summer Party

You’ve got one big advantage when planning a summer birthday party, compared to wintertime.

Warm summer weather which means you can include outside activities.  With a little planning and perhaps reserving a spot at a local park, your birthday party options have multiplied.

To help you narrow down the possibilities, here are the Top 5 Summer Birthday Party Themes for 2013:

  1. Buzz.  As in Buzz like a bee.
  2. Stars. Summertime is the best season for star gazing and a popular party theme.
  3. Patriotic.  With Memorial Day in May, Flag Day June 14th and Independence Day July 4th, there will be plenty of flags flying.
  4. Hollywood.  Walk the Red Carpet.
  5. Luau. The perfect outdoor party theme for all ages.

Explore in more detail each of these summer birthday party themes at our Birthday Decorations website.

Have a Dino-Blast Birthday!


Some birthday party themes practically beg for over-the-top decorations, activities and favors.

That’s how Dino Blast came to be. Dino Blast is the latest addition to animal birthday party themes and it is extreme, kind of like petting a velociraptor only without the risk of being devoured (except by children in the pretend sort of way).

This party collection is also designed to get you tagged “bestest mom ever” just by mixing up a Mesozoic stew as follows:

1. Grow a jungle. You’ll want to turn the place green generally, and then add strategically-placed 3D foliage.

First, choose a focal point. Most often that will be a wall or corner, in which case you’ll want to begin by placing a background of some sort on or against the walls. You have a delightful array of choices; here’s a sample:

  • A banner or photo illustration such as our forest backdrop. These come in three materials (photo paper, cardboard and vinyl) and a half-dozen sizes – and you can personalize them.
  • Tropical Foliage patterned flat paper and Sticky Tac.
  • Gossamer in a palm leaf or green mottled design. Sew a pocket along one long side and trade out your usual window treatment (a patio door would be perfect) or use a couple free-standing Showstopper curtain frames.

Continue building out from the wall. You can plant palm trees and scatter grass, and criss-cross the ceiling with streamers or cover it with light and dark green balloons. A few dinosaur footprint decals would be a nice touch here, too.

2. Populate the habitat. Though it depends on the age group, in general we love inflatable wildlife for this theme because they can be handled, and your choice in inflatable dinos has never been better.

We like big for dinosaurs! Brachiosaurus is 45 inches long and more than 2 feet high, and one party planner commented on the pteranodon: “The wingspan in amazing.” (It’s 65 inches.)

Another way to stop them in their tracks is to make a home for one of our new land-going giants, the 10-foot-long triceratops or the towering T-Rex you see here. Just imagine the looks on their faces, and what imaginative play it might inspire.

The little partygoers themselves will happily transform as well, so be sure to check out our T-Rex, triceratops and pteranodon wearables as favors.

3. Feed the animals. After the kids are a tad tired out from relay races and chasing games, it’s time for some dino chow.

You’ll want to have a “wowza” table so they’ll be eager to leave the other activities behind. In the photo above you see we’ve done this not only with an attractive display overall but also with the prospect of exploring a tabletop sandbox an archeological dig.

Young dinosaurs like to play with their food, so we recommend a dino snack mix. This one by The Room Mom is a good example, and would also look tempting in our personalized do-it-yourself favor bags.

Ready for Dino Blast? You are just seconds away from dino-riffic birthday party planning!

May Movie Prediction: Iron Man 3 for the Title


Reviewing an ongoing national online poll, along with demand for related party supplies, at Shindigz we predict Iron Man 3 will beat The Great Gatsby and other May movie releases at the box office.

Iron Man 3 is a Huge Hit

The Hollywood summer movie season is off to a huge start at the box office in May with a variety of sequels and retelling of classics. It’s been nearly 40 years since the previous telling of The Great Gatsby, so this isn’t really a sequel. Fast and Furious 6, and The Hangover 3 will be attempting to pull their fans back to the theater. Trekies are also a loyal group who are waiting for the next installment of Star Trek. The latest Star Trek film, Into The Darkness debuts at the end of May.

But the leader is Iron Man 3 which has captured the box office title two weeks in a row. The appeal of Iron Man 3 spans generations from younger children and their parents to older generations since Iron Man first appeared in comic books 50 years ago.

Anyone can host a Hollywood themed event and invite everyone from Marilyn Monroe to Iron Man to the party.

Hollywood Themed Parties are favorites for all ages!

Hollywood Themed Parties are favorites for all ages!

Senior Basketball Night


We just celebrated Senior Night with the Canterbury basketball team this past Tuesday.  My son Chase is only a junior, but time seems to be flying by – next year it will be his big night!  Each year we honor our seniors prior to the start of the last home game.  The players and their families are individually announced and acknowledged as they walk through a giant balloon arch.  This year we had four senior players and one senior manager.  We created personalized standees and banners of each senior.   We ended up winning 58 to 49, not a huge margin, but a win’s a win – on to tournament play next week.  Canterbury teams love it when there is a “Moyle” on the team – more stuff. Good luck, Cavs!

  1. The balloon arch was created with blue and white latex 11” balloons, a roll of white curling ribbon, six balloon weights, a helium tank (provided and stored at the school) and three sets of hands.  The entire arch took about 30 minutes to complete.  Once the assembly line was established, we were flying.  We tied one end of the curling ribbon to the balloon weight and kept the remainder of the ribbon on the roll.  We couldn’t decide how big we wanted the arch.  One parent inflated the balloons, I tied the knot in the balloon (years of practice) and the third parent created an open knot/loop in the curling ribbon.  We pulled the knotted end of the balloon through the loop, pulled it tight and moved on to the next balloon.  We alternated blue and white, but any pattern could easily be established.  Because we were moving so quickly, we made a huge arch and had to add extra weights to each end.
  2. The standees were made by Shindigz with straight on, high resolution photos that we simply uploaded to Shindigz.com when ordering.  Fast and easy.
  3. The banners took a bit longer to prepare since we needed to collect a number of images per player to make a collage.  The printing was the fast part by Shindigz.
  4. We also offered “after the game” cookies for players and parents, flowers for the moms, a senior gift and a certificate of accomplishment.

Shindigz can help make your Senior Basketball Night a success, too! Join us on Facebook for a chance to win great party give aways every weekday!

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