The Voice, The Heat, The Spurs & Kimye


Hi, I’m Mary Collins with the Wednesday Shindigz Party News Blast…

Did you watch The Voice last night…if not, here’s your spoiler….Danielle Bradbery is The Voice. The 16-year-old country singer from Cypress, Texas, triumphed in the fourth-season finale of the NBC singing competition, winning the viewer vote over the other two finalists.

If you weren’t watching The Voice, maybe you were watching sports? If that’s the case you got your moneys worth last night with the NBA finals between the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs.  The reigning champion Miami Heat staved off elimination and evened the NBA finals at three wins each, defeating the San Antonio Spurs 103-100 in overtime and forcing game 7 to be played Thursday.  Sounds like a great excuse to thrown a summer sports party with Shindigz!

The burning question is not yet answered, as of this morning… the name of Kanye and Kim’s baby girl. But rumor has it she’s been named Kaidence Donda West. We can report

Kim Kardashian and her ‘beautiful’ baby girl get steady stream of visitors at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

In celebrity birthday’s Paula Abdul turns 51 today.

Basketball, Bunnies and Little Green Men – Reasons to Party in March


Put away the hearts and lace. Take down the colorful beads. February is out, March is here, and you should be very, very excited about all the opportunities to party! There’s basketball, bunnies, and little green men all waiting to be celebrated in March. Grab your calendar and start planning. There are so many reasons to party in March!

Basketball Blowout

If this season of college basketball so far is any indication of what March will be like, it’s going to be even crazier than the usual 12szdngbkb“madness.” While the official national tournament starts on March 19, there are conference tournaments to watch before that. Your options for a date for your basketball-themed party in March are many!

The most important part of your party is clearly going to be the television. If you don’t have a large screen, hook up a projector and shine the games on a blank wall. Your guests are there to watch the games, make sure they will be able to see it!

Besides the viewing of the game, the other important aspect of your party is the food. Remember that big football party you threw at the beginning of February? Think of what people ate up the quickest. Finger foods are best like chicken strips, chip and dips, cupcakes, nachos, and other foods people can eat without utensils. If most of your guests will be cheering for the same team, purchase some tableware in your team colors, or if you have a mixed crowd of fans of different teams, stick to some neutral basketball themed tableware.

Think of what will make your basketball party stand out from all the rest. If it’s not the game itself, if it’s not the food, it could be the decorations! Take your party to the next level by transforming your guests into a world of basketball! Decorate the ceiling with dangling basketball decorations, or get out all of your team memorabilia and put it around the room and on the spread with all the food. Just make sure none of the decorations block the most important view in the house- the television!

Easter Entertainment

Whether your children’s Sunday School class is coming over or your entire extended family, preparing for an Easter Party is a lot of fun! Easter Sunday comes early this year on March 31.

12szk2dnetwIf your party is predominately for children, go with a bunny and egg theme. You can purchase an entire Easter kit that will save you the headache of having to pick up all the different items you’ll need like plates, napkins, cups, decorations and more. It even comes with a personalized banner! Decorate the place with lots and lots of eggs. Hang some from the ceiling, put them on the walls, and of course, hide a bunch of plastic eggs filled with candy for the children to find!

An adult crowd, or a mix of ages, can still enjoy an elegant Easter party with the right decorations and tableware. Since you’ll clearly be too busy looking for eggs after snacks and/or dinner, you won’t want to be stuck doing the dishes. Get some tasteful paper plates, napkins and cups that can be easily cleaned up after eating. An older crowd might also better appreciate some religious-themed decorations and tableware. For decorations, hang some colorful tissue balls from the ceiling in colors that match your tableware. If it’s family you’ve got coming over, pull out some old photographs from Easters years ago. Use them in frames as centerpieces on the table, or just spread them around the center of the table.

St. Patty’s Celebration

March 17 is not only one of the biggest party nights of the month, but the year as well! St. Patrick’s Day is the perfect excuse to throw a party.

Make your party stand out right off the bat with a personalized banner. It could be the “Smith Family St. Patrick’s Day Party” or 11szfvrspd“Carrie’s St. Patty’s Day Bash!” Your party guests will know that this party is different the moment they see your personalized welcome banner. Hang some decorations from the ceiling, walls and tables, and make sure that everyone is seeing green! While it should be obvious, make sure your party guests know they have to wear green to attend. Warn them that if they don’t, they will probably get pinched!

Don’t forget green tableware for your party. You’ll need festive plates for all your St. Patrick’s Day cupcakes and finger foods, as well as good cups for the green drinks you plan to serve!  And don’t send your guests home empty-handed. Great favors are ones they can use when St. Patrick’s Day rolls around next year, or ones that specifically commemorate your party like a personalized chocolate lollipop.

There’s no excuse not to throw a party in March. Between basketball, Easter and St. Patrick’s day, you should be partying the entire month!

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.

 

Need a Reason to Party? March is Here!


Depending on your interests, there are plenty of reasons to host a party this month.

We’ve got Easter on March 31st this year, and whether you’re going to be hunting Easter Eggs with the kids, or are planning an Easter pageant, you still have time to order your decorations online at Shindigz.

St. Patrick’s Day is also on a Sunday this year, so there’s plenty of opportunities to Wear the Green and salute our Irish ancestry, even if you’re only “Irish for a day“.

Take a moment and tell us your plans in our St Patty’s Poll.

Have you filled out your brackets for the NCAA March Madness College Basketball Tournament yet?  The Party King at Shindigz has his favorites and you can show your support for your team too. Shindigz has 29 teams to choose from.

NASCAR’s back, and baseball fans are celebrating with spring training.

One more reminder, Daylight Savings Time kicks in March.

Spring forward, as they say, which means set your clock forward an hour when you go to sleep on Saturday March 9th!

What else are you doing this month of March?

Shindigz Summer Games: Basketball Free Throws


A basketball free throwing competition was held as part of the Shindigz Summer Games: Race to the Golden Dog Bone. One participant proudly represented each team by wearing their colored team bracelet during the competition. Participants were given 10 shots worth 1 point each.  It was a close competition with the winner only clenching 1st place by one point. Keeping a positive attitude, Party Host Robert Lee said “It’s just an honor to be part of this year’s games.” Robert’s team placed last in this event, but his attitude gets a gold medal!

Basketball Free Throwing Results:
1st Place – Snoop Doggy Dogz
2nd Place – Kick ‘em in the Shindigz
3rd Place -Party Pooches

This basketball free throw competition is a great example of how you can create your own summer games with household items or party supplies. Watch for our Shindigz Summer Games updates as The Race for the Golden Dog Bone continues until August 15th!

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