Soar to Party Greatness With an Aviator Birthday


Do you have a birthday boy who wants to grow up to be a pilot or a birthday girl who wants a high-flying, birthday party?

Plane Party verses a Plain Party

With the arrival of Disney’s Planes, your aviator may very well be in the clouds this summer.  Start your party with an airplane invitation that boasts of high-flying fun.  Add a banner or yard sign so that your guests will know where the party has landed.

Once your guests arrive, it’s time for the party to really take off.  You can hang gliders from the ceilings and walls.  Not only will these make great decorations; they can be used in a flight competition and they make great favors for your guests to take home with them.

Even the cake can get in on the high flying fun.  Decorate the cake from an airplane cake pan with your aviator’s favorite, frosting colors.  Complete the look with airplane-themed cake decorations.

Aviation Activities

What could be more fun than having your picture taken in an airplane prop?  Complete the photo setting with some aviator sunglasses and a pilot’s hat.  Who wouldn’t want a picture of themselves as a pilot?

Pilots have to practice their flight skills, so offer a flight contest.  Invite older children to make their own paper airplanes or pre-assemble gliders and let young children color their own.  Line up them up and at the count of three, send planes soaring through your yard.  The plane that travels the farthest wins.

Take a couple hours with the kids to watch Planes in the theater, or when it’s available, pop popcorn and view the movie at home.

Thanks for Flying

Award guests goody bags filled with airplane party supplies.  It’s just another way to make your party soar.

For all of your little pilots or for fans of high flying party fun your aviator birthday party is cleared for take off.

Birthday Party Ideas for Spirited Girls


All girls have spirit but not for the same things.  Some have spirit for their teams or their sports, and these party ideas will let their spirit shine through.

Spirited Party Themes


If she likes cheering on her favorite sports team; give her a a party to cheer about. Decorate with the team’s colors and logo.  Give your guests spirited fan gear, just like they would get at the big game. Give them beads, pom pons, and even foam fingers all in team colors. That way even if they can’t make it to the stadium they can feel like they did.

If the birthday girl does not have a favorite team but she has a favorite sport; bring that sport to the party. Sports themed decorations and favors are bound to be a hit with any sporty girl.  If she is a rising soccer star then let her show off her skills with a party that reaches the goal.  Feature her favorite sports equipment on all the tableware.  You can even make a soccer ball cake that she and her friends will get a kick out of.

Activities for Spirited Girls

What real sports fan doesn’t paint her face before going to a game? Your party shouldn’t be any different.  With a little bit of face paint you can set up a face painting station so that your girls can show off their spirit.  Painting a simple “Go Team” in the team colors is a always a good option.  For the more artistically inclined girl stars and flowers make beautiful additions to a spirited face.  The video below will give you some ideas of options for you.

Once your guests are all set to show off their spirit have a cheer-off. Each girl can write her own cheer and perform it for everyone.  The cheers can be specific to a favorite team or sport.  “Run! Kick! Goal!” would be a great cheer for a soccer player. Maybe they will come up with new ideas to use at the next, big game.

If your guests prefer playing to cheering then let them play. A small backyard soccer game is always a big hit with your soccer stars.  Or let the spirited girls show off their talents by making trick shots on the goal.  If kicking the soccer ball around isn’t enough then why not take a swing at a soccer ball pinata.

With all these spirited ideas there is no way for you to miss the goal of throwing a spirited party for your birthday girl.  All your guests will leave cheering for you, “Hip Hip Hooray!”

How to Plan th’ Best Ever scurvy Pirate Parrrty


Shindigz introduces a brand new Pirate Theme for your next Pirate Party for your kids.  And to set the mood, let’s slip into Pirate Speak:

You'll be the Best Mom with this Shindigz Pirate Party!

Ye’ll be th’ Best Mom wit’ ’tis Shindigz scurvy pirate parrrty!

Ahoy, Matey! Lookin’ fer a unique parrrty to throw fer ye son or girly offsprin’? Have ye child invite all ‘o his or her pals over fer a scurvy pirate theme bash!

Start wit’ personalized invitation.

Pirate Photo Invitations

Pirate Photo Invitations

Welcome them wit’ a custom yard sign ‘n banner, ‘n then as they board th’ ship, deck them out wit’ an tattered eye patch, gold tooth, hat, scarf ‘n  hook!

Dress 'em up Pirate Style!

Dress ‘em up Pirate Style!

We’ve got plenty more scurvy pirate parrrty ideas at our scurvy pirate store, but first, take a couple ‘o minutes ‘n spy wit’ ye eye how parrrty Plannin’ Pro Wendy ‘n her sidekick Mary prepare fer a scurvy pirate parrrty:

Shindigz also found a collection ‘o scurvy pirate parrrty grub ideas to feed ye crew!

Top Party Themes for Baby Boomers


Here are some groovy theme parties to throw for Boomer birthdays, anniversaries and retirements.

1. Luau celebration. When Hawaii became a state in 1959, it sparked a tourism boom (no pun intended) that was so pronounced it – and Don Ho – promptly got absorbed by popular culture. “Gidget” went there, Elvis went there and even the Brady Bunch vacationed in the islands. Kiddos coming of age in the years following WWII were continually tempted by the allure of ocean breezes, boogie boards and poi products. The islands still rank high as vacation destinations, the luau likewise as one of the all-time popular party themes. Boomers were among the first to appreciate both.

2. Party of a Decade. Though the timespan depends on the context of the discussion, the Baby Boom by most accounts occurred about 1946 into the early 60s, so it is often helpful to think in terms of early Boomers and late Boomers. The early wave came of age in the 60s and a whole lot of them are retiring now. Those who came later finished high school in the 1970s – and in the 70s, the 50s party first became popular! That means there are at least three decades the members of this generation love to party to.

3. Zebra retro. Big, colorful florals, op art and zebra patterns were all iterations of the strong, “mod” patterns fashionable in the 1960s for clothing, accessories and even home furnishings. A zebra party is another way to go retro, and as luck would have it, it also happens to be an “in” party theme for multiple generations right now so there are plenty of decorating options to be had. The fashion plates and the Boomers who adore the excesses and exaggerations of the Austin Powers movies really dig this party, baby, in both regular and hot pink.

4. Murder mystery. Boomers grew up playing Clue (as well as other classic board games such as Candy Land and Monopoly) and many of them likewise enjoyed the first Clue-based murder mystery role-playing parties of the 1980s. Combine nostalgia, humor and lots of entertaining activity during a dinner party with a Boomer as guest of honor, starting with the coolest licensed murder-oriented props around.

5. Music. When you read above about the luau and Don Ho, does the song “Tiny Bubbles” run through your head? Background music is far more than just about movies; it is woven inextricably with our memories and therefore comprises a powerful force in our personal and shared histories. Match the party soundtrack to theme and mood, and include some of the party VIP’s selections. You can also spotlight music itself – check out the new Music Note decorations as well as established favorites Music of the Night, Disco and Jazz/1920s collections.

While there’s no substitute for knowing the tastes and interests of the Baby Boom generation co-worker, friend or relative in your life, we hope discussing popular themes has helped you work those creativity muscles! Explore even more on the Themes pages, and let us know how it goes.

Everything You Need to Know About Hosting a Summer Party for Tweens


Everything You Need to Know About Hosting a Summer Party for Tweens

Beat the Heat

Pinata's are fun for all ages!

Pinata’s are fun for all ages!

Use water balloons as balls in a fun game of dodgeball.  Not only is it a classic group game it will help cool off your guests as they enjoy themselves.  Water balloons can also be turned into piñatas that surprise the player with a shower of water when they break the balloon.  Or add a regular piñata as another game to play.

Make the Decorations a Game

Place small favors in balloons that way each child is able to break a balloon and earn a favor.  Any small favor in a balloon can turn a regular balloon into an individual piñata for each of your guests.  If you would rather not pick up the pieces of broken balloons then hanging gliders would be another option.  Before the activities the gliders make fun decoration.  During the activities it is quite simple to have a glider flying contest.  Simply take them down and see who can throw theirs the furthest.

Angry Birds

If you want to integrate some bird slinging and pig popping fun into your party an Angry Birds party would be right on target.  With decorations and tableware to fit this theme you can make sure only the birds are angry at your party.  You can create your own levels for your guests to defeat.  Set up blocks in fun configurations and fling your bean bag birds try and knock them all down.

Hawaiian Party

Personalized Surfboards from Shindigz!

Personalized Surfboards from Shindigz!

Break out the leis and grass skirts and have a luau this summer.  Invite your guests to participate by donning Hawaiian print shirts, grass skirts, and as many leis as they want.  With a few surfboard and palm tree standees any space can look like an island paradise.  To add to the fun have a limbo or hula hoop contest to see who has the most island spirit.

Even the pickiest tweens will find themselves having fun at your party this summer.

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