Shindigz Party FUNd Helps 5 Year Old Give Back

When the Shindigz Party FUNd was created on the Shindigz Facebook page, it was a way for Shindigz to give to those who give back. The goal of this fund is to “fun it forward” by asking customers what they would do to make life more fun for someone else. And Shindigz is granting those wishes.

When little Sarah Mason began planning her 5th birthday party with her mom, Sallie, they decided to give back. Sallie states, “We are a US Marine Corps family with my husband, Major Kirk Spangenberg serving almost 15 years.  Each year, we teach our children that birthdays are about celebrating life, counting our blessings and using that time as a chance to bless others.  In the past we have chosen local non-profits, Ronald McDonald House, food pantries and crisis pregnancy centers to give donations in lieu of presents.  This year, we have chosen the Semper Fi Fund ( as they serve a population close to our hearts.  Marines who are wounded face many challenges that are not covered by medical insurance.  Semper Fi Fund stands in the gap to make sure the Marine and his/her family are given every opportunity to heal, recover and re-enter society and live full and productive lives.  While our Marine has returned unharmed from his multiple tours, we feel a deep sense of obligation to help those who have not.”

In honor of her fifth birthday, Sarah Mason asked her friends not for Barbie Dolls, stuffed animals, games or toys, but rather that they bring $5 to donate to Semper Fi Fund to help other families.  Sallie posted her birthday idea on the Shindigz Party FUNd Facebook page and Shindigz granted a $250 gift certificate to buy thank you gifts and decorations for the party.
Sallie and Sarah decorated their local theater to the hilt with movie and popcorn decorations. They also received mini film tin canisters, favors for their guests and Movie Night Decopics for their adorable movie cupcakes!

According to Shep Moyle, Owner and Shindigz Party King, “We’ve spent a lot of time here around the old popcorn popper thinking about how our customers can help us make life more fun. This program is designed to bring a smile to someone who needs a bit more happiness, some laughs to folks who may be sad, and by making random acts of fun a part of everyday life. There’s no hook or catch. We aren’t selling products or marketing what we do in the world of party supplies. We want the world to know our ‘why’. The why we do what we do. Making life more fun.”

Shindigz is asking anyone with an idea for how to make life more fun for someone else to post their Party FUNd idea on their Facebook page. Shindigz has dedicated $25,000 to helping others make life more fun! Simply post your idea, ask for your friends’ support by voting on your idea, and Shindigz selects at least one idea per week that will come true.

Fresh Popcorn Packs a Versatile Punch

There’s way more than just a kernel of truth to the rumor that the Shindigz Popcorn Party theme can’t be beat for versatility. You can use popcorn in planning birthday parties, movie nights, and carnivals; and it’s equally great as a stand-alone theme or in combination with Hollywood- and circus-themed parties.

Once you’ve settled on how to use your theme, the next step is to select invitations and a slogan for the party. Here are a few examples of possible slogans:

  • Pop on over to celebrate Charlie’s birthday!
  • Susan’s Fresh Popcorn Party will be delicious!
  • Come out to the movies for Mary’s birthday bash!

Your best value in Fresh Popcorn decorations and tableware is the Pick a Color Party Pack. The color options provide the versatility to match any color decor your party room has. For extra flare, include balloons, curling ribbon, invitations, and table covers or customize a popcorn-themed vinyl banner with your party slogan, a mylar popcorn balloon, crepe streamers and a Spiral Glitter Candle.

From there, use lots of red and black for a Hollywood or movie theater theme – think theater drapes and red carpets. For a carnival or circus theme, stick with red and white stripes and a dash of yellow.

Consider hand-delivering each invitation in a Plastic Popcorn Box with instructions to bring the box to the party. Depending on the age group, you might have guests decorate their boxes at the party with stickers and paint pens. Fill them as favor containers with candy, gift certificates and trinkets.
Plastic Popcorn Box
Welcome each guest with a Popcorn Beaded Necklace as a twist on the Hawaiian lei greeting, or use the beads as centerpiece components, door prizes or napkin rings.

Round out the activity plan with movie marathons, movie trivia games and the like.

For the younger set, try the “popcorn game!” Use a large sheet or parachute (like in gym class) and several light, foam balls as the popcorn kernels. Place one ball in the center of the sheet and have several guests hold onto the sheet, spread out around the edges. Together, participants start moving the sheet up and down, popping the ball into the air, and trying to keep it landing on the sheet, not the ground. As the group gets the hang of it add more and more balls. The game would make a great contest for two teams as well.

For a great keepsake of your event, have guests pose for commemorative photos with our Popcorn Box Column.

Serving up Fresh Popcorn at your next event will be a sure-fire hit!

Slogan and Invitation Ideas for a Fresh Popcorn Party

A Fresh Popcorn birthday party is a fantastic theme for adult and kids birthdays. You can keep this theme about your favorite snack or coordinate it with a Hollywood theme party for another great twist.  Once you’ve chosen this theme for your party, decide on a slogan to use in invitations, on personalized favors and custom banners. Here are some ideas:
•    Pop on over to celebrate Charley’s birthday!
•    Susan’s Fresh Popcorn Party will be Delicious!
•    Come out to the movies for Mary’s birthday bash!

After selecting a slogan, create invitations to send out to you guests.

The Fresh Popcorn Party Kit features an invitation card you can write your party details on and send in the mail. Add a pinch of confetti to the envelopes for a nice touch.

If you can hand out invitations in person, make them on the computer and roll them up. Tie them with curling ribbon and place them in plastic popcorn boxes. Encourage guests to bring the boxes to the party to eat popcorn out of.

Check out the rest of our Fresh Popcorn Party TipZ for more ideas on how to have a sizzling popcorn party.

Decorating Ideas for a Fresh Popcorn Birthday Party

Decorations for your Fresh Popcorn theme party should bring back the vibe of a retro movie theater.

Start off your decorations with the Fresh Popcorn Party Kit. The kit includes Fresh Popcorn tableware, 16 oz cups, invitations, red star confetti, red cutlery, bright red balloons, black balloons, gold curling ribbon and a red plastic tablecover. The Deluxe Kit also includes a 10” x 30” personalized vinyl banner, popcorn mylar balloon, black crepe streamers, red crepe streamers, and red and yellow striped candles. Coordinate all your decorations to the kit for an awesome look.

Create a fantastic focal point for your event with a Giant Movie Popcorn decoration. The corrugated cardboard box is approximately 5′ high. Balloon popcorn is included. The decoration is awesome for posing for pictures with or for creating a stellar entrance to your party.

Line the walkway up to your party with shimmering stars cutouts and a red carpet roll. It’ll give your guests the star treatment.

Another great accent is the Popcorn Box Column. It stands 7′ 4″ high x 33″ wide and are awesome for accenting your buffet line or party area.

Welcome guests to your party with a Fresh Popped Personalized Banner. The banner is printed with your custom wording on heavy-duty, weather-resistant vinyl and is available in seven different sizes to meet your needs. You can hang these banners indoors or outdoors and use them again and again.

Create a backdrop that will really make your decorations pop. Use red and black gossamer to create drapes, swags and curtains. Twist the two colors together for a swag that will accent your doorways and tables wonderfully. Check out our gossamer tips for tons of ideas.

Table Decorations:

A well decorated table is a must-have for this theme party. Create a sensational table with the Fresh Popcorn Party Kit.

Start by covering the table with a red plastic tablecover or a Fresh Popcorn tablecover. Next, sprinkle the table with confetti. In the middle, place a Fresh Popcorn centerpiece.

Set each place with Fresh Popcorn Tableware. You can create cutlery bundles with Fresh Popcorn napkins or personalized napkins and curling ribbon.

Add some party favors to your table for decorations guests can take home with them. For example, set several personalized votive candles on the table or wrap popcorn beaded necklaces around napkins as napkin rings.

Check out the rest of our Fresh Popcorn Party TipZ for more ideas and tell us about your party!

Activities for a Fresh Popcorn Birthday Party

What goes better with popcorn than movies? Have a movie marathon of some of your favorite flicks at the party or play a movie trivia game such as Scene-It!

Before serving the popcorn, have guests decorate their own popcorn boxes. Stock up on paper popcorn boxes from a grocery store or use our fun plastic popcorn boxes. Guests can decorate them with stickers or paint pens. Serve the popcorn in the boxes then send them home with guests for a fun keepsake.

Play a game of popcorn! This activity will be especially fun for young guests. Use a large sheet or parachute (like in gym class) and several light, foam balls. Place one ball in the center of the sheet and have several guests hold onto the sheet, spread out around the edges. Together, guests start moving the sheet up and down, popping the ball into the air, and trying to keep it landing on the sheet, not the floor. As the group gets the hang of it add more and more balls, a.k.a kernels.

Have guests pose for commemorative photos with our popcorn box column. The photos will make great favors for the party and are wonderful for capturing memories of your party.

Check out the rest of our Fresh Popcorn Party TipZ and tell us your ideas!


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