Post your party photo on our wall and you could WIN $100!
Post your photo >
Post a picture from your party on our Facebook wall and you could win $100 gift certificate from Shindigz.
  • Need Party Planning Help?
  • Earn RewardzShop - Earn - SaveLearn More >
  • Save $10 Sign up now

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!

Gather Your Superhero Squad: Avengers Birthday Party Ideas

The Avengers movie brought all our favorite superheroes together into one awesome movie and now, with the help of the following ideas, you can bring all the fun and adventure of the hit movie into one unforgettable birthday party.

Assemble the Gang with Avengers Invitations


Get everyone in the mood for an action packed birthday party by assembling them for the big day with some special Avengers Themed Invitations. Your kid’s friends are certain to feel a tinge of excitement when they open the red envelope to find Iron Man, The Hulk, and Captain America on the front of an invitation that has the phrase “Join the team!” emboldened on the front.

On the reverse, you will have jotted down the vital mission information such as the place, date, and time that things will be kicking off.

Get Adventurous with the Decorations


Once you have sent the message out to the gang, it is time to ensure that the base is ready for a rip-roaring, superhero birthday party. With that in mind, the little superheroes will have no problem reminding you that it is important to get the décor just right. With something as simple as an Avengers Table Cover, you can turn a boring old table into an area that villains and heroes alike will be happy to replenish their energy.

Add to that an Avengers Centerpiece Kit, which includes 12 and 7 inch tall centerpieces along with confetti disks, and the table is suddenly transformed into an awesome superhero hangout. Don’t stop there! Set the scene further with some Avengers Danglers, a few strategically placed 64-inch character standees, and then give them something to focus their superhero energy on with a challenging Avengers Piñata.

Avenger Accessories


The small army of Avengers that will be descending on your newly established superhero base will be coming in search of action, adventure, and cool goodies. The latter can certainly be satisfied by providing them with some accessories such as Avengers Skateboard Keychains, blowouts, and stick-on tattoos.

You can also ramp up the awesomeness with some Avengers-shaped balloons, personalized action milk chocolate lollipops, and candy bars. There is nothing the little ones will love more than charging around your recreated fantasy world armed with a bunch of accessories marked with their favorite superhero.

Superhero Favors


All superhero adventures come to an end eventually, but before the gang heads back to their respective hideouts, they would probably appreciate some swag and adventure memorabilia. Avengers Favor sets contain all the little troopers need to keep themselves entertained long after the birthday party is over.

This includes things like spinning tops, siren whistles, and flying disks, all of which are of course adorned with various characters and symbols of the superheroes from the Avengers movie. Make it a truly special ending to a fitting superhero party with Avengers thank you notes.

An Avengers-themed birthday party will supercharge the kids’ imaginations and inspire hours of fun. Assembling a mini gang of Avengers can be a tough mission but with a little creativity, a few accessories, and plenty of candy, you will be able to create a fantasy birthday party like no other. The little superheroes will most certainly appreciate your efforts in creating an unforgettable adventure.

Thick Eyebrows Required: Find Lots of Angry Birds Party Favor Ideas

Furrow your thick eyebrows and get ready for a party with some of the angriest birds alive. Thanks to the popularity of Angry Birds video games, cartoons, and toys, there are plenty of fun party favors that will help make your party a hit.

Get Into the Spirit of the Game with a Slingshot Foam Shooter


Anyone can turn on a video game system and let guests play Angry Birds. Braver hosts can offer each guest a slingshot foam shooter to play the game in real life. The Slingshot comes with foam balls that are just heavy enough to knock over empty cans, stuffed animals, and other lightweight items.

Hosts can get the party started by setting up stacked obstacles like in the game. Guests can then take turns shooting their foam balls at the obstacles. Whoever takes the fewest shots to knock down the stack wins the game. Of course, everyone wins since they get to take the slingshots and foam balls home with them.

The Slingshot is easily one of the most fun Angry Birds party favor ideas.

Let Guests Look Tough with Angry Birds Temporary Tattoos


Angry Birds temporary tattoos are inexpensive and fun. There are plenty of options, including a variety of birds and Bad Piggies, so guests can choose their favorite characters. Adult hosts can help young guests apply the temporary tattoos during the party. The kids will love wearing and showing off their silly body art.

Get Decorative with Angry Birds Stickers


Any fan of the video game will enjoy Angry Birds stickers to put on folders and video game systems. You can also encourage guests to use their stickers to play games. For instance, have everyone decorate a large sheet of paper with stickers and drawings, or try a version of Pin the Tail on the Donkey.

Put it All Together with Angry Birds Loot Bags


Angry Birds loot bags give you a fun way to organize party favors for your guests. The Angry Birds bags have blank spaces where you can write guests’ names. You can fill each bag with the same favors or customize the loot bags to match the interests of your individual guests.

Save Time with Angry Birds Favor Packs


If you don’t feel inspired by these Angry Birds party favors ideas, then you might want to get pre-made Angry Birds favor packs. Each favor pack comes with:

  • a slingshot foam shooter
  • an Angry Birds stadium cup
  • Angry Birds stickers
  • a prism squawker blowout for making noise
  • packs of Jelly Belly jelly beans
  • a mesh bag so guests can keep their favors organized

This is a quick and easy option and it gives your guests a lot of loot to take home. Whether you shop for your own party favors or purchase ready-made favor packs, kids will have fun with their brightly-colored loot bags.

With so many Angry Birds-themed games and goodies to choose from, your young guests are sure to be aflutter with excitement at the party, beginning to end.

Get Angry: Fun Angry Birds Birthday Ideas for Kids

Does your child love Angry Birds? Why not make his or her next birthday party an Angry Birds theme? With so many imaginative activities, games, food and decorations, an Angry Birds party is easy and fun to put on. Plus, your child and all of your party guests will have a blast!



Cute and simple pre-made invitations for your Angry Birds party will save you time and hassle. Or, if you are feeling crafty, you can make your own with the many printable templates available on the internet. Another idea is to create a more 3-D effect using cardstock or construction paper.



These fun tissue poms set the perfect scene for your Angry Birds party. Add some great Mylar balloons and a red and yellow tablecloth and your party is ready to go.

Games and Activities

Egg Painting Activity

Hard boil some eggs in advance and then set them out in the cartons with a variety of craft paints. Let the kids paint their very own Angry Birds to take home at the end of the party. Or they can eat them as a party snack! Have some pre-painted eggs sitting out so that the kids will have a sample to look at or provide a template so that their eggs will come out looking great.

Angry Birds in Real Life

What could be more fun and exciting than a life-sized Angry Birds game? Use a variety of boxes and boards stacked in crazy ways with pigs (balloons or balls painted green) scattered throughout. Make a giant slingshot and paint some balls as the different birds. Or, if the giant slingshot is more work than you bargained for, simply purchase some surgical bands at a hospital supply store and have two strong adults hold each end while the kids pull back and fire. Your party guests will be lining up for hours to try to knock down those dastardly pigs.

Perfect Piñata

A piñata is always a hit at any party.  Try this King Pig or red bird piñata filled with delicious red, yellow and green candies for a delightful activity that the kids will love.


There are a variety of different options for your Angry Birds birthday cake. One creative way to carry out the theme is to create a cake that looks like the real thing. Or, a round cake decorated like one of the birds or King Pig is a nice touch.

Along with the cake and other treats, it is a good idea to add some healthy snacks to fill hungry tummies and counteract all the sugar. Angry Bird Bagels are a fun lunch idea. Add to that some healthy fruit with the Watermelon King Pig.

Party Favors


Don’t forget to send your guests home with some fun party favors. Some simple favor bags filled with candy and some stickers or other fun prizes will give your child’s friends a nice reminder of the party.

With a few simple and creative ideas, your Angry Birds party will be a huge success. For more easy and inexpensive Angry Bird party ideas, visit We have everything you need to throw your child the Angriest Bird party of all time!

Yummy & Pirate-Friendly Jake and the Neverland Pirates Party Food Ideas

If your son or daughter is a fan of Disney Junior’s show “Jake and the Neverland Pirates”, a pirate-themed birthday party may be perfect for your little swashbuckler. Simple pirate decorations, eyepatches for guests and lots of loot will make your party a fun-filled adventure on the high seas. With all of their plundering, pirates can get awfully hungry, so here are some ideas to keep your guests fed and satisfied while they battle Captain Hook for the best treasure and most glorious adventures!

Treasure Chest Cake


Image via Flickr by aalphotos

No pirate party is complete without treasure and what better way to load up on loot than with a charming treasure chest cake? A sheet cake mix, chocolate frosting, and plenty of candy spilling out from the inside is all you need for your party guests to say,”Yo ho! More cake, please!”

If you opt to make cupcakes for your guests rather than a cake, save yourself some time and energy with these skull and crossbones pirate cupcake pics. Simply frost your cupcakes, add the flags, and voila! These make for the perfect pirate confection for each and every guest.

Pirate Grog

When is root beer not really root beer? When it’s pirate grog, of course! A plain, store-bought bottle of root beer transforms into a refreshing and fanciful treat with just a few tweaks. Add pirate stickers or a skull decal to each bottle or wrap them in burlap or strings of rope for a seafaring feel.

Pirate Loot


You can turn many ordinary foods into pirate loot with a little imagination and some thoughtful labeling. Put out the following snacks labeled with pirate names:

  • Cheddar Goldfish crackers: Shark Bait
  • Pretzel sticks: Pirate Peg Legs
  • Malted milk balls: Cannon Balls
  • Chocolate gold coins: Pirate Booty

As an alternative, make a snack mix containing goodies such as Cheerios, Goldfish crackers, mini pretzels, and gummy candies in a variety of shapes. Place it in a large bowl and label it “Pirate Loot.” Your party guests will eat it up!

Fruit Fancy Pirate Ship

Provide some much-needed vitamins to your scurvy-ridden crew with a tasty and decorative watermelon pirate ship. Slice the watermelon in half lengthwise. Then, use a melon baller to remove the insides of the watermelon and set aside.

Cut the sides of the hollowed-out watermelon to look like the sides of a pirate ship.  Replace the watermelon balls in the ship along with a mix of other cut-up fruit such as cantaloupe, blackberries, and strawberries for a colorful and healthy treat. Add a skewer with a skull pirate flag for a dastardly touch.

Pirate Booty Bags


Send your guests home with some memorable treats and party favors. Pack a mini treasure chest or a Jake and the Neverland Pirates loot bag with chocolate gold coins, pirate tattoos, and other fun and memorable prizes or food items.

Don’t forget to serve your pirates delicacies on Jake and the Neverland Pirates place settings with a themed tablecloth and centerpieces. You can pull it all together with some skull and crossbow flags hanging around the room and balloons to match. With just a little planning and a few creative ideas, your little pirates will remember this party as aaargh-uably the best pirate party ever.