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    • Thanksgiving Turkey Bowl

      Turkey Bowl!

      Now that Halloween is all wrapped up, it's time to look forward to the next big holiday, THANKSGIVING!  And when thinking about Thanksgiving, you can't help but think about FOOTBALL! They go together and you can’t have one without the other IMO!

      If football is a Thanksgiving tradition in your family, you can enjoy it two ways:  Watching or Playing.

      Watching:  Gather with family and friends, feeling grateful for all of your blessings, then eat until your pants won’t button.   Then after the feast, pass out on the couch watching the epic NFL football battles on TV.  Let the tryptophan do it’s magic!

      Playing:  Actually move your body with a walk or activity.  Participate in a local Turkey Trot, such as the one in my community of Issaquah, WA.  Or gather your family, friends, neighbors or co-workers to host a Turkey Bowl!  Play a competitive game of tackle or touch football on Thanksgiving Day or over the long Thanksgiving weekend to counteract that delicious gluttonous Thanksgiving meal.

      Turkey Bowl Plans

      So how do you put together a Turkey Bowl game?  Here are some ideas to think about when planning.

      Party:  Most people keep their Turkey Bowl competition low-key, as the whole Thanksgiving/Black Friday/Holiday kick off is party enough for that weekend each year.  But if you decide to create a party a great website to get ideas for invitations, decorations, and themes is Party411.

      Food:  Play BEFORE eating Thanksgiving dinner – the exercise will work up an appetite, earlier in the day means light and warmer temperatures, and your stomach won’t be totally stuffed, making your players sleepy blobs!  However DO be sure to bring plenty of water to keep your “athletes” well hydrated.

      Location: Local schools, a nearby large field, or a neighborhood park all make great locations for your football game.  Make sure to know the boundaries of the “field” so there aren’t arguments later about what’s in bounds and what’s out.

      The Ultimate Turkey Bowl competition, white meat vs. dark meat!

      Annual Turkey Bowl Trophy:  Your turkey bowl trophy can really be anything unique to your family, just add an engraved plate to customize it.  Some great options include:

      -    Turkey trophies – both a traditional turkey and a goofy turkey

      -    Turkey bowl plaques that can be printed in full color

      -    Our exclusive Turkey Bowl Championship Trophy.  One past customer had turkeys printed on the plate of their football trophy, it was super cute!

      If part of your Thanksgiving tradition already includes a turkey bowl, tell us about it in the comment!  Or if you want to start a turkey bowl, give it a try!  And don’t forget the turkey trophy!  Happy Thanksgiving, we have so much to be grateful for!

      Cheers, Jessica

      Editor's Note: This post was originally published November 2017,  It has been updated for content.

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    • West Coast Awards in Kent has closed!

      West Coast Awards, a local competitor, recently closed it's doors to the public.  Located in nearby Kent, WA, the owners retired and sold their building.  Since we are on friendly terms with Brett the Manager, many of their former customers have been referred to Trophies2Go.  And we couldn't be happier!

      Just like West Coast Awards, Trophies2Go offers outstanding service.  We take great care of our customers, just read our reviews!  We have also been in business for a LONG time, since 1987.  We are a local trophy and awards company that serves our community!

      All of our awards are assembled and engraved in our warehouse located in Renton, WA, just outside of Seattle.

      However, we also have a number of differences:

      Website:  We are an ecommerce company with an awesome website.  Our customers are able email, call, or walk into our Renton, WA location, but they can place their order anytime, from anywhere, with our easy-to-use, state of the art website, Trophies2Go.com.

      FREE Engraving: West Coast Awards charged per character for engraving; we do not.  Engraving is always included for free on all of our awards.

      FAST service: If we have a item in stock, our trophies and awards can be made as quickly as one day.  We don't charge rush fees, we do our best to make your deadline!

      FREE shipping on orders over $50! Orders packed and ready to ship!

      Shipping: We can ship orders anywhere in the US, including your home or office.  Or pick up in Renton!

      Showroom:  We do NOT have a showroom, all of our products are online.  However our friendly and knowledgeable customer service team of Janice, Mika and Mike are happy to help you pick out the perfect personalized award for your special occasion, all within your budget.

      Questions?  Please contact at [email protected], we would love the opportunity to earn your business!

      Cheers,

      Jessica

    • Halloween Prizes for Games

      Hosting a Halloween Contest or Game?  Find ideas for the best Halloween Prizes for Adults and Kids here!  In all price ranges, you can find a treat everyone will love, no trick!

      Best Costume Medal Personalize these Best Costume Medals for the winners of your costume contest!

      Costume Contest: For "Best Costume", our Halloween trophies make the perfect prize! Popular choices include the Hand Painted Witch Halloween Trophy Or Mummy Trophy. For multiple categories and winners, personalized Halloween Best Costume Medals can be designed specifically for your event!

      Zombie Run: If your community is hosting a Zombie Walk, Zombie Run, or Flash Mob "Thriller" Dance event, our Painted Zombie Trophy will impress the ghouls at your un-dead event!  Hand painted, homemade clothes, and spilling brains, your zombie apocalypse will never be the same!

      Pumpkin Carving Contest:  For the best Jack-O-Lantern in the pumpkin patch, award our most popular (and darling) Pumpkin Halloween Trophy!  These trophies are best sellers and will impress all of your carvers!  For runners up, consider our Pumpkin Medals, engraved with the contest name and place.

      pumpkin_scarecrow_trophy Our new Pumpkin Scarecrow Halloween Trophy makes a fun harvest party prize!

      Fall Carnival Prizes: For inexpensive prizes for your church or school carnival, consider halloween themed pencils, erasers, or stickers!  These make great trick-or-treat goodies, dentist-approved!  For something a little more special, our hand-painted Jack-O-Lantern Scarecrow Trophy will delight everyone at your fall event!

      Halloween Decorating Contest:  A Halloween Plaque for the best decorated office will bring props from your team!  Personalize it with your office name, year and logo!

      At Trophies2Go, we have the most unique Halloween Prizes you won't find anywhere else!  All personalization is included for FREE, we want to make your Halloween Party the event of the year with awesome Halloween Prizes and Halloween Awards for your spookiest winners!

      Have a happy and safe Halloween!

      Cheers,

      Jessica

    • Guide to Colors for First, Second and Third Place

      This blog post was requested by a customer. She couldn't find anywhere on our website how to choose the corresponding colors for First, Second and Third place. What a great topic and suggestion!

      When ordering awards, it's important to know the traditional colors for the places. Use the guide below for the correct colors for the US; Canada is slightly different.

      Neck drape and medal colors for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places. Neck drape and medal colors for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places.

      First Place: Gold and blue are the colors that represent 1st place. Gold medals are given to the top finishers at the Olympics and this carries over to the rest of the awards world. Blue ribbons, blue neck drapes, and blue column are also used to represent first place. Think of the quintessential cook off, where the top contestant gets a "Blue Ribbon"!

      Second Place: Silver and red symbolize 2nd place. These finishers get a silver medal, as well as red ribbons and neck drapes as a second place prize.

      Third Place: Bronze and white stand for 3rd place. Bronze medals are given to third place finishers along with white neck drapes and white ribbons.

      Fourth Place: There isn't a metal color for 4th place. For ribbons, it's yellow.

      Fifth Place: Again, no metal color for 5th place, but the ribbon color is green.

      Ribbon colors for places. Ribbon colors for places.

      Here's a table to help remember:

      Place Medal Color Ribbon Color
      1st Gold Blue
      2nd Silver Red
      3rd Bronze White
      4th x Yellow
      5th x Green

       

      I hope this helps with ordering from Trophies2Go!  Feel free to let me know if you have any questions or other blog topics you'd like covered about trophies and awards by commenting below.

      Cheers! Jessica

      Editor's Note: This post was originally published March 2016,  It has been updated for content.

    • Guy's Weekend Fantasy Football Draft

      If you're like my husband, you anticipate your fantasy football draft for the entire year.  Make the best day of the year even better by hosting a guys' weekend!  Combine your passion for football as an excuse to get together with your buddies - make your fantasy football draft into an epic kick-off for the NFL season.

      Why a weekend away?

      Big Johnson League Last year's Big Johnson League draft.

      Dudes, you need the weekend off.  You work hard, take care of the kids, spoil your wives.  You deserve a weekend with your friends where you can play golf, deal cards, visit a casino, watch sports, and drink beer with your buddies.  Your draft can go as long as you want, without worry about getting home, being responsible, or driving under the influence.  Be as loud and rowdy as you like, there's nobody to wake.

      It's good for the wives too.  No house to host at, no loud men to wake the kids, no snacks to clean up after everyone's gone.  Just a nice, peaceful, relaxing weekend!

      Where should we go?

      Fantasy draft weekend Golf, cards, and football - that's what a fantasy draft weekend is all about!

      If everyone in your draft is local, choose someplace that's close to drive, yet can fit your entire group.  Renting a house is a great option, as you can be loud and can spread out during the draft.  I would suggest a location that has other activities for the rest of the weekend, such as restaurants, bars, a golf course, a casino, fishing, hiking, or other outdoor activities.  After all, it's summer, time to enjoy the outdoors before the weather turns!

      If the guys and gals in your draft are meeting from around the country, choose a location that's easy to get to from most airports.  Vegas is always a great central location, with lots and lots of activities and many sports to watch and gamble on!  If you’re not into gambling, find a winery with a golf course. Many hotels will have a conference room that can accommodate you.

      Our Replica Fantasy Football Trophy is a best seller, any winner would be proud to display!

      For any location, make sure your fantasy commissioner has space to set up your draft board and each player has a comfortable seat and room for their notes and of course, you're going to need to make sure there is wi-fi.  The draft can last many hours, so you gotta make sure everyone is relaxed and comfy for the long haul.

      Will the leagues’ fantasy football trophy be yours this year? Bring your fantasy football trophy on the trip to put on display to up the ante and get everyone excited to start fresh with the new season. Don’t forget that it’s easy to send in your plate to get the new winner engraved each year!

      Good luck Fantasy Players!  Wishing you an awesome, injury-free season!

      Cheers,

      Jessica

      This post was originally published August 2016.  It has been updated for content.

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