Activity Awards

    • Planning a Team Party

      Parties at the end of a sports season are a fun way to celebrate a team’s accomplishments. The common denominator for most team parties is food and awards, with a presentation by the coach. This can be as simple as handing out a cupcake and trophy after the last game or a more involved party at a home, restaurant, school or other facility.

      Ensure a Fun Time for the Team

      baseball team A baseball team with their hard-earned trophies and medals!

      When planning your team party, a few things need to be decided first.

      Date and time:  Most parties are held at the end of the season to celebrate your team’s accomplishments. Many teams will celebrate immediately after their final game; ask your coach his or her preference. Then once the date and time are set, communicate that to the other parents as soon as possible.

      Venue:  A park, teammate or coach's house, pizza parlor, frozen yogurt shop or other local restaurant are all great locations for a party.  If you choose a popular location, plan ahead to reserve a spot, as many can get booked by other teams.

      Food:  The food can be as simple or as fancy as you like. Many teams will hold a potluck at the park or coach's house after their last game.  Pizza is another popular option.  Or maybe its a more low-key affair, and a parent brings cupcakes to the last game.

      Awards:  A great way to memorialize the season is to recognize each team member with a personalized trophy, medal, or award.  If your team doesn't want to give participation trophies, consider giving each player a small gift instead, such as a team picture, water bottle, autograph book, or some other memento to remember the season.

      If you decide to order awards, choose age appropriate trophies depending on the skill level of your players. For suggestions of awards by age, read Choosing the Right Sports Trophy.

      Coaches Gift:   Don’t forget a special acknowledgement for the coaches and team parents as well!  Many of them are volunteers, and it's great for the team to thank them for their time and energy.  Read Coach Recognition for ideas on how to make your coach feel special.

      Budget:  If you are planning awards for the team or a gift for the coach,  you may need to collect money from the parents to share the costs.  I suggest pricing out how much everything will cost, then letting the parents know their share.

      Presentation:Every player contributes something to the team.  To make your party meaningful, ask your coach to say a few words about each player, whether you give awards or not.  Find one positive contribution from each player and recognize them for it. For ideas how to present a trophy in a meaningful way, read Making Sports Trophies Meaningful.

      Avoiding Common Party Problems

      Reserve your venue early. Many popular party spots, such as the neighborhood pizza parlor, get booked quickly with team parties. Check the calendar and call ahead to reserve your team’s space.

      Provide plenty of time to order and receive the awards. A little planning will help you stay within your budget and minimize stress. You’ll also save on shipping and rush order fees. Allow at least a week for your order to be completed, more if it needs to be shipped to you.

      Confirm the spelling of each player’s name. You don’t want to order an award for “John Smith” when his name is “Jon Smith.” Double check the roster, and if you have questions, check with the player or their parents.

      A team party is a great way to celebrate the team and its accomplishments. Here's to another great season!

      Cheers! Jessica

    • Ugly Sweater Trophies - Trophies2Go 2018 Product of the Year

      After much debate at our Trophies2Go Christmas Party, our staff decided to award our 2018 Product of the Year to our Ugly Sweater Trophies!

      GMC Ugly Sweater Winner! Christmas Story Sweater!

      These creative Christmas trophies were created in fall 2017, a brainchild of our designer and laser engraver, Lori N.  Lori used some figures that we never sold, spray painted them gold, laser cut wood into the shape of a sweater, and with blood, sweat and tears and lots of glitter paint, created the masterpiece we sell today!  Every ugly sweater trophy is hand-crafted and painted lovingly by Lori.

      Two fabulous options are available for our Ugly Sweater Trophies - Green Gingerbread or Red Ornaments.  Both feature a hand-painted wooden sweater ornament that can be removed from the trophy and hung on a Christmas Tree!  Here are some customer comments about our Ugly Sweater Trophies:

      "I spent a long time looking at the different (ugly sweater) trophies, and this one by far was the best."

      "It was an absolute hit! We love it!"

      Customers also sent me some pictures of their Ugly Sweater winners with their First Place Ugly Sweater Trophies.  I'm posting a few here for you to enjoy!

      Jenny's ugly sweater Jenny's ugly sweater

      Magical reindeer team Magical reindeer team

      Microsoft Party Microsoft Party

      Our best-selling Christmas Trophies of all time, our Ugly Sweater Trophies will be the hit of your next Holiday Party...10 months from now!

      Cheers!

      Jessica

    • Best Joke Trophies - as picked by our staff!

      At our holiday party last month, our T2G staff picked their favorite joke trophies that we make.  They see many funny trophies come through our warehouse, but these joke awards are the best of the best!

      Golden Throne Chili Resin Trophy Paul's pick - "We wish you hadn't entered the chili cook-off" toilet

      Category #1:  TOILETS

      Janice chose the All-Purpose Toilet Trophy

      Jonas & Laurie both chose the Middle Finger Toilet Trophy

      Paul chose the one award you definitely don't want to get, it's the "BAD CHILI - We wish you hadn't entered the chili cook-off" Chili Loser Toilet

      Find more toilet and potty humor trophies here.

      Category #2: ANIMALS

      Mika picked The Honeybadger Trophy

      Jess (me) chose our cute goat trophy - Greatest Of All Time!

      Tom chose the Horses Bobble Butt Joke Trophy.  He was very specific though, its for a birthday, with a candle in the horse's butt.

      See more animal joke trophies here!

      Happy Horse Bobble Butt Tom's pick - with a candle in the butt!

      Category #3:  OTHER

      Jim picked  the BOMB trophy!

      Lori likes the Ugly Sweater Christmas Medals

      And Mike chose the regal King and Queen Trophies, he said they are great for divas at the office and in your Fantasy Football League.

      Our BEST funny joke trophies for any occasion!  Get laughs at your next event or gag someone special with one of our awesome engraved funny awards!

      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.

      Every year at our Trophies2Go Holiday Party, we wear ugly sweaters, and there are always 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

      Ugly Sweater Trophy Our Ugly Sweater Trophy even includes an ornament you can add to the Christmas Tree!

      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 Holiday Trophy - Handmade by our graphic designer Lori N, these darling trophies feature an Ugly Sweater Ornament, either in Green Gingerbread or Red Ornaments.  The base features the name of the party, organization and date all in full color to match the trophy!  Our Best Seller on Amazon!

      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!

      Learn more about the Brief History of the Ugly Christmas Sweater by Time Magazine here.

      Awards bring hype to any competition, even a silly one such as an Ugly Sweater Party!  And all of our Christmas Awards and Gifts include FREE personalization!

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

      Cheers, Jessica

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

    • 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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