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    • 4th of July Awards

      Do you have special plans to celebrate Independence Day?  Perhaps you are planning a 4th of July parade, BBQ, or cooking contest?  Or maybe you are hosting a fireworks display and picnic?  Add extra hype to your event with one of our 4th of July Awards!  See ideas below to take your event to the next level.

      July 4th Awards:

      Flag Column Star Trophies These patriotic trophies are the perfect symbol for Independence Day!

      We offer a large selection of 4th of July themed trophies for your celebration.  These include flag trophies, acrylic awards, and even fireworks medals!

      4th of July Parade: If your parade has a competition between floats, bands, or other community groups, be sure to award trophies to the winners.  Popular awards include larger trophies with posts, such as our Rising Star Competition Trophies.  In two styles, these grand trophies feature star trim and can be made with red column, blue column, or stars and stripes flag column.

      Barbecue Cook Off:  Attending a cookout?  Bring the host a one-of-a-kind BBQ trophy or engraved cutting board.  Or consider hosting your own BBQ cooking competition!  Have your contestants bring their favorite meat to grill and judge the winners. Check out our large selection of BBQ trophies here.

      Cooking Contests:  The 4th of July is the classic time for hot dog and pie eating contests.  If you host a food contest, award your winners one of our cooking trophies.  Or make your own custom trophy, especially for your event with one of our sublimated awards.

      Corn Hole Trophy Corn Hole is a fun 4th of July game for all ages!

      Backyard Games: The holiday weekend is the perfect time to get outside and enjoy family time.  Backyard games, such as horseshoes, bocce balls, ladder ball, corn hole toss, and pickle ball bring the family together with good, wholesome, All-American fun!  Award trophies to your winners - see all of our selection in our Backyard Games section.

      For other ideas for decorations, costumes, parades, and more, check out our 4th of July Pinterest Page!

      No matter how you choose to spend the July 4th holiday, it's great to be an American!   Wishing you a happy and healthy Independence Day celebration with family, friends and neighbors.

      Cheers! Jessica

      Editor's Note: This post was originally published on June 23, 2015.  It has been updated for content.




    • Personalized Father's Day Gifts

      Are you searching for an epic gift for a special dad?  Forget the boring tie and personalize something special from Trophies2Go!  All of our engraved trophies, awards and gifts include expert etching in the price.  Below are some of our most popular gifts for dads.

      10290 The perfect gift for a Dad who loves to grill!

      Barbecue Gifts:  Does your dad like to grill?  Get him his own personalized BBQ tool set,  with a special message engraved on the box and the tools.  We also have fun aprons, engraved cutting boards, and awesome BBQ trophies for your favorite griller.

      License Plate Frame:  Tell the world how awesome your dad is with a Personalized License Plate Frame! We offer two choices that can be customized especially for your dad.

      Framed Artwork:  A sweet, meaningful gift is a framed hand print or piece of artwork created especially for Dad. Add a small plate to the bottom of the frame with an engraved message.  It will give the artwork the 'wow' factor that makes it look like it belongs in an art gallery!  Check out all of the framing options at my favorite frame store, Aaron Brothers.

      Golf Gifts: Many dads are golfers and want to brag about a hole in one or an epic golf round.  Cherish the memory with a special golf gift!  We offer many hole-in-one trophies.  Or store a dozen of dad's favorite Titleist golf balls in a keepsake box with a special photo.

      Worlds Best Dad Trophy Let your dad know he's #1 with a 'World's Greatest DAD" trophy!

      World's Best DAD Trophy:  If your dad is #1, let him know with his own trophy.  We have a large selection of cup trophies in all price ranges that any dad would love to display at his office or in his man-cave!

      Check out our Father's Day Gifts Pinterest page for other ideas for cute and fun gifts for Dad.

      Happy Father's Day to all the terrific dads out there!  A special shout out to the three dads here at Trophies2Go - Mike, Paul, and Tom.  Wishing you a wonderful day!

      Cheers! Jessica

      *Editor's note: This post was originally published on June 9, 2015.  It was updated for content.

    • Graduation Awards

      Graduation Jeff and I at Perri's graduation.

      Graduation, whether from college, high school, middle school, elementary school or even kindergarten, represents a milestone in a young person's life. An accomplishment has been reached, a chapter in childhood has ended, with a new beginning on the horizon.  Family and friends celebrate the graduate and honor their achievements, many times showering them with cards, gifts, parties and other celebrations.

      Graduations also mark the end of a school year and can signify a change in leadership.  Teachers and other administrators leave for a variety of reasons, including moving to a new location or profession, choosing to at stay home with family, or retiring.

      How do you celebrate graduation? Today's blog will give you some ideas of meaningful awards for graduates and others at the end of the school year.

      Full Color Learning Excellence Resin Trophies Lamp of Learning Trophies make great graduation awards for young students.

      Kindergarten: Many schools will "graduate" kindergarteners to attend full-day elementary school. Some schools give small academic trophies to kindergarteners for graduating.  My older daughter attended a private kindergarten and the kids dressed in caps and gowns and had a small procession; it was quite adorable!  One school we have worked with for many years gives this Lamp of Learning trophy to their kindergarten grads.

      Elementary & Middle School: We don't see many awards or engraved gifts for elementary or middle school students who are graduating to the next school up.  Families may give their students a balloon or a card for being promoted to elementary or middle school, but gifts are usually inexpensive and low-key. However, the end of school does result in many middle school achievements being recognized, especially for sports teams and competitive activities or clubs.

      High School:  High school graduation is a big deal. Students are now officially adults with many life changes ahead. Graduates may choose to move out on their own, heading to college, military service, or employment,   The most common graduation gift is money; but other gifts include personal items, such as jewelry, framed artwork, or a traditional engraved pen.  Flowers are often given at the graduation ceremony.

      Ballpoint Pen with Laser Pointer and USB Flash Drive This engraved pen makes a traditional graduation gift.

      Schools often award excellence at graduation.  Some awards include Student of the Year in different academic subjects, Valedictorians, Perfect Attendance, and Scholarship awards, to name a few. Most often academic school plaques or scholastic medals are given for these types of accomplishments.

      College:  Graduation from university represents a milestone of school completion. Graduates now enter the "real world" and it's time to get a job!  Again, as a graduation gift, cash is king and most grads need money after being poor students for years on end. Other meaningful gifts include jewelry, watches, and other personal items.

      Retirement:  Graduation ceremonies or End-of-Year school assemblies are the perfect opportunity to acknowledge and thank retiring teachers and other staff.  We create many beautiful awards for these events. The most popular retirement gifts include engraved clocks, plaques and etched vases. Get more ideas at my past blog on Retirement Awards.

      No matter the age, all graduates deserve kudos for the achievement. Enjoy the celebration and congrats Class of 2017!

      Cheers, Jessica

      *Editor's note: This post was originally published on June 5, 2015.  It was updated for content.

    • 6 Ideas For Your Oscar Party

      Celebrate Oscar Sunday!

      Check out our Pinterest page for even more ideas for your Oscar Party. Check out our Pinterest page for even more ideas!

      Are you a fan of the big screen, watching every nominated film?  If so, you won't want to miss the 89th Annual Academy Awards , also knows as the Oscars!  This star-studded event takes place in Los Angeles on Sunday February 26 at 7pm Eastern, 4pm Pacific Time.

      Why should movie stars have all the fun?  Consider hosting an Oscars Party with your family and friends and make it a celebration with the stars in your life!

      Party Ideas

      1.  Invitations:  If you have the time, make your own invitations with a red carpet or old Hollywood theme.  If you want to purchase premade invitations, many party stores offer options, as well as Etsy.  If you want to email your invites, evite has some cute and easy choices as well - click here to view.

      2.  Attire:  Since the Oscars are THE fashion event of the year, host your own catwalk by having your guests dress in finery.  OR have everyone be a critic with the worst fashion faux-pas!  Have your guests vote on their favorites!

      3.  Décor:  At the door, roll out the Red Carpet for your guests; they will feel like stars when they enter your party!  Consider having a camera on hand to snap pictures for your own paparazzi, or a Dolby Theater photo booth with lots of props, such as boas and top hats, for social sharing.

      Red roses with gold vases along with small candles are the perfect decorations for an Oscar Party. Red roses with gold vases along with small candles are the perfect decorations for an Oscar Party.

      For other decorating ideas, consider red flowers in gold vases, gold accent pieces such as runners, trays and napkins, and ample candlelight.  Small golden-tone votives set the feel of old Hollywood charm in a festive atmosphere. Old filmstrip reels make great props too.

      4.  Drinks:  Get inspired by the silver screen and feature delicious cocktails from famous movies.  The most notable are Vodka Martinis from James Bond movies, White Russians from The Big Lebowski, and Cosmopolitans from Sex and the City.

      Depending on the drink you choose, dress it up with ultra cool glasses.  Barware with sparkling gold accents look festive for a glam night.  Crate and Barrel have some great options - the Gala Double Old-Fashioned and the Mingle Bar Glass.  So pretty!

      5.  Games:  Consider hosting a pool, where guests pick the winners and contribute a small amount of money, which is then awarded to the winner.  Or create "Oscar Bingo" with fun things to look for throughout the show.

      One of our most popular trophies, perfect for an Oscar Party! One of our most popular trophies, perfect for an Oscar Party!

      6.  Trophies:  Did you know that the famous Oscar Statuette is made in Chicago by one of our suppliers, RS Owens?  Even though this iconic trophy is trademarked and cannot be duplicated, we offer many similar looking Achievement Trophies  for our customers, the most popular of which is the Large Male Achievement Trophy.

      As seen in People Magazine, our Small Male Achievement Trophy makes an affordable accessory for your Oscar party and will impress all of your friends.  Host a contest and give it to your winner or use as a decoration to make your party even more festive!  Or put two back to back on your table for the perfect centerpiece.

      For even more ideas, check out our pinterest page Oscar Party Ideas. In closing, I'd like to thank the Academy for giving me an excuse to throw a party!

      Editor's Note: This post was originally published on February 10th, 2015.  It has been updated for content.

      Cheers, Jessica

    • Host an Ugly Sweater Party!

      Looking to add some fun and hype to your next holiday celebration?  Host an Ugly Sweater Party!

      An example of an ugly sweater to wear to your holiday party. What a babe LOL!!!

      What is an Ugly Sweater Party, you ask?  Well you know that hideous reindeer sweater that Colin Firth's character wore in Bridget Jones Diary?  Yep, that's the perfect example of an Ugly Christmas Sweater, as seen in the movie clip here.

      A few years ago my book club hosted an Ugly Sweater Party for our December meeting, and boy, there were some doozies.  And by doozie, I mean absolutely awful and extremely hilarious.

      Encourage your guests to wear the worst sweater they can find.  Where can you find an ugly sweater?  Here are some suggestions:

      Thrift Store.  Pop some tags at your neighborhood Value Village and then after washing in HOT, spruce up your one-of-a-kind find with lights and bows.

      Amazon.  Check out Amazon's lovely (?) collection of Ugly Sweaters.  These are a little more on the edgy side, PG-13 parties only!  I think my favorite is the Sasquatch in a Bikini.

      Target. Cute, cheap and trendy, Target has a fun collection of darling holiday sweaters.  Not as much ugly as cutsie, in my humble opinion.

      Pinterest. It's my go-to place for clever ideas, including how to make your own Ugly Christmas Sweaters! I found this link to 20 Christmas Sweaters that are not just ugly but wrong (and R-rated).  Might not be appropriate for the office party, but will definitely generate some laughs with non-offended friends and family!

      Relative's Closet.  Got a hoarder in the family? Rummage the back of their closet for a vintage find!!!

      Awards for your Ugly Sweater Party

      You can knit a sweater for an existing trophy, or let us do the work for you with one of our Ugly Sweater Trophies or Awards! You can knit a sweater for an existing trophy, or let us do the work for you with one of our Ugly Sweater Trophies or Awards!

      Fun Tip:  Well you CAN knit a sweater for an existing trophy on your shelf, or you can have us do the work for you!  Check out our Ugly Sweater Awards!

      Ugly Sweater Christmas Trophy - in two stock styles, Ugly Black 90's Sweater or Dancing Reindeer in Ugly Sweaters.

      Ugly Sweater Holiday Metal - in Gold, Silver and Bronze for your 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place finishers.

      Full Color Christmas Plaque in a range of sizes and colors, completely customizable to your event!  You can even add a logo for FREE!

      Awards bring hype to any competition, even a silly one such as an Ugly Sweater Party! Learn more about the Brief History of the Ugly Christmas Sweater by Time Magazine here.

      Wishing you a wonderful holiday season, full of laughter and fun, celebrating with those you love!  Happy Holidays!

      Cheers, Jessica

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