March Delights, Part 2: The Second Half of March

March hare

As promised, here are March Delights, Part 2: The Second Half of March

(Don’t forget, last week we started brainstorming about some fun-filled festivities that could be celebrated in March, and if that includes some photo cutout boards, then so much the better!)

Ides of March

  • March 15: The Ides of March

Ooops! Last time we totally forgot to add this delight…though some might wonder if it is a true delight when you are told to “Beware the Ides of March!”  Well, to those doubters we say “Doubt not!”, but instead celebrate Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar with a toga party and Roman-themed feast.  And if ever there was an opportunity for a photo cutout board or two, this is definitely it!

For a bit of a background on the Ides of March (and to confirm there really is nothing to beware of) check out:

https://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/beware-the-ides-of-march.html

And if you are in Manchester, why not visit the Manchester Art Gallery and gaze at Edward John Poynter’s The Ides of March

https://artuk.org/discover/artworks/the-ides-of-march-205859

 St Patrick's Day

  • March 17: St. Patrick’s Day

We did address St. Patrick’s Day in our last blog (which was a delightful read!), and so this is only a reminder that those lucky Irish have a Bank Holiday on Monday, March 18.  In other words: an extra day to party and commemorate that fun-filled party with photo cutout boards!

Spring butterfly

 

  • March 20: First day of spring!!!!!! (aka Vernal Equinox if you wish to be posh)

True, this is a Wednesday, but sometimes a party or even an enjoyable event mid-week is just the ticket.  To add to that excitement, there is a super moon on Thursday, March 21.

Explore equinoxes and solstices courtesy of the Royal Museums Greenwich:

            https://www.rmg.co.uk/discover/explore/equinoxes-and-solstices

Mother's Day

  • March 31: Mothering Sunday Day (We also “spring forward” with a time change)

We have saved the best event for last!   Whether you take mum out for a fancy lunch or tea; or buy mum an extravagant gift or make one for her yourself; or spend the day (or even the week) cooking, cleaning, doing laundry, remembering to replace the toilet paper, and all the endless little tasks mums take on – it really does not matter what you choose to do.  The point is to treat your mum to a treat!

There are of course still other holidays and just plain fun days to celebrate, like Holi (March 21), Purim (March 21), PI day (March 14)…but if we were to go through them all, you would have way too much to read, and not enough time to plan and organise your festive event!  Don’t forget that part of that party planning involves calling us fairly promptly.

So, calling all you ladies and gentlemen, and hostesses and hosts who are planners of parties and events: call us at Photo Cutouts (tel: 08450 570 321) so we can begin on bringing your vision to life!

Once you have hosted your event(s) with our enchanting photo cutout board(s), we would be thrilled to receive some of your photos that we could then share on our social media web pages.

Here’s to  wonderful, fun-filled March!

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Theme of the Week: Animals!

Animals
Tiger and panda in a promotional board for Animalz face masks.

 

Looking back at the photo cutouts we’ve made, we’ve realised that they often feature animals. The reasons for this are as varied as our clients, but it seems that many charities, brands and products have chosen to feature animals in their photo cutouts. It’s the same in advertising. Think how many brands have an animal as their mascot. So this week we’re featuring our animal friends. Welcome to the Photo Cutouts zoo!

Horses

A four-legged friend will never let you down – and neither will we! Here are some equine boards from the last year or two.

Animals horse Liverpool
A horse in this board for the Liverpool International Horse Show.
animals horses
This board for Retraining of Racehorses features … you’ll never guess.
Animal board horse
This three-hole board was used at Chepstow Racecourse.
Animals horse
More horses – this lovely board was for Sense charity to use at the Badminton Horse Trials.
Donkey ride seaside
All right, this is a donkey. But it’s an equine, right? This traditional seaside board was used by The Sun newspaper.
Seaside donkey animals
More seaside donkey rides – this time for the Sandgrown Family, part of Blackpool Better Start’s campaign.

 

Dogs

Man’s Best Friend has featured in quite a few of our boards. We like to do tricks for our customers!

Animals photo cutouts dogs
Detail of one of our boards for the Dogs Trust. Good boy!
Photo cutout board animals dogs
This one was for Xero, featuring their actual office dog Jinty!
Animals dog full fact milk
Full Fact Milk’s campaign featured a sheepdog. And a cow, obviously.
Dogs board animals vets
A rather naughty woofit running off with sausages in this board for Vets4Pets.
Sheepdog animals Yorkshire Day
A trusty sheepdog features in this board for Yorkshire Day 2018.
RSPCA animals dogs board
A cartoony dog is one of the animals in this board for the RSPCA.
Huawei Chinese New Year animals dragon dog
A Chinese New Year board for Huawei featuring what we think is a Shi Tzu.

 

Animals dogs face in hole boards
Does this one count? This board for the RAF gives a new meaning to ‘dogfight’!

 

Fish and other aquatic life

Our aquatic friends have also graced several boards. Check out these fin-tastic images of fish! You’ll be hooked! (I’ll get my coat – Editor.)

Fish animals
Don’t be Koi, take a look at this lovely board for the Japanese Water Gardens!
Fish board charity
This board was for the For Fish’s Sake campaign, run by Hubbub.
Dolphin Octopus animals
This board for the Ellen MacArthur Foundation has a variety of marine life.
Animals shark
Sharks are fish, right? This one was for Nuts Go Row, who rowed the Atlantic for charity!
Animals crab
Don’t forget the nippy crab in our traditional seaside board of Skinny Jim!

Bees

Where would we bee without bees? Here are two boards that have helped to create a buzz.

Bees animals photo cutouts
BeesNeeds used this board at their week-long campaign on London’s Carnabee Street.
Bees animals promotional board
This is a client design by Plan Bee, before we cut the face holes out.

Other animals

Here’s a smattering of other members of the animal kingdom who have featured on our boards. Noah would be proud!

oinkfest pigs animals
Three little piggies in a board for Oinkfest!
Animals cows ice cream
Cows grace this board for Isle of Arran Ice Cream.
Bat Halloween
There are bats in this Hallowe’en board.

 

Animals rooster board
Dusty The Rooster, designed by Aardman, features in this board for the London Wetland Centre.
Animals face in hole board
Bunny, chick and lamb in one of our Easter boards!

That’s it for now, but there are sure to be plenty more animal boards leaving our production facility. Do you have an idea of how to use animals to promote your product, brand, cause or business? Got a ‘pet’ project you’d like us to turn into reality? Get in touch to throw us a ball, and we’ll fetch it!

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Halloween party boards

Halloween party boards: you’d be bats not to get one

Fresh for this year, 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. We cannot guarantee them against vampire and werewolf attacks, but you’ll be pleased to know that tomato juice and pumpkin flesh wipe off the boards easily.

Halloween photo cutouts
PhotoCutouts team members out for blood

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!

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.

Planning Christmas already? Get your face in the ho-ho-hole!

Like Halloween ghouls, 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 2018. Get your face in the ho-ho-hole with our festive boards featuring Santa and his pals. Here’s a post all about our awesome Christmas boards.

Christmas snow globe, marketing, experiential, events
Christmas guests are going to LOVE our new snow globe board!

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.

 

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 2018

Halloween party boards to lose your head over!

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

Fresh for 2018, 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.

 

Easter face in hole boards – everybunny loves them!

We are very egg-cited about the Easter season this year because of all the Easter parties people will be having. Our Easter face in hole board is great for creating memorable photos. Your guests can be the fluffy Easter Bunny or a hot cross bun, surrounded by a colourful seasonal scene with chicks, a church and eggs on a tree for the egg hunt. Don’t have egg on your face when your Easter party turns out to be a bore! Hire or buy this board to really bring your party to life!

Easter, bunny, hot cross bun, easter bunny, face in hole board, easter party ideas
Bunny and Bun make Easter fun!

It is also available as a roll-up banner with a stand that can be set to different heights. So if most guests are young and not very tall, they can get in on the action without having to stand on anything.

easter banner, easter bunny, easter party ideas, fface in hole
Another way to use our Easter board is as a roll-out banner

We of course also make custom face in hole boards by demand. Call us with an idea or send us a photo or design sketch and our professional designers will mock up a bespoke board for you. We’ll work with you until it is to your liking, then print it in high resolution onto waterproof foamex board or a roll-up banner. Any image that is meaningful to you can be made into a high quality, durable photo cutout board that you can keep and bring out every Easter!

Here’s a little video about the process of making a bespoke photo cutout board, from initial customer enquiry to a finished and shipped board.

So go for it. Easter is an important seasonal festival and we should be celebrating it in style. Make your Easter party guests happy bunnies with a face in hole board – they’re 24 carrot gold!

Call 08450 570 321 or email office@connectedshopping.com

Face in hole boards featured on Ellen!

Anna meets Dory via the medium of face in hole boards

Face in hole boards hit prime time TV in the USA this week, when Ellen DeGeneres used them in a hilarious segment on her talk show. Ellen and Frozen actress Kristen Bell played the parts of Princess Anna and Dory the amnesiac fish respectively by using small face in hole boards. Both stars knew their parts well as they voiced the characters in the respective films. DeGeneres voiced Dory in both Finding Nemo and Finding Dory.

The pair improvised a sketch in which Anna and Dory meet for the first time. But true to character, Ellen/Dory forgot what they were talking about. ‘I’d love to build a snowman,’ says Ellen/Dory. ‘Great, let’s do it,’ says Bell/Anna. ‘Let’s build the snowman.’ ‘What snowman?’ asks Ellen/Dory. ‘I’m Dory, who are you?’

Watch the video here.

An irreverent reverend!

Some interesting ‘face in hole ideas for a church picnic’ have emerged from the fevered mind of David Hayward, aka The Naked Pastor. The ideas are rather close to the bone for an actual pastor to have produced, but he drew them, not us. We can’t reproduce his cartoon here due to image permissions, but you can see what the irreverent reverend came up with here (warning: it’s a bit naughty):

http://www.nakedpastor.com/2016/07/face-in-hole-ideas-for-a-church-picnic/

Halloween is stalking us again!

Are you planning a Halloween event or party. We have a special Dracula and Witch board for hire or purchase. Grab one for your Halloween bash!

Halloween party ideas, Halloween costumes, Halloween props, Ellen
You’d be bats not to hire this one at Halloween.

http://www.photocutouts.co.uk/buy-seasonal-themed-photo-cut-out-boards.htm

Christmas Range!

And we hate to say it, but it’s time to start thinking about entertaining the concept of mulling over the possibility of toying with the idea of envisioning the vague notion of planning your Christmas entertainment. Yes, that was a long sentence, and yes, it’s a long time to Christmas – except it isn’t. By the time you’ve blinked it will be November, and from then on things seem to speed up in the run-up to the festive holidays. Check out our Christmas Range of photo cutout boards to brighten up your festive event or party!

Santa and Elf Helper | Photocutouts.co.uk Ellen
Help Santa deliver presents in this cute photo memory.

https://photocutouts.co.uk/buy-christmas-themed-photo-prop-boards.htm

(We also make custom boards, so just ask and we’ll design a perfect board for you).

Guaranteed fun at any event!

For some reason people find it really funny when someone else sticks their face through a picture. For the origins of the phenomenon, find out more about the history of the photo cutout board. But it doesn’t really matter why it works – it just does. Photo boards add guaranteed fun to all types of events. But which sorts of events are most popular? Here are the main types of event where our photo cutout boards are used:

  • Marketing events / product promotions. A face-in-hole board truly gives a product or service a face, and the interactive nature of the boards mean people play around with them and literally ‘get into’ the brand (which is splashed all over the board). Companies who have used our boards to great effect at marketing and promotional events include Tilda Rice and Autoglass. Here are those two examples:
Custom photo boards, event marketing, branding
Autoglass commissioned a custom design for their promotional event in London.
  • Weddings. Maybe it’s the traditional, saucy nature of photo cutout boards that fits in so well at weddings. Of course the happy couple will pose with their faces in through the holes, but everybody else, young and old, can have a go too. As the wedding party snaps away with their cameras and phones, the board provides a focus and is sure to create wonderful photo memories. See our wedding range here.
wedding party ideas
On this wedding board guests can write chalked messages to the bride and groom, or put up hashtags for photo sharing.
  • Seasonal events. Christmas, Easter and Halloween are prime time for parties and events, and we have boards for all three. Customers can hire from our seasonal ranges or have us make a custom board specially for them. Add some interactive Santa, bunny or vampire fun to your seasonal event!

Christmas Range

Easter & Halloween

 

Snowman and Gingerbread Themed Photo Cutout | Photocutouts.co.uk
Have some WInter wonderland fun in this snowy Christmas themed photo board.
Easter party ideas, hot cross bun, easter bunny, easter eggs
Easter Bunny, Easter Egg and Hot Cross Bun – join in the Easter fun!
Halloween party ideas, Halloween costumes, Halloween props
You’d be bats not to hire this one at Halloween!
  • Charity fundraising events. We have made custom boards for many charities, who find that they create a healthy buzz at their fundraising events. The board represents the charity and carries the name, web address and social media hashtags if desired, so that when people share their photos of each other grinning or grimacing through the face holes, the charity name, website and social sharing info are plain to see. And people donate more when they are laughing! Here’s a recent one:
dogs, charity fundraising ideas, dogood
The Dogs Trust custom board
  • Any other type of event! Birthday parties, book launches, store openings, sports matches – a photo cutout board will brighten any event and help to make it memorable.

Call Shelley today to talk about a photo cutout board to make your event special!

0845 057 0321

Or email office@connectedshopping.com

Decorate your store with a themed festive photo board

 

Festive Themed Santa's Grotto Festive Photo Board
Why not bring Santa to your store this festive season.

Did you know the world’s first Santa’s Grotto was in Lewis’s Bon Marche Department store in Liverpool, England in 1879?

With the festive season fast approaching and the emphasis very much on the big man himself, why not welcome Santa to your store this Christmas?

What better way to celebrate the season than encouraging your customers to share in the fun of Christmas with a fun, festive photo board.

Our festive themed photo boards can be bought straight from our online store or branded with your logos, #hashtags or corporate message and used in your marketing campaigns – giving you significant exposure.

Have you been a good boy / girl this year?

If you have been good this year, this is a great opportunity to have your photo captured on Santa’s knee!!  Why not hire a board for use in your venue this festive season?

The Christmas Collection

Combine Santa’s Grotto with other festive themes available in our Christmas Collection.

The festive photo boards also make a great addition to any staff Christmas party for a jolly good old knees up! Hire one or hire all four festive photo boards!

Christmas Tree Festive Photo Board for Hire and Purchase
Become the Christmas Tree or the Present in this fun photo board.
Santa and Elf Helper Festive Photo Board for Hire and Purchase
Help Santa deliver the presents down the chimney in this cute photo board.
Snowman and Gingerbread Festive Photo Board for Hire and Purchase
Have some Winter wonderland fun in this snowy Christmas themed photo board.
Santa's Sleigh Ride Festive Photo Boards for Hire and Purchase
Ride the sky in Santa’s Sleigh in this fun festive photo board.

Start your own social media campaign, interacting with your audience with giveaways and competitions of images of the boards in use.

We can also create a bespoke photo board for your needs too, just give us a call and one of our team will be happy to chat through your requirements.