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Raise Your Swords: Pirate Birthday Party Ideas are Here!

Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate party for me! Pirates are a popular birthday theme, thanks to hit films like “Pirates of the Caribbean” and the children’s cartoon, “Jake and the Neverland Pirates.” Whether your party is inspired by these lovable characters or you’re hitting the high seas under your own original pirate flag, these party ideas will help you plan an unforgettable event.

Set the Stage for Adventure

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The right decorations will give your party an air of adventure. Coordinate your party banners, table covers, and backdrops to highlight your pirate theme. In the decor, feature the signature skull and crossbones insignia or a pair of pirate swords. Create a nautical or tropical atmosphere so your guests feel like they’re onboard a pirate ship or docked at a treasure-filled island.

A standing pirate ship made from cardboard will instantly engage your guests, and it will provide the perfect spot for unforgettable photos. Treasure chests can hold everything from your goodie bags to treats. An inflatable treasure chest cooler is the perfect solution for icy beverages at an outdoor event.

Send Them Home with Some Treasure


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Keep your little pirates busy with fun, themed activities. Pirate party ideas for your games may include a treasure hunt, walking a plank that’s balanced on two bricks, or sifting through a sandbox for coins and jewels. Place some gold coins into a chest and have guests guess how many are there. Mount some pirate hooks to a board and play “hook toss” with large plastic rings.

With the right accessories, your guests can dress up like brave seafarers. Offer eye patches, bandanas, and face paint. If you’re catering to crafty kids, you can set up a table for making spyglasses from paper towel tubes, or have them decorate paper pirate hats.

Serve Swashbuckling Treats


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No party is complete without some special treats. You can find dozens of creative pirate birthday party ideas for your food. Stick a skewer mast with paper sails into a hot dog, pickle, or celery boat. Carve a watermelon into a boat and fill it with fruit salad. Pirate sword skewers add flair to cheese cubes or other soft snacks. For a healthy twist, carrots or bell pepper sticks can become pirate swords.

For a chilling treat, freeze red punch into “crocodile blood” ice cubes. Serve them in a clear soda or juice, and watch as they bleed into the water.

Organize Activities for Your Mates


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Give each guest some special treasures to take home with pirate-themed goodie bags. Choose a skull and crossbones bag or mini treasure chest and fill it with little gifts like gold coins, plastic jewels, miniature spyglasses, and pirate flags. If your guests find treasures as part of the games and activities, give them drawstring bags for their booty so that they can collect fun gifts throughout the event.

With a well-planned party, your guests can enter the adventurous world of pirate lore for a few fun hours and head home with great memories and sweet treats. Bring Jake, his mates, and all your other favorites to life for your special event.


Shindigz 3 Rivers Festival Parade Float

Building a Parade Float Can Be Easy with Help From Shindigz!

We had the opportunity to be in the 3 Rivers Festival Parade on July 12th, 2014. We partnered up with WOWO News/Talk 1190 AM & 92.3 FM here in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The theme of the parade was “Reflecting on our Rivers” due to the 3 Rivers that cruise through the downtown area (St. Mary’s, St. Joseph and Maumee).  To make it more fun, we added a Mardi Gras theme to the boat.
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The first step in building a float is coming up with a design. We are lucky to have such talented people here at Shindigz!  Here is the River Boat Design that Mick Ray came up with and then we made a giant checklist to keep on task.

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After coming up with the design, we got to work right away! Here, Mick Ray (designer of the float) is putting up the center walls to house the inside of our River Boat.  Then, Kris Gilman (HR) and Kristen Baumert (Social Media) got to work painting the smoke stacks, made of PVC pipe.  The smoke stacks would be inserted with a tube to emit the “smoke” created by a few CO2 tanks to give it the “ooh and ahh” effect we wanted the boat to have.

mick center  paintThe center of the boat came together quite nicely.  We used a staple gun to add the corex walls to the wood.  Then we added the blue and white metallic fringe to the bottom of the trailer to make it look like it was on water.

center pieces  fringeThe front of the trailer had a tool box.  We wanted our mascot, Shindigity, to sit on the box.  So, we covered that with purple floral sheeting.  Then our summer social media interns added gold streamer to the inside posts of the cabin with a staple gun.

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Megan Keebler, Haylie Hendrickson and Paige Norton (social media interns) used the purple floral sheeting on the floor of the float, as well as on the polls that we used to hold up our Shindigz flags and Mardi Gras pennants.

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After we got all the pieces of the float on that were travel-safe, a group of us drove the float to the downtown area to get in line for the parade!   The finishing touches would then be put on after we were in line.  It was 6 am, so we made sure we got our coffee first!  So, the float now consisted of the corex printed pieces for the walls, backdrop and railings, metalic fringe for the water effects and the inside of the cabin, 4″ metallic streamer for covering all of the wooden posts, gold foil curtains to cover the doorways, and feather boas to cover the corners and create flowing movement on the float.

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Now we’re all lined up for the parade!  Time to put the finishing touches on and fix the small pieces that came undone on the way there.  We attached our wheels to make the boat seem like it was traveling down the river.  The insides of the wheel were able to spin by using some PVC pieces.  Also, we attached our Shindigz flags and the Mardi Gras pennant banners to the center of the float.

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We’re all ready for the judges to come by and we are happy to find out we won an award.  Our hard work had paid off!  Christy Phend (eCommerce) and Shantel Sleighter (Online Content Mgr.) were happy to pose with the new plaque we received.  Plus, preceding our float was this banner saying what we had won (Best Use of Festival Theme)!



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Now that we got the award out of the way, we were ready to have some SHINDIGZ FUN!  After all, that is what we do:  #MakeLifeMoreFun

We even met a few new mascots!  Like Icey from the Fort Wayne Komets (posing with his Shindigz Big Head held by Jacquie Downey, Director of Sales), Charlie Cardinal from Ball State University (posing with some BSU grads), and everyone else who wore a costume





We wanted to include some of the famous people from Fort Wayne on our float, but they were all busy… so we created some really cool Big Heads to represent them.  These were just really fun and everyone enjoyed taking pictures with them.  They were easy to spot coming down through the parade as well!  We had Tyler Eifert (Bishop Dwenger graduate, Notre Dame Football Player and now tight end for the Cincinnati Bengals), Mayor of Fort Wayne, Tom Henry, The Mad Ants basketball mascot, Johnny TinCap from the Fort Wayne TinCaps baseball team and a few others not pictured were Icey (shown above) and Mike Nutter (President of the Fort Wayne TinCaps).

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Craig Atterberry, who played our mascot Shindigity (available from Shindigz), had a fun time giving high fives to the crowd and posing with Little Miss Fort Wayne.

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Shop Shindigz for all your Parade items!  Getting involved in your community is important and can be FUN!

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WATCH the VIDEO!  See how we #MakeLifeMoreFun!

Construction Zone Pin Party!

Plan the Ultimate Construction Party with Shindigz!

A construction zone celebration can be loads of fun. Here are some great Pin ideas for your party planning board. Just click on the links and hit the pin button beside the product! It’s just that easy… smallicon


Kristen’s Kentucky Derby Party

Facebook Party of the Week Winner, Kristen Cardona, tells us about her Kentucky Derby Party!

Derby Entrance

The Churchhill Downs Spire entrance” added extravagance to my party and was used as one of the main “photo ops” of the day. The spires were joined with my 3 foot red rose horseshoe made of over 500 red roses. My party invite said to dress as “anything” you would see at the Derby. Since I have creative family and friends I was joined by 3 jockeys, 3 horses, a bugle player and many fancy hats and well dressed guests.

All guests were greeted with Shindigz “lucky horseshoe rings” and surrounded by decor of red rose centerpieces, Shindigz “plastic jockey helmets“, “glitter horseshoe cutouts“, “derby day whirls“, and Kentucky Derby “Run for the Roses” yard signs. Guests voted on several categories and prizes were awarded for best dressed male/female, most creative male/female, best hat and most creative hat.
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I served food downstairs and to keep the feel of the race I used the Shindigz “dirt racetrack backdrop“, “upper deck stadium room roll” and “race horse props“. I covered the walls giving a realistic feel of being at the race.
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For my dining room I chose to serve desserts in the “Infield”. I used as astro turf as the base, purchased at my local home improvement store, made a fence from lollipop sticks and created a realistic race track with graham cracker crumbs. I finalized the track with plastic racehorse cupcake toppers and made sure I had horse hoof prints in the dirt. The infield was completed with tiered dessert dishes and stands covered in red rose paper. I couldn’t forget the fans. I used Shindigz “upper deck stadium room roll” as the backdrop for the table, giving the look of a full grandstand of onlookers.
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Of course no Kentucky Derby is complete without a photo with the Derby Winning Horse. Shindigz “Kentucky Derby Winning Horse standee” is 7 feet tall and left my guests speechless.

My Kentucky Derby party decorated with Shindigz party supplies was one to remember and one that surely will not be outdone!
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Shindigz Offers a Military Discount

Shindigz would like to thank all military personnel with a 20% discount!


Shindigz salutes our country’s military personnel with a 20% discount on all orders! This is our small way of giving back to those who have so bravely sacrificed for the freedom we all enjoy. We would like to thank you for the brave and heroic job that you do!
You can receive your discount in just three easy steps. First, type coupon code SMTPD into the promotional code box at checkout. Second, enter all of your qualifying information, including your Military ID. Lastly, continue with your checkout where your discount will be applied. Orders must be placed under the Military person’s name. We do ship to APO/FPOs but as you know, they do have some box size limitations. Some of our larger kit décor pieces might not be able to be sent to your APO/FPO address, so if you have another address to send those to, please enter that as a separate order.
Shindigz is an American-owned, family-operated party supply company located in South Whitley, Indiana. We pride ourselves on offering unique products, such as Welcome Home party supplies and personalized products for all occasions, along with our terrific customer service. We have a variety of patriotic-themed banners, party decorations and tableware. You can even order a life-size standee to honor your returning soldier.
Our products don’t just include patriotic items, we offer birthday party supplies, theme party decorations, wearables and wedding décor. “We’re proud to help military families make memories that will last a lifetime,” says Jacquie Downey, Director of Sales at Shindigz. “We Make Life More Fun for everyone!”
We bring the party to you at Shindigz. Since we offer overseas shipping, you can even enjoy our party supplies while you are on duty. Shindigz makes celebrating an American holiday fun, festive and easy. For more information on using your military discount, please see our website

Miley Cyrus Hospitalized and Jay Z and Beyoncé Summer Tour!

QUESTION – Should Parents Have Dress Code?

Miley Cyrus Hospitalized, Great News for Beyonce’ and Jay Z fans and out Topic Question of the Day..Should parents have to follow a dress code. Think about it we want you to weigh in.

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

Miley Cyrus is hospitalized today due to an allergic reaction she had to antibiotics she’ been taking.

As a result, Cyrus had to postpone an event, no makeup date has been set.

Jay Z and Beyoncé will likely  be joining forces for a summer stadium tour

The mega-couple planning to announce a 20-city US tour starting in June.

And OK, we want to know do YOU think Parents should have to follow a dress code If kids have to follow a dress code.

It’s becoming a big debate at a Florida school.  A mom says saggy pants, pj’s and curlers have no place in the carpool and school halls.

I think she’s got a tough sale on her hands…What do YOU say?  We want to hear from You.  Dress Codes for Parents, yes or no?

Let us know and you could win a $50 gift card to go shopping on us.

Kentucky Derby Party

The Kentucky Derby Run for the Roses Kit

Perfect for your Kentucky Derby themed party!

Planning a Kentucky Derby party can be fun! First there’s all those big hats you get to wear and the mint juleps to drink, but what about those best 2 minutes in sports you’ll be watching? This is the most exciting party to plan! Make your guests feel like they are at Churchill Downs with the Run for the Roses Kit. The kit includes:
1 – Kentucky Derby® Winning Horse Standee
2 – Winners Platform Fence Standee
1 – Winners Platform Rose Pedestal Standee
1 – Kentucky Derby® Rose Horseshoe Arch
1 – Kentucky Derby® Trophy Standee

This kit really sets the stage for your party, but what about the tableware? You’ll need some great tableware to set the mood. For starters, you’ll need some great looking table covers. To match your theme, try the black round polyester tablecloth with the red satin overlay on top. This is a classy look!

Now, let’s set the table! The Kentucky Derby 2014 Centerpiece is great for personalizing your party. Add some bright red roses or colorful flowers to them.

Now you can add the matching black premium dinner plates with silver plastic cutlery for a touch of class. Match your napkins to the run for the roses theme. You’ll need something sturdy to hold those Mint Juleps in, so choose the Kentucky Derby frosted cups.
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Personalize your table with these Kentucy Derby 2014 Mod Frames. Place pictures of your guests around the table.
For more great ideas, watch our How to Throw a Kentucky Derby Party VIDEO!

Shindigz Visits the Biggest Shopping Party!

The BIGGEST SHOPPING PARTY in Fort Wayne, Indiana!

Mary Collins takes you through the 2014 Vera Bradley Outlet Sale.

At Shindigz, we’re all about making life more fun and since shopping parties are all the rage right now, we thought why not take you to one of the best and biggest extreme shopping experiences one can find!  The Vera Bradley Outlet Sale, a.k.a. #vbos14

Would you change your wedding proposal?

What’s happening today? Find out with Mary Collins!

How would YOU change YOUR wedding proposal?

Hi I’m Mary Collins and This is Your Shindigz News Blast. Well, We Finally Have the Answer to the Question, “Is Kelly Ripa Leaving, Live with Kelly and Michael?” After months of speculation, it’s Michael Strahan, the other half of Live! With Kelly & Michael,that will soon will be seen on another ABC morning program Good Morning America. Strahan will continue to co-host with Kelly Ripa. Ripa was also approached about joining GMA, but declined. Country music star Sara Evans says she can’t quite believe her upcoming project. She’s teaming up with 1970’s band the Doobie Brother’s for a “What A Fool Believes”. In a USA survey just released..what would you change about your wedding proposal? According to a new survery, about half of you would change either the location, the speech or the ring. We want to hear from you. What would you change. Maybe it’s nothing,. We want to hear that too. Le t us know on Facebook today and we’ll pick one luck winner to go shopping on us..good luck!
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Hottest Birthday Trends of 2014!

Do you know the Hottest Birthday Trends of 2014?

Take a look at birthday gift trends and party themes!

Planning a birthday party? What are the hottest birthday party themes this year? In order for your birthday party to be a success, you’ll want to keep up with all the latest party trends. Include favors, decorations and matching tableware.

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