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Variation On Custom Tall Sports Jersey Centerpiece For Your Bar Mitzvah Or Party

Posted by Michael on September 3, 2010

Tall T-Shirt Sports Theme Centerpiece

Tall T-Shirt Sports Theme Centerpiece

As you know our tall sports jersey centerpiece kits have been a favorite for a while. However, they can be pricey when you add an authentic sports jersey to the cost of the centerpiece. We came up with this variation using jersey or t-shirt patterns made from rigid polystyrene. We paint the polystyrene with water based paint. Then we hand detailed and customized with the team’s name on the front as well as the player’s name on the back.

We use our clear, flexible plastic tubes glued to styrofoam for rigidity, that elevate the patterns some 16″ to 24″.   This way the centerpiece does not obstruct the view of guests sitting around the tables. We filled the tubes with gold shred as a highlight.  The styrofoam base bottom is ribboned and sprayed.  Paper poofs act in a dual role, adding decorative colors as well as hiding the construction. This base of this custom sports theme centerpiece was accented with a mock player card as well as a team pennant.

Custom Sports T-Shirt Centerpiece Tops

Custom Sports T-Shirt Tops for Centerpieces

For do it yourselfers using real t-shirts or sports jerseys, there is a ready made t-shirt card stock pattern available in hobby stores or through our site.  Or you can easily make a pattern and cut them yourself.

Each kit readily supports the weight of a t-shirt or a jersey when properly assembled using our simple step by step guidelines.  If the room’s ceiling is tall enough, you can also add decorative party balloons.

If you purchase a kit from us we can even ‘slit’ the top base for an easier fit when adding a card board pattern. Follow the link for more information on sports jersey centerpiece kits.


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Saturday’s Party Theme Had Chicago Blackhawk Custom Hockey Centerpieces

Posted by Michael on August 30, 2010

Custom Hockey Theme Bar Mitzvah Centerpiece

Chicago Blackhawks Party Centerpiece

These custom hockey table centerpiece decorations helped Justin celebrate his Bar Mitzvah last Saturday. Every table had a Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup victory  theme. Standing tall on each centerpiece was a colorfully painted hockey player cut out. A Stanley Cup trophy rendering and a table sign on either side complemented the player. A favorite Blackhawk players was the name of each of Jonathan’s tables. This one had the name Jonathan Toews.

More photos to follow in future posts.

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Chicago Bears Football Sports Theme Party Centerpieces

Posted by Michael on August 15, 2010

The NFL’s pre-season kicked off yesterday in a somewhat dismal fashion for our home town Chicago Bears football team. While there is still hope for a championship, or even just a post season appearance, I thought it appropriate to re-visit a recent Chicago Bears theme Bar Mitzvah party celebration.

Mikey took some before and after room videos and our friend Jack Hoyt supplied us with professional stills. Shown are several different centerpieces, a place card table name centerpiece as well as a candle lighting.

The central theme can be carried over and used for other football teams. The centerpieces are also available for do it yourself enthusiasts and come in easy to assemble make your own kits.

We have other ideas for your at our DIY Football Theme Centerpiece

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Custom Baseball Sports Theme Centerpiece Revisited

Posted by Michael on July 18, 2010

The 2010 baseball season is heating up now that we are past the All Star game and headed into the stretch.  I  again show you this custom baseball sports theme centerpiece video.  These centerpieces can be used for table decorations at all baseball theme events and parties.  They are suitable for Bat Mitzvahs, Bar Mitzvahs, Wedding and Engagement Parties, Theme Events, Retirements, Birthdays, etc.

The video is a favorite which was first uploaded to YouTube in December, 2007 just before we embarked on our cruise of the Mexican Riviera.  Shown are single and double level baseball centerpieces as well as our tall sports jersey centerpiece.  More information and details are available on our main do it yourself site at our DIY baseball centerpiece page.

Our budget Just Add Sand centerpiece can be used for baseball and other sports theme centerpieces.  For more see our information on custom cutout kits.

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Our Baby Bear Cutout on A Just Add Sand Base for A Baptism Party

Posted by Michael on June 13, 2010

We choice our baby bear cutout when Carlos’ family asked us to come up with an inexpensive custom centerpiece to decorate the party celebration.

Custom Baby Bear Cutout

The personalized baby bear cut out was painted in baby boy blue, with the name and date added.  We placed onto one our Just Add Sand centerpiece kits for an attractive and affordable party centerpiece decoration.

Full Baby Boy Baptism Party Centerpiece

The full view of the centerpiece is shown above with coordinating colors of  mylar paper covering a weighted base.  View the instructions how to make a baby shower centerpiece video.  Click here to view our other baby cut out designs.

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Custom Golf and Bridge Centerpiece for Sweet 80 Year Old’s Birthday Party

Posted by Michael on June 6, 2010

We made this combination bridge and sports golf centerpiece for Cheryl’s aunt to help celebrate her 80th birthday party.  An icon of her is pictured on the golf course on the center image.  We accented it with a recently dealt bridge hand as well as a golf ball on a pic.

Combination Bridge and Golf Custom Birthday Centerpiece
All are mounted on a round styrofoam base with red ribbon and red and silver mylar paper poofs.  Although we completely assembled this centerpiece for pick up, it is also available as a kit we can ship throughout the country for do it yourself assembly.  Other custom themes available in various colors and styles.

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Custom Football Theme Sports Place Card Ideas for Your Party or Event

Posted by Michael on April 9, 2010

Custom Football Bar Mitzvah Place Card - WhiteWe have two custom football place cards to show you today so you can get some ideas.

The first has a football logo and was done with a VIP seating theme for Joey’s Game Day which took place this past April.

The place card is shown to the left and was made with a white background.   The card was sized to fit into a plastic badge pouch worn around the neck to look like a game pass (as shown  below).

Custom Footgball Bar Mitzvah Place Card with Plastic Pass Holder

The second custom place card is a dark blue Super Bowl theme which was made to look like a ticket to Ethan’s game.

Custom Football Place Card - Ticket Type BlueWe hope these give you some ideas on how to make customized place cards for your upcoming sports themed party or event.

Let us know how you customize your celebration and we could put it onlione!

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Clever Customer Music Theme Bar Mitzvah Centerpiece and Place Cards

Posted by Michael on April 6, 2010

This takeoff Bar Mitzvah music theme centerpiece had a fake MP3 player with real ear plugs.

Bar Mitzvah Music Theme Centerpiece

The custom music theme Bar Mitzvah place cards were also fun to make! The vivid colors just were amazing!

Custom Music Theme Place Cards

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Custom Bar Mitzvah Place Cards and Centerpieces for Cookie Themed Party Decorations

Posted by Michael on April 3, 2010

Things have been rather hectic around here with Michael planning his retirement. So many decisions to make and so many options.

We have a little catching up to do in our postings. Here are some pictures of a delicious cookie theme bar mitzvah we did earlier this year.
Matts cookie Theme Bar Mitzvah Name Centerpiece

The picture above is the name centerpiece for the custom place card table.  Later it was moved to the sweet table.  Below is an enlarged shot of he place cards we designed for the event.

Custom Bar Mitzvah Cookie Theme Place Cards
To the right are two of the centerpiece table decorations shown before final assembly at the party along with the place cards.

Centerpieces for Matts Cookie Bar Mitzvah

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Choosing a Wedding Theme That Won’t Cost You

Posted by Michael on February 18, 2010

When you hear about the average cost of a wedding these days, it can make you cringe. What if you don’t want to spend that kind of money, but you still want your family and friends to be a part of your special day? There are a number of things to consider, and one particular aspect that could really affect cost is the theme of the wedding. Having a theme is also a great opportunity to get creative and make the event a lot of fun.

Here are a few themes that will save you a considerable amount of money…

The nature lovers’ wedding

Photo credit: http://www.fourriversheritage.org/photos/Quiet%20waters%20park%20pavillion.jpg

Hold your wedding at a public park that has pavilions and restrooms. A lot of these parks are really beautiful. In Maryland (where I live), you can find several right on the water. It’s typically between $100-200 to rent the pavilion for the day, which is next to nothing compared to hotels and banquet halls. You can also have a lot of fun with the decorations. Instead of having typical flower centerpieces, you could incorporate sand, water, rocks, grasses and curly twigs or vines. You’ll also be lucky enough to have the beautiful landscape, so you don’t need to over-do it in terms of décor.

In this type of setting, a big fancy wedding cake might look out of place (lucky for you!), so you could do a variety of pies such as pumpkin, apple and pecan. You can also focus on one signature drink instead of having a full bar. For the nature setting, a spiked iced tea or apple cider would be perfect.

The wedding brunch

Photo credit: http://www.bubblybride.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/kimfryewordpress.jpg

This type of theme allows you to shift from a fancy sit-down dinner to a more casual buffet of sandwiches, salads, soups, croissants, and other cost-effective types of food. With this theme, you would also be able to skip the hors d’oeuvres because it’s too a little too early for that. Dessert might consist of cookies and brownies.

You can also focus on mimosas or screwdrivers and opt out of the full bar, given the time of day. Your wedding ceremony would probably have to be around 11am, with the reception following around noon in order for this theme to be appropriate.

The dessert wedding

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This type of wedding can be very fun and still elegant, if executed correctly. This type of reception should follow a ceremony in the late evening. If people will be arriving to the reception earlier than 8pm, they will most likely be expecting dinner.

With this theme, you should offer a large variety of desserts– from chocolate covered strawberries to cookies, pies, cakes, & candies, you can really get creative and fun with this one. With this type of reception, you can also enlist the help of friends and make a lot of the desserts yourselves. Cookies, pies and cupcakes are the types of desserts that are ok for non-professionals to make, and can be done a day or two ahead of time. Candies like Hershey kisses, M&Ms, and Reese’s peanut butter cups don’t even require you to make anything- just throw them in a bowl! You can also limit the alcohol selection to something like champagne and Irish coffee.


Kerry McCullough is the owner of Maryland Budget Wise Weddings, a website that helps brides on a budget to plan an affordable wedding in the Maryland area. After planning her own wedding a year and a half ago, Kerry realized how challenging it can be to create a memorable event that doesn’t break the bank. Her website features affordable local vendors, a budget calculator, tricks and tips, articles, local bridal shows, a timeline, and bride-to-bride advice. http://www.budgetwiseweddingmd.com.

For more general ideas on planning budget friendly weddings, visit her blog: http://www.budgetwisewedding.blogspot.com

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