Goodbye, My Hero, and Be Safe


A Military Bon Voyage Party with Class

Americans are always focused on and excited to welcome home their heroes.  While no one wants to think about saying goodbye to these soldiers, why not create a fun, lighthearted, goodbye party?  All of the friends and family of your special soldier will appreciate receiving an invitation to a great sendoff party for their favorite man or woman in uniform.  Guests will appreciate having one more chance to hug their soldier and thank him or her.  Goodbye parties are often filled with emotion and tears, but by picking the right decorations, you’ll be able to create a supportive atmosphere that reminds partygoers to stay positive and celebrate the person they’re sending away.

Simple Military Goodbye Party Decorations

Offer a buffet not only filled with their favorite home-cooked foods, but also stocked with a wide array of camouflage plates, napkins, and cups.  If you don’t want to use a typical military party camouflage pattern, you can always pull some of the individual colors (brown, tan, black, white, and various greens) and either mix them, organize them by table, or even set up food stations.  One color will represent salads, one for entrees, and one for desserts.  Another wonderful goodbye party color set to consider is, of course, the tried-and-true red, white, and blue.  Either color choice would be wonderful with a casual backyard barbecue sendoff.

Navy Bon Voyage Ideas

If you’re sending a man or woman off to the Navy, in particular, don’t throw the typical “goodbye, soldier” party.  Throw a fun bon voyage party.  With anchor-shaped balloons in every corner, your Navy man or woman will feel your support.  There are several options for decorations, it just depends on how detailed you want to be.  Hang bon voyage decorations from the ceiling—streamers, balloons, ceiling whirls, etc. Your options are open.

Whether they’re heading to a deployment or to basic training, remind your soldiers that you love them.  Gather all their friends and family for a well-decorated military goodbye party that they’re sure to remember for a long time.

Celebrate with a Colorful Rainbow Party


All over the world, rainbows symbolize dreams, faith, good fortune and optimism. Double rainbows are considered an omen of a double helping of blessings and of transformation. Beauty and positive symbolism make the rainbow a perfect party theme for many occasions.

  • A rainbow party is a wonderful theme for a birthday party, particularly a milestone birthday that of itself symbolizes transformation; e.g., Quinceañera or Sweet 16.

  • The rainbow’s reputation as a harbinger of good fortune makes it a natural for baby showers, graduation, retirement celebrations and bon voyage parties.

  • Rainbow colors are associated with parts of the 60s and 70s so many a retro party makes use of these colors.

  • Dreams of the Future and Dreams Come True make a rainbow theme a perennial candidate for prom and graduation events.

  • Of course, the rainbow is nearly indispensable to a St. Patrick’s Day or other Irish party!
  • Instead of trying to decorate with 5 or 6 colors, we recommend in most cases sticking with 3 or fewer and then bringing in the full spectrum strategically. St. Patrick’s Day might involve 2 shades of green or green with gold; if your party has a guest of honor, use his or her favorite color(s) for most of the wall, ceiling and table decorations. Save space for one or two large decorating pieces that bring home the theme, such as a customized rainbow banner, mural or arch. Finally, add table accents in the form of rainbow mylar balloons and rainbow-and-gold mint tins.

    Dreams really can come true! Turn your party dreams into reality with Rainbow party supplies.

    Try Your Luck with a Fortune Cookie Cake


    Fortune Cookie CakeThe fortune cookie has an interesting history. First used in Japan as a temple tradition, its migration to the United States, subsequent evolution and marketing resulted in a version associated with Chinese restaurants but which is just about as American as apple pie!

    At any rate, our offering today is a recipe for a Fortune Cookie Cake. This cake goes great with an Asian-themed party but also for going-away parties, retirement celebrations, and any other occasions where wishes for good luck and good fortune are in order. It’s also pretty easy to make.

    Please note that the Fortune Cookie Cake requires a much larger cake pan than usual, but if you are baking for a small group you can certainly adapt the recipe for the more standard household 9” or 12” round pan.

  • Fortune Cookie Cake
  • 16″ round cake pan
  • Two white or yellow packaged cake mixes
  • Three 16 oz. Containers of vanilla ready-made frosting
  • An 18″ round “board” or plate – foam, corrugated, etc. – preferably black for nice contrast in display
  • Parchment or waxed paper
  • “Pooh Gold” Wilton™ paste or gel food coloring
  • One computer-generated fortune
  • Fortune Cookie Cake at PartyPrepare the mixes and the pan according to the manufacturer’s directions. Bake the cake according to directions on the package, but add an additional 5-10 minutes to the suggested time to bake. Because you are baking 2 mixes at one time, you will need to bake the cake for longer than the directions indicate. Check your cake using a toothpick inserted into the center every 5-7 minutes after the initial required baking time, and add more time as needed. All ovens bake differently, so add extra baking time in small increments.

    Allow cake to cool. Place cake on wire rack in freezer for 45 minutes to 1 hour.

    When removed from the freezer, place the cake on the cake board or plate after edging it with parchment or waxed paper strips for easy cleanup. Typically, a cake would be placed on the board upside down so that the top of the cake would be flat. For this cake, place the flat (bottom) of the cake directly on the cake board, so that the “bump” will be on the top of the cake. This gives the fortune cookie dimension. Cut a pie-like wedge out of the cake. Tint the vanilla frosting with the “pooh gold” food coloring. Frost the entire cake, then carefully remove the waxed paper or parchment strips.

    Create a fortune with a personalized message using a large font and the “landscape” page setting on your computer. Trim the page so that the strip is approximately 4″ wide. Using a knife, make a slit in the cake near the “wedge”, and slide one end of the fortune strip into the cake.

    We hope you enjoy the Fortune Cookie Cake! For more ideas, browse the Asian Party and Special Party Events catalogs at ShindigZ.com.

    Show You Care by Hosting a Going Away Party


    Heavenly Night Bookmark InvitationThrowing a “going away” party for a special friend or relative who is moving will leave the guest of honor feeling very touched by your effort, and missing friends before even departing for a new destination. Here are a few ideas to create some warm memories:

    Send invites out letting all of your guests know that you will be paying tribute to your guest of honor before he/she moves. Send out a card with the invitation that says “I will miss “John” when he moves because…”. Ask each guest to complete the card, and share why they have appreciated having “John” close by and why they will miss him after he has moved away. Ask them to think of funny and heartwarming stories to share at your party. Request that they bring the completed card on the special day. At a specified time, possibly before you eat, have each person read the message they have prepared. Videotape each guest as they deliver the message to your guest of honor, and then present him/her with the videotape as a memento of the party. He/she will be moved by the gesture, and you will have created a priceless treasure. As an alternative to videotaping the messages, you can collect the cards after they are read and compile them into a scrapbook. You could add a photo of each person/family to their message, and a photo album would serve as a lovely goodbye gift.

    As an alternative, you can use a Heavenly Night Bookmark Invitation and create a personalized invitation. Add the wording of your choice to the beautiful design! They double as great favors!

    Tell us your Going Away Party ideas!

    Decorate for a Fantastic Going Away Party


    Personal Memories MuralTo make a Going Away party special and memorable, you will definitely want to create a festive and fun atmosphere regardless of whether your party is going to be held in a home or a more formal reception hall. Here are some ideas to help you make your party spectacular!

    Outdoor Decorations:
    • Greet your guests with an impressive balloon arch at the entrance of your party.
    • Make your party a truely special occasion by hanging a personal photo memories mural in a prominant place. By having your favorite photos of your guest of honor on this you are making your party a very personal experience for all who attend!
    • If you are hosting your party in a park or right in your own back yard, you may want to enhance the atmosphere by adding a few lamp posts and park benches to the scenery.

    Indoor Decorations:
    • If you are decorating a large area, or want to make any area look more intimate and festive, drape and swag our gossamer across ceilings, walls, and the edges of table skirting. Twist two colors together for a stunning
    look.
    • Never underestimate the power of decorating with balloons, as they can transform any size room into a cozy space in minutes at a very low cost. You can choose to inflate balloons with helium, but you need not think that is the only option. In order to save money, inflate hundreds of balloons in colors to match your theme without using helium. Tie a 6-8 foot piece of curling ribbon to the end of each one. Using scotch tape, masking tape, or straight pins, hang balloons down from the ceiling so they hang at different lengths. Curl the loose end of the ribbon with scissors.

    If you are hanging the balloons in a gymnasium, or large hall, cut the ribbon to a length appropriate for the height of the ceiling. A very cost effective means to transform a large space into a much more intimate one, is to hang the balloons down from different spaces all over the area you are decorating.
    • Whether you are indoors or outside, there are so many ways places to hang lighted paper lanterns to create a wonderfully soft-lit atmosphere!

    Table Decorations & Napkins:
    • We offer a large selection of table covers, cups, plates and cutlery. These are available in just about any color, so you’re sure to find something perfect for your particular setting.
    • Make your Guest of Honor feel like a star by adding standing star centerpieces to your tables.
    • Order personalized napkins and have them imprinted with your party slogan and design of your choice. Select a metallic or foil imprint. The napkins will serve several purposes – great decorating in disguise and a delightful memento of the party that can be saved in scrapbooks for years to come!

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