July Party Ideas


Take the plunge with a new theme for an annual block party, pool party or garden club event (and more!). Here are some ideas for using theme parties for your July events.

Create a Carnival Theme for a Block Party
If your neighborhood is in a phase where lots of children live there, this one’s for you!

First, identify neighbors who have canopies and picnic tables they are willing to lend to the effort. Once they are set up for the party (and, where applicable, weighted properly against the wind) you can decorate them with strings of flag pennants and bright-tone balloons.

Starting with a carnival theme means so much else will fall into place, including the food. Commandeer a few grills and think hot dogs, grilled corn and ice cream.

Pick up a few carnival activities, such as classic toss games and duck floaters, and cheap favors for prizes. We find that many older children truly enjoy running games for the younger ones, so everybody is happily engaged.

You can find all the materials for decorating and activities in Carnival Party Supplies.

Think Gardens and Showers for a Ladybug Party
Already beloved by birthday girls, the ladybug party is also being claimed by party planners as a hot new summer baby shower theme. We also like it for garden club events. The color red, polka dots…what’s not to love?

Cover tables in white and add big bunches of red summer flowers and ladybug mylar balloons. Add polka dot tableware, Ladybug Fancy napkins and a bit of bug table confetti. You’ll see the smiles will arrive by themselves.

Consider also that July is a terrific month for a ladybug release and a spectacular part of a ladybug party if done right. For this, you’ll need to have the ladybug party in the evening and release in a garden area that’s had rain or been watered earlier in the day. (For more information on ensuring the well-being of the ladybugs during and after release, search online for “how to release ladybugs.”)


Throw a Different Kind of Beachfront Bash or Pool Party
We know everybody loves the luau, but why not go in a different direction? A nautical theme party will bring in a new color scheme and can be dressed up or down – and nobody says you can’t still enjoy a round of limbo if you like.

Imagine a gently swinging banner of semaphore flags and an anchor mylar balloon bobbing in a sea of blue latex balloons – and that’s just the entrance to your nautical theme party!

Deck tables in covers of cool white with runners of navy blue, and personalized nautical favors that match the design of the banner. Hoist rows of anchors, port holes or ship’s wheels on walls and embellish the bar with fishnet and an anchor centerpiece.

Wear and share captains’ and gobs’ hats for a humorously jaunty touch.

Try These Excuses for More Parties in July
July is National Ice Cream Month and National Picnic Month. The 28th of July is Milk Chocolate Day and American Cowboy Day. Do you know someone with a birthday in July who loves any of these things? Your theme dilemma is solved!

We have theme party supplies for all of these July celebrations. Start planning your out-of-the-ordinary summer party today.

Big Top-Circus Party Ideas Have Come to Town


No one likes to clown around more than you & your friends! Ok, maybe your kids take the cake, but no matter who is into the fun, a Big Top Circus party is for you! Try these quick & easy tips to create the big top for your school carnival or in your party space:

Host a Summer Carnival with Carnival Games and Decorations from ShindigZ!


Personalized-Carnival-BoothA carnival party is a fantastic way to spend a summer afternoon or even a whole weekend. Host a carnival as a fundraiser for your church or school. Have a carnival for your summer block party. If your child has a summer birthday, a carnival party is a fantastic way to celebrate! ShindigZ has tons of carnival decorations and carnival games for your summer carnival!

Set the scene for your carnival with our Outdoor Carnival Decorating Kit. This plastic Decorating Kit includes a 24′ Fringe Banner, 24′ Pennant Banner, 24′ Bunting, and 65″ Sign Banner. The kits come at a great budget price, so you can order several and create a really bright, festive carnival party!

The Personalized Carnival Booth (pictured above) is a great way to create a ticket booth or game booths at your carnival party. The booth is 13’ tall and 4’ wide and made from sturdy cardboard. You can personalize the booth with your own wording. It’s a must have for your carnival party!

Our custom vinyl banners are perfect for a carnival! Our banners are printed on heavy-duty, weather-resistant vinyl and are reusable if your carnival is an annual event. The banners also have metal grommets that make it easy to hang them with our banner accessories and bungie cords. The Carnival Tent Themed Personalized Banner, Create-A-Banner Carnival, and Carnival Clown Personalized Banner are all great choices. We also have stock banners that read GAME, POPCORN, or TICKETS, which are great for designating various areas of your carnival party.

If your carnival party is going to be outside, the Outdoor Carnival Decorating Kit, personalized banners, and plenty of sunshine are perfect for decorating. If you’re hosting the carnival indoors, use Gossamer to create a tent for your carnival to be held under. Here’s how:

Suspend a 3′ metal ring or a 3′ circle of 1/2″ plywood in the center of the area to be decorated. The distance above the floor is determined by personal preference, and ceiling height. If the gossamer strips that will make up the ceiling cannot be fastened directly to the outside walls of the room, run a wire around the room attached by inconspicuous screw eyes. The wire could be an all-purpose steel or aluminum decorating wire from a hardware or craft store. You could also use a monofilament line of 30 or 40 pound test.

Use 60″ wide or 107″ wide gossamer strips to run from the center to the outside walls. To determine the length of the gossamer strips, use a builder’s or carpenter’s measuring tape and measure from the center ring or plywood disc to the walls. Start by measuring the distance to the four corners – since those will be the longest strips. If your ring or circle is positioned correctly in the center of the room, you need only measure to one corner since all four will be the same. Allow additional gossamer to fasten around the ring or fasten on top of the circle and to fasten to the wall or around the wire.

Put up a test strip of gossamer to one corner. If you have a ring, gather the gossamer to 2″ or 3″ across, loop it around the ring and staple gossamer to itself. The stapled loop is on top of the strip of gossamer, out of sight. If you have a wooden disc, gather the gossamer the same way and use a staple gun to fasten it to the top of the disc. Carry the gossamer to the wall, loop it over the wire (or fasten it directly to the wall) and staple the gossamer in the same way – allowing for a swag or droop in the fabric.

At the outside wall, pleat or gather the gossamer to 1/2 its original width for the best appearance. The 60″ wide gossamer should be 30″ wide, the 107″ wide gossamer should be 54″ wide. 19″ wide gossamer is not practical to use for ceilings in any but the smallest of rooms. Measure additional strips and fill in the complete ceiling the same way.

Cover your walls with stripes of brightly colored flat paper and you’ll have an awesome looking indoor carnival.

More important than decorations though are the carnival games! ShindigZ has a fantastic assortment of carnival games, crafts, and activities!

Sell tickets from our Double Roll of Tickets and charge a certain amount of tickets for each game. If you’re not trying to raise funds through your carnival, use the tickets to make sure kids are taking turns! Hand out a certain allotment of tickets for each how. Plus, the tickets add to the carnival ambiance.

We have tons of classic carnival game kits such as Bean Bag Tosses, a Can Toss Game, a Duck Fishing Game, The Clothespin Drop Game, a plastic Bowling Game set, and Field Cones and Relay Batons for running three-legged races, foot races, and relay games. Check out all our carnival games in the Carnival Party Store!

We also have a Lightning Ball Game that is sure to be a hit with kids old and young! The airblown game self-inflates (like a moon walk) and comes with six balls for hours of fun!

Plus, we carry twisty balloons (in a package of 72) for making balloon animals and hats with!

Stock up on favors, such as small toys, jewelry, candy, and other party favors to hand out as prizes at your carnival. Our party favor store has tons of options!

Check out all of our Carnival Party Supplies for more banners, games, decorations, and prizes! Tell us about your summer carnival too!

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