Honor Company Heroes with a Morale Booster, Retirement Party


The time has finally come where your valued employee who has been with your company for many years is retiring. This employee has done such a good job working for you, you feel that they deserve something special, right? Throw them a retirement party!

Have a Slide Show

A slide show gives all the guests a better understanding of how valuable the honored employee has been over the years. Give some background information on the employee, such as where he or she grew up and where he or she graduated, and then talk about how his or her family life is or what some of his or her favorite hobbies are. This would be a great time to include some photos that bring back funny memories to the employee and guests!

Theme It!

Know what the employee of honor’s favorite hobby is? Or what his or her favorite sport is? Theme the decorations according to what the employee’s tastes are. Perhaps he or she is a movie buff. Maybe he or she likes the great outdoors. Or maybe throw a fifties party to humorously remind the employee of his or her childhood! Find out what he or she likes, then theme your party accordingly.

Big Money, No Whammy

Who doesn’t like to gamble? Set up a casino table so that the guests can have some fun while enjoying the company of their fellow coworkers. Blackjack, poker, roulette, and slot machines are a few classic and popular casino games.

The Company Presents…

Time for a little payback! Host a roast of the honored employee. Roasts provide a humorous outlet to a retirement party while still honoring and recognizing the talents and service of the employee.

Dance the Night Away

Include a dance floor in your retirement party! For the songs that are played, a good idea would be to play the music with which the honored employee grew up. For older employees, some dance songs would include “Land of 1000 Dances” by Wilson Pickett or “In the Mood” by Glenn Miller. If the employee is younger, good dance songs would include “Cotton Eye Joe” by Rednex or “I Like to Move It” by Real 2 Real.

Send your valued employee into retirement with a fun retirement party. Create memories that will stay with him or her forever.

Clever Party Themes for Retirement Roasts


Retirement roasts are typically over the top. To set the right tone for roast party planning, you’ll need to start with a theme that’s chock full of cheeky goodness.

Looking Back
To best utilize this party planning strategy, choose an era that the guest of honor looks back on with the most nostalgia, such as the 1960s or the Mesozoic.

Yes, we are possibly suggesting a dinosaur theme, and if you decide to take the plunge into the Cretaceous you will not be disappointed with the dinosaur party supplies available.

For an adult dinosaur-themed party, we suggest backing the guest of honor’s seat with palm tree and dinosaur standees, hanging a couple of inflatable pteranodons overhead, and finishing with dark green and gold streamers and tableware.

Take the sting out of telling the retiree that she’s a million years old and almost extinct by using a groaner of a slogan as a distraction, something like:

“Charlene: Here since time began but still Tricera-Tops with us!”

Looking Forward
This roast strategy depends on the retiree’s having a passionate hobby or interest and turning it against him.

Let’s use the example of golf being the passion, because you probably already know much of the drill. There’s the selection of colors and patterns you can use for a golf party (green, argyle or loud plaid), other decorations (tissue grass, life-sized golfer standee), wearables (visors), table confetti (golf tees), and some golf stories and jokes for the entertainment (insert here).

The same formula can be used for any avocation, aspiration or destination. If the retiree is moving to a coast, “beach party” could be the theme, with “beach bum” in the slogan. If he or she is hoping for more quality time in retirement with one-armed bandits, it’s time for a casino night party. Colors, decorations, wearables/favors, tableware and personal stories will suggest themselves in no time.

Be sure to take special care with the guest of honor’s “hot seat.” To use the beach party example above, you could use raffia floral fringe to cover the seat back, and flank the chair with personalized surfboard standees or surf shack sign props.

Looking Fearful
By this time you know whether your soon-to-be-former colleague can take a joke, and if he or she can, and is already making comments about being over the hill or put out to pasture, why not say, “Hey, let’s go with that thought!”

You can swipe Over the Hill theme balloons, inflatable canes and coffin gift boxes for your roast, shroud the hot seat in black and add tombstone and skull decorations from Halloween party supplies.

For “out to pasture,” rustle some livestock from farm party supplies.

To soften this sort of “fear of the unknown” style of theme, check our Western theme party supplies to explore a “riding into the sunset” retirement roast. We have a couple of appropriately themed murals, either of which would serve as a beautiful starting point for reflecting a retiree’s move into a new life chapter — and leave most of the jokes about age, obsolescence and impending doom to the emcee.

Top Five After-Prom Party Themes


Keep the After-Prom Party Going With a Theme!

Many schools create some sort of after-prom celebration for their students.  Some schools create an after-prom breakfast for their students, too.  If your school’s prom has a theme, the theme for your after-prom has to be completely different.  There are a wide variety of themes you could choose for your school’s after-prom party—everything from Casino Night to Mardi-Gras to Hollywood

The Top Five After-Prom Party Themes

  1. Casino Night After-Prom Party Theme: This is a great way to kick back and relax after a great prom.  You can set up a ton of tables and create a casino atmosphere with a wide variety of games (Texas Hold ‘Em, Blackjack, a roulette wheel, etc).  You can even work favors in—personalized poker chips are a great way for guests to remember not only their prom, but also their after-prom.  Also, as your guests enter their after-prom, hand out raffle tickets and create a few giveaways.
  2. Mardi-Gras After-Prom Party Theme:  Make your guests feel like they’re on Bourbon Street in New Orleans!  Use gold, green, and purple balloons in every corner and along the walls to help transform your after-prom party.  Hand out green, gold, and purple beads and feathered masks as favors; you can also use the raffle ticket idea for this after-prom party.  Blast jazz music and let your guests continue to dance the night away while they get a chance to experience a different culture—you can even serve Creole-based or Cajun food and let them try something new!  Your guests probably haven’t had much to eat since dinner before prom, so offer jambalaya, beignets, or a variety of other foods.
  3. Hollywood After-Prom Party Theme:  What better way to relax than with a fun movie night?  Send out film roll invitations ahead of time that your guests will turn in when they enter—then, as they enter, put each guest’s name into a raffle for giveaways before the movies start.  After they turn in their invitations, give each guest a bottle of water (with a personalized label), and a bag of popcorn as they enter your after-prom party.  Then, after all the guests have arrived, raffle off personalized candy jars and personalized cookie tins filled with movie snacks!  Finally, let your after-prom guests take pictures with Marilyn Monroe or Elvis Pressley standees—then give them Hollywood-themed picture frames when they leave!
  4. 1950’s Sock Hop After-Prom Party Theme: This is a great way for all your guests to get some fresh air after a stuffy indoor prom.  Light up your school’s parking lot and get a few grills fired up!  Blast some old 50’s rock and roll and let your guys show off their cars while all the girls gossip.  Cook burgers and hot dogs to serve with chips, pretzels, and root beer floats. 
  5. City After-Prom Party Theme: Set up little stations around your after-prom area to represent different clubs and different restaurants found throughout big cities—you could even make a few hot dog carts!  Put all this against a city backdrop or wall hanging and make your after-prom guests feel as though they’ve been transported!  At each different “club” station, create a different punch or juice combination for your after-prom guests to enjoy.  While most clubs have matchbooks as souvenirs, give your after-prom guests personalized mint tins and personalized lollipops.

Whatever you choose for your prom, there are many themes to choose from for your after-prom—you can either make it match your prom theme or you can make it a completely different theme! Whichever way you choose to go, remember to make your after-prom a fun way for your guests to relax and unwind after prom night.

Go “All In” on a Casino Party


Not much can top winning it big at the casino. But throwing a casino party with your friends and family comes pretty close! Shindigz has the largest supply of casino related party decorations and supplies that are sure to make your guests go all in for a night of fun, entertainment and laughter.

We know it’s not easy putting together just the right variety of games and organizing the festivities so the party doesn’t “fold” under the pressure. Besides planning the guest list and food, there are some things you need to consider. How many games should I have? Which games should I have? How many volunteer dealers will I need? How do you even play craps? What the heck does “pairs plus” mean? Have no fear. CasinoGuide.com is here.

CasinoGuide.com is your one stop information shop for everything casino games related. From baccarat terminology and definitions to blackjack rules and strategies, CasinoGuide.com can help you determine which games you think your party guests would enjoy most! More importantly, the simple and easy to understand explanations of the rules and payouts would certainly come in handy if you need to “train” your dealers prior to the party!

While your at CasinoGuide.com, you can also check out casino reviews, where to play online, how to PAY online and even check out the latest in gambling news. Need to practice your casino games prior to the party? CasinoGuide.com also offers free flash games like video poker, roulette, blackjack and slot machines. This option offers your party guests a chance to play free slot machines at your party via a laptop or desktop computer set up in your gaming room!Our favorite thing about CasinoGuide.com are the articles on what to do and what NOT to do when you visit a casino. The tips offered range from how to get the best drink service to how to get yourself kicked out a casino (we highly recommend reading this one).

Once you’ve played around at CasinoGuide.com and decided which games you’d like to provide at your party, decide how many dealers you’ll need and come up with a layout of the party room(s). The next step is pulling it all together with the perfect look. Start with personalized poker chips to give your party that personal touch. The poker chip key tag also make great favors for your guests to take home.  If possible, we suggest placing your table games up against a wall in one large area to allow more space for guests to mingle as they migrate through the casino floor. Place green table covers on the tables to give that authentic casino look.  Place casino themed cutouts on the walls for background decor and integrate the food table with casino centerpieces and tableware. Finally, add that special personalized touch with a custom casino banner.

By following the poker guidelines at CasinoGuide.com and offering the perfect setting for your casino night with Shindigz poker and casino party supplies, your guests are sure to win big!

*Shindigz and CasinoGuide.com remind everyone to play responsibly.

Corporate Invite-Only Parties Need Not Be Boring!


Corporate invite-only parties are a perfect way to entice other businesses to use your services at conventions or local soirees, but they don’t have to be boring! The best way you can persuade another company to use your services is to choose a party theme to jazz things up. Your employees and attendees will feel relaxed and enjoy themselves while mingling for business. I’ve included several corporate event ideas that will have business eating out of the palm of your hand.

Fifties Party
Start your event with a catered dinner for guests to enjoy. When guests are finished, they will follow the 50s drive-in sign into the next room which has been transformed into their very own sock hop!

Poker Party
Host a poker party so your guests feel like they’re really in Vegas! Whether you choose a formal dinner, a buffet, or cocktails to be served to your guests, I’ll bet they have a blast!

You can create the perfect theme party that fits your company’s style, genre, or product type. When you have fun & get creative, your business guests will be so pleased to mix business with a little pleasure!

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