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!


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