Birthday Party Ideas for Spirited Girls


All girls have spirit but not for the same things.  Some have spirit for their teams or their sports, and these party ideas will let their spirit shine through.

Spirited Party Themes


If she likes cheering on her favorite sports team; give her a a party to cheer about. Decorate with the team’s colors and logo.  Give your guests spirited fan gear, just like they would get at the big game. Give them beads, pom pons, and even foam fingers all in team colors. That way even if they can’t make it to the stadium they can feel like they did.

If the birthday girl does not have a favorite team but she has a favorite sport; bring that sport to the party. Sports themed decorations and favors are bound to be a hit with any sporty girl.  If she is a rising soccer star then let her show off her skills with a party that reaches the goal.  Feature her favorite sports equipment on all the tableware.  You can even make a soccer ball cake that she and her friends will get a kick out of.

Activities for Spirited Girls

What real sports fan doesn’t paint her face before going to a game? Your party shouldn’t be any different.  With a little bit of face paint you can set up a face painting station so that your girls can show off their spirit.  Painting a simple “Go Team” in the team colors is a always a good option.  For the more artistically inclined girl stars and flowers make beautiful additions to a spirited face.  The video below will give you some ideas of options for you.

Once your guests are all set to show off their spirit have a cheer-off. Each girl can write her own cheer and perform it for everyone.  The cheers can be specific to a favorite team or sport.  “Run! Kick! Goal!” would be a great cheer for a soccer player. Maybe they will come up with new ideas to use at the next, big game.

If your guests prefer playing to cheering then let them play. A small backyard soccer game is always a big hit with your soccer stars.  Or let the spirited girls show off their talents by making trick shots on the goal.  If kicking the soccer ball around isn’t enough then why not take a swing at a soccer ball pinata.

With all these spirited ideas there is no way for you to miss the goal of throwing a spirited party for your birthday girl.  All your guests will leave cheering for you, “Hip Hip Hooray!”

Shindigz Honors Your Patriot with Military Discounts


“What i like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.” – Karl Lagerfield

Making memories is an essential part of our life. We do it all the time – it seems sometimes that we can’t help ourselves. Well, that’s certainly a good thing, because all our memory-creating often leads to creating the perfect party – or the desire for one.

Capture a memory with personalized photo items from Shindigz

Capture a memory with personalized photo items from Shindigz

Sadly, too often, it is quite difficult to create the picture-perfect celebration for those in the military. However, far-off addresses and remote outposts should not get in the way of planning a great celebration.

Because we support our military service women and men , we want to make sure your next party goes off without a hitch, and is a memorable occasion, to boot. That’s why Shindigz offers a 20% discount to military families.

May Movie Prediction: Iron Man 3 for the Title


Reviewing an ongoing national online poll, along with demand for related party supplies, at Shindigz we predict Iron Man 3 will beat The Great Gatsby and other May movie releases at the box office.

Iron Man 3 is a Huge Hit

The Hollywood summer movie season is off to a huge start at the box office in May with a variety of sequels and retelling of classics. It’s been nearly 40 years since the previous telling of The Great Gatsby, so this isn’t really a sequel. Fast and Furious 6, and The Hangover 3 will be attempting to pull their fans back to the theater. Trekies are also a loyal group who are waiting for the next installment of Star Trek. The latest Star Trek film, Into The Darkness debuts at the end of May.

But the leader is Iron Man 3 which has captured the box office title two weeks in a row. The appeal of Iron Man 3 spans generations from younger children and their parents to older generations since Iron Man first appeared in comic books 50 years ago.

Anyone can host a Hollywood themed event and invite everyone from Marilyn Monroe to Iron Man to the party.

Hollywood Themed Parties are favorites for all ages!

Hollywood Themed Parties are favorites for all ages!

Top Seven Kentucky Derby ® Viewing Parties to Attend in 2013


Each year people, all over the world, pause to watch the “most exciting two minutes in sports.”  The 139th running of the Kentucky Derby ® is Saturday, May 4.  While hundreds will party at the Churchill Downs, many are going to official and unofficial viewing parties. Shindigz, a leading, national party supplies company, has created décor, tableware, and favors for Kentucky Derby and Triple Crown parties. 13szkskd39

Racing fans and guests can walk through a replica of the Churchill Downs spire entrance to get into the party. Take pictures next to standees of horses draped in roses, horseshoes, or even the winner’s trophy. Many party hosts re-create the Derby atmosphere.  Some go all out with their Kentucky Derby decorations, mint juleps, southern cuisine, hot contests and more.

Derby Day 2013 – Madison, Georgia

The Madison-Morgan Conservancy does it big in Madison, Georgia with “Derby Day.”  This event not only includes a Kentucky Derby race watching activity, but a live horse race of its own. Guests dine on a traditional Derby supper, raise money for charity by purchasing items at the live auction, and participate in a bourbon tasting.

Derby Party – Denver, Colorado

Rain or shine, “Denver’s Original Derby Party” is one of the largest parties in the city. Since 2001 the viewing party and charity event has gone from 130 attendees to more than 5,000. Guests can watch the Derby on HD plasma TVs or the Jumbo Screen, listen to live local music, dance to a DJ, dine on Southern food, win door prizes and even enter the Best Hat Contest. This year’s net proceeds will be donated to the Sean “Ranch” Lough Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Derby Day at Keeneland – Lexington, Kentucky

With more than 1,000 televisions, it’s no wonder many flock to the horse racing tracks of Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky to watch the “Run for the Roses.” Derby Day at Keeneland has easy access to great food, activities for children and of course, betting on the races.

Juleps, Jockeys and Jazz – Reno, Nevada

The women in Junior League of Reno are hosting the second annual Kentucky Derby Day- “Juleps, Jockeys and Jazz” at the Hidden Valley Country Club on May 4. At last year’s viewing party, guests feasted on a southern-style lunch buffet, enjoyed a cigar and jazz tent, horse betting and participated in a fashion show.  The fundraising event also includes a silent auction.

Pat O’Brien’s Kentucky Derby Viewing Party – New Orleans, Louisiana

Bourbon Street doesn’t only come alive in February. Those in New Orleans will be flocking to Pat O’Brien’s Bar for half price mint juleps from noon until race time, and will party for hours after the race. Watch the Kentucky Derby from the main bar in one of New Orleans’ most talked about venues on Bourbon Street.

5th Annual Kentucky Derby Party – Wadsworth, Ohio

The town is small, but the party is big at this Wadsworth, Ohio event for viewing the Kentucky Derby. Galaxy Sports Bar will not only show the race on their 92-inch HD TVs, but will also be giving away a $500 Galaxy Gift Card for a winning tri-fecta. Party guests can also enter the Best Hat Contest and the Galaxy Alien Derby Race, where the two Galaxy mascot aliens will face off in the parking lot.

The Kentucky Derby – Louisville, Kentucky (of course)

Those who can afford it will party in style at the actual race at Churchill Downs. Ticket packages easily run several thousand dollars per attendee.  Some argue there’s no better place to watch the race than from the grandstands, while others swear by the suites where they are lavished with food and drinks. Whatever the case, those who view at the actual race are sure to reach deep into their pocketbooks for the best seats in the house.

About Shindigz
Shindigz “makes life more fun” for 23 million events through the manufacture and sale of unique and personalized party supplies. It ships products from its facilities in South Whitley, Indiana across the United States and around the world to 59 countries. With more than 34,000 products, Shindigz has provided customers with complete party solutions since 1926.  Visit Shindigz.com for Kentucky Derby party ideas, decorations, and favors.

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Shindigz Kentucky Derby Run for the Roses Kit

Shindigz Kentucky Derby Run for the Roses Kit

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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!

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