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.

Photo Cards Give Your Invitations Flair


Upload Digital Pictures to Personalized Photo Cards

Personalized photo cards are the newest exciting way to give your birthday party invitations or graduation announcements a much more personal touch.  Create your own invitations or announcements by adding your own pictures and messages. Whether you’re planning an elegant event or a home party, photo cards are snappy invitations, place holders, keepsakes, and decorations.

Photo Card Styles & Dimensions

Choose from a wide variety of backgrounds for your personalized photo cards.  With two size options and two finish options, there are many ways to add your own personal flair to invitations or announcements.  You have the option of choosing between a matte finish and a glossy finish on a 4×6 card or a 5×7 card.  Create your personalized photo card for wedding announcements, bridal showers, and baby showers.  Proofread your photo card before placing your order.  Your personalized photo card will be sent to a computer and the photo cards will print in real time.

 Cheap Photo Invitations

The best part is the low cost—personalized photo cards start at 44 cents each!  When you place the order, expect delivery directly to your home.  Envelopes are included with your cards.  What a great way to flex your creative muscles and save money all at once!

Countdown to Midnight — Party Games & Activities for Each Hour


We’ve put together a collection of party games and activities to keep a group entertained ’til midnight, perfect for a New Year’s party (but not just for New Year’s!).

Though we’re writing today mostly with adults in mind, these ideas can be adapted for teens and even younger party people who get to stay up late.

7 p.m. Guests are arriving. You’ll need some ice-breakers! Start the laughter and conversation right away by displaying a photo stand-in that goes with your theme: hula dancers for a luau theme, red carpet entrance for a Hollywood event, and so on. Station a designated photographer near the stand-in for hilarious keepsakes.

Another party trend that’s gaining traction lately is “Bring Your Own Appetizer.” If you try this, let guests know in advance that you’re going “potluck” in this area and how many servings of a favorite appetizer each person should bring. A natural complement to this is a “Make Your Own” bar for champagne cocktails or martinis. People will naturally share their recipes, concoctions and pleasure at trying something new.

Other must-haves for Hour One: catering party trays, Easy Carry appetizer plates and new Party Time martini glasses from Party Tableware.

8 p.m. Begin a scavenger hunt, road rally or geocaching activity. Arrange for designated drivers or alternative transportation if you’ve served liquor; or if it’s a teen party, set ground rules about traveling in groups.

Scavenger hunts do not need to be outdoors and could take place in a mall or museum. Also, items and landmarks on the list can be photographed instead of captured, which widens the possibilities.

If you do have an outdoor venue for a nighttime hunt, set out small LED lights and glow party favors for participants to find, just for fun.

Other products to consider for Hour Two: New LED Fairy Berries in Themed Lights.

9 p.m. Change the pace a little with cards, mad libs or bingo. Make them theme-related if possible, for example play blackjack or roulette for a casino theme, or create customized bingo cards to match a holiday theme with the help of online resources.

More considerations for Hour Three: Casino dealers’ vests and green visors and personalized photo playing card cases from Casino Party Favors.

10 p.m. Play “Guess the Celebrity.” Write down the names of celebrities on sticky notes, one name per sheet. To play, place a sticky note on a player’s forehead so that he or she cannot read it but everyone else can. The player must ask yes-or-no questions of the rest of the participants. If you like, you could place limits on each person’s time for guessing, or on the number of questions each player can ask. Reward successful players who guess their celebrities with party beads, Hollywood-style trophies or winners’ medals from Party Favors.

11p.m. Many people enjoy ringing in the New Year outdoors around a fireplace or bonfire. If this is not your scene (or it’s not New Year’s) pull out a trivia game for indoor play. From Pirates to Princesses, it is possible to find trivia games, questions and quizzes online for virtually any party theme you can name.

At any rate, we think a winter party nearing midnight calls for a soup buffet and really good bread to top off the night, no matter what the activity!

Other products to check out for Hour Five: Noir mugs from Personalized Party Supplies, party serving sets from Tableware/Catering.

Valentine Gift Idea – Photo Canvas Prints


Your Valentine is very special and deserves a special Valentine gift. Surprise your Valentine with a beautiful holiday photo canvas print of a favorite photo, or choose a few photos that illustrate the love that you share.

Creating your Valentine photo canvas is easy; just upload your favorite portrait or landscape photo and we’ll take care of the rest.

Each photo canvas features a stretched canvas over a 16 inch x 20 inch wooden frame ready for mounting on walls, placing in an exterior frame, or using on an easel to display the canvas on counters and mantels.

Other photo canvas ideas are digital pictures of kids, graduations, pets, weddings, or vacations that can then be uploaded. Artwork can also be turned into a photo canvas print.

Personalize your photo canvas print with your own wording. You choose the font and the ink color.

Your Valentine will treasure this gift forever and proudly display it someplace special. Each time your Valentine sees the photo canvas print that you made, they will remember your thoughtful and creative gift.

Snap Settings For Photographers


http://www.shindigz.com/party/Stylized-Winter-Sleigh-Kit.cfmPhotographer’s toolbox checklist:
• Camera (Check)
• Extra cards and batteries (Check)
• Lights and filters (Check)
• Toys and props for kids (Check)
• Backdrops, stand up cut outs, quick sets for parties—shopped at Shindigz (Check)

Today’s tips are for photographers.

      Did you know Shindigz has a ton of quick sets, backdrops, stand up cut outs, and so much more for any photo shoot? Whether you’re doing class photos, a wedding, or anything in between, we have something perfect for your toolbox.

      Shindigz understands that a natural backdrop of trees, a mountain view, or a brilliant skyline isn’t always available. But that doesn’t mean you can’t create a wonderful setting for your subjects. You can imagine you’re in a forest with the forest backdrop.

      Taking holiday card photos months in advance and need a winter setting? You could try a winter wonderland room setter to get in the holiday spirit.

      Taking pictures at an engagement party or prom? Why not use the heart patterned corrugated paper as a backdrop. It’s so sweet and romantic, and it’s also available in solids and stripes. For something bigger and more glamorous, try a hollywood entrance. That’ll set the tone for your party.

      Need a simple backdrop for professional headshots? Choose from the excellent selection at Shindigz. A metallic background will be simple and not distracting, while creating a hint of magic.

      Hosting a crazy party and want to add a little spice or silliness? Try a photo stand in cut out. Shindigz has over 250 to choose from and you can personalize them any way you want. They’re perfect for kids’ parties or fundraisers.

      If all else fails, make everyone look like a super hero and call it a day!

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