Beauty Queen Contest Tips for Coordinators


When you’re planning a beauty pageant then there are many details to consider.  From organizing the location, the decorations, and the paperwork to coordinating judges and the contestants, a pageant coordinator’s schedule is a busy one.  Here are some tips to make sure that small details make your pageant amazing.

Thank the Contestants

A small gift for every contestant goes a long way towards encouraging contestants to return next year.  A small gesture of thanks, such as a personalized favor in the registration information, will make your pageant stand out.  Personalized water bottle labels are also a nice touch to the water bottles used during the pageant itself.

Even small tiarasgiven to each contestant can remind them that they are all beautiful no matter who wins.  These can also be worn as all the girls are shown to create a unified image on stage.

Thank the Judges

You have given the judges the difficult job of deciding who wins and who loses, so they deserve a gift of appreciation, as well.  Giving a personalized gift shows each judge that you appreciate his or her hard work.  Pageant favors also serve as reminders from memories made at your pageant.

To the Victor go the Spoils

The rewards for the pageant should be as spectacular as the pageant itself.  The winner’s tiara is no exception.  It should stand out from the crowd so that the entire audience can see it sparkle.  This tiara can resemble the tiaras of the other girls but it has to stand out.  To go along with the tiara the winner needs her sash.

With the right favors and rewards for the participants and judges your pageant will be as beautiful as the women on the stage.  Your event will be able to raise money for any cause of your choosing and with the help of Shindigz it just might become an annual event.

Relive Woodstock with a 1960s Themed Party


A music-based ‘60s party is a way to treat your guests to a feast for ears and eyes.

Woodstock took place August 15-17, 1969. As far as we’re concerned any birthday, fundraiser, reunion or retirement taking place this summer, particularly in mid-August, is fair game for a Woodstock theme and available supplies are more numerous than ever.

The harmonic focus of the original festival, advertised as “Three Days of Peace and Music,” transcended miserable conditions on the ground including rainstorms, mud, and lack of adequate facilities. You, of course, will want to provide the soundtrack at your Woodstock Revisited party while avoiding excessive sogginess and such. Do it by romanticizing the venue in mod colors and designs reminiscent of 1960s concert posters.

Our rainbow tie-dye gossamer — highly rated in dozens of customer reviews – will give you a strong start in decorating as long as you understand its qualities. By this we mean gossamer is very thin and translucent by definition. You can drape it, twist it, pleat and tie it; but for actual areal coverage you’ll need something in a light color behind or under it.

If you want to cover walls with this gossamer fabric and your walls are dark, try a solid gossamer or poly vinyl backing in white or yellow. On tables, cover a light solid cover with a runner made of this tie dye pattern, which then leaves you free to coordinate in solid colored tableware that echoes one or two of the runner hues. This patterned gossamer will also make luscious wraps and bows for chair backs.

The same decorating fabric plays very nicely with the Retro Times decorating theme kit as you can see at the top of this post, and it goes with any of our Set the Stage retro kits as well. FYI the kits in our retro collection rank among some of our most affordable prop sets, though you’d never know it by the buzz these pieces create.

Complete the color riot with red, yellow and blue paper lanterns overhead. We have recently expanded our sizes to include 24” and 36” lanterns in addition to the traditional 12” so they won’t get “lost” in cavernous ballrooms and other large venues.

OK, now what about taking your Woodstock theme outside? Retro banners are no problem and gossamer usually isn’t, but most decorations are meant for indoors and placing them in a structure sheltered from wind and rain is recommended. That being said, many have successfully decorated parade floats and other open-air venues by employing strategies for reinforcing, anchoring, and protecting against moisture. Only you can decide if added work and weather-related risk are worth it.

When it comes to party favors we are highly attracted to wearables. Flash the peace sign to guests at the door, place beads around their necks and hand them round metal glasses with tinted lenses. Or check the swag bags in retro novelty favors for fun favors to wear and more.

To see more far out party ideas for your Woodstock remake, the 1960s store is where it’s at. There or square, man! ;)

Create Fireworks with an Uptown Manor Theme


While we’re all awaiting the next season of events from Downton, why not host a Masterpiece of a manor party yourself? With the right background materials and props you can set the stage for an entertaining wedding, formal dance or charity event this summer.

To start, let’s agree that for castle-like buildings our Flagstone pattern is where it’s at. In flagstone you have a choice of materials: poly vinyl, corrugated paper, flat paper, and gossamer. Let’s look at the relative merits of each:

  • Poly vinyl is economical, flame retardant, and tough stuff you can use outdoors. You’ll get terrific coverage on walls and you can hang light items on it.
  • Flat paper covers well, you can stick light items on it and you can paint on this paper if you are so inclined. Use it to wrap a homemade cardboard fireplace (in this case, use a marble pattern and/or plain buff or gray).
  • Corrugated paper looks terrific on walls and will not sag. What’s more, this is a paper you can build 3D decorations with, such as pedestals.
  • Gossamer is an economical choice and easy to hang because it is light. Although it is translucent, it will look fine over walls that are fairly neutral and in fact will give you a quite realistic look.

Don’t hesitate to use more than one “flagstone” material if it works for you. A poly or paper could go on the walls – all the better for holding a cutout suit of armor every so often – and you could switch to gossamer for hanging in front of the windows.

In front of the window coverings, place the castle view panels shown at the top of this post. The panels are a magnificent 7-plus-feet tall, and free standing so you won’t have to worry about how to hang them.
Best of all, the panels are a takeoff on our highly-rated castle photo backdrop. Personalize the backdrop as a greeting banner, and select the same design in edible party favors such as mint tins and candy bars for a luxuriously customized experience.

Meanwhile, against all that gray stone you’ll need a strong secondary color to contrast with the gray. A true red is the natural choice for warming up the space, and gives you as many options in props and accents as you could hope for. Drape red, translucent gossamer from the ceiling in a tented pattern to maximize the impact of an exquisite chandelier at the center. Tack down red aisle runners as a rolled-out red carpet for guests.

Inexpensive medieval cutouts – crests, flags, pennant banners – bring a trio of bright colors to the walls, including red for continuity.

Take particular care with your tables, especially if this is a dinner party. Cover them in white satin and pull out the silver or gold plate chargers. Finish with large, sparkling glass vases of red flowers and candle arrangements using our new twisted-stem glass pillar holders, which are available in three heights for many decorating possibilities.

It’s Cuba Night! Host a Havana Party


Shake out the winter blahs with a hot Havana party that’s full of tropical warmth and Cuba’s unique Caribbean flair.

Havana Party Settings
Consider a Havana theme for cigar parties, winter fundraisers and New Years’ celebrations. Lots of color and music with distinctively Cuban rhythms are key.

In warmer climates, apply your Havana theme for a party around the pool or at the marina with nautical party supplies and palm tree décor. Colder locales can shut out the snow and cold by bringing the party indoors and re-creating the Tropicana.

What About the Tropicana?
In the era of lavish hotels and casinos (1930s-1950s) the Tropicana was the center of the nightclub universe.

The Tropicana originally consisted of a casino, an indoor dining room and stage and an outdoor dining room and stage. It is the outdoor venue, set among the royal palms, beset with voluptuous, scantily clad showgirls, that is pictured when imagining Havana’s exotic nightlife.

The legendary Tropicana is still in Havana – minus the casino – and the outdoor stage is a lovely setting to re-create, even for indoor events.

Start with the Palm Horizon backdrop silhouette, with its amazing 8-foot by 32-foot dimensions, to suggest the outdoor venue, and the Havana Nightclub Bandstand, shown above right, as your showstopper piece.

Take your cue from the bandstand piece for your color palette. You’ll be able to find bright pinks, greens and yellows in solid color tableware, for example, that you can mix-and-match to your heart’s delight. Place these bright pieces against midnight blue or deep purple table covers and skirts, and tropical luau centerpieces.

Back a stage/DJ area with colorful metallic fringe curtains, and finish decorating with strategic placement of free-standing palm tree décor and theme mylar balloons in palm tree, parrot and flamingo shapes.

Havana Food & Drink
Cuban culture took the hamburger and transformed it into a frita. We recommend you find a recipe for fritas, such as this one from Three Guys in Miami, and grill them small as sliders in keeping with one of the popular trends in party food.

Along with your fritas, Cuba libres would put a fun, Caribbean twist on the burger-and-cola tradition. Build a Cuba libre in a tall glass with a squeeze or two of lime, a few ice cubes, 2 ounces of your favorite rum (we prefer a dark, molasses-y rum for this) and enough cola to finish filling the glass.

Remember Men in November with a Movember Fundraiser


Growing a mustache for the cause of men’s health is not for everyone, but a party near the end of November is! Check out these awesome ideas for hosting a Movember fundraising gala, AKA a “Mo party.”

Mo Themes
The mustache party theme is traditional, and Shindigz has fun mustache party decorations reminiscent of the corner barbershop and old-timey barbershop quartets.

Hosting a mustache party is not your only option, though. You could move “mustache adjacent,” for example, by putting together a pirate party that would be blast plus a terrific excuse for sporting excessive facial hair.

How about a collective tip of the hat to a famous mustachioed character? A theme tied to Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot might mean hosting a murder mystery in a setting associated with Poirot’s adventures: the opera, an Egyptian tomb, or perhaps one of the sumptuous stops on the Orient Express, for example Paris or Munich. Browse International Party Supplies to find your preference.

Mo Invitations
First, set up a Facebook page for your Mo party event so you can include the URL on the invitations. That way, invitees can visit and “like” the page to receive news and updates about the event. Then select an invitation appropriate to your theme and include the URL on the bottom line of your custom text fields.

If you like, slip thin fake mustaches from our collection of mustache party wearable favors into invitation envelopes for the guests who cannot grow their own. Ask them to wear the mustaches to the party – but do supply extras at the door for those who forget.

Mo Fun in Fundraising
Of course, you will want to recognize the best of Movember fundraising at the gala. Honor the top achievers using royalty favors such as crowns and robes.

Why not host a mustache contest? Mo “bros” who are seeking Movember sponsorships usually grow their mustaches beginning the first of November and shave them off December 1. They (the mustaches) should be looking very good by the time of the party!

Make up your own categories such as “Most Villainous” or “Most Firefighter-Like” and be sure to publicize the contest beforehand using the event Facebook page. Award swag bags to the winners.

Generally we like theme photo favors for a Movember party because guests so much enjoy having photos taken with mustaches fake or otherwise. Send photos via email to attendees, and be sure to publish an album of the best at the Facebook event site, too.

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