Award Ceremony Tips

    • Trophies2Go is Moving!

      We are excited to announce that we are now serving our customers 100% online!  We have decided to close our retail awards showroom in Issaquah; we want to cut our costs and pass those savings onto you!

      Our retail awards showroom in Issaquah will close on June 30th, 2017.


      Email Trophies2Go Continue to order via email, online or phone just as before!

      We want to keep YOU as our customer!  Hopefully we can make this transition as easy as possible for you.


      Email your order to

      Place your order online at

      Call us at 1-877-926-4700.


      We will continue to offer FREE pickup at our Renton Production Facility.

      We offer quick 1-Day shipping, FREE for orders over $50.

      For larger leagues or corporate events, we can deliver.

      NOTE: you can continue to pick up at our Issaquah location through the spring sports season and the end of the 2016-2017 school year.


      Bonnie and Jeff Bonnie and Jeff circa 1994!

      Since 1987, Issaquah Trophy & Awards served the awards needs of the greater Issaquah community. Read our story here.

      In 2000, we launched our internet brand, which has been delivering meaningful recognition across the USA.

      Even though we no longer offer a showroom, you can still expect the same quick production times, exceptional quality and outstanding service!

      Browse our Trophies2Go website and let us help you recognize someone special in your life now! Our goal is to make you look good, with a cherished award that stands the test of time! Don't waste your time, order online!!!

      Thank you for your continued patronage through this transition!

      Cheers!  Jessica

    • 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.

    • Prizes for Easter Egg Hunts

      With flowers blooming, days getting longer, and birds singing, spring is here, finally!  It has been a long, wet, dark winter here in the Pacific Northwest.  Spring really can't come soon enough!

      The quintessential spring holiday is Easter and it's just around the corner!  Many communities have a tradition of an Easter Egg hunt either the Saturday before Easter or on Easter Sunday.  Here's how to make your egg hunt a success!

      Easter Egg Hunt Ideas

      Want to have an Easter Egg hunt but don't know where to start?  Let me help!

      Step 1:  Figure out who's coming to your hunt.  An easter egg hunt for toddlers is much different than a hunt for teens.  Decide who the hunt is for.

      Step 2:  Determine the location.  Outside or inside?  For little kids, they may need help finding eggs, so a wide open space where the eggs are easy to see may be a good choice.  For older kids and teens, make it hard by hiding eggs in tricky spots.  This may require a location with lots of nooks and crannies where eggs can be hidden out of sight.

      Step 3:  The Eggs.  First you need to have enough eggs so that everyone feels successful.  The age of the kids will determine what treasures you put inside your plastic easter eggs.  For little kids, it may be a small piece of candy, a little toy or a coin.  For older kids, you may want dollar bills and more candy.  Get creative!

      Step 4:  Hiding the eggs.  Adults hide the eggs before the event.  Again, depending on the age of the kids, you can make them easier or harder to find.  And NO PEEKING!

      Step 5:  Once it's time to hunt, let the kids loose with their baskets!  My teens still LOVE Easter egg hunts!

      Additional tips:

      - if you have a number of different age groups, you can separate by egg location (for example, only the little kids are allowed to get eggs on the grass).

      -Assign each child a color and they are only allowed to find eggs of that particular color.

      -Pair little kids and big kids together on "teams" where they split the loot at the end of the hunt.

      -Create an egg scavenger hunt with clues leading from one egg to the next.

      -Award the top egg collector a Bunny Trophy!

      -Give personalized medals to all the kids at your hunt.

      I hope these tips help you plan an epic hunt.  Check out our Easter Awards for the perfect prize for your hunt.  Wishing you a wonderful Easter and a great time making memories with your favorite kiddos!

      Cheers! Jessica

    • Get Your Green On with a St. Patrick's Day Party!

      Next Friday March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day, the luckiest day of the year!  Get your green on and celebrate this Irish holiday with friends, family or co-workers.  With spring just around the corner, St. Patrick's Day is the perfect excuse to throw a party celebrating the changing season!

      Everyone's Irish on March 17th!

      St. Patrick's Day Party Ideas

      Below are some ideas to make your party extra-festive!

      Decorations:  Go Green for your St. Patrick's Day décor! Shamrock and leprechauns make the obvious choice, or create a spring themed decor with flowers such as Irish Bells, Calla Lilies, or clover.  Spring Topiaries of green and white make beautiful centerpieces, or create an Irish Fairy garden complete with a rainbow and pot of gold!

      Celtic Music:  Create a playlist of favorite Irish songs. While I was in college, my favorite hang out was an Irish pub called Kell’s.  Live music staples included sing-along drinking songs, such as The Rattlin’ Bog and Molly Malone (Cockles & Mussels) . Check out these renditions to get in a Celtic mood!  Or try Pandora's "St. Patrick's Day Radio" for more Gaelic tunes!

      Irish-Inspired Eats:  Create an Irish menu.  Hardy fare includes Corn Beef and Cabbage, Sheppards Pie, Irish Stew and Soda Bread. Find great recipes to try at

      Guinness Cupcakes!!!

      For dessert, shamrock shaped sugar cookies, Lucky Charms treats, or Green leprechaun cake pops will be hits at your party!

      Drinks:  Green beer and Guinness are always St. Patrick's Day favorites.  Or create boozy shamrock shakes, pot of gold shots, or Irish coffee drinks.  Check out Celebration's recipes for great spiked St. Pat's Day drinks!

      Or drink the "water of life"....WHISKEY!  For the best Irish Whiskeys for your buck, check out this article by Men's Health.  You can even serve it in your own monogrammed glasses.

      Games:  Make sure to include activities for your guests, such as games! Some ideas include:

      -Host a "wear green to work" contest at the office.

      -To start the green beer flowing, host a rousing game of Beer Pong!

      - Get Lucky with Irish-themed Bingo!  Find bingo game cards here.

      The perfect trophy for any St. Pat's Day contest!

      Awards:  Add hype to the competition with a personalized St. Patrick's Day Trophy!

      -At the end of the rainbow, guarded by a greedy Leprechaun, is always a Pot of Gold!!  We offer two trophies, the Pot of Gold Resin Award and the Perpetual Pot of Gold Resin Trophy.

      -The luckiest award we offer is the Four Leaf Clover Resin Award.

      -Create your own design on one of our versatile green plaques!  We offer two styles Green Woodgrain and Emerald Sublimated.

      Check out all of our St. Patrick's Day Awards here.  We also have many more pins and ideas on our St. Patrick's Day Pinterest Page!

      St. Patrick's Day is one of my favorite holidays because I have ancestors from Ireland; I will be sure to don my green to celebrate!  And remember, everyone's Irish on March 17th!

      Cheers! Jessica

    • 2016 ARIEF Scholarship Winner - Joseph Hanson

      Congrats to one of Trophies2Go's kiddos, Joseph Hanson, for winning one of the three 2016 Presidential Scholarships from the Awards and Recognition Industry Educational Foundation (ARIEF).  Joe, our Production Manager Tom Hanson's son, was awarded the 'Awards Associates Scholarship' at our trade show in Las Vegas earlier this month.

      One of Joe's teachers at Silver City High describes him as an outstanding person, student, and athlete; active in school, extracurricular activities and his community.  With a 3.6+ GPA, he is a member of the National Honor Society, was Kiwanis Student of the Month, and received the "ScholarBaller" Award for being a student athlete with a 3.5 or higher GPA.  He is varsity football team captain, leading his team to 3 consecutive playoff state championship appearances and participates on the track team in the off season.  He has a positive attitude and is responsible and caring.  He is well deserving of recognition!

      Other Trophies2Go scholarship recipients include Chelsea Peart, Zach Hall, and Ryan Peart.

      Thank you to the Awards and Personalization Association and in particular the ARIEF scholarship committee for their generous support of Trophies2Go students and students across the country.  We appreciate the giving nature of our industry, it's the best!  And Congrats again to Joe!

      Cheers! Jessica

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