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  • Fundraising Tips for the Holidays

    This holiday season, it’s much better to give than to receive. That’s why I’ve made a list of some small fundraising ideas to get you inspired in your community.

    Selling Christmas Trees & Wreaths

    Work with a local tree farmer and set up shop in a parking lot somewhere local as well. When you figure the price for the trees or the wreaths, state that a percentage of what you make will go to a charity that your family, business, or church supports.

    Offer Christmas Carol-Grams

    Form a singing group with some friends and charge folks a small fee to sing for their friends.  You’re not only providing a charitable deed, but it can be fun in time for the holidays. No professional vocalists needed!

    Sell Homemade Ornaments

    Have your local school make homemade ornaments for the kids to sell for charity, just make sure that the kids understand that these are for charity and not to keep. You can have a singular theme, like stained glass or paper mache, or create craft details with popsicle sticks and leftover gift wrapping tools (like ribbons). Either way, make it eco-friendly and kid-fun!

    Drama-Free Fundraising Tips

    So here’s where we get to the meat of the subject: how to keep your fundraising plans drama-free and fun.

    1) Pick a date that doesn’t conflict with your volunteers, but ALSO doesn’t conflict wit any other big events going on in your community

    2) Depending on how large your event is, don’t be afraid to split up the duties into committees for better organization and division of labor, per se.

    3) Don’t copy other group’s fundraising ideas: if another group is selling trees, try to find something else to do.

    4) Get crackin’ on the advertising! Use social media, flyers, banners, or community newsletter ads to get the word out.

  • Have An Eco-Friendly New Year's Eve

    It pays to be green in this economy. Not only are you contributing to saving the planet, but you’re also saving your wallet’s life (the poor thing). So! Here are some tips to planning a greener, more eco-friendly party for this coming New Year’s Eve.

    Compostable Cups

    Is compostable even a word? Oh well, what I mean is for you to find some bio-degradable cups for all that free-flowing bubbly and soda. Be sure that they can be used for compost when they’re tossed away. For plates and utensils, usually glassware is the way to go! If you don’t own a large set of washable tableware, then there are businesses out there that will rent some to you.

    Organic Bubbles

    There is such thing as organic alcoholic drinks, so take advantage of the availability! Or, if possible, try to find some good wine and/or made from local brewers and wine connoisseurs.

    Also, if you’re planning a dinner party with your New Year’s festivities, look for local growers and farmers for your ingredient needs.

    Biodegradable Decorations

    Instead of throwing away the tarnished and ripped Christmas wrapping, put them through the shredder and you’ll have some colorful confetti and streamers already made!

    Remember those time capsules you made at school as a kid? Grab some tin cans or containers and use them as table centerpieces, for things such as flowers, streamers, etc.  After the festivities, you can let your kids take home the cans and transform them into their own time capsules.

    Re-Useable Decorations

    As for other decorations, try to create them out of recycled material, such as aluminum cans or plastic bottles. If you have kids over as guests, make a crafts table where they can make their own decorations out of recycled material.

    When possible, reuse old decorations from previous years (especially if they don't say what year their from on it). Create a home custom banner that can be brought out every New Year's where you won't have to suffer through finding a new decoration. It can be hung outside your house or above the fireplace.

  • Celebrating New Year's with Custom Banners

     

    When the countdown begins, wherever you are, you clutch the person closest to you: a friend, a family member, a loved one, a significant other. New Year’s Eve represents time, that second and third chance we give ourselves to make changes in our lives.

    For those who like to party like it’s 1999, it’s a time to break out the champagne, the cider, and the poppers and be thankful just to be alive. Well, we’ve got one month to go, folks. So, it’s time to start gathering your friends and planning that party.

    An Annual Banner Tradition

     

    Now, unless you’re planning a shindig downtown at the club, your party is most likely going to be a family & friends affair. In that case, it’s pretty economical to reuse New Year’s hats and glasses, etc. from year to year. But here’s another thing: if you’ve got reuseable party supplies, why not a reuseable banner?

    Create a custom banner, just for your family (or vague enough to be used anywhere), and voila! You have a banner that can be recycled year after year for whatever New Year’s party you plan to attend or organize yourself.

    Keep a lookout here for future tips this month on how to plan the greatest New Year's party! There'll be some tips for games, how to make it eco-friendly, and much more.

  • Advent & Christmas Banners

    As Thanksgiving drew to a close, churches were already re-decorating for the next season on the Liturgical calendar: Advent.

    In Christianity, Advent represents a celebration for the coming Nativity, the birth of Jesus Christ. It’s also a time when churches around the world truly jump into the holiday spirit and celebration.

    One of the symbols for Advent is the wreath and the four candles. One candle is lit every Sunday leading up to Christmas, until all four are lit for the very day.

    For your church congregation, teach your younger members about Advent by creating games with these traditions! You can design a poster or banner with the wreath, and create sticker flames that you can stick on each candle for the upcoming Sunday. Have each child say a prayer or write what they’re thankful for on each paper flame. It’s interactive and can be hung for all the congregation to see.

    Christmas and Advent is also the time for fundraising and charities. Create some outdoor banners for your church or other place of worship, to inspire your friends and family into giving for the holiday season.  Whether it’s a simple canned food drive, or a trip to Mexico to build homes for the poor, let your church know the news with handy banners for the holidays.

  • December Deals on Vinyl Banners!

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    All throughout December, we've got great discounts on our Vinyl Banners! Customize these babies to your event or sale, from vinyl wall banners to outdoor banners and hanging/standing banners. It's our gift from us to you: providing you with superb quality banners for all your event needs and, for this December only, at a discounted price! So, take a look below at the exclusive coupon codes below for the sale:

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  • Five Awesome Fonts for Fall

    October is here and November is just around the corner. Over here in California, it's just started to get cooler and the rain is coming. However, if you're on the East Coast, you're probably seeing something much more pretty.

    So! You've got fall events coming up, and they are a-plenty. Well, to shake things up for your advertising campaign, why don't we take a gander at some beautiful typography? Perhaps you'll be inspired and take that extra leap forward to make your next Custom Banner even more exciting for the upcoming holidays.

    from weknow.deviantart.om

    by Lady Sara

    by West Wind Fonts

    Autumn is a symbolic time, a look back as the year draws to a close. So, it's no surprise that autumn events tend to fall back on more nostalgic fonts that resemble old style writings and signs. Here's a look at a couple that resemble the ol' Wild West:

     

    by Last Soundtrack

    by John Singer

    What ever your choice may be, remember the important things: make sure your font is relevant to your business or event and that, above all else, it's legible. No one wants a banner that they an't even read. If you're having trouble picking between fonts, call us up and we'll help you out with the design!

  • Creepy Halloween Banner Ideas: Abandoned Amusement Parks

    Disneyland, Six Flags, Knott's Berry Farm, Universal Studios, Schlitterbahn...

    Sound familiar? That's because these theme parks are still well in existence, well in pocket, and doing fine in attendance.

    But have you heard of Gulliver's Kingdom? Or Chippewa Lake Park? There's plenty more that would simply fly over your head, unless you were born many decades ago. These abandoned amusement parks are so-called due to poor attendance or natural disasters. Since then, nature has reclaimed the land, leaving behind hollow shells of rides that once were. Yes, it's kind of sad to say good bye to these beloved places of childhood fantasy, but nowadays, if you visit them, they're just downright creepy.

    If you're stumped on a banner design for Halloween this coming October, it might behoove  you to take a look at some amazingly chilly abandoned amusement park images. This would be especially appropriate if you're planning some sort of Haunted Trail or Haunted Hay Ride. All the rust, the overgrown ivy and foliage, and twisting trees...gives me the willies just thinking about.

    This is from a FunFair near Pyongyang, the capitol of North Korea. It has long been abandoned since the state could no longer fund it.

    From Chernobyl. 'Nuff said. I mean, I don't even want to know what that is...

    Now that we've all been significantly chilled (and had some of our childhood memories dashed), swing on over to Top Design Mag and read this article on more abandoned amusement parks.

  • Thanksgiving Banners to Squawk About

    The autumn leaves are falling, children are back in school and Halloween is right around the corner. But there are other holidays to consider this season, and it's never too early to plan ahead. Especially if you're on the hunt for some new stretchy pants.

    Ah, Thanksgiving: a time when family and friends can come together to catch up on the latest gossip, recipes, and workplace woes without risk of punishment. And as for that turkey? Your aunts have an idea to make it a turducken this year, so looks like its time to break out the stretchy pants.

    If you’re a business getting ready for that Thanksgiving overhaul, then say all you need to say with a custom vinyl banner.

    Having a Thanksgiving family reunion? Create a Large Format Banner that your family members will be proud of. What’s more, you can keep it for years to come if this party becomes an annual get-together. Our banners are guaranteed to last for years to come with proper care.

    Don’t have any idea what to put on it? Here’s some ideas to get you started:

    Turkey - Ah, the iconic turkey. What a bulbous bird, so delicious for eating. WELL. Many businesses and advertisements will take the turkey and integrate it into their message. Whether it’s a re-creation of their logo or a “happy Thanksgiving”, the turkey is the ultimate universal symbol for the occasion.

    Cornucopia -  This other Thanksgiving symbol is the iconic “horn of plenty”. Although you can mostly find these in artworks and decorative table art, some bakeries have actually been creating bread cornucopias to sell as centerpieces and to be filled with all of your favorite holiday delicacies.

    Leaves - These pesky, crispy bits of nature are not always the first thing you think of when it comes to turkey day, BUT they are just as iconic. Pepper your banner with red and gold leaves for a festive atmosphere, or around your lettering as a small detail.

  • Spooky Banners!

    September is here and you know what that means! Halloween is right around the corner!

    What? Did you think I was going to say back-to-school? Of course not!

    But with Halloween comes all the planning that comes with it, and for a few businesses it’s as big as the winter holiday season. If you’re planning on holding a Halloween event, such as a haunted house or trail, a party or a scary-themed Fall banquet, then print large banners to draw the crowds!

    And don’t just put any old skull & crossbones on your banner, but develop a design that truly frightens the willies out of your customers. However, if your event is more family friendly, a few smiling jack o’ lanterns will do the trick.

    And if you’re feeling stuck or can’t quite get that witch to look scary enough, then feel free to “summon” our creative team! Okay, not a real summoning, but we are definitely here to help you create the perfect frightening banner for your haunted event.

    Got a pumpkin patch? Advertise your patch with a Large Format Banner or an Outdoor Banner to fully capture the attention of your potential customers. With our help, you can make it a more family-friendly banner.

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