Sail Over and Under the Sea at Your Next Party


Combine a sea cruise with an undersea adventure for an oceangoing theme party your guests will remember as vividly as a vacation.

The tools for building this maritime setting will be nautical decorations and under-the-sea props. The combo is ideal for entertaining large parties such as weddings, proms, boat shows and post-regatta receptions, though it shouldn’t be hard to downsize the model a bit for smaller venues, too.

Start by examining your party entrance to see how you might transform it to suggest guests are embarking a ship. A nautical style banner over the door, such as Anchors Away or Nautical Customized Memories, would be a festive choice and coordinate with anchor cutouts, porthole cutouts, signal flag garland and other oceangoing wall and hanging decorations.

Continue wall decorations on the inside of the entrance, but do vary them, for example by hanging up ship’s wheels and life preservers. Also, on this side place a life preserver arch and ship’s rails to guide guests onto the “deck.” (This will make a fine photo op, so be sure to station the “ship’s photographer” there when the time comes.)

Next, you’ll build a transition from the ship to the under-the-sea portion of your decorating. Set Sail wave standees, draped lengths of dark blue water patterned gossamer, beach room rolls or bubbles-patterned flat papers are just a few of your transitional options.

Your choices for creating the underwater backdrop are equally numerous and you can check them out in Undersea Backgrounds. Compose a palette of background colors that include both blues and greens to widen your options for props and other decorations – for example, wouldn’t our new teal floral sheeting prove breathtaking on party tables?

From there you’ll be ready to add large decorations and lighting. We love the string lights with the Under-the-Sea kit as shown above, because the imagination will turn the twinklers into streams of rising bubbles. Place fairy berries in clam shells as glowing pearls, too.

When it comes to favors for this combination theme, may we suggest personalized bubbles, a frame favor such as the simple “Water” frame, or a glassware favor from the Bursting Bubbles collection.

Ready to play Poseidon? So are we! Explore our marine party themes today.

Host a Kids’ Get-Acquainted Party


For many, the beginning of the school year is a Season of New. Children become new school-agers, change schools, or start after-school activities such as tumbling class or Scouts. Teachers, parent volunteers and other kids’ group leaders are likewise greeted by new faces. Sometimes there’s a little anxiety. Always, you want to start out on the right foot. The Shindigz prescription: a get-acquainted party, naturally!

Choose a Theme with Fins or Four Legs
Chances are you’ll need a theme that appeals to both boys and girls, and there’s one great big intersection of boy and girl interests called Animals. Here are a few animal-based themes we think would work especially well for this purpose:

These animal themes are easy to decorate and accessorize. Create a barnyard with a big red 3D barn, classic red gingham table covers and a herd of inflatable cows; an undersea universe of deep blue seaweed and tropical fish balloons; or a green equatorial paradise with a jungle trees backdrop and wild animal standups.

You will similarly find that it’s easy to match piñatas, crafts, party wearables and other party favors to any of these animal themes.

If possible, try to have at least part of the party outdoors, or in another setting where the children can run around.

Young “Animals” Get Acquainted at Play
Children tend to get excited about being around other children, so the best strategy is to work off excess energy with lots of active play right at the start of the party.

Games can be old or new, theme-related or not, but you will want to choose types where nobody has to wait too long for their turns, and select team games for team-building and getting acquainted. Relays such as egg races, pass-the-orange, balloon sitting, and crab walk races make for classic, dependable fun; just be sure to mix up the teams between each game. Circle games using a play canopy and foam balls or animal beanbag toys engage all the children on the same team at once and encourage coordination and cooperative play.

Food tends not to be a huge focus for younger party guests, and what there is of it can be part of an activity, too. Children can decorate their own cupcakes or whip up small sundaes. Otherwise, a few nibbles are probably sufficient. Provide peanuts in the shell to a band of elephants, oats (granola) for a herd of horses, half bananas to marauding monkeys and so forth.

They will absolutely get mighty thirsty. Create theme-related personalized water bottle labels for “jungle juice” or “sea water” and tint bottle contents accordingly with food coloring.

When the level of activity begins winding down and the end of the get-acquainted party nears, pull out the craft projects and coloring books from Everything Elementary.

Get-Acquainted Fun Continues Afterward
If you do create a herd of inflatable cows or a school of plush fish as part of the party decorations, be sure to have enough on hand for each child to take one home. Party wearables such as animal print safari hats, shark tooth necklaces and farm animal masks are emblems of fun both during and after the party, and photos taken in front of large party decorations and during games can adorn a bulletin board or the beginnings of a group scrapbook.

ShindigZ Supplies Featured on “My Name Is Earl”


My Name Is EarlFans of the hit NBC television show My Name is Earl (Thursdays, 8/7c) got a taste of how to throw a party with ShindigZ. The focus of the November 29th episode was planning a prison prom. Gobs of ShindigZ underwater prom and party items were used. The episode featured the characters going through ShindigZ.com and Stumps Prom & Party catalogs, choosing a party theme and then decorating for the actual event. Gossamer, seaweed, a Neptune cutout and a large seaweed arch were amongst the supplies and featured. Even the crown and scepter worn were from ShindigZ.

The show stars Jason Lee, Ethan Suplee, Jaime Pressly, Eddie Steeples and Nadine Velazquez.

Hook Guests with Under the Sea Invitations


Under the Sea Custom BannerAfter selecting this Under the Sea theme for your party, choose a slogan to use in your invitations, and to use in tying in decorations and personalized favors for your enchanted Under the Sea theme.  Find the perfect slogan for your party by trying one of the following, or by thinking of one that suits your style.

• “Under the Sea Adventure!”
• “Birthday Enchantment Under the Sea…Mermaids, Dolphins, and Brittany!”
• “Have a Whale of a Time at Jon’s Birthday!”
• “Take the Plunge!”

Invitations:

Choose one of the following invitations to let your guests know what a seaworthy time they will have at the party:

The Under the Sea Ensemble contains an invite that is perfect for this theme. Invite the kids to come dressed for some wet fun, weather permitting.

As an alternative, send a message in a bottle from under the sea!  Roll the invitation up, and tie it with a small piece of green (seaweed) curling ribbon or raffia.  Add the invite to an empty water bottle (label removed).  Add about 4 tablespoons of sand to each bottle, and a few small seashells.  One shell necklace can be cut apart, and will provide enough shells for about 10-12 invites.

Tell us about your Under the Sea party ideas and stories!

Create Ocean Enchantment with Under the Sea Decor


Deep Blue Destiny KitUnder the waves, where fish swim and play, sea creatures are gathering…for a wondrous birthday!  We’ve gathered everything you need to decorate and celebrate in an enchanted world, under the sea.

Outdoor decorations:

Hang die cut green vines (seaweed), clear balloon bubble strands, and some Fish overhead in the area where the children will enter the party.

Giant Octopus Stand-In will be waiting to wrap his arms around the little party guests!  This terrific decoration can be used for lots of photo opportunities and for party activities.

Attach a bouquet of helium filled balloons to a light post or mailbox so there will be no mistaking where the fun will be that day!

Indoor Decorations:

Start your decorating with an Under the Sea Ensemble. This ensemble contains balloons, streamers, curling ribbon, a centerpiece, a Dolphin Mylar balloon, and even a Whale piñata to match your theme.

giant treasure chest is a delightful decoration that can be used as a gift drop box, and as a prop for a buried treasure party game.

Cover a wall with dark blue water gossamer, and add some undersea life for a truly magnificent under the ocean setting.  An Orca Whale, a Gray Whale, Silver Porpoises, or Seaweed from a Deep Blue Destiny set, and sparkling seahorses will transport children to a fantasy world that they won’t want to leave.

Squiggle SeaweedTie huge bows with our dark blue water gossamer across the top of each chair back.  The bows can be cut to any length, and even look great with tails trailing on the floor.  Make bows to hang anywhere and everywhere…chairs, doorways, tree trunks, stair rails, deck posts, gift packages, or table-ends.  The gossamer also looks terrific as a table cover, puddle around the base of other decorations, or hanging from a doorframe.

Fill a room with an enchanting underwater scene using an Under the Sea Painted Mural.

Balloons can economically transform any room, backyard or park into a festive space in a matter of minutes by using some of the following ideas:

Use a helium tank to fill balloons.  Tie curling ribbon to balloons, and group them together. (Odd numbers look best: 3, 5, or 7) Place groupings of balloons around the party room.

Tie a bunch of helium filled balloons to the birthday child’s chair, or tie one to the back of each chair.

If you choose not to use helium, tie balloons to varying lengths of curling ribbon, and hang balloons from the ceiling, or from a light fixture over the party table.

Streamers offer an economical way to splash lots of color around the site of the party.  Create a fun and colorful effect by draping blue and red streamers from the center of the ceiling to the walls on each side of the room, or between trees if the party is being held outdoors.  The streamers can be twisted after they are anchored to a ceiling wall or table for a more dimensional look.  Two different colored streamers can be placed back to back and twisted for a unique look.  They also look terrific hanging from doorframes or cascading vertically down walls.

Iridescent curtains provide an economical way to add dazzle to a doorway or food area.  The shimmer will look like ripples of sunlight reflecting under the water.

Table Decorations:

Setting a table with the party ware, including the tablecloth, cups, plates, napkins, and cutlery is the fastest way to create a focal point in a room.  Start by setting your table with all the goodies in an Under the Sea Ensemble, creating a place setting at the table for each guest.

Add one or a few of the following touches to personalize your table:

Cover the food table with a white or blue fishnet.

Create a centerpiece using a bunch of helium filled balloons tied with curling ribbon.  Attach them to a foil balloon weight.

Display your birthday cake in the center of the table…the kids will love the close up view!

Order personalized napkins and have them imprinted with your party slogan.  Select a metallic or foil imprint.  The napkins will serve several purposes…great decorating in disguise and a treasured memento for the birthday child’s scrapbook.

Add other personalized items, such as a stadium cup to each place setting to let the birthday child know just how special he or she is.  These items will stir fond memories of the “best birthday ever” for many years to come.

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