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Homecoming Dance Favors & Fun

Posted by Stumps Spirit on September 21, 2011

The Homecoming dance is coming up fast! By this time you’ve got your theme idea, and what kinds of Homecoming supplies you’ll need to rock it. Next step is to choose just the right Homecoming favors to complete the evening.

Album & Frame Favors
Album favors and frame favors suit Homecoming naturally, because they’re ready to receive posed photos and candid shots from the event. Look for theme designs or keep it simply elegant in black, gold or silver.

Take your Homecoming favor browsing beyond albums and frames to examine other possibilities. Photo cubes are fun and affordable. Key tags and even clocks have room for photos and feed your practical side as well.

Edible and Consumable Favors
Candy, gum and other edibles are perennially popular but have other advantages, too. Containers and other packaging allow for a high degree of customizability to your theme and individual event, and the cost ranges widely so you’re sure to find many suitable options for your budget that will also have a look that’s one of a kind.

Design chocolate and candy lollipops for a Candy Land Homecoming theme, caramel popcorn for a Carnival dance, and elegant mint tins for City, Black Tie or other, more formal Homecoming themes.

Of course, you don’t have to be a zombie to understand that edible favors for a Halloween themed Homecoming dance are a no-brainer!

Kick up personalization another notch by selecting candy jars or cookie tins in a theme design and then filling them yourself.

Look for other consumables such as soaps, lip balms and drink mixes.

Favors that Double as Décor and Tableware
Many customized edible and other Homecoming favors absolutely deserve a place at the table. You can place them on top of – or alongside of – place settings, or as part of your centerpieces (as we’ve shown with the Mardi Gras lollipops).

Another option is to wrap up Homecoming favors and favor combos in swanky swag bags, eye-catching thematic totes or custom keepsake tins that add a dressy touch to tables.

Imagine also the sparkle you can bring with carefully selected glassware favors and custom candles.

Don’t Forget the Favor Finder
The Favor Finder is fun and easy to use. Whether you’re already halfway to a Homecoming favor decision or could use a bit of help narrowing down the selection, Favor Finder will help you reach the perfect result for your event, theme and budget.

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Senior Power: Plan an Amazing Homecoming Event

Posted by Stumps Spirit on August 31, 2011

The Homecoming dance is often an event presented by the upperclassmen to the underclassmen. Not only does the entire Homecoming event serve to welcome back former students, it can be a wonderful way to pass on school spirit and traditions to the younger students. If your senior Homecoming committee is looking to plan an amazing Homecoming event, remembering a few simple goals can help get the fun under way.

Homecoming Theme
Establishing a theme for your Homecoming events and carrying that theme across each aspect of your planning can help you do more with the resources and the budget you have. With a strong theme, your decorations can be as simple or as extravagant as you want and the event will still look polished and pulled-together. The top themes this year include Hollywood, Candy Land, rock star, Paris, and Mardi Gras. Stumps Spirit has a huge selection of event theme decorations and custom event favors that can have your event logo and info printed on them.

Once you’ve decided on a theme, plan decorations for each Homecoming event that coordinate with the theme. Use theme banners to advertise the events in your school hallways. Decorate the school for Homecoming Week. Select a theme arch for your Homecoming court ceremony and more elaborate decorations for the dance. One of the great parts of theme decorating is that decorations from one event can be repurposed for another. For example, decorations from your school hallways can be used at the dance.

Come up with a theme-based slogan such as “Down home with the Vikings” for a Western theme or “Saints Abroad” for a Parisian theme. Get creative with your slogan and incorporate it into your banners, favors, and other Homecoming promotions.

Pep Rally
The pep rally is an important part of Homecoming planning. Get students excited for the Homecoming game with an extra-special pep rally. Get the band to perform a preview of their halftime show, celebrate the football players and cheerleaders, recognize the candidates for Homecoming Court, and plan some fun for the whole crowd. For example, as students get settled in for the rally, have the cheerleaders lead the stands in a call-and-response cheer. Have students sit with their classes and compete for which year can do the best wave or the loudest cheer. Set up a relay race and have students race faculty or members of the starting lineup. Get your school mascot involved in a contest such as a hulahoop-off or a three-legged race. A fun pep rally sets the tone for a great weekend of Homecoming events.

Homecoming Game
Dress up your stadium for the Homecoming game. Use posters and custom sports banners to display your Homecoming slogan, welcomes for alumni, and other spirit messages. Use rolls of fabric or parade float materials such as vinyl fringe and festooning to decorate the stands, railings, or fences in your school colors.

During halftime, set up a special area on the field for the announcement of Homecoming King and Queen. Aisle runners, decorative arches, or one of Stumps Spirit’s royalty kits are simple, but impressive, ways to make your Homecoming court ceremony look like a real coronation. The pictures and memories will be enhanced.

Homecoming Dance
Many students will be most looking forward to the Homecoming dance. Bringing your theme prominently into the dance decorations is one way to make your Homecoming dance spectacular. The essentials, however, for a truly amazing Homecoming dance include a good DJ and space to dance. Decorate your dance floor by creating a ridge of festooning around the outline of the area. Make sure it is firmly secured to the floor to prevent tripping. Above the dance floor, hang paper lanterns or swags of gossamer, twinkle lights, and a disco ball so students feel like they are dancing in an elite club.

Check out all of our tips for planning an amazing Homecoming event!

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Floats, Football Games, and Dances—Your Homecoming Checklist

Posted by Stumps Spirit on August 3, 2011

Homecoming is the first major event that many high schools hold. Make sure that your school’s homecoming is one that everyone remembers from the floats to the big game & dance that follows.

Homecoming Checklist:

  • Promote your school’s Homecoming starting several weeks before using event banners that can be personalized with your school colors and the Homecoming date.
  • If your school has a Homecoming parade, you’ll want to organize all of the clubs and teams that will be participating. Sell parade supplies before or after school to the participants. You may want to include a special float for the prom court or one just for the prom king & queen if your parade is after the dance.
  • Choose your Homecoming committee & decide on a theme. Set up shifts for the committee members to spend hanging Homecoming theme decorations, but be sure the vision is clear so everything gets done correctly.
  • Set up your voting system for prom court. Make announcements about a week prior to voting so that everyone that’s running has time to promote themselves.
  • Purchase plenty of Homecoming royalty items so that everyone receives something special on the big night.

When you use this easy list to plan & organize your school’s Homecoming, you’ll have people begging you to work on the prom committee next!

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