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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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Frozen Party!

Frozen Parties are so Popular right NOW!

See how our Party of the Week Winner Dusti Salisbury-Winters designed her own Frozen themed party!


Snow flake bottles

I recycle these bottles over and over. They are from the cold coffee drinks. I love adding these bottles to any kids theme party.  Adding colored drinks to the bottles keeps it within the theme of the party. The snow flakes on the bottles are from foam paper and cut with a snow flake cookie cutter. Then I just hot glued another snowflake piece to add depth.


String Cheese Snowmen

Purchased a small spool of ribbon to make the scarfs and used a sharpie pen to bring the snowmen to life.


Labeling Water Bottles

I love to add just simple cute things to add to the volume of the party. It all takes time of course. The labels can be purchased online for a few dollars. I always add to the detail so I purchased a pack of sticky jewels to add to the snow flake detail.  At Shindigz, you can purchase frozen theme-related bottle labels such as the create-a castle water bottle label.
water bottle labels


Cake Push Pops

I use these over and over! Once you have them, then you have them forever. I made my box stand from a foam piece and scrap book paper hot glued clear shiny grass to hide the the top. I add the stickers to keep in the theme of the party.
cake push pops

Candy Bar

Candy bars are so popular right now. When I think of a party, I think of any colored candy that will go with the color theme of the party. Simple items just to create color. For Frozen I used mini marshmallows, colored m&ms, and colored skittles.
candy bar

Birthday Banner

Great item to add to any party theme!  The dreamy princess banner is a great value at Shindigz as well as the winter snowflakes to add to the Frozen theme.

Olaf, Anna, Elsa and Kristoff!

Everyone loves Olaf! The standees of Anna, Elsa and Kristoff are a great item to add to this theme party as well. They take up lots of space and great to pose with for pictures. Shindigz has all the great characters from Frozen.



Vinyl curtain 3×8 color is iridescent with a shimmer to look like snow. I ordered three from Shindigz for the back drop.

The Cake

My own creation. I looked at many cakes and found nothing that caught my eye, so I decided to make my own. I started making my own for my girls a few years back because I wanted a certain look for my parties and most bakeries don’t want to think outside of the box. So keeping with the Frozen theme, I wanted to add stairs to the cake to add the story line and this is what I came up with. I ordered the rock candy which is what you see around the cake a few weeks before not knowing what I had in mind, but it all came together. I was pleased with the turn out!


Although you can see them in my pictures, the Frozen balloons are a great add to any party. I use them at every party. They are great to see floating in around the guests and they are “great room fillers.” They are one of the cheapest items you can buy and makes a party come to life!

See how Shindigz throws a Frozen Party with Wendy & Mary’s Video on How To Throw A Frozen Party!

Happi Tree Baby Shower

The Happi Tree Party Supplies will give your baby shower a vintage feel. The owl and her baby are perched on a tree. This is great for a gender neutral baby shower. If you do know the sex of the baby, you can choose from the blue or pink beverage napkins. Also, there are both pink and blue dessert plates.
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The Happi Tree 9″ Dinner Plates and Paper Cups are extra cute, featuring mom and baby owl.


The baby shower sweet server is perfect for those adorable cupcakes! And don’t forget the Happi Tree Cupcake Decor and those vintage baby candy bars!
cupcakes with chocolate
cupcake decor

The perfect addition to any baby shower is your decor items. Pictured here is the Happi Tree Circle Ribbon Banner and the Bermuda Blue and Yellow Bright Tone Latex Balloon.

The Happi Tree Hanging Cutouts are hanging near the gifts!


What Baby Shower would be complete without a Personalized Banner?


Please check out our Recipe Blog to find some great Baby Shower Recipes!

Gone Fishing Party

Hook your guests with a Gone Fishin’ Party!

What a perfect time of year to plan a Spring or Summer Fishing Themed Birthday Party!

The friendly little fish are just biting at the bait for this party to begin!  All of the Gone Fishing Party Supplies can be personalized with a name and photo.

Choose from basic, deluxe and ultimate packs with each one including tableware for eight and fun and colorful decorations.



Coordinate your tableware with blue and orange striped paper straws, white plastic table cover, rainbow trout holographic foil balloon, turquoise plastic cutlery and orange luncheon napkins.


The Gone Fishin’ Bait and Tackle Shop, Catch of the Day, Directional Sign and Canoe will be a great place to take some photos and will add some character to your party!


A party is not a party without the favors! These Gone Fishin’ Favor Packs are the perfect gift for your little guests. They include blue favor boxes, white bucket hat, fish water game, package of swedish fish,

fishing lure and bobber ring assortment and a fishing lure keychain. Personalized candy jars, lollipops and wind up fishing games are also great favors.


Last but not least, what can be more fun than a personalized blue pinata? Don’t forget the pinata filler bags that include toys and treats that everyone will love!


Throwing A Candy Land Party

What could be sweeter than a Candy Land themed party?

Giant candy themed standees and bigger than life lollipops next to sugary castles…

When throwing a candy themed party, you’ll need to add lots of CANDY… everywhere! A personalized invitation such as these Candy Land Photo Cards will let everyone know you’re having a Candy Land Party and they should bring their sweet tooth!

Being in the land of candy is anyone’s dream. Creating a life size dream is the goal with this party. You can create this by using life size standees. The Candy Land Kit is a great place to start. It’s life size lollipops, cupcakes and gumball machines are a perfect addition to the party.  The Candy Land Arch is a great entrance to the party, showcasing all the yummy spots on the game board.   This is also a place where photos can be taken.  Along with these great party kits, there are also the places and characters.  The Candy Land Castle Standee with King Candy and a life size Candy Land Game Board Standee are great decorations for the party.

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Some other great standees are the game board places and characters themselves. There are so many characters that can be brought to life! The Ice Castle and Candy Castle are a few possiblities you can choose to display. The Gingerbread Man Standee is just one of the many characters that kids will love to see at your party!
standee collage

Now it’s time to add the smaller decoration items! The Sugar Buzz items are a perfect addition to the Candy Land theme! A Personalized Candy Land Banner is a great way to showcase the reason for the celebration! Whether it be a birthday party, anniversary party, graduation party or any other reason to celebrate, a personalized banner is the easiest decoration!  Another easy decoration are these Classic Gumball Banks.  Just fill them with gumballs! A great centerpiece for your candy table are these DIY (Do it yourself) Gumball Topiary pieces.

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Next, you’ll want to think about PARTY FAVORS!  These cute Cupcake Bubble Necklaces, Sweet Treats Roller Stampers, Sweet Treat Scented Tattoos, personalized chocolate bars and rainbow swirl lollipops are great for these Sugar Buzz Loot Bags!


Keep your guests busy with these Mix A Treat Candy Dots Kit! You can create your own dots candy on paper.


Watch our How to Throw A Candy Land Party VIDEO!

Le Voyage De Paris Baby Shower


Congratulations on your Belle Petite Fille (Beautiful Baby Girl)!

At least, that’s one way you could personalize this Vintage Eiffle Tower Banner.

How beautiful would a Parisian Themed Shower be for an expecting mother? There are so many ways to personalize this theme!

table decor

How you decorate your tables will set the mood for your party. We suggest sticking with a few colors.

In this case, black, white and pink. The tables look great with these black solid table covers accented with the black and white stripe satin overlay.

Every table is complete with the Eiffel Tower Party Confetti, Eiffel Tower Frosted Votive Holders, Eiffel Tower Tea Light Candle Holder for a centerpiece, and Parisian Personalized Napkins (available in 6 different colors).

You can place pictures around the room in these Vintage Paris Mod Frames of the expectant mother and father.

You could use their own baby pictures or photos from a pregnancy photo shoot.

The Le Voyage De Paris Kit adds that extra vintage touch to any party!

The kit comes with a Vintage Paris Eiffel Tower Prop, Vintage Paris Arch, Giant Fleur De Lis Standee (not pictured), Vintage Paris Bicycle, Vintage Paris Standee, and Vintage Arc De Triomphe.

Let your guests sip mimosas or pink champagne from these LED Eiffel Tower Flutes. Don’t forget the Paris Ceramic Coasters for them to set their drinks on! Guests can take them home with them to remember the occasion.

Another great favor to give to your guests are our personalized Vintage Paris Milk Chocolate Lollipops. Complete your shower cake with this Parisian Cake Lay On. That is cake decorating made easy and it looks fabulous too!


Complete your decor with these Pearl White Damask Patterned Latex Balloons, Classic Pink Plastic Party Pack, Wool Berets for all your party guests,

and add a little extra something to your cupcakes with these DIY Vintage Paris Cupcake Picks.

Remember to Make Life More Fun!
If you need Recipes for your party, take a look at our Shindigz Party Recipes Blog!

Watch our How To Throw A Paris Party VIDEO for party ideas!

How To Throw The Perfect Office Retirement Party

Make your next office party the one nobody wants to miss!

You have a coworker who’s about to retire, so you want to make his or her’s last day at work something they’ll remember for the rest of their lives. They have put in an extreme amount of time into your business, so show them how much you appreciate all the hard work they have done!

First, you’ll want to choose a date and time that works with most everyone, usually the lunch hour. Then you’ll want to send out a company wide invitation to your party! If you’re going for a potluck lunch, make it more FUN with a THEME… such as Finger Foods.  Or assign different departments a type of food, such as desserts, sandwiches or chips. You can find some great recipes on our Shindigz Party Recipe Blog.

Next you’ll want to start planning the DECORATIONS!  You want this party to be inviting.  Try these Retired Centerpieces from Shindigz for the Tables!

retired table
Banners are great for Office Parties as well! We have many banners here at Shindigz to choose from, such as our Create-A-Photo Banner.

Hang some Retirement Danglers from the ceiling! Nothing says a party like these retirement whirls!

Here are some great looking table covers to give the room a little extra color.

Put some confetti on the tables to dress up your table covers!


Next, choose your party tableware colors. This can add even more pop to your party! Choose a bright color that will accent your table decorations.
Balloons are a great way to decorate and at very little expense.  Mix latex with special occasion mylar balloons like these red star mylar balloons.
mylar star
Enjoy your retirement party! Be sure to send your special retiree away with a gift! You can collect money from coworkers and give them a giant greeting card from Shindigz. It’s a great way to say thank you in a big way! Don’t forget to include a gift card.
giant card
Here’s a video to help you when it comes to decorating your party tables!

How to Decorate Tables for a Party by Shindigz