9 Graduation Open House Party Must-Haves

In three minutes, Wendy and Mary will show you nearly everything you need to host a unique graduation party for your senior.

You’ll find everything at the Shindigz Graduation Page.  Make your list and start shopping with Shindigz!

Gamble on These Creative Uses for Poker Chips

Poker chips are loads of fun, there’s no doubt about that. It doesn’t even matter if you’re a poker player — just ask anyone who has a spare set of poker chips and a toddler or two! The small, smooth with a few embellishments, multicolored discs are just… fun.

“Play with me! Spill me onto the floor! Toss me in the air!” It’s practically begging you.

There are lots of blogs out there with tons of great ideas on poker-themed parties and uses for poker chips. There are definitely of few of them right on this site, like this one on adult-themed parties, a fun corporate event in this one,  or this one about a casino party!

Poker chips don’t have to be all fun and games, though (well yes, yes they do end up always being fun!); consider a few other creative ways to use them. For birthdays and special events, poker chips can be used as gift tags. Use a permanent marker to inscribe the recipient’s name on the smooth white clay surface. Adhere with double-sided tape and/or some fancy “ribboning” and you have unique and durable gift tags. Unlike the typical cardboard ones, these aren’t going to get bent, creased, ripped in half, or otherwise marred beyond recognition.

“Put the key to the minibar on me!”

If you have loads of keys to keep track of (office, safe, shed, storage space, minivan, gym locker, etcetera), key tag poker chips in different colors are a fun and different way to organize. Also: use the poker chip key tags as prom or other school dance “tickets” to give the party-goers the keys to the dance!

Whether you are in education in a school system, if you home school (or know someone who does!), or have a toddler of your own to keep busy, sorting, matching, and color recognition games are important part of development to incorporate in learning and playing.  If you already have some poker chips and your little one found out about it, you know how much they enjoy them. Why not get gobs of poker chips in blue, green, gold, purple, green, red, yellow, and black that you can use with your child, children, or preschool or daycare that are specifically for them? An added bonus to this is that you’ll never have to fuss with sorting out the jumbled and sticky chips before poker night again.  Here are some fun learning activities to get your play-magination going.

Finally, here are some DIY ideas for the crafty readers out there. Glue clothes pins to poker chips personalized with your event (graduation, bat mitzvah, military homecoming…) and use them to do any or all of the following:

  • hold tablecloths onto tables
  • hold and weight name cards for seating
  • display photographs (clip the clothes pins onto ribbon and then clip in the photos)
  • whatever your imagination dictates you need to clip!

At the end of the event, you can even let guests take the personalized poker chip clips as favors!

Another DIY craft idea is to create a unique gift for that special person who loves poker. Make wind chimes! Using an assortment of mini bells, sleighbells, poker chips, and florist wire, you can wind together your own unique design and create something that looks and sounds beautiful. You could even host a craft party and have this be the project. Don’t worry, if you need to use a spot of hot glue to help the florist wire along, we won’t tell.

Remember, don’t be afraid to step outside the box and use something that is already fun in a totally unique way — take a gamble!

For being brave, you get a cookie!

Trendy for 2013 Graduations – Giant Greeting Cards

Here are graduation greeting cards that recipients are sure to show off: giant cards you can customize, personalize, and use to surprise!

Giant greeting cards come in 18”, 24” and 36” and envelopes are available, too. Select from 15 designs — but that’s just where customization begins. You will also be choosing colors, uploading one or more photos (depending on design) and composing text for the front as well as the content of the message inside.

One way or another, 2013 giant grad cards are sure to become keepsakes and there are several ways to use them.

Note of congratulations. Pass around a card with a “You did it” or “Congrats” type message to as many of the extended family to sign as possible before you give it to the grad.

Graduation announcements. Imagine delivering glad grad tidings to grandparents and other individuals who’ve played formative roles in the life of your new graduate.

Part of the party. Place a giant card on an entrance or gift table at a graduation party as an informal guest book for grad party-goers to sign.

For any of the above ideas, you also could attach additional photos and captions scrapbook-style to the inside pages of the card to further personalize it.

Now, let’s say that you have an interest in coordinating one or more giant grad greeting cards with your graduation party décor. In that case, start by selecting your party colors first. If the scheme will be the graduate’s school colors or favorite colors, shopping for party supplies by color is a good strategy.

If you’re looking to put on a theme party, shop by theme to check out the colors used in the props and decorations you like.

Luau is one of the most popular grad party themes, so we’ll use it as an example. You’ll notice that luau decorations tend to be pink, red, yellow, green and blue in some combination of two or more of these colors. Once you’ve decided upon the one or two dominant colors for your luau, you can use them in the background and text of your card decoration.

Place your luau grad card on an easel at the entrance of the party, or use it as a centerpiece. Drape a coordinating silk lei jauntily over the front corner to finish.

In addition to graduations, we make giant greeting cards for birthdays and holidays, too. Customize a giant card as a surprise element for your next event.

Last-Minute Graduation Decorations, Favors, and Activities

Graduation is rapidly approaching—not just for high school, but for college, too!  Many colleges are finishing up their spring semesters in early May, so whether you’re graduating in May or June, it’s probably sneaking up on you.  Are you at the point of planning a graduation party in a frantic, frenzied state of mind?  Here are some ideas to help you.

Graduation Decoration Ideas

You can always stick with the classic (no pun intended) “Class of 2012decorations, either in your favorite colors or in your school colors.  Those are fail-safe graduation decorations to use as your fallback.  You’ll be able to find tableware in the various solid colors (or a neutral-colored eco-friendly version, if you wish), but then you can also get personalized napkins imprinted with “Class of 2012” or “Congratulations, Graduate!”  You should also stock up on 2012 balloons in the various colors—then you can integrate streamers and centerpieces, maybe even ceiling swirls.

If you want more unique graduation party, take some time to look for a pattern you really like, then buy tableware in that pattern.  Then pull certain colors from it.  For example, if you like a fun daisy pattern, buy plates and maybe napkins pull the colors of the petals on the pattern.  Use those colors when you look for streamers and balloons. You could even pull a color or two from the pattern and get personalized napkins in that color!  By not using the pattern for the decorations and the tableware, your guests will see a much cleaner, more put-together party that they’ll think you spent a great deal of time planning.

Graduation Favor Ideas

Typically, favors take a long time to plan and put together.  If you’re in a crunch for time and need a few quick favor ideas, however, you can make your own mini-swag bags for your guests!  Buy bags and some filler, and then plan what favors you want to use to fill your swag bags with.  Some ideas are:

  1. Bubbles!  A small bottle of bubbles will encourage your guests to have fun at your party—bubbles will also keep younger children very entertained throughout the day.
  2. Candy!  Everyone loves candy, it’s a great way to say “thank you for coming” and fill your guests’ need for sugary goodness throughout the party.
  3. Disposable camera: While most cameras nowadays are digital, it’s still possible to find 20-exposure disposable cameras for occasions such as weddings and parties.  Slip one in each swag bag and give your guests a way to remember the day they spent with you!  This also gives you a way to remember the day later, as you can ask them for the pictures after they take the camera to get developed.
  4. A Thank-You Card:  Your guests will be touched that you took a minute to personalize each swag bag with a note written directly to them.  While this may seem a little time-consuming, it will mean more to your guests than you know.

Graduation Party Activities

Because your graduation party is (probably) in the summer, you’ll have beautiful weather to be outside in!  What better summer activities can you think of than water balloon fight?  This is an activity to warn your guests of ahead of time, so they can wear clothes that they won’t mind ruining.  You could also (if you elect to not have a water balloon fight) have all your guests wear white t-shirts and everyone come armed with a different-colored permanent marker or highlighter.  Then you can all write messages on each other’s shirts.  If you use highlighters, you can buy a black light later and your shirt (and the messages written on it) will glow!  That’s another cute favor that everyone will be able to take from your party.  You can also take a roll of solid-colored table cover and hang a lot of it on a wall so your guests can sign it and leave you a note.  You could also have a white graduation cap ready for your guests to simply sign—save the notes for the table cover.  You’ll be able to go back through your high school and college stuff later in life and find the messages from all the guests at your graduation party—think now about the memories it will bring back to you.


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