Ideas for Your Awards Night Party Theme


Celebrate with a Red Carpet Party Theme

You’re already planning for your college mixer, school prom, adult cocktail party, corporate event, or kids birthday. We’re here to open the brainstorm with a few themes and supplies to get those creative juices flowing.

Awards Party Themes Take Center Stage

Note these dates on your social calendar and build your next theme party around a Bollywood party or Hollywood theme party.

Movie Theme Parties

Pop popcorn and snuggle in with the fam for movie night or dream big and snuggle up to a Marilyn Monroe party.

Film Festival Theme Party Decorations

Whisk your intellectual crowd into a sophisticated night of wine, International party supplies, and the sultry, Abhi Mujhe Mein Kahin or organize France party supplies throughout the banquet facility of your Cannes Film Festival event.

Country Music Party Theme

Celebrate country music in our cowboy party store. Show them city slickers that your tableware party supplies don’t have to be fancy because a Dirt Road Anthem surrounded by NASCAR party supplies is the party theme to remember. Invite military families to your event and open the welcome home theme party with We Take Care of Our Own.

City Theme Party Decorations

Go downtown and dance away at a sweaty, city theme party. Continuously play music videos and movies on wide screen TVs. Promote fresh, theme party faces like pop’s Asher Monroe,

soul’s Adele,

or Bollywood’s Vidya Balan.

Political Theme Party Supplies

Want to shake it up? Times are changing. Make a statement with your theme party supplies and political rally decorations. Anjulie will turn heads and so will Occupy party supplies or national debt party supplies peppered throughout your theme party decorations.

College Theme Parties

There’s time to coordinate a frat party, toga party, or birthday with the MTV awards night. Just add a few props, cocktail accessories, and rock star party supplies to go.

Corporate Theme Parties

Let music loosen up the execs. Invite Taylor Swift to your private concert or just watch her perform at the Grammys along with Coldplay.

Give guests a few elephant hats and decorate with baby elephant standees, safari decorations, and other mascot costumes to get in the spirit of Coldplay’s Paradise video. Paul McCartney will be honored at this year’s Grammys. Celebrate the successes of yesterday, while your company presses ahead into 2012. These retro theme party supply or Wizard of Oz party stores can help you emphasize both achievements and goals.

Funny Theme Parties

Laugh it up with clips of Billy Crystal going Off the Grid for the Academy.

Dress up as your favorite nominee. Send party invitations and decorate with party favors, party tableware, and party decorations (such as Money Ball baseball party supplies) that revolve around your picks. Give awards night male statuettes or awards night female statuettes to the most creative or funny, theme party costumes.

Awards party themes spice up winter dull drums and celebrate successes. Host your own Academy, Grammy, MTV, Bollywood, or Hollywood theme party!

He’s My Valentine! Plan a Daddy-Daughter Dance


Create Valentines MemoriesPlan a Daddy Daughter Dance

February is the perfect time to celebrate that special bond between dads and daughters of all ages. After all, what better occasion is there to host a grand and glorious, He’s My Valentine! Daddy-Daughter Dance, than for a Valentine’s Party? Making preparations for such an event is easy and fun, especially when you use Shindigz Valentine’s Day Party Supplies.

Set the Valentines Party Scene

Move the furniture out of the largest room in the house. Create an atmosphere and theme of your choice, choosing from a large selection of lighting, party decorations and confetti sprinkled all over the floor. Drape gossamer fabric as a focal point in one corner, accented by a “Daddy’s Little Girl” personalized banner, and prepare to set the scene for one of 2012’s happiest Valentine’s Day Party events of the year.

  • Display a scrumptious arrangement of appetizers and easy to eat finger foods on a large, and very crowded buffet table, in an adjacent room that has matching table decorations, background materials and party favors, to give your guests a celebration that will be remembered and talked about for years.Plan Party Games!
  • Engage guests and promote interactive conversation with a fun variety of party activities. Include all-time favorite dance games, as well as things like silent auctions, guessing jars, darts, ping pong and billiards, enabling dads and daughters to dance and play at their leisure.
  • Chocolate and Valentine’s Day go together like Cupid and archery. Favorite treats might include a chocolate dipping fountain, complete with heart-shaped cookies, cakes and fruit pieces nearby. Dipping chocolate need not be reserved for the fountain, however. Chocolate fondue is not only easy to prepare, but sure to be a crowd pleaser too. Guests can even be sent home with their very own personalized chocolate bar party favors.

Dads and their daughters will be able to relax in a Valentine haven, created just for them. Photos will be plentiful of this amazing Daddy Daughter Dance. Watch out, Facebook! Timelines are about to go on overdrive!

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 PartyAndEventGuide.com to come up with a list of dastardly adult drinks that are spooky, fun and full of Halloween “spirits.” PartyAndEventGuide.com 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.
Ingredients:
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.
Ingredients:
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.
Ingredients:
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.
Ingredients:
1 oz Malibu Rum
1/2 oz Kahlua
3/4 oz canned pumpkin pie filling
2 oz cold milk
cinnamon
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!
Ingredients:
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.
Ingredients:
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.
Ingredients:
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.
Ingredients:
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?
Ingredients:
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.
Ingredients:
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.

Soothing Party Ideas- Reduce Holiday Stress


         Don’t let the holidays stress you out.   Make your life simple by implementing a few easy strategies, being organized, and taking time out to de-stress.   Have a lot of people for which to buy gifts? No more trying to remember who’s taken care of—make a list of every person and keep the list with you. Then, when you see something perfect for someone, buy it and write it down. 

        Some large families and offices have narrowed down their gift lists by creating a Secret Santa.  In Secret Santa, everyone’s name gets thrown in a hat and a spending limit is set.  Each person then draws one name secretly.   This way of gift giving can be fun & reduce your gifts from twenty to only one! Now you can focus on getting that one person something really perfect.

        Make sure to put important dates on a calendar that everyone in your house has access to so that when the party/trip/photos come around, everyone will be ready.

        If you’re throwing a party, consider making it a soothing one. Create your own invitations that’ll hint at the theme and personalize them by using your own photos!

       Here are some party planning tips:

  • Set up your buffet table the night before. Put a label down where each food will be, plus hot pads and utensils. You can even place the serving dish there, too, if you haven’t yet made the food. Then you know how much room you have on the buffet, and there’s no last minute running around trying to find large spoons!
  • Don’t forget to put out the small things like toothpicks and paper goods.
  • Mugs can make cute and inexpensive holders for plastic utensils.
  • Making your buffet several levels (by putting a shoe box or hat box underneath the table cloth for added stability and height) adds visual interest.
  • Put plentiful food items at the beginning of the buffet (so guests fill up on the easy stuff) and enlist a friend to help keep an eye on what might need replenishing throughout the night so you’re not doing it all yourself. 

          Nothing’s more relaxing than candles. LED lights will twinkle all day safely and set a calming mood. Put them on the buffet or around your house.

         Create your own dance party mix on your mp3 player or use a great party mix like the 50’s music CD that’s sure to make any guest want to kick off their shoes and start dancing.

        Instead of guests bringing gifts, tell guests to bring gift ideas! That might help spark ideas for you and others during the holiday season. Consider donations to charities in people’s names—it’s always a perfect gift for the person that already has everything.

If all of the above doesn’t work…get a piñata and beat your stress away!

Make Yourself at Home with Housewarming Party Tips


Giant ToolsA housewarming party can be hosted by either the new owners of the home or by a friend or family member. The main purpose of the party is to celebrate the event with a big bash! If you choose to have a theme party, you could base it on the style of the home or the name of the neighborhood or area the house is located in.

You could also throw a “hard hat” party for the fixer-upper where the purpose is to help get the house ready to become a home. If you are hosting this party for a friend, have everyone bring household items that would help to fix up the home. Instead of a gift, you could ask each person to set a couple of hours aside to help with a specific project throughout the house. Make a schedule before the party so people can sign up for a convenient time.

Either way, you want an invitation that gives the new address and let’s your guests know that this is the place to be! If the owners are the ones that are hosting the party, it is considered poor manners for them to expect gifts, so nothing should be mentioned in the invitation. Here are two ideas for invitations:
• Purchase inexpensive wrenches or hammers and using curling ribbon, tie a note to them with all of the party information!
• Snap a photo of the new home and make copies of it. Create your own cards by gluing the picture on the front of a blank card.

Not many decorations or party supplies are needed for a housewarming party since the guests are coming to check out the new house and to see what the new owners have done to make it a home.
• On the lawn or next to the front porch, place a personalized banner or yard sign that welcomes the guests and congratulates the new owners on their big purchase! Tie a bunch of balloons to the sign for a bigger impact.
• It is always a nice touch to have candles burning throughout the house and a fire in the fireplace. Put some cinnamon sticks and orange slices in a pot of water on the stove to let off a sweet fragrance that adds to the homey appeal!
• If the owners have moved often, purchase a large map to hang on a wall in a prominent location. Using string and thumbtacks, map off all of the places they have moved and label them with the dates. Be sure that the place you are celebrating is labeled with a big star or smiley face!! Purchase toy U-HAUL trucks and scatter them on the table, or hot glue them to napkin rings for a cute accent. Cut up old maps for place mats, or create a runner for the center of the table.
• If you are hosting this event as a “hard hat” party, you could decorate with work horses and saws. A wheelbarrow with outdoor tools piled on it would look cute by the front door. You could also hang our construction tools on your door and inside the house. Place a few construction hats upside down around the home and serve nuts or chips out of them. Bundle up the silverware with a napkin and tie the bunch with raw wire and tie a nail in the center.
• Of course, if you choose to have a theme for your party you want to decorate with things that are appropriate for your theme.

The main purpose of a housewarming party is to celebrate the new home of a loved one, so be prepared to show off the entire house to all of the guests! You may want to organize and lead tours, or just let the guests ramble around at their own pace – either way is acceptable and very appropriate. Here are some other ideas that you can do at a housewarming party to make it very special and unique!
• If the owners are moving from another town, you could have the guests all help to develop a reference book with the listings of their favorite places in town. Have guests each add a page – best restaurants in town, hairdresser, alterations, doctors, bookstores, ice cream, manicures, etc.
• Another idea would be to have an “around the town” party, similar to an “around the clock” party. Each guest would be responsible to highlight the part of the town that was assigned to them by the host – they would give positives and negatives of that particular area, plus a gift from the area.
• If you are hosting your own party and are looking for ideas to do with your new home, have everyone give their suggestions and advice. You could assign every guest one room to brainstorm ideas for!
• Be sure to present the owners with a guest book which all of the guests have signed and written a special note in!
• Hold a ribbon cutting ceremony outside the home in the front yard. Write the owners’ names on a thick ribbon that is tied across the front of the house. Have them cut the ribbon and let go of some helium-filled balloons at the same time.
• Hold the housewarming party like a wine tasting party. Have several wines out for the guests to sample. Be sure to have the guests bring a wine goblet to use and then leave at the home for the guest of honor to have. We have a huge selection of glassware that would make nice gifts!
• Have all of the guests bring something that the owners have an interest in. For example, if the honoree is an avid reader, have everyone bring a book to increase the new library! If the owners love music, have everyone bring them their favorite new CD! This one is fun because you could dance the night away to all of the new music!
• Last, but definitely not least, a nice touch is to have a house blessing done by the owner’s priest, minister, or rabbi. Sometimes the group will enter each room as a prayer is said for the blessing of each room in the new home, while other times a simple prayer is done for the whole house.

Although party favors are not necessary at a Housewarming Party, here are a couple of cute ideas if you insist on sending your loved ones home with something fun and fitting!
Personalized key tags would be a cute gift to give to your guests for coming to your housewarming party. If they are all family and very good friends, you may want to attach a spare key to your abode for future use!
• If you had a working party where your guests gave of their time and labor, present them with either a new tool (like a screwdriver, or small hammer) or a bag of flower bulbs to plant in their yard when they return home.

A buffet set-up is easiest if the party is in an open-house format. Serve a menu to match the theme of the party if you are using a specific theme, or serve traditional party favorites such as a taco bar or built-to-order nachos, mini pizzas, burgers and hot dogs, or giant deli sandwiches.

Here are some great staples for a buffet style:
• Chicken wings and chicken strips (offer 3 or 4 interesting dipping sauces)
• Meatballs (Swedish or BBQ)
• Mini eggrolls
• Whole water chestnuts wrapped in bacon
• Veggies and dip • Mini sandwiches made on mini buns.
• Shrimp cocktail is a little more costly than most items you might plan to serve, but it will make your guests feel special, and the color looks terrific on a buffet table!

Make everything ahead of time, and store hot items in a warming tray, or in an oven set at 200 degrees until the feeding frenzy begins!

Add a few hearty dips that can be made ahead. Here are a few that are extra easy to make, and are always a big hit:

• Cream Cheese Dip
Purchase cream cheese in block form, and top with salsa (flavored salsas are great), cocktail sauce and crabmeat, green pepper jelly or jam (any flavor works, but apricot is delicious!)Serve with a variety of crackers. Triscuit thins are perfect with this dip.

• Artichoke Dip
Mix 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese, 1 cup mayonnaise (“light” is okay to use), and 1-24 oz. can of artichoke hearts, chopped into small pieces. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, and serve with crackers. This dip can be served warm, or at room temperature

• Easy Cheesy Dip
Add one large block of Velveeta Cheese™, one 16 oz. can of chili without beans, and one 16 oz. jar of salsa to a crock pot. Stir occasionally. The dip is ready when the cheese is completely melted. Serve with bite-sized tortilla chips.

• Baked Brie
Hollow out an oval loaf of French or sourdough bread, cutting the bread so that you have a “lid”. Fill the hole with Brie cheese, and put the lid back on. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Serve with small chunks of bread, or crackers. If the Brie is not to your taste, fill the bread with any other type of dip, such as a creamy spinach dip.

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