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Kristen’s Kentucky Derby Party

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

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

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

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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 http://www.shindigz.com/servicepage.cfm?pgp=SZMILITARY.

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
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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!
survey courtesy of www.usatoday.com

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.
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String Cheese Snowmen

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

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

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!
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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.

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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!
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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.
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The Happi Tree Hanging Cutouts are hanging near the gifts!

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What Baby Shower would be complete without a Personalized Banner?

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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