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Personalize Your Home & Brew

Posted by Wendy Moyle on September 6, 2011

Create a signature event (almost literally!) of an Oktoberfest bash, Halloween haunting, homemade autumn brew and more with personalized products from Shindigz.com.

Personalized Fall Party Supplies
Fall events call for beautifully photographed country backdrops like our autumn photo background illustration or the Fence in the Fall backdrop from Fall Party Supplies. These gorgeous backgrounds come in six different sizes. Imagine one behind a head banquet table and for photo op possibilities. You can use them outdoors if you order vinyl versions.

Add up to three lines of text to a backdrop — or none at all! Coordinate it with personalized fall banners for advertising your autumn event, and party favors in sweet candy corn designs.

Be sure to pick up a few sets of handy banner bungee cords for securing backdrops, banners, or anything else sporting grommets.

Personalized Halloween Party Supplies
If you can give a pretty sure estimate of how many neighbors will show up on your doorstep on Halloween, why not kick up the trick-or-treat scene a notch or two? Toss personalized Halloween party favors such as candy bars or lollipops into their bags, or pick out Halloween favor boxes to customize with a neighborly Halloween greeting. You can fill the boxes with edibles and other treats such as stickers, magnets and decals.

Speaking of greetings, welcome the little goblins to your home on the big night with a Halloween yard sign or made-to-order, personalized Halloween tombstones.

Personalized Oktoberfest Party Supplies
Oktoberfest celebrations typically showcase Bavarian food and drink, so if this is true of yours, take a look at the brat-, beer- and pretzel-embellished Germanfest entrance arch. A colorful, amusing entrance for Oktoberfest guests, the arch is topped with a sign that looks like an accordion and has three lines of room for your special Oktoberfest message. Hand beer steins to arriving guests underneath the arch and snap photos of them to share on Facebook afterward.

Personalized tableware items are naturals in this setting. Personalize beverage labels, coasters, travel mugs and beer mugs – including our very popular LED mug.

Consider custom beverage and dinner napkins for Oktoberfest, too. Just select the type of imprint you want (metallic, holographic, etc.) for your custom napkins, add an order to the cart and customize by adding your wording and choosing an Oktoberfest graphic. Just remember to keep the contrast high (i.e., dark napkin with light imprint or vice-versa) for the best results.

Personalized Home Brews
We know a hobby wine maker who always bottles up a batch of a special red he calls “Witches’ Brew.” If you’re an at-home vintner, brew master or autumn bottler of Swedish glögg, come browse our bottle labels to find customizable labels for your home brews to match most any theme or occasion.

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Bavarian Oktoberfest Décor Delights

Posted by Wendy Moyle on August 10, 2011

A Bavarian-style Oktoberfest party is a harvest celebration involving food, friends, music, beer – not necessarily in that order – and most of all, German or Bavarian heritage and tradition.

Get a head start on decorating your Bavarian shindig by visiting Shindigz.com’s Oktoberfest party supplies.

One thing you’ll notice is that the blues in blue-and-white Bavarian party decorations are not always the same. Some are pale blue, some medium. That’s because there’s no rule about the shade of blue used in the Bavarian flag except it must not be navy.

Depending upon the planned level of formality, this may or may not constitute a problem for you. If it does, we recommend embracing a two-blue color palette. Mix a light and a medium blue with white in balloon arrangements, twist two shades of streamers back-to-back and select accents that include two blues (the stein balloon holder and Oktoberfest centerpiece are examples). This approach gives mixed Oktoberfest decorations a pulled-together look without your having to obsess over whether something is the “right” shade of blue or not.

Once you’ve dealt with the blues, here are tips for using Bavarian party supplies in four other areas that’ll need Oktoberfest party treatment.

The Entrance
Set the tone for the Bavarian celebration and tell guests they’ve reached the right Hofbrauhaus. Hang one of our pennant banners from a fence or railing along with personalized Oktoberfest banners in one of dozens of designs.

Just inside, set up a fabulous made-to-order arch that does triple duty as a gateway to Bavarian delights, a photo op and an all-around conversation piece.

The Background
Much of Oktoberfest is spent outdoors in park settings, at street parades and in beer tents. A tent or park shelter is ideal, but you can create a tent-like feel in any room by draping lengths of a decorating fabric, such as gossamer, from the center of the room to the ceiling edges and allowing them to cascade from there to the floor. Whether you use wide swaths of material or streamers depends on venue size, room attractiveness, personal preferences for coverage, and budget.

If the room is white, consider creating the blue two-tone streamers for this step. Create a balloon “chandelier” for hanging from the center point where the streamers meet on the ceiling, and place big Bavarian cutouts on the walls between the cascading streamers.

The Focal Points
Suspend a festive yet inexpensive Oktoberfest party canopy over a podium, photo setting or the burgermeister’s chair. The canopy consists of a tissue ball with four 12-foot garlands attached to it, which means a flexible fit over the size and shape of the area to be covered, and no worries about the weight of the piece.

Use three of canopies to cover larger areas such as buffet tables or a bandstand. Tack the back garland pieces to the wall, front pieces suspended from the ceiling with fishing line as an overhead “fringe” that still divides the space but won’t get in anyone’s way.

The Tables
If you have a lot of tables, you’ll want to relieve the blue and white scheme with a sassy contrast. Choose primary or harvest colors for this task. Possibilities include balloon bouquets in German flag colors, piles of brown pretzels or Oktoberfest tableware, for example personalized bottle labels or coasters, in bright designs.

For attractive table centerpieces evocative of the season, the harvest and the celebration, arrange fall flowers such as red and yellow chrysanthemums in Shindigz’ attractive, sturdy Oktoberfest steins. Add dried wheat or foxtails to the arrangement, or sprinkle hops cones around the bases of the steins.

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