Shindigz Provides Opportunity for Customers to Give to Boston Marathon and West, Texas Victims


Fotolia_3967173_X-600Shindigz, one of the world’s largest online party retailers, announces an opportunity for customers to change the lives of those impacted by two tragic events earlier this month. Between 6pm and 11pm, ET, Tuesday April 30th, Shindigz will donate 20% of all sales to organizations dedicated to providing financial relief to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing and victims of the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas.

“Shindigz customers will select either BOSTON or TEXAS when checking out on the Shindigz.com website. 20% of every dollar our customers spend will go directly to the funds,” according to Keith Bansemer, Director of Internet Marketing at Shindigz.  “By partnering with our customers, we know we can help restore lives of the victims of this months events.”

Dollars received to support Boston Marathon victims will go to One Fund Boston which was established specifically to help the people most affected by the tragic events that occurred in Boston on April 15, 2013. The Salvation Army has set up a designated fund to provide for West, Texas families and first responders after the April 17th explosion.

About Shindigz

Shindigz “makes life more fun” more than 25 million events, through the manufacture and sale of personalized party favors, décor and supplies. The company was formed in 1926 and has since shipped party 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 provides customers with complete party solutions. For more information about Shindigz, go to www.shindigz.com

Mexican Cuisine is now the Most Popular Ethnic Food in America


Just in time for Cinco de Mayo celebrations May 5, 2013, National Party Supply Internet Retailer, Shindigz.com releases the results of a nationwide survey. Mexican tops the list formerly held by Italian Cuisine.

For decades the most popular ethnic food cuisine has been Italian, ranging from pizza to pasta dishes. There are actually more Chinese restaurants in the United States than McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Burger King combined, according to 2009 statistics.

But it’s the growth in Hispanic style food and beverages being consumed both at home and away that has surged the past couple of years. While Cinco de Mayo has an impact this time of year, the growth of Mexican influenced cuisine has been steady over the past 36 months.

Results from a national party poll conducted by Shindigz lists Chips and Salsa; Margaritas, and Guacamole as year round favorites. With more people cooking at home again, many are creating their own Hispanic influenced dishes such as this Habanero Bacon Cheddar Cheeseball which was featured on the Shindigz Party Recipe website.

Yummy Cinco de Mayo party appetizer – a Habanero Bacon Cheddar Cheeseball

Yummy Cinco de Mayo party appetizer – a Habanero Bacon Cheddar Cheeseball

 

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 8 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1  4 oz. jar diced pimentos, drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 Serrano seeded and diced
  • 1 Habanero seeded and diced
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 8 slices of thick cut bacon, diced

In a large bowl or in the bowl of your mixer add the cream cheese and mayo and whip till well blended.

Add the rest of the ingredients and mix till well combined.

Pour out onto a large piece of plastic wrap. Wrap the plastic around the cheese mixture and form a ball. Twist end tightly.

Refrigerate for 4 hours.
Cook up the bacon in a large skillet till crispy. Drain and cool. Crumble.

Remove cheese ball from refrigerator and roll in bacon crumbles.

Serve immediately with crackers, celery, apples or whatever else you like.

Shindigz is now featuring a new recipe every week at Shindigz Party Recipes.

Sports Fans Turn to Big Heads to Show Support


Big Heads - Little BodiesTake a piece of poster board, write a clever message in big, bold letters of support for your favorite team or player, wave it wildly when the camera is pointed in your direction, and you’ve got a shot at being seen on television.

That was the way sports fans have been doing it for decades. But that’s so old school.

Big Heads is new school.

Big Heads are a larger-than-life personalized photos, printed on durable cardboard. They’ve become a trendy, fan favorite.

Expect to see them during crowd shots and behind the backboard on broadcasts during this year’s basketball tournaments.

Sports Illustrated columnist, George Dohrmann, recently traced the Big Heads concept back to 2002. That’s when 25-year-old Conor Mongan created one of the first versions of a Big Head as a way to distract opposing teams of his beloved San Diego State Aztecs when they were shooting free throws.

Shindigz, a leading party supplies provider, has seen orders skyrocket for personalized Big Heads. The combination of low-price, ability to use any digital image, and online ordering are fueling this fan phenomenon in 2013.

“We predict a surge in the number of Big Heads seen during the 2013 college basketball playoffs,” reports Jacquie Downey, Director of Sales & Marketing for Shindigz.

Besides a larger-than-life fan image, other popular Big Heads include Grumpy Cat and celebrities. The craze has trickled down to high schools too with cheerleaders using them at pep rallies. “The reaction to a 3-foot-tall face really gets the crowd energized,” says Downey.

 

Buying Habits Don’t Match AFC, NFC Championship Poll Results


Super Bowl XLVII party supplies

It’s a complete football party for 8 with these Super Bowl XLVII party supplies

Which teams do party shoppers believe will have the big wins on Sunday and make their way to Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans on February 3, 2013? According to a poll performed on Shindigz.com, the February match-up to watch for will be the New England Patriots and the San Francisco 49ers.Those participating in the NFL division championship poll picked the Patriots (53%) over the Baltimore Ravens (47%) and the 49ers (81%) over the Atlanta Falcons (19%).

Shindigz has also been keeping a close eye to NFL team purchases since the final four football teams were determined.  While the 49ers are ahead in the polls, Falcons fans have been purchasing more plates and napkins for parties than any other NFL team. For purchase behavior, the Falcons are followed by the Patriots, Ravens, and then 49ers.

The Shindigz NFL Championship poll is open for voting through Sunday and can be found at www.shindigz.com/football.

NFL Football Party Supplies

Just 4 NFL teams remain: get your San Francisco 49ers,  Baltimore Ravens, Atlanta Falcons, or New England Patriots party supplies.

Living on Elm Street Has Benefits This Halloween


Every Halloween, those living on Elm Street in cities across the U.S. have an advantage that adds to the creepiness of the holiday. Their address might be right out of the 1984 movie Nightmare on Elm Street. In that classic Halloween horror film, a spectral child murderer stalks the children of the members of the lynch mob that killed him.

Create a Halloween Banner for Just $1

Those living on Elm Street can create a personalized Halloween Banner for just $1

What’s the advantage of living on a street with an ominous name? “Everyone that lives on Elm Street should get a Halloween party banner for just $1,” says Keith Bansemer, Director of Internet Marketing at Shindigz, the world’s largest online party store. “Why not celebrate the macabre holiday by letting every Elm Street household create their own personalized party banner. Whether they use the banner for trick-or-treat or their next birthday party, we’ll leave that up to those residing on such a notorious street.”

Shindigz sells unique party supplies with custom 18×54-inch vinyl banners being one of their most popular products. “Party hosts become the artists and design their banners by adding their own words, photos, and colors online,” notes Bansemer. “The banners normally sell for $14.99 each, but are $1 for anyone living on Elm Street.”

Almost every large American city has an Elm Street. Those living on Elm Street can redeem their banner by visiting http://www.shindigz.com/servicepage.cfm?pgp=SZELMSTBAN and use the promotional code ELMSTREET at checkout. This opportunity is available to the first 1,000 banner orders.

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