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Great DIY Elmo Party Favor Ideas

If your little one giggles along to Elmo during Sesame Street, why not create a birthday full of laughter with the fuzzy red Muppet? Whether for baby’s first birthday or a ticklish toddler, guests will bring Elmo’s World memories home with these five do-it-yourself party favor ideas:

C is for Crayons. P is for Party Pails.

Ditch the conventional cellophane party favor bag and opt for a more permanent option. Kids get to reuse them for Halloween, Easter, or just hold onto them as a souvenir.

Make this a more educational take-home gift. After all, Elmo loves his crayons! Find coloring pages on the Sesame Street website, and add coloring books, crayon sets, rulers, stickers, and little story books to stick in your pails.

Plus, they  perfectly hold any piñata treats and traditional favors little ones love like blowouts and bubbles.


Dorothy Fish Bowls

Sure Ernie has his rubber duckies but in Elmo’s World, it’s all about his goldfish, Dorothy. Give party guests an adorable nod to Elmo’s goldy, Dorothy, by making little fish bowls.

Buy mini plastic fish bowls and fill them with goldfish. Put blue construction paper as the background and write your child’s name and birthday year.

For another Dorothy homage that’s toddler-sized, try marshmallow or cake pops. Just add blue-dye, melted chocolate, graham goldfish snacks, and lollipop sticks to your party supplies list.


Cookie Monster Approved Treats

Decorating Elmo cookies looks a lot harder than it seems. Simply bake round sugar cookies, add red frosting and white and black frosting for the eyes, an orange M&M or jellybean for a nose, and black licorice or half an Oreo cookie for a mouth (two cookies in one!) Display on an adorable Elmo cupcake stand.

Or, just bake some chocolate-chip cookies and place them on Sesame Street plates (featuring Cookie Monster, of course) and wrap the plates in cellophane. Add a milk carton or bottle for a cute effect and an after-dinner snack for mom, dad, and tyke’s enjoyment.

For the extra-mini Muppet fan, fill plastic baby bottles with mini chocolate chip cookies. Then decorate the bottles with cutouts. Or, melt some chocolates and adhere edible Elmo icing decorations to Oreos for delicious ElmOreos.



Elmo and Zoe’s Lemonade Stand

Make sure your creative party favors stand out. Instead of a boring table display, recreate Elmo and Zoe’s lemonade stand. Put your host, Elmo, to work at your drink stand with a life-sized balloon. Take pictures of the guests with the Elmo balloon and have a perfect addition to thank-you notes, as well.

Any table, wooden crate, or chest will work. Cover the surface with a tablecloth that shows Elmo and friends. Then use a banner or sign to mark it as the lemonade stand. How about: “[Insert birthday child's name]‘s La, La, La, La, La Lemonade.”

Serve lemonade in Elmo-themed cups, display matching drink napkins, and place your goodies next to each cup.

Toddlers love Elmo’s smiling face and bringing him home to your birthday baby’s friends keeps the celebration and laughter going. With your creative and colorful sweets and favors, your guests won’t need directions to Sesame Street.


Science Birthday Party by Sarah Sinkus

$100 Party of the Week winner Sarah shares her son’s love for Science at his birthday party.

My son loves science so i was trying to come up with a fun way to incorporate that in to a party I think I found it.  I love diy parties and out of the box of ordinary. So as i was searching for things for the party I realized I could reuse   a lot  of my Halloween decor that I already have.


I needed some decor so I decided to bring out my cricut machine.  I cut out scientists using a cartridge and i cut banner shapes and letters. I then just put it together with string.

science banner

science table

I decided on lots of bright neon colors. To go along with the theme, these fresh lime 9″ plates were used for food.  And I covered the table with a black plastic table cover from Shindigz.  I found these great light bulb jars and i put water in them and broke glow sticks in them it was a very cool effect. I also took different shape potion bottles i had in my Halloween stuff and filled with water and food coloring. Their cups are actually measuring flasks I found.  The little tubes on table are filled with nerds kind of a test tube feel. I also had petri dishes i made jello in and some had nerds in it or other candy for effect.


I decided we were going to do experiments and they could take home instead of junk in favor bags. We made slime and put in these containers and i made the labels on my computer.  (You can also personalize stickers at Shindigz.)

science table

We even had a science show courtesy of my husband and his friend complete with dry ice.

science cake

I usually  make all my cakes but i was a little busy so i bought one this time.

lab coats

All the kids had men’s white button down shirts as lab coats (my friend happen to be getting rid of them). I also baought some adult throw away lab coats for us and bigger kids. They had so much fun in them and in this picture they are doing diet coke and mentos explosion.

favor boxes

I made them all lab badges on my computer for them and the favor bags are black boxes and have their badges and one take home experiment and their safety goggles .they got to take home the things we made as well and their drinking cups.


science sign

We also made lava lamps with oil water food coloring.  It was a huge hit with the kids.  I made this sign for front door on my computer.   It was so much fun I cant wait for my next big idea.

Thank you for sharing your party with us Sarah!


How to Incorporate Real Toys Into Your Toy Story Birthday Party Decorations

Decorating for parties is a lot of fun, but when your kid’s party is themed, you want to go above and beyond the standard crêpe paper and balloons. What better way to decorate for a Toy Story party than to incorporate real toys into the decor? Use these fun tips to sprinkle actual toys throughout the party and give the kids an authentic Toy Story experience.

Create a Toy-Filled Centerpiece

Cupcake stands don’t just have to hold cupcakes; they don’t even have to hold food. To make the ultimate Toy Story centerpiece for your table, grab a cupcake stand or two, then fill it with toys. Sit them on the edges next to each other like they’re looking out at the kids. Toy Story action figures are especially fun but any toys will do to create a cool effect. The cupcake stand itself is Toy Story-themed, so no matter what you have, it’ll work perfectly.


Costume Items Provide Instant Games

Kids love to play dress-up, and the characters in Toy Story offer so much material for impromptu games. Stock up on toy cowboy hats and toy space helmets. These items will look awesome on display atop a table or adorning a wall and will be even more fun when they come down. The kids might reenact scenes from the movies or make up their own scenarios. Make believe is the best kind of fun because the possibilities are endless. To incorporate even more characters, burlap sacks with paper cut out features will do in a pinch for the potato heads, and anything green can become an alien or Rex the dinosaur.


Mini Toys Make Great Place Settings and Party Favors

Give the kids a fantastic last impression of the party by sending them home with top-notch party favors. Start by decorating each place setting at the table with these cool tiny toys which the kids will have a ball playing with while they wait for cake. Then let the kids take them home after the party is over.

A Buzz Lightyear backpack clip doubles as an action figure and a cool way to display their favorite Toy Story character at school. Sheriff’s badges featuring each kid’s name will make it fun to pretend to be Woody or Jessie on the playground. Finally, a cowboy boot pin that blinks will be so much fun in the dark at sleepovers. The pin joins with magnets, so no sharp pins will poke fingers or rip clothes.


Use Toys As Cake Decorations

It wouldn’t be very fun to put real toys on top of a cake (and it might not be especially sanitary, either!). Instead, use edible toys and candles as decorations. Rex the dinosaur and the green alien from Pizza Planet make great themed cake decorations your partygoers can eat. Instead of regular candles, stick a bunch of candles shaped like aliens and little rocket ships atop the cake.

Make your Toy Story party truly special. Your decorations will go above and beyond if you put real toys in the mix. The guests will be delighted, their parents will be impressed, and the birthday boy or girl will love feeling like the movie has truly come to life.


Host an Outrageous Monster High Party

A Monster High-themed birthday party is a great idea for girls — after all, the franchise is all about celebrating individuality and encouraging the differences that makes each person unique. Don’t let throwing a Monster High party frighten you; with a little planning and creativity, your event will thrill your guests and delight your daughter. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Monstrously Fun Invitations

Make Monster High student ID cards for eye-catching invitations. Take a head shot of your daughter and affix it to the corner of a pink tag board rectangle. Stencil “Monster High” in black across the top, your daughter’s name underneath, and the words “Student ID” at the bottom. Write the details of the party in the middle of the card. Alternatively, you can skip the photo and write each guest’s name on the ID card instead of the birthday girl’s. Of course, you can choose an attractive pre-printed invitation, too, if you don’t trust your artistic abilities.


Consider a Costume Party

Girls love to wear costumes and dress up and a Monster High birthday party is the perfect opportunity for girls to let their creativity shine. Choose a ready-made character costume like Catty Noir, Viperine, or Elissabet for instant impact. You could also comb area thrift shops for suitable Monster attire and let the girls put together outfits at your party. Just make sure to let guests know it’s a costume party on the invitations if you want them to come properly attired.


Ghoulish Goodies

A good menu is an essential component to a successful Monster High party. A coffin-shaped cookie cutter can be used for coffin cookies or even to create coffin-shaped puffed rice treats and brownies.

Make individual graveyard goodies by filling a paper cup with chocolate pudding and crushed chocolate cookies with a sugar cookie headstone and some gummy worm candies. Make tasty spiders by attaching pretzel stick legs to a caramel candy center. Finger sandwiches are a fun and easy option.

Add a personalized Monster High label to bottled water for a fun party drink or make a yummy monster punch with blood-red pomegranate juice and ginger ale.

Carry the Monster High theme into your birthday cake or cupcakes with a pink and black frosting and a monster cake topper or cupcake picks.


Great Games Make the Party

The best parties have at least two or three fun games with cute party prizes. Bobbing for apples, a Halloween favorite, is perfect for a Monster High theme. Try the vampire makeup challenge: since vampires can’t see their reflections, have each guest apply makeup without a mirror. Purchase some inexpensive eye shadows and liners, mascara, blush, and lipsticks and turn the girls loose. Give a prize to the girl with the best makeup.

Another fun activity is Fear Squad try-outs: let guests take turns being Cleo de Nile and inventing a Fear Cheer. The other guests have to duplicate the cheer or get eliminated. Have a dance-off or play the Monster High theme song and have the girls dance and then freeze when you stop the music. The last person to stop moving is out.

End your party with a Monster High piñata stuffed with brightly colored candies, stickers, beads, and bracelets. Don’t forget a swag bag for guests to take home their piñata loot and other party favors.

Go bold with your Monster High decorations and food; your birthday girl and her guests will have a blast.


Score With Soccer Party Food Ideas That Are Sure to Win Over the Crowd

You may be following your favorite team as they make their way through the World Cup. Or you might have kids who play soccer or simply love the sport. Either way, your soccer-themed party isn’t complete without themed food. Not only will your food table look so cool it enhances your overall decor, your guests will also appreciate the creativity that went into preparing the food. Check out these five food ideas:

Soccer Ball Cake

Bake the sportiest cake around by making it in the shape of a soccer ball. Start with a handy soccer ball cake pan, then jazz it up with black and white icing in the iconic hexagonal pattern. Decorating the cake is just half the fun – the other half is the presentation. Place the cake on a rectangular plate on top of some green paper. Set up tiny goals at either end and you’re sure to score a major goal with partygoers.


Stadium Snacks in a Cup

You don’t have to be a master chef to create a great soccer-themed snack for your guests. Fill soccer ball cups with stadium foods like popcorn and chips. Throw some french fries in the mix, too. They will look great set up in rows on a table and the small portions will keep your guests satisfied without ruining their appetites if you’ve got cake or a main course coming.


Soccer Candles Make Great Food Decorations

These awesome soccer ball toothpick candles will work great in a cake or as decoration on individual cupcakes, but why stop there? You don’t have to light the candles, just use them as decorations! Stick them in cheese cubes to add flair to your fruit and cheese plate, or use them to spruce up donuts or donut holes. They would look great atop green icing, so get creative with your desserts!


Sporty Plates and Napkins

You’ve done so much work to create themed food to really make your party score. So, give your plain paper plates and napkins a red card and throw them out of the game. Stacks of festive plates and napkins that follow your sporty theme will not only make your table look good, but they’ll amuse your guests as well. If you want to go all out, drape your food table with some green tissue paper grass to make it look like a soccer pitch. You could even get tiny goals to put at either end. When setting up your food, presentation is half the fun.


Soccer Ball Piñata

If your soccer party is a birthday party for kids, they’ll love hitting a piñata and collecting the candy once it comes out. If you want to make it into even more of a game, lower the piñata so instead of hitting it with a stick, the kids are kicking it just like their favorite soccer players. Just be sure to have everyone stand back in case someone gets overenthusiastic!

Every soccer fan at your party will love these clever food ideas. Plus, they will look so cool, people won’t be able to help heading towards the food table and sampling all the delights and delicacies. With the best food to enhance the theme of your party, you’ll always be on the winning team.


How to Host a Great Soccer Birthday Party

Hosting a birthday party for your son or daughter is easier when you’ve got a unifying theme. If your child plays soccer —o r is just a soccer fan — why not throw a soccer birthday bash? Here are some great ideas to get your party started.

Set the Scene with the Invites

While there are lots of pre-printed soccer invites that get the job done, it’s often helpful to send custom personalized invites that help guests know what kind of party to expect. Phrases like, “let’s kick up some fun,” tell guests your party will likely have some outdoor athletic activities and games, so they come dressed to play.

Choose invites with the colors of your child’s favorite team and use those colors in your party planning. If your child and their guests play on a team together, you may want to use team colors in your party. Be sure to send your invites at least three or four weeks in advance, especially if your party falls during the school year so parents have time to plan.


Prepare the Pitch

Once you’ve decided where you’re throwing your soccer party, it’s time to choose your decorations. Your decorations are more limited in an outdoor party, but you can still hang balloons and streamers, put birthday yard signs in the grass, and decorate the food and gift tables.

For an indoor party, you can get as creative as your budget allows. Hang soccer pennants along doorways and walls. Use synthetic grass mats on the goodies and cake table; they’re the perfect backdrop for a soccer ball cake. Cover a wall in the party room with soccer decals or a scene setter. Make clusters of black and white balloons to keep the soccer ball theme.


Score with the Perfect Party Foods

A soccer theme party is the perfect place to showcase a creative touch on the foods you’d typically find at a soccer stadium. Popcorn is a yummy and inexpensive favorite; you can also add a glaze in your team’s colors for extra punch. Hotdogs, pretzels, and nachos are all popular kid-friendly choices. Serve your goodies in striped paper containers just like you’d find at the stadium.

There are lots of options for a soccer-themed birthday cake. The simplest option is to decorate a sheet cake like a soccer field with green icing and field markings piped in white topped with a soccer ball candle. You can also make a soccer ball cake by baking your cake mix in oven-proof glass bowls that can be glued together with icing and covered in frosting to resemble a soccer ball. Individual cupcakes topped with feathered green icing that looks like grass and topped with a soccer ball candy are another option kids will love.


The Goal is Great Games

Soccer-themed games can be adapted for indoor or outdoor parties. Try soccer bowling using empty soda bottles for pins. Have players kick the ball to knock down pins; score just like regular bowling. Play airheads with black and white balloons; players must keep their balloon in the air using only their heads. A summer favorite is the water balloon obstacle course where guests have to dribble a water balloon around cones and other obstacles without breaking their balloon.

Be sure to send guests home with a soccer-themed swag bag and great memories of your child’s special day.



Crabby Patties Don’t Sound Good? Find Great SpongeBob Party Favor Ideas Here

Kids love themed birthday parties, and SpongeBob is one of the most popular characters on TV. So what could be better than a SpongeBob themed birthday party for your child’s special day?

Of course, an excellent party requires exceptional party favors. Fortunately, there are more options than the typical Crabby Patties. Check out our great selection of SpongeBob party favor ideas.

The SpongeBob Swag Box

If you’re short on time and looking for the perfect collection of trinkets and goodies every child will appreciate, this pre-packaged box of SpongeBob favors is just the ticket. The bright yellow box includes a SpongeBob stadium cup, key chain, icon ring, stickers, party hat, and individually wrapped candies. Hand these to guests when they arrive to help get the party started—or save them for a parting favor to surprise guests on their journey home.


Giant Shark Mouth Photo Stand-In

Send guests home with a photo memory of their underwater adventure with this shark mouth photo set. Take a digital photo of each guest with the birthday boy or girl and have a helper print them out during the party. Decorate a simple cardboard or magnetic picture frame and pass them out as guests leave. This giant octopus photo stand-in also works well with the underwater adventure theme. Parents love these photo favors of their children at your party.


Personalized Lollipops and Candies

These brightly colored fruit swirl lollipops are a fun treat for kids that are just as tasty as they are colorful. These lollipops are also available in a plain white variety and in rich milk chocolate; buy some of every flavor and let guests choose. Miniature personalized Underwater Adventure chocolate bars are another awesome option; pile them in a sand bucket for a quick and easy table decoration.


Beach Bucket and Shovel

These turquoise and yellow beach buckets are perfect SpongeBob party favors. You can put a little sand in each bucket and bury packaged candies and trinkets for guests to uncover when they get home. To make them really special, put a real starfish or two on top–it’s sure to delight your guests. They also make a cute and convenient lunch bucket for party snacks; put a sandwich, chips, and juice box in each for an easy party picnic lunch. Add a personalized sticker label for a special memento of your child’s party.


Colorful Fish Water Squirters

Why not try something different and fun for your SpongeBob party favors? These perky plastic fish water squirters work well with the Underwater Adventure theme and are great for outdoor water play during the party if the weather permits. Your guests will play with them long after the party’s over, too; they make wonderful bath toys. These little squirter fish pair well with a bag of gummy fish candy in a brightly colored favor bag.


SpongeBob Mylar Balloon

For a quick and fun party favor, give each guest his or her own SpongeBob mylar balloon. These sturdy colorful balloons are over two feet tall and tough enough to last for weeks. This is a no-fuss, no-mess party favor that’s easy on the hostess—and the party budget. Plus, mylar balloons are always a hit with the kids.

Don’t settle for run-of-the-mill party favors at your child’s SpongeBob bash. These fun favors are affordable, attractive, and sure to please your guests.



How to Host a Kid-Friendly SpongeBob Birthday Party

Does your little SpongeBob fan have a birthday coming up? Throw him or her the party of their dreams with a SpongeBob-themed bash they’ll remember forever. Here are some great ideas for a birthday “underwater adventure” party for kids.

Go Bold With Color

Kids love bright colors, and SpongeBob’s signature colors, turquoise and yellow, are ideal for turning your party space into an underwater set. Purchase some yellow marine rope from a hardware store and use it as “rigging” along one wall; you can attach it with tape, adhesive hooks, or thumbtacks. Hang turquoise and white balloons and cardboard or plastic starfish, crabs, and colorful fish from the rope to create an underwater feeling. You could also purchase a pre-made backdrop for a wall in your party room. Keep the color theme going with your table coverings and party ware.


Plan at Least Three or Four Activities

Of course kids love birthday cake and party favors, but the main attraction at any birthday party is the games. Children love to play games and win prizes, so plan to spend at least 30-45 minutes on activities.

Balloon ping pong is a favorite with kids. Make paddles by gluing paper plates to popsicle sticks. Use an inflated balloon for the ball. Rules can be simple (keep the ball off the floor) or challenging (string a rope as a “net” the balloon has to go over) depending on the age of the children.

Make a variation of pin the tail on the donkey by having children pin a tie on a cardboard SpongeBob, or use a pre-made game set. Children love scavenger hunts, especially if the party is outdoors.

You can’t go wrong with a SpongeBob piñata, a perennial favorite for kids of all ages. Fill the piñata with colorful candies and SpongeBob trinkets like friendship bracelets and mini-bubbles. Save the piñata for the end of the party just before the children go home so you can contain the piñata mess for easier cleanup.


Continue the Theme with Party Food

No SpongeBob party would be complete without a pineapple. Make fruit skewers with pineapple chunks, berries, and mini marshmallows. Stand the skewers in a box of brown sugar “sand.” Serve “ocean water” to drink; the blue raspberry-flavored soft drink mix makes a pretty ocean-colored drink. You can also replace the labels on bottled water with a personalized label that reads “Bikini Bottom Ocean Water.”

Make a batch of “popcorn kelp” by adding some green food coloring to your favorite popcorn ball or caramel corn recipe. Serve it in individual plastic bags tied with colorful ribbons. Grill up some slider-sized hamburgers for Crabby Patties.

If a large cake isn’t your style, try trendy turquoise and yellow cake pops propped in a bucket of brown sugar sand. Individual cupcakes with fluffy icing in personalized wrappers make a tasty and attractive table centerpiece.



Don’t Forget the Party Favors

Send your guests home with goodies and favors to remind them of the fun event. Give each child a little plastic bucket of sand filled with wrapped candies and seashells. Individual packages of yellow and blue jellybeans, as well as packets of gummy fish, are a cute candy choice.

Throwing a SpongeBob party for your child is a piece of cake with a little planning and creativity. The kids will love an afternoon of underwater adventure.


Facebook Party of the Week Winner, John Figueroa, Shares How To Throw A Star Wars Party!

When John’s Twin Daughters Wanted A Star Wars Themed Birthday Party, He Got Right To Work.

When my twin daughters told me they wanted a Star Wars themed birthday party this year, I was more than excited to give them one!  I started off with the Star Wars Generations Invitations, inviting friends and family to celebrate their 8th birthday with us.  Guests were greeted at the front door by a Clonetrooper Life Size Standee with a speech bubble that read “This is the party you’re looking for…move along”.  The speech bubble is made from foamcore and attached to the Clonetrooper.

storm trooper

We used the Shindigz Hollywood Starry Night Room Roll as our backdrop, which was perfect for our Star Wars theme.  The balloon bouquets were put together using the Blue Star Mylar Balloons and the Black with White Stars Around Balloons we found at Shindigz.  The birthday girls wore Star Wars costumes and dressed as a Rebel Pilot and Darth Vader.  (Are those outfits adorable or what?!)

starry night room roll

We personalized a custom Happy Birthday banner using the Twinkle Stars Personalized Banner.  I placed Stars Wars movie scene 8X10 pictures around for added decoration.


We fired up the grill and served “Han Burgers” and “Hoth Dogs” and ate “7 Leia Dip”, “Jar Jar Links” and “Wookie Cookies”.  I found the printable food and drink signs on Pinterest.  Our Star Wars themed food was served on the Star Wars Generations Dinner Plates and Dessert Plates and we used Shindigz Silver Cutlery.  Tables were covered with the Stars Wars Generations Table Cover and the True Blue Round Plastic Table Cover.



Our drinks had names too!  We labeled our “Yoda Soda” and “Luke SkyWATER” using the personalized Twinkle Star Water Bottle Labels.  Guests drank “Vaderade” from the Star Wars Generations Paper Cups.

drinks 2


The children at the party were presented with their very own Jedi Robe when they arrived.  I used the tutorial here for the basic design.

The kids participated in Jedi Training and were also presented with a light saber.  The kids were excited to take these home as party gifts.

light saber

We played “Pin the Bun on Princess Leia” and each kid had their turn at destroying the Darth Vader pinata.  I made a light saber pinata stick using a broom handle I covered with True Blue Crepe Streamers and silver and black Duct Tape.  I made the Star Wars masks using the free printables found here:

Princess Leia


Guests were reminded to “Wash their Hans” in the bathroom.  Sometimes its the little things that make the party!


Our Star Wars party was a huge hit and we had a lot of fun celebrating.  Everyone loved all the decorations I found at Shindigz that made our party really come together.


Thank you for sharing John.  We give you “Dad of the Year!”

Shindigz CEO Does #ALS #icebucketchallenge

Shindigz CEO Matt Wojewuczki Supports ALS Cause

**WATCH** as the Shindigz CEO Matt Wojewuczki does his #ALSicebucketchallenge and he’s calling out some Fort Wayne Peeps! Tim Ash of Ash Brokerage, Dwight Jewett of Auto Collision, Mike Nutter and Evan Ashton of the Fort Wayne TinCaps! You all have 24 HOURS…

Way to go Matt!