Prost! Oktoberfest board available now

Oktoberfest face in the hole board
Beer, beer, beer! Oktoberfest is here!

What’s the wurst that could happen this Oktober? Well the best that could happen is that you throw an Oktoberfest party and include one of our specially-designed Oktoberfest face in the hole boards, the latest addition to our seasonal range!

THE main events is held in Munich every year is the world’s biggest beer festival, with 6 million people attending from all round the world every year? It runs for 18 days and over 7 million litres of beer are served, almost all of them pale lager.

Oktoberfest events follow the main Munich event all around the world, through to late October. So there’s still time to have an Oktoberfest party here in the UK, and the quickest way to create the right atmosphere is with our special Oktoberfest board for guests to poke their faces through whilst quaffing industrial amounts of cold beer. The photo opportunities are off the scale!

For an Oktoberfest party, you will need the following:

An awful lot of beer

A keg of beer to perform the ‘tapping’ ritual of opening the first keg of Oktoberfest beer

Some German sausages (You can find them in Aldi or Lidl)

Some huge glass beer mugs

Masses of pretzels, preferably giant ones called Riesenbrezen.

Some kind of tent or marquee

If they are willing, some busty wenches to wear the traditional Bavarian ‘dirndl’ dress and run around clutching an unfeasible number of glasses of beer

Food ideas include grilled chicken, Bavarian sausage of course, and grilled mackerel on a stick. You know, hearty fare to wash down with gallons of beer.

Breze oktoberfest pretzel
See if Aldi and Lidl have these too.

There’s still time to order your Oktoberfest face in the hole board from Photo Cutouts, just give us a bell on 08450 570321 or buy or hire directly from our website!

Enjoy Oktoberfest …
Oktoberfest
… but don’t overdo it!

 

 

Halloween boards: new for 2017

Halloween party boards to lose your head over!

Halloween party, halloween party ideas, dracula, pumpkin, trick or treat, ghost, witch, mummy

Fresh for 2017, we’ve brought our Halloween face in hole boards up to date by making them a bit more cartoony, with some cheeky little details. Hire or buy one to add extra fun and photo memories to your Halloween event.

As always they are made of weatherproof, durable foamex PVC board with a high-quality image printed onto it. The feet are sturdy aluminium and keep the board upright in moderate winds.

Halloween event planners can hire or buy these designs off-the-peg with rapid delivery to the UK mainland. They can also order custom boards with added features such as messages, slogans, logos, hashtags, web addresses, phone numbers or other information. We can adapt an existing design to include this branding information or do a completely new, one-of-a-kind custom design that will never be repeated!

spooky, halloween, face in the hole board, dracula, bat, ghost, pumpkin

The new boards in the seasonal range have three face holes.  If it is preferable to the customer we can cut out just two holes and leave the rest of the artwork intact.

As if creepy Halloween ghouls sneaking up on us wasn’t enough, Christmas is also sneaking up on us and will soon have us in its grasp. Well, we also have a new range of Christmas boards that we have re-designed for 2017. Get your face in the ho-ho-hole with our festive boards featuring Santa and his pals. Read about them in last week’s blog post. Maybe we should have blogged about the Halloween boards before the Christmas ones, but nobody’s perfect!

2017 polar bear, penguin, santa claus, Christmas scene
We’ve designed a fun new Christmas board with some new friends for Santa.

The ‘hole’ point of face in hole boards is to take photos – that’s why we call them photo cutouts. Our boards help to create great photo memories of Halloween parties and events!

Just don’t lose your head!

Discover our seasonal range, including the new Halloween boards, here.

For a friendly quote on a custom board, talk to Shelley or Jim on 08450 570321.

 

New 2017 Christmas designs coming soon!

Get your face in the ho-ho-hole!

Christmas face in the hole board

Christmas is one of the times of year when our photo cutout boards really shine. They add extra sparkle and fun to festive events and increase engagement. A colourful, vivid photo cutout board is ideal for interacting with the public at conferences and expos, corporate events, charity events, retail stores, marketing events, theatres, art galleries, awards ceremonies and the many other events that take place every November and December.

We’ve created some unique new designs for 2017 that you won’t find anywhere else. You could be the first to hire them for your Christmas event! The new designs will be on our website soon – but why not get in there first and give us a call to book yours now? If you like this sneak preview of our new Christmas boards, we’re ready to talk to you on 08450 570321! Or drop us an email at office@connectedshopping.com.

Christmas snow globe, marketing, experiential, events
Guests are going to LOVE our new snow globe board! Be the first to get it! There’s a nice big space on the plaque at the bottom for corporate messages, logos, hashtags and web addresses. Or anything you like!

We’ve given the Christmas range a makeover with a fresh and up-to-date design style.

2017 polar bear, penguin, santa claus, Christmas scene
We’ve designed a fun new Christmas board with some new friends for Santa. What do you think?

The choice of how many face holes is yours. In this new design below, you can have Rudolf or Elf cut out or both. Just ask us and we’ll make it the way you like. For children at a Santa’s grotto, for example, you might prefer to have just the elf cut out, because it’s at a better height for kids.

Santa reindeer face in hole board 2017


As for custom Christmas boards with your own design or one created by us, check out our custom boards page for more info. As an example, here’s a festive board we made for InternetMatters.org for use at TalkTalk’s offices over the Christmas period.

Christmas photo cutout board campaign

Go big with a full-size Photo Wall!

When you want to go big and make a real impact … a photo wall is the way to go.

photo wall
That’s our lead designer and board maker Jim in the middle, visibly proud of his handiwork.

What do we mean by a photo wall? Basically it’s an extra-large photo cutout board that goes beyond our standard sizes and makes for a bigger impact. Above is a pair of photo walls we made for the German Embassy in London, featuring the World Cup-winning German football teams. Guests at the event could step into the boots of star players for a photo not to be missed!

These oversized boards can dominate a function room or even an outdoor event because they are taller and wider than usual and can be seen from further away. There’s no danger of one of these getting lost in the crowd!

If your event calls for making a big visual splash, then call us on 08450 570321 for a quote on a giant photo wall!

We’ve used the concept of large boards in two other areas as well: the wedding photo wall and the National Self Portrait Gallery.

Wedding photo wall

wedding photo walll

This large board recreates a vintage living room and comes with a chest of props for guests to play about with for relaxed and genuine photo moments. There are large cutouts with picture frames for guests to be silly through. You can even hang your own photos on the rest of the wall to personalise it and make it feel like home. We even provide a chaise longue for the bride to drape herself on. It makes for some memorable wedding photos – much better than everybody standing in stiff poses!

National Self Portrait Gallery

Historical photo wall NSPG

Classic paintings from the 18th century to the present day are brought to life with a face-in-hole twist! The NSPG is a set of large photo wall boards that can be arranged like an art gallery. Here it is in use at the University of Cambridge. Your guests can become Henry VIII, the Mona Lisa, the Laughing Cavalier or a number of other famous paintings, just by putting their face in the hole! There are photo opportunities galore with the National Self Portrait Gallery, available to hire for events around the UK.

To talk to us about any of the above large boards for you next event, call 08450 570321 or email office@connectedshopping.com

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Anglian Water make a splash with our boards

Anglian Water
Which uses the least water – a bath or a shower?

When Anglian Water needed some props to attract the public’s attention, they came to photocutouts.co.uk.

H2OMG is an event run by the East Anglia water authority at The Forum, Norwich which aims to educate the public about water consumption in the face of population growth. It is also a free public consultation event where people are encouraged to make their views heard on how they want the company to spend its money and how they think the future of water use in East Anglia should look.

East Anglia is the driest region in the UK, so it’s a pretty important subject, especially with half a million new homes expected to be built in the region in the next 15 years!

H2OMG Anglian Water
Educating the public about fatbergs. Don’t tip oil and fats down the sink, people!

H2OMG is a really fun event with numerous fairground-style attractions, games and activities all centred around water and how we use and abuse it. Visitors can try their hand at the Water Wheel of Fortune or play Beat The Bog, where you throw beanbags into toilet bowls to bring the lids down and reveal fascinating facts about water use in the ‘smallest room’.

Here’s one of our boards in use in this H2OMG promotional video.

Anglian Water liked our photo cutout boards so much they also featured one in their blog.

We thought of suggesting a wet sponge throwing contest because our photo cutout boards are waterproof and perfect for that – but we decided not to because the emphasis at this event is on not wasting water! Anglian Water’s motto is ‘love every drop’.

Our colourful, high-quality photo boards are the perfect way to literally get people into your brand. The public can’t resist interacting with them and they appeal to all ages.

For more info on our custom photo cutout boards, email office@connectedshopping.com or call us for a friendly quote on 08450 570321.

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Giant cheques and speech bubbles!

Giant Cheques

giant cheques

Giant cheques are a essential marketing tool at charity fundraising presentations, award evenings, competition wins and sports presentations. We are now using our experience in making and shipping reasonably-priced face in hole boards to the giant cheque market.

Our giant cheques are made from the same stuff as our face in hole boards: durable, weatherproof, wipe-clean foamex PVC board. Its 3mm thickness makes it lightweight and easy to lift up for photos. We print them up with any logos, names, web addresses and hashtags the customer requests and ship them out quickly in time for your presentation event. We aim to provide the best quality and value giant cheques available in the UK.

They are available as a permanently printed version with your custom text, or a wipe-clean version to use time and time again. Just tell us what you need on the cheque and we will print exactly what you need.

giant award cheques uk

The cheques come in 3 sizes: small (100cm x 50cm), Medium (150cm x 75 cm) and Large (200cm x 100cm). If you need a custom size, talk to us and we’ll do our best to make it.

Get in touch to discuss your requirements! Call 08450 570321 or email office@connectedshopping.com.

Speech bubbles

speech bubble props

Here’s a great idea for wedding photos: Funny speech bubbles to make people ‘talk’ or ‘think’. Spice up your wedding photos with either pre-printed bubbles or wipe-clean ones for adding your own comments in whiteboard marker.

speech bubble props

The bubbles are made of lightweight foamex with a handle on the back so the hand holding them doesn’t show in photos. This makes them seem to float in the air like cartoon speech bubbles. They are approximately 30cm and have a matte laminated print finish to reduce camera flash glare and sunlight reflections.

For weddings, we can print a special personalised set with text and typeface of your choice. A set of 6 speech bubbles is just £35+VAT, so why not add an extra fun element to your photos?

Find out more at http://www.photocutouts.co.uk/speech-bubbles.htm

Brands using our boards this week

The BBC, Frank’s Red Hot Sauce, the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and Hertford Regional College are just a few of the brands we’ve made face in the hole boards for this week. Here’s a little bit about them and the types of events they are being used at. Tell your marketing department about us or call 08450 570321 to talk about creating a face in hole board – an effective marketing tool for YOUR brand.

The BBC

Mrs Brown's Boys BBC

This is a detail of a Mrs Brown’s Boys board we made for the BBC to use at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. We haven’t got any snaps of the board in use yet but here’s our Shelley doing a Mrs Brown before it left our premises!

Frank’s Red Hot Sauce

face in hole board marketing brands

London’s Wingfest chicken wing festival is inspired by the Buffalo Wing Festival in New York State. Hot sauce is a frequent addition to chicken wings, so Frank’s Red Hot Sauce didn’t miss this marketing opportunity and this is their board in use, complete with their Facebook and Twitter handles.

Capital FM South Wales

Capital FM South Wales

Capital FM South Wales are running a photo-sharing campaign using a photocutouts.co.uk board at Cardiff Bay Beach, a Summer event running from 28th July until 3rd September. One more of the growing number of brands using our boards!

RCVS

brands marketing face in hole boards

brands marketing

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons used a board made by us for their #findavet campaign at Blenheim Palace which was filmed on Countryfile Live!

Hertford Regional College

Brands marketing experiential

The college commissioned a campaign board from us for their ‘Wish you were here’ campaign to promote their new courses. Complete with web address and hashtag, it’s an effective marketing tool for the college.

New folding design

The Hertford Regional College board is also the first appearance of our new folding board design! It folds in half for easy storage. Call us for details of these convenient new boards – they take up half the space!

Visit our custom boards page

Drop us an email

Brands looking for a good marketing tool, call us today on 08450 570321!

Wet sponge boards – they’re waterproof!

Wet sponge aunt sally board
A child throwing a wet sponge at a ‘greedy’ high street estate agent – actually a parent

One thing we don’t mention as often as we should is that our face in hole boards aren’t made of chipboard, wood, cardboard, or anything else that can absorb water and get damaged. In fact they are made of lightweight, waterproof PVC foamex board – which means they are weatherproof and can be soaked at will – as will happpen when you’re having a wet sponge throwing frenzy!

Any of our boards can be used for a wet sponge throwing contest – we’ve even had teachers get sponged at a school open day. But here is an example that was created to lambast everybody’s favourite ‘villain’: the high street estate agent. Boo! Hiss!

To promote their online estate agency, our customer Sellmyhome.co.uk are running a campaign in which a high street estate agent stands in front of a house he has just sold and says ‘You just paid for my new Porsche! Cheers!’.

Throwing things at a figure of ridicule is a time-honoured English tradition. Our face in hole boards are also referred to as Aunt Sally boards. The original Aunt Sally game was played in pub gardens and fairgrounds dating back to the 17th century. People took turns to throw sticks at a wooden head with a clay pipe in its mouth. The winner was the one who broke off the clay pipe. The wooden figure was called ‘Aunt Sally’ in what was really a pretty mean game, but it was long before political correctness so we can let them off.

So don’t forget: the fact that our boards are waterproof not only means they can stay out in the rain without damage, but also that you can stage a wet sponge throwing contest! What’s not to like?

There are still a few months of warm weather left, so order your wet sponge board soon for your next event!

office@connectedshopping.com

08450 570321

 

Dogs, gingerbread and sausages! This week’s new boards

We are making more boards than ever this Summer, and they are just flying out the door as all kinds of organisations snap them up for their parties, promotions, fundraising campaigns and product launches. This week’s roundup of new boards happens to feature dogs rather heavily!

And customers love them. Here is a nice testimonial from Runnymede Vets / Pets1st after using the board they commissioned from us for their open day. vets dogs face in hole board testimonial

Here are some folks at the open day enjoying the board. The ‘dog’ doesn’t look too worried considering the size of the thermometer!

dogs thermometer face in hole board

Last weekend was the Allergy & Free From Show at Kensington Olympia in London. We made a board for Asda supermarkets to promote their award-winning Free From range. The hashtag on the board prompted lots of photo shares on Twitter to help promote the brand. Here’s an example:

gluten free photo cutout board

Putting a hashtag on your custom face in hole board is a great way to get people to share photos of your branded board online and give you extra exposure.

We made another dog-related board recently. This one was for Vets4Pets, a nationwide veterinary practice who wanted to promote their business at Dogfest, a distinctly mutt-based show covering all things canine, with dogs the star attendees. Here’s the design, with a human standing in as the dog:

Dogs photo cutout board

And here it is in action at the show, being used as intended by a happy dog ‘running off with the sausages’:

dog sausages photo cutout board

We’ve made face in hole boards for many of the UK’s leading brands, businesses, organisations and charities. The design and manufacture process is simple and straightforward – here’s a little video about how boards are designed, made and delivered.

Photo cutout boards are a proven way to promote brands, causes and businesses. So tell your marketing department about photocutouts.co.uk or ring us yourself for a friendly quote!

08450 570321

office@connectedshopping.com 

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Beach boards celebrate our coastal culture

This week we’ll take a break from the booming custom made boards side of our business and get back to basics with the boards that started it all: colourful seaside fat lady on the beach-style face in hole boards. Nostalgic and fun, they hark back to the saucy postcards of naughty artist Donald McGill and have become a vintage classic and a cherished part of our coastal heritage.

beach donkey holiday photo cutout board
Little Johnny

They are perfect for seaside parties, beach-themed parties, birthdays, seaside weddings and company events (we can brand them if required).

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Skinny Jimmy, a classic seaside photo cutout board

Take your pick from our cheeky, postcard-style, traditional beach designs. Choose from Punch and Judy, Ethel and Ernie, Skinny Jimmy, Betty and Billy, Fat Mabel, Little Johnny, Thin Tim & Big Bertha, Doris and Dick and Strong John to add to your event. Perfect for use at school fêtes, parties and family fun days.

fat lady on a beach seaside face in hole board
Here she is … the original Fat Lady on the Beach! Isn’t she lovely?

We think traditional British coastal culture is worth preserving, and it’s nice to see it thriving in a few areas, but much more can be done. Here’s a link to a blog post we made last year which talks about the Seaside Heritage Network, an initiative to catalogue and preserve our valuable coastal cultural assets.

Our seaside boards don’t take as long to make as custom boards, because the designs are already done and we can get the boards out to you in just a few days as opposed to two weeks or more for a custom board. That makes them ideal for last-minute party planning – all we need is a week’s notice. Why not add one to your Summer party, beach event, birthday party? It adds so much fun and is bound to produce some memorable photos!

office@connectedshopping.co.uk

08450 570321

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