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Christmas and New Year's - just around the corner!

As the year draws to a close and everyone slips into holiday mode, preparing for Christmas and New Year’s becomes the top priority on everyone’s list! The food, the drinks, the decorations, the costumes – it can be a little overwhelming! But fear not, weary party-goer or planner, for we here at Shindigs have crafted this little blog post to provide you with ideas and inspiration that you can pinch to ensure your end of year festivities will be very merry indeed!


The first thing to prepare for any celebration are the balloons and decorations – nothing gets everyone in a festive or party mood like a well decorated setting! For Christmas, there are a plethora of specific decorations and balloons for the silly season, or decorations that are in a colour scheme suitable to Christmas, like red, green, gold and silver! As for New Year’s, gold and silver are the most popular colour choices, but you can have every colour of the rainbow if you like for an extra colourful welcome to the new year! (Don’t forget a clock for the countdown, too!)


Getting dressed up for an occasion is always lots of fun and that’s extra true for Christmas and New Year’s! Mrs. Claus, Santa, his elves, the reindeer – the whole family can dress up in festive attire! New Year’s calls for lots of party hats, party horns (to complement the elegant clothes, of course!) and the like to make sure your entrance into the new year is definitely one to remember!


There are loads of party games for end of year festivities thatare perfect for the young and young at heart! Variations of Pin the Tail on the Donkey are classic (Pin the Heart on the Grinch, anyone?), but there’s also candy cane hunts, present scavenger hunts and lots more! New Year’s games can be equally silly fun – glow stick ring toss, match the resolution to the party guest or you can even do a New Year’s take on the classic scavenger hunt! Too much fun!


Now, we don’t know about you, but apart from all the socialising and festivities, there’s definitely something at the party that we always very much look forward to – the food! Strawberry Christmas trees (decorated with green icing), reindeer cake pops, marshmallow snowman skewers – there’s no shortage of inspired Christmas treats that you can easily create for your party! (Christmas lollies available in our range.) Some elegant nibblies to go alongside the bubbly would be a hit at any NYE party (the clock cake from above would please every guest, too!) 


To serve alongside the delicious treats, some nice refreshing drinks would be much appreciated by your party guests! Whether it be egg nog, or a peppermint white Christmas garnished with a candy cane (for adults only, of course!) Champagne on NYE is almost a given (how else to cheers the new year?), but some fruit punch or margaritas would also put everyone in party mode to celebrate the end of 2015! (Plastic glassware available on our site.) 


We here at Shindigs want to thank all of our customers for a wonderful 2015 and wish you all the best in 2016 – Merry Christmas, everyone and a Happy New Year!

You can find heaps of supplies in our Christmas range and our NYE range online at Shindigs
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