Jimmy Threw a Wedding and EVERYONE was there!


Hi Everybody, I’m Mary Collins and this is your Shindigz News Blast.

Talk about a wedding that we would love to have attended over the weekend,

Jimmy Kimmel married his fiancée near Los Angeles and just check out the some of the A-list celebs who were there: Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Jennifer Aniston, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia De Rossi, Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard, Kelly Ripa, Howard Stern and the list goes on and on. It might have been easier to list who wasn’t there.

Speaking of big names, Oprah Winfrey has scored the first post-rehab interview with Lindsay Lohan, who’s expected to be a free woman again on July 31st. The interview will tape sometime next month, and will air shortly afterward on Oprah’s OWN network.

How did Oprah land the interview? Well, for one, she’s Oprah, but more interestingly, she’s going to give Lindsay her own eight-episode show.

And it was just last week we found out Elizabeth Hasslebeck would be leaving The View after 10 years and already we know who her replacement will be. 40 year old Jenny McCarthy will join the ABC talk show in September.

Create Fireworks with an Uptown Manor Theme


While we’re all awaiting the next season of events from Downton, why not host a Masterpiece of a manor party yourself? With the right background materials and props you can set the stage for an entertaining wedding, formal dance or charity event this summer.

To start, let’s agree that for castle-like buildings our Flagstone pattern is where it’s at. In flagstone you have a choice of materials: poly vinyl, corrugated paper, flat paper, and gossamer. Let’s look at the relative merits of each:

  • Poly vinyl is economical, flame retardant, and tough stuff you can use outdoors. You’ll get terrific coverage on walls and you can hang light items on it.
  • Flat paper covers well, you can stick light items on it and you can paint on this paper if you are so inclined. Use it to wrap a homemade cardboard fireplace (in this case, use a marble pattern and/or plain buff or gray).
  • Corrugated paper looks terrific on walls and will not sag. What’s more, this is a paper you can build 3D decorations with, such as pedestals.
  • Gossamer is an economical choice and easy to hang because it is light. Although it is translucent, it will look fine over walls that are fairly neutral and in fact will give you a quite realistic look.

Don’t hesitate to use more than one “flagstone” material if it works for you. A poly or paper could go on the walls – all the better for holding a cutout suit of armor every so often – and you could switch to gossamer for hanging in front of the windows.

In front of the window coverings, place the castle view panels shown at the top of this post. The panels are a magnificent 7-plus-feet tall, and free standing so you won’t have to worry about how to hang them.
Best of all, the panels are a takeoff on our highly-rated castle photo backdrop. Personalize the backdrop as a greeting banner, and select the same design in edible party favors such as mint tins and candy bars for a luxuriously customized experience.

Meanwhile, against all that gray stone you’ll need a strong secondary color to contrast with the gray. A true red is the natural choice for warming up the space, and gives you as many options in props and accents as you could hope for. Drape red, translucent gossamer from the ceiling in a tented pattern to maximize the impact of an exquisite chandelier at the center. Tack down red aisle runners as a rolled-out red carpet for guests.

Inexpensive medieval cutouts – crests, flags, pennant banners – bring a trio of bright colors to the walls, including red for continuity.

Take particular care with your tables, especially if this is a dinner party. Cover them in white satin and pull out the silver or gold plate chargers. Finish with large, sparkling glass vases of red flowers and candle arrangements using our new twisted-stem glass pillar holders, which are available in three heights for many decorating possibilities.

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.

Not Just Cake- New Trends in Wedding Desserts


Move over bigger than big cakes.  Sweet little treats are trendy at this year’s weddings.  From cupcakes and cake pops to decorated pies, brides are looking for unique alternatives to three-tiered cakes.  “Unique, sweet treats are trendy and they save money,” comments Keith Bansemer, Director of Internet Marketing at Shindigz.com.

Vanilla and chocolate wedding cakes are still in demand, but many couples opt for seasonal tastes such as hazelnut, cinnamon, lemon, cherry chip, or mint.  Novelty cakes that highlight a couple’s hobbies or interests are also on the rise.

Changes can be seen with fondant, butter cream icing, and icing sprays, too. Cake decorators highlight wedding colors with unique designs and patterns.  Beyond pastels, trendy colors include bright oranges, deep purples, and jet blacks.

Other new, dessert trends include decorated cookies or brownies paired with specialty ice creams.  One look through the colorful photo boards on Pinterest shows that the most popular trends for wedding cakes aren’t necessarily big cakes.

Explore your options with do-it-yourself, cake supplies for weddings and other events.  Making “life more fun” since 1926, customers shop Shindigz for over 34,000 party supplies, photo invitations, party favors, and party decorations to over 22 million events.

Personalized Party Products for Weddings


There’s a method for making a wedding party memorable, from selecting just the right theme and colors to placing the perfect accents into the setting. Personalized party products with a high degree of customization help you bring a special, unique feel to the event at a reasonable cost and with relative ease.

Personalized Wedding Invitations
Wedding invitations come in a number of designs with customization options. In addition to composing nine or ten lines of text, feel free to experiment with font and font color; and (with many of the designs) you can also customize the background colors and graphics.

Don’t miss the photo cards, which may be new to you. Photo cards bring another level of customization to invitations and the prices will surprise you when you see the professional look of them. Photo cards are perfect for save-the-date announcements and shower invites, too.

Customized Wedding Banners
Custom vinyl wedding banners are probably more affordable than you think. Be the designer for banners that mark the wedding and reception venues and the newlyweds’ “getaway” car. Find a banner that matches invitations and decorations in the popular Mr. & Mrs., India, Enchanted and White Party designs, or one in a chosen wedding destination theme that you’ve taken a liking to.

Other Personalized Decorations
Besides banners, there are other impressive, customizable decorations in the form of wall and floor decals. Find your letter and enjoy color choices such as you’ll see on the big 50” monogram floor decal shown at the above right. This one is fast becoming a customer favorite! Use the floor decal a few feet inside the reception entrance, in the middle of the reception room, or to designate the dance floor area. A monogram wall decal can be placed behind the cake table or other high-visibility/high-traffic part of the room. Discover these decal options and more in reception decorating supplies.

Bring personalized party products to the table, too. Glassware candles and monogrammed napkins are classic and always “ahh”-worthy additions to wedding table decorations, while fully customizable coasters and bottle labels – some with photo options — will elicit delighted astonishment.

Personalized Wedding Favors
It will perhaps delight you that there is hardly a wedding favor to be found at Shindigz.com that can’t be personalized with a design and message. We hope so. From candy bars to mint tins, lollipops to lip gloss (and the above-mentioned coasters, too!) you can put together custom favors for bridal showers and receptions of any flavor. Look for personalized photo albums and other gifts for the bridal party, too.

As you’re looking at wedding favors, check out the sticker options available for embellishing plain favor and gift bags.

The Last Word on Personalized Products?
There’s a feeling that we’ve barely scratched the surface here, and that’s because there are so many themes and products! Here’s additional direction. If you are planning a fairly traditional wedding, explore the options in custom wedding supplies. For destination, fairytale and other popular themes, point your cursor at wedding themes.

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