Charitable ideas for #GivingTuesday

If you haven’t already heard, amidst the hype of Black Friday, it’s #GivingTuesday on 3rd December. A one-day global movement that celebrates and encourages giving. There is no better time for such a day in our opinion, coming just after those well-known shopping days of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday is a great opportunity to get into the real spirit of Christmas and give to causes close to your heart.

We’ve collated some of our favourite charitable ideas to give you some food for thought in the run-up #GivingTuesday.

Donate with a huge charity cheque this #GivingTuesday

Boost the profile of your charity by donating with MEGA cheque. Using a giant presentation cheque creates a great photo opportunity for both the giver and the charity.

Photo Cutouts Maxi Cheque was used last week on This Morning and in the words of Holly Willoughby “it’s a whopper!”

Giant cheque_ThisMorning

Giant cheques could also make the perfect gift for an avid fundraiser.

We have all come across those amazingly devoted charity fundraisers who are always challenging themselves to some sort of activity in aid of a good cause. If you have one in your circle, why not gift them a reusable personalised big cheque this Christmas? A giant cheque will create a great photo opportunity, extra exposure for your fundraiser’s cause and a huge unexpected gift to unwrap on the big day.

Big cheque_Steps to Hope.jpg

Here’s a truly inspirational 3-year-old, Casey, the youngest fundraiser we’ve seen so far, presenting Steps To Hope with the money she and her family raised for the cause.

 

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Choose Love and Help Refugeeschoose love

Choose Love helps to fund projects for refugees in Europe by both selling real products for refugees and selling powerful slogan t-shirts via Asos.

The Choose Love clothing collection is a take on the iconic Choose Life slogan of the 80s. There are lots of variations and products and make a perfect gift for any fashionistas in the family.

 

 

giant_jigsawDonate a giant jigsaw

Design & donate a giant jigsaw to your local hospital’s Children’s Ward for those who are too unwell to make it home for Christmas. Our giant jigsaws are fully waterproof and wipe-clean, so easy to keep those germs at bay in a medical setting. For businesses, you can include your logo and boost your corporate social responsibility profile while benefitting those in need.

 

 

Give a Christmas present to a child with Salvation Army Christmas Present Appeal

Until mid-December, many Salvation Army churches and centres across the UK will be running a Christmas Present Appeal.

Support your local Christmas Present Appeal by finding your nearest appeal and donating new, unwrapped toys and gifts for children who might not otherwise receive a Christmas present.

The gifts will then be wrapped and distributed to those in need.

Find your nearest Salvation Army HERE.

 

Take part in Christmas Jumper Day

Wear your festive woollies to work on Friday 13th December and donate £2 to one of the world’s biggest children’s charities, Save the Children. The charity offers support globally to children in need.

We have made promotional cutouts for Save The Children’s Christmas Jumper Day. The cutouts are used as a tool to promote the launch of the campaign.Christmas Jumper Day

 

Here’s a blast from the past… Our Shelley and Martin sporting their festive sweaters for Save The Children – we’ll be recreating this beauty of a picture again this year! A fun, and easy to execute, idea for a great cause.

Register with Save the Children and receive a free fundraising pack HERE.

 

Photo Cutouts Charity Toolkit

At Photo Cutouts, we have worked with many a charity over the years. As we specialise in large format print, there are a number of products that we produce that make the perfect PR toolkit.

Take a look at our Charity Toolkit for #GivingTuesday inspiration and get in touch to discuss any ideas that you might have.

01284 848330

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Charities We Have Worked With

Event theme ideas for any budget

You’ve decided to host an event or party, now where do you start? Having a theme can help you to give your event planning some focus. An event theme can steer what entertainment you chose, what colour scheme to go with, the design for your invitations and how you decorate your venue.

Themes are endless and it can be exceptionally difficult to decide on one. Our advice would be to keep in mind what would appeal to the guests you are hoping to attend and to remember your budget – some themes are easier to achieve for less money than others.

We have shortlisted some of our favourite themes to give you food for thought…

Circus themeCircus theme_Trinity Park_Ipswich

Roll up, roll up… Create a stunning backdrop to an event venue with a circus theme. If you are looking for an opportunity to add a touch of the unusual to your event or venue P.T Barnum style, then circus theme is the way to go. Opening doors to a range of fun, visual entertainment for guests. Circus theme is suitable for adults and children alike and excellent for any time of year.

Seaside theme

Seaside theme events

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside… And don’t we all! Seaside themed events are great for guests to take a break from the mundane and have fun. Although typically associated with summer events, why not spread a bit of sunshine, a hint of nostalgia and cheer up those dreary winter months? Saucy postcard photo opportunities, giant deckchairs, crazy golf course, candy floss cart, the possibilities are endless and all very achievable whatever your budget.

Funfair theme

If you can’t settle on one theme, the funfair theme can encompass elements of circus and seaside. Dress your venue with candy stripes or a circus tent, add hook-a-duck, a coconut shy or tin-can alley and budget depending, hire a merry-go-round!

Festival themeFestival themed events

With so many genres of festival out there, this theme is fantastic for all budgets. Depending on what feel you are going for you can go hippy, grungy, trendy, or family-friendly, either way, the aim will be to offer a real experience – with live acts, performers, street-food and photo opportunities. The festival theme lends itself to those on a tighter budget. The DIY feel of a festival allows for a field as your venue, haystacks for seating & tipi tents for cover.

Dinosaur theme

Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre #HVDinos

The Jurassic period will spark the imagination of little guests at any family-focussed event. Depending on your budget you can go BIG with a colossal dinosaur structure or smaller with a dinosaur egg-trail. Homemade volcanos or dry-ice and jungle-style plants can be used to dress your venue. Everyone is bound to have a roaring good time (sorry… couldn’t help myself)

Mods & Rockers theme

This is a brilliant theme for any indecisive event planners! The colour scheme is already chosen, the music picked, and the dress code all sorted, even 60s style finger food is easily achievable. Swinging 60’s style parties may not work for a kids birthday party but bound to be a lot of fun for anyone old enough to appreciate it.

Sports theme Sports theme events

Base entertainment around sports such as Beat the Goalie, crazy golf, table tennis or Footpool. If guests will be seated, tables could be themed for a particular sport or you could choose your colour scheme based on different sports teams. Works for indoor and outdoor events and easily tailored to suit the age range of your guests.

About Photo Cutouts

Photo Cutouts face-in-hole board can bring that something extra to a party, corporate event, wedding, family fun day, school fête, charity event, store promotion, product promotion… anywhere fun and engagement are required.

We have off-the-shelf designs that can be customised with logos and hashtags, or our brilliant design team can custom design a board to suit your requirements. People love to put their face in the hole and have their picture taken, so a photo cutout board is a great icebreaker and helps to make your event memorable.

Circus theme photo boards Seaside themeFestival theme photo board
Dinosaur theme photo boardsSports theme photo boardsMods and Rockers theme photo boards

Get in touch

Give our team a call today to discuss your branding requirements for your next peak season!

www.photocutouts.co.uk

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01284 848330

 

Santa’s Been! Photo Cutouts unwrap NEW Christmas designs

Photo Cutouts have been busy working away in our workshop on some new themed photo boards for Christmas. We are pleased to reveal that our new face-in-the-hole board designs are now ready to book for hire or to buy.

New Christmas Designs

Santa’s Workshop – a large 1.5m wide, 3 face hole photo board, perfect for families or groups of friends to create a fun photo opportunity.

Large Santas Workshop Christmas photo board

Selfie with Elfie – a 1m wide, 1 face hole photo board with an eye-catching design. Great for engaging with people and making events memorable.

Christmas Selfie-with-Elfie photo board

Christmas Wreath Selfie Board – a large handheld festive photo board. Ideal for passing around at Christmas events or parties.

Handheld selfie board_ Christmas Wreath Design

High-quality

All of our Photo Cutouts Boards are made from an industrial PVC with a high-quality vinyl print so they withstand a lot of use. The quality is miles apart from cardboard versions, they are even waterproof. As the boards are mounted onto a sturdy steel frame they are suitable for use at outdoor events such as Christmas Markets, skating rinks, to entertain families queuing for Santa’s Grotto or in a retail environment to attract the Christmas shoppers.

Face in hole board Christmas elves

Customise

As with all our photo board designs, we have the option to customise with your logo and encourage adding social media handles for photos (and your branding!) to be shared across social media. Customising is an option whether looking to hire or buy just get in touch with our design team to discuss your requirements.

Natural Christmas Tree Company Branded Christmas Photo Board

 

Photo Competition

Photo Boards lend themselves perfectly to Christmas competitions. Several companies we have worked with previously have used branded photo cutout boards as a competition mechanism. Encourage people to share photo’s in your face-in-the-hole board across social media to win a prize and select your favourite photo. To tempt customers to share their photos on social media, Klondyke & Strikes ran a ‘Show us your best festive face’ competition last year, with a prize for the best snow globe photo. Check out the hashtag #KlondykeSnowglobe on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.

Christmas #KlondykeSnowglobe_Instagram

Inspiration

For inspiration on how you could use Photo Cutout boards as part of your Christmas marketing campaign or seasonal event, take a look at some previous blog posts featuring boards from….

Klondyke and Strikes Garden Centres

Odin Events Nutcracker Trails

Natural Christmas Tree Company

National Trust Hardwick Hall

Get in touch

Give our team a call today to discuss your branding requirements for your next peak season!

www.photocutouts.co.uk

office@connectedshopping.com

01284 848330

Innovative new design for Hempstead Valley Dinos #HVDinos

Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre has been having a roarsome time this Summer with their dinosaur-themed activities. The shopping centre management team came to Photo Cutouts with the challenge of making several dino-themed photo opportunities for their retail entertainment during the school holidays.

Our fabulous designers came up with 2 dinosaur-themed photo cutout boards and, a Photo Cutouts first, a double-sided photo wall.

#HVDinos Face-in-the-hole board

The face-in-the-hole boards had 2 head holes at a suitable height for children to have their photographs taken. Children really seem to engage with the photo cutout boards and completely get the concept of posing to be part of the scene.

#HVDinos retail entertainment Photo Cutout board

Double-sided photo wall

For the photo wall, our innovative team put together 2 designs. These were printed and mounted back to back on 2 panels of sturdy PVC foamex. The double-sized photo wall provided a mammoth 3m x 2m backdrop for shoppers to pose for a photo opportunity.

Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre retail entertainment #HVDinos_PhotoWall

Photo Cutouts have made photo walls in the past however a double-sided version is certainly a first. The team adapted our usual design for a 2-panel board of this size so that fixings were concealed within the board. This gave a blank canvas on both sides for 2 great designs and 2 great photo opportunities.

Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre retail entertainment #HVDinos_PhotoWall

Hashtags for social sharing

The peep boards and the photo wall both included the shopping centre logo, social media handles and the hashtag #HVDinos to encourage visitors to share their photos. Photos were shared across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and the dinos have proved to be a roaring success in increasing footfall to the shopping centre.

Mark Rumfitt, Centre Manager of Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre said:

“We’ve turned the clock back by more than 400 million years with this new dinosaur trail and are bringing something that’s fun, exciting and educational to Hempstead Valley. In the first few days of the arrival of our dinosaurs, we have seen a huge influx of families spending time together and enjoying this new event.”

Hempstead Valley Dinos are at the shopping centre until 18th August – be quick to catch them before extinction (last pun I promise!)

Retail Entertainment

Photo Cutouts have worked with a number of retail spaces in the past as shopping centres, local councils and BIDs, look to combine retail and entertainment. We are experts in creating custom made, branded photo boards. If you are interested in adding our products to your next shoppertainment project, then please get in touch.

Call us: 01284 848330

Email: office@connectedshopping.com

Photo Cutout Boards at Countryfile Live

BBC Countryfile Live returned this year to showcase the best of the British countryside. The event runs across 2 weekends in August, the first at Blenheim Palace and the second at Castle Howard. Visitors are treated to presentations from the shows’ presentations, theatre productions and food demonstrations, all surrounded by stands and food outlets from a range of exhibitors.

Photo Cutouts have proudly supplied bespoke face-in-the-hole boards to some of the exhibitors at this year’s Countryfile Live event, including Rohan Clothing and London School of Tropical Medicine for their Bug Off campaign.

Countryfile Live Exhibitors

A great engagement tool…

The exhibitors were looking for a great visual engagement tool to attract people to visit their exhibition stand.

Photo Cutout boards are perfect for trade stands. An interactive marketing prop with an eye-catching design which includes the company logo, creates a great photo opportunity and makes the stand memorable for visitors.

Countryfile Live_Rohan stand

Encourage social sharing with a competition

Rohan chose to use their board as part of a competition mechanism. The design called for people to snap and share their photos on social media using the hashtag #RohanBestinShow. This is a great way to encourage visitors to share their branded photographs across the web and become advocates for the company, brand or cause. The theme of ‘Best in Show’ was in line with the agricultural nature of the Countryfile Live event and generated some humorous photos of dogs in the face holes (which we always love to see!)

Rohan_BestInShow

You can view posts from the Rohan Best in Show photo competition on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, searching for the hashtag #RohanBestinShow

Photo Cutouts offer marketing props for exhibitions stands

Visit our Exhibitions page to see how Photo Cutouts can help increase footfall to your exhibition or trade stand.

If you are exhibiting at a similar show and are looking for a great portable engagement tool to attract people to your stand, then please get in touch and we would be happy to work with you on a great design.

Website: photocutouts.co.uk

Mail to: office@connectedshopping.com

Tel no: 01284 848330

The never-ending delights of British garden centres

It is now early July, and that mad garden centre dash and rush appears to be over. Perhaps you are like my family and have bought nearly every new, fun, exciting plant possible, and you have also sunflowers-garden-centresfinally found a spot for everything somewhere in the garden. (As the great Carol Klein recently said on BBC Gardener’s World Live, “Don’t worry, you’ll always find space.”) Now it is time for a well-deserved rest on your laurels, under the laurel tree, and a break from garden centre visits. Except-t that this is not quite how it should be.

Dear readers, you know by now that I am one to poke and prod, and I enjoy telling you how best to live your life based on my extensive life experiences. I recently spoke with a friend (and an avid gardener) who lives in Calgary in the province of Alberta in Canada. After our conversation, I realised how lucky we are with our garden centres. You are possibly puzzled by this statement –allow me to explain.

First, I was informed that Calgary (a rather large city) and the surrounding area do not have the number of garden centres as we do in the UK, nor do they have such a variety. Second, garden centres are selling off their plants and not receiving much new stock (except for maybe some autumn plants for containers). Apparently, going to one of the few garden centres in Calgary is currently a dismal event for some gardeners. How sad is that? I will answer that it is sad indeed.

homemade cakesAfter our conversation, I sat by my laurel hedge to ponder things over. I thought of how, in cold, dismal January, I can go to a garden centre and I can see (and buy!) pansies, hellebores, and primroses. There is inevitably a café or restaurant where one can enjoy a light lunch (oftentimes made with seasonal produce) or an afternoon tea. If one does do not have time for lunch, many garden centres carry an assortment of delightful edible treats such as lovely biscuits, jams and jellies, crackers, chutneys, cheeses…the list could go on. Should one not feel food inclined, then there are gifts and cards to peruse. (I recently bought a set of two small cups and a little melamine tray with a William Morris design, which made a wonderful gift for a friend to enjoy coffee for two. My Canadian friend loves all the cards with pictures by local artists; she buys so many when she visits that her husband had to give her a rather stern talking to.) If none of these strike your fancy, then how about taking the children/grandchildren to pick out a bug or insect house? And, finally, amidst all these choices, remember that garden centres still do sell plants, and the choice is spectacular.

 

Now, while a gin and tonic and a bit of a rest is certainly in order, do still find a bit of time to visit some garden centres…it is not too late to perhaps plant one more pot.

If I may be so bold as to offer one more recommendation, here is one for some summer reading: The Gardener’s Year by Karel Čapek. I am a long-time fan of this Czech author, who wrote plays, novels, short stories, and essays. The Gardener’s Year is an amusing 12-month chronicle of gardeners and their garden follies and glories; it is also a thoughtful account of human nature. One of

my favourite parts is at the end of the chapter “Preparations”, and you shall have to read the book since I will not divulge more here. Josef Čapek, the author’s brother, provided the charming illustrations.

Millbrook garden centre use photo cutouts
Millbrook engage customers with a Photo Cutout board

As for all you garden centres, whom I have praised so highly (and well-deservedly so), here at Photo Cutouts we think one of our custom-made photo cutout boards could be a great marketing prop, adding even more interactive fun to your business. Check out these 5 Ways Garden Centres Use Photo Cutouts for inspiration.

Get in touch:

https://www.photocutouts.co.uk/
Tel: 08450 570 321
Email: office@connectedshopping.com
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Disclaimer: Aside from the rather appalling choice of garden centres and what is available, Calgary is a lovely city and a wonderful place to visit. And, to be fair, the growing season is rather different and much shorter than ours.

From The Garden Centre Association, here is a list of their top 10 garden centres for 2019:
https://gca.org.uk/annual-awards/

This is an article from 2016 with some intriguing recommendations:
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/gardens-to-visit/the-uk-s-best-garden-centres-and-nurseries/

Fish and chips, beer, and Photo Cutouts – what more could one ask for in June?

I know, I know, we just did a blog on May events, and now here is a blog about some events in June. The thing is, I am such a super sleuth and I ferret out fabulously fun activities, which I feel would be a frightful shame if I did not share them with you, my loyal fans. So, mark your calendars and start planning for some late spring entertaining events.

Without further fanfare, may I present…

National Fish and Chips Day is on “Fryday” June 7
http://www.neoda.org.uk/fishandchipdayNational Fish and Chips Day

I think the name is fairly self-explanatory, though the debate rages on regarding some of the origins of this quintessentially British grub. Apparently, Western Sephardic Jews (who had settled in England), coated fish in a batter and fried them; the chips came via either France or Belgium; and both London and Lancashire claim they had the first chippy (for you non-British English, a chippy is a fish and chips shop).

Instead of focusing on disagreements (since there are more than enough to go around!), we should actually be reminded that we really have fishermen to thank for this dish. To quote from The Fishermen’s Mission* website, “Fishing continues to be the most dangerous peacetime occupation with a one in fourteen chance of being killed at work, the funds generated through the National Fish and Chip Day allow the Fishermen’s Mission to continue to provide Welfare and Emergency services to our Fishermen and their families….”
(* Full name is The Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen)

So, my fellow fish and chip enthusiasts, please do go out and support your local fish and chips stand, or shop, or fancy restaurant, and in turn the monies from National Fish and Chip Day will help support Fishermen’s Mission. And whilst you are munching and crunching, think about your plans for the following weekend in order to…

Celebrate National Beer Day aka Beer Day Britain on June 15London Pride photo cutout
https://www.beerdaybritain.co.uk/

I am certain some diehard fans will have this event highlighted in their calendars, but others (though they are keen drinkers) might possibly not be aware of this glorious tradition, as it is actually a fairly recent event day, started in 2015, by one Ms. Jane Peyton.

I have to admit, I was somewhat surprised (and shocked!) that us Brits did not actually have a day dedicated to honouring our beloved beverage; however, this oversight has been now been righted. 800 years after the Magna Carta was sealed (15th of June 1215, of course), Jane Peyton established peace in our pubs by starting Beer Day Britain, which, according to the website “celebrates all beer including traditional ales, mainstream lagers, and limited edition craft beer and everything in between no matter where it is brewed or who owns the brewing company.” And by celebrating British beer, you are actually helping our British economy – whether it be at your local pub or going on a beer tour. One does what one can for one’s country.

Btw, Beer Day Britain coincides very well with Father’s Day on June 16. Perhaps, combine the two events into one spectacular Beer and Fathers Weekend!

How Photo Cutout Boards fit in…

Reel in customers with the always fun face-in-a-hole photo board
https://www.photocutouts.co.uk/

• Roll out this amazing marketing tool with one of our roller banners
https://www.photocutouts.co.uk/roller-banner.htm

• Vinyl banners to help you and your business stand out and be noticed
https://www.photocutouts.co.uk/vinyl-banner.htm#

 

If you would like more information on our products then please get in touch:
Tel: 08450 570 321
Email: office@connectedshopping.com
Online form: https://www.photocutouts.co.uk/contact.htm

Lastly, there is no late month haiku, but, poet that I am, I have composed an ode…

An ode to fish and chips

Too many annoyances stressing you out?For Fish Sake campaign
Well, I have news to make you smile, not pout!
Listen, listen to what I have to say,
I know it will chase the doldrums away:
It’s a celebration of fish and chips –
Yes, indeed, ’tis Fryday!

Mark the date as the 7th of June,
which is coming up oh so soon!
Now close your eyes and think
of a dish
as delish
as chips and fish;
and if you please –
add some mushy peas.

Then, as you savour that crispy crunch,
do not forget to say:
Fishermen and cooks thanks a bunch!

Exciting events in May – and the secrets to commemorating them in style

Oh dear, oh my. After my last blog way back in April, about recalling summer vacations of yesteryear, it May have appeared I took off on an early summer seaside vacation. But, ’tis not the case. I cannot divulge what I was doing (top, top secret you know; one must always be at the disposal of Her Majesty of course, though I have said too much already!). Probably best if we May just move along, as there Maybe some May events which we should be discussing.

Photo Cutout board at National Trust site

First and foremost, allow me to remind you that May is National Walking month. People are walking, they are looking…and lo and behold what do they see? A captivating photo cutout board of your business, which gives rise to people’s curiosity! In other words: A photo cutout board is a nifty way to advertise, since it is a marketing prop that truly does draw people into it.

Second, and just as important, below are some May events that are so fantastic that they have a whole week to celebrate their awesomeness!

Third, and also of significance, is that a few of these events are celebrating products that are very British, so we can support and buy local.

So without further ado, May I present:

May 20 to June 2: British Tomato Fortnight
http://www.britishtomatoes.co.uk/british-tomato-fortnight/
Last year it was British Tomato Week, but this year the event goes for two weeks! And who can blame the British Tomato Growers’ Association? I myself love tomatoes – to discover, to learn about, to grow, to eat, to cook with….

Now, to clarify, there are many tomato varieties from different countries, and British Tomato Fortnight celebrates all tomatoes, but with an emphasis on local British growers. Summer does not seem to be complete without tomatoes in some form, so do check out the website and the events to get you in the mood for growing these tasty treats. Maybe even a bit of a family outing to an event?

 

May 25 to June 2: National Children’s Gardening WeekVegSoc photo cutout board

https://www.childrensgardeningweek.co.uk/

Why should grown-ups enjoy all the good times? This is a wonderful idea, and fun and educational for the whole family, and it ties really well in with British Tomato Fortnight. If children are to learn, they like the learning to be interactive, and this is what gardening is all about. Mayhap pick up a tomato seedling or two from a garden centre?

May 25 to June 2: English Wine Week

https://www.winegb.co.uk/
I am ashamed to say that I have been neglecting my British wine, but no more! I will state that though perhaps the bambinos will not enjoy this event, the rest of us most certainly will. According to the Wines of Great Britain website, “Two thirds of the UK’s annual production is now sparkling.” This fact certainly put the sparkle in my day!

So, after some fun with family in a garden, it May make sense to support local and try out a British wine!

• May 27 to June 2: National BBQ Week

http://www.nationalbbqweek.info/
Planning to visit various events and garden centres, then doing a bit of gardening, May also make you work up an appetite. Fire up the BBQ and start that summer grilling (even though technically it is not summer, yet). Maybe pair your food with a British wine….

I could go on and give advice (and I usually do) about all the above events, but I’ll let you, my captive audience, contemplate how best to plan and spend the next few weeks. Before I sign off, I will divulge a secret: Your garden centres have quite a few of the tools needed to help you celebrate the above May events in style, so do go visit them.

Millbrook garden centres interact with shoppers
Millbrook garden centres interact with shoppers

I will also let managers of garden centres in on a secret: While we love our garden centres, perhaps they could use that little something extra…like, say, a snazzy photo cutout board outside (or inside…or both). Contact us (deets below) and we will create something spectacular to help you promote whatever you wish.

And, finally, British Tomato Growers’ Association and UK Wine Producers, we totally support you, and are definitely going to check out your events and products, because we believe in supporting British business. Just so you know, we too are British, and we’d love it if you supported us and called (or emailed) to enquire about one of our custom photo cutout boards specifically designed for your business. Share the fun!

Deets:
Tel: 08450 570 321
Email: office@connectedshopping.com
Online form: https://www.photocutouts.co.uk/contact.htm

I believe I missed a late April haiku, and disappointed my many fans; I hope I have made up for it with my mid-May one.
Flowers from April
May celebrate a royal babe.
Party into June!

PS. My dear readers, if you do go to any of these events/places, and there is no snazzy photo cutout board anywhere to be seen, then, of course, call the manager and tell them what they are missing!!!

May the rest of May be a happy one.

Bigger is Always Better!

First a disclaimer: When we promised a mega reveal, I know that some of our fans were possibly hoping we had somehow stumbled onto a megalodon. Alas, since we are rather inland and right now quite busy thinking up fun things for Photo Cutouts and for Putterfingers (our portable mini golf business), we have had to put the hunt for the megalodon on the back burner for a bit.

Nonetheless, we promised mega and we delivered MEGA CARDS! Our Mega Cards are giant cards (we offer three sizes; click on the link below to see the options), made of lightweight (but firm) PVC, which ensures they are free-standing and won’t dampen in a drizzle or a downpour. Since we are the ever-amazing Photo Cutouts, we can certainly create a personalised giant card printed with an image (or images) you have sent to us, along with your own message printed inside. If you are short on time and creativity, fear not! We also, of course, have some ready-made Mega Cards to choose from.
https://www.photocutouts.co.uk/giant-cards.htm

Personalised giant card
Personalised giant card. 3 sizes. Waterproof material.

 

Continuing with the bigger-better-giant theme, Photo Cut-outs also offers GIANT JIGSAWS!

Send us an image and we will turn it into a giant jigsaw puzzle with pieces ranging from 8 to 64. And since we like to think outside the box, we didn’t feel the need to be boxed in with a rectangular shape! Our team of technical wizards can create some unusual shapes like a heart or a panda or a plane, or maybe even a megalodon (but better check with us about the possible size!). Again, send us the image(s) you want for your giant jigsaw, and we’ll print it on our durable and weather-proof PVC board. You can also opt to have a different design printed on each side of your giant jigsaw – fun times two! Aside from being a good-time gift, we think this could provide some fabulous fun for youngsters at school (see below for a tip on how to celebrate St. George’s Day).
https://www.photocutouts.co.uk/giant-jigsaws.htm

Personalised giant jigsaw

Now that you have taken a peak at our new product reveals, who knows, maybe you (and others like you with a fantastic feel for fun) will be mega adventurous and order both a Mega Card and a Giant Jigsaw for your next party. Most certainly it will be a mega good time!

 

And (a) Longer Length (Blog) is Lovely

What with focusing on all the other fun things Photo Cut-outs offers, and the MEGA reveal of more options for entertainment, we have nearly not had time for April Event Delights for you to plan. To paraphrase Mr. Monty Don from Gardeners’ World: Here are some events you can be celebrating in April.
Of course there is Earth Day, Passover, and Easter (and we have Easter-themed photo boards to buy or hire), but just like our not-necessarily boxy giant jigsaws, I have thought and went outside the box, and hereupon are some other events to honour.

Now it’s true that Britain’s National Beer Day isn’t until June 15 (mark your calendars!), and International Beer Day isn’t until (Friday!) August 2 this year, BUT for all you American expats here in the UK, your US of A National Beer Day is April 7. True, it is a Sunday, but how better to celebrate the end of the week, the weekend, AND beer?! I also think that us Brits will be more than happy to make merry with you Yankees for your national beer day.
So, calling pub hosts and hostesses, why not order a Mega Card (maybe photos of your business printed on the front), with the words You’re Invited …. Then write the details on the dry-wipe inside of the card, pop the card outside the pub door a few days prior, and ensure your beer cellar is well stocked!

April 23: St. George’s Day
As I am confident all of us English know all there is to know about our patron saint, I will not misuse my time by providing a history lesson. Instead, I offer a wise suggestion on how to celebrate this (non-bank) holiday: how about a giant jigsaw puzzle of St. George slaying the dragon? This presents as an opportunity for a fun and some educational history for children in school.

April 29: International Dance Day
International Dance Day had its inception in 1982, and is celebrated on the birthday (April 29) of the creator of modern ballet, Jean-Georges Noverre (1727-1810). According to the website, “The intention of the International Dance Day Message is to celebrate dance, revel in the universality of this art form, cross all political, cultural and ethnic barriers, and bring people together with a common language – dance.”
https://www.international-dance-day.org/index.html
This time I’m calling out to you dance companies: whether you wish to promote International Dance Day, or simply promote your business, why not order a bespoke photo board, or a Mega Card you can use as an invitation (see above under National Beer Day). Either choice would be a marvellous marketing tool that will have you dancing with the delight of being able to teach and share this art form with so many more people.

As always, to place an order or to simply ask a question, please feel free contact us by phone or email or via an online form:
Tel: 08450 570 321
Email: office@connectedshopping.com
Online form: https://www.photocutouts.co.uk/contact.htm

But before I sign off dear readers, here is another late month haiku to bring some cultural enrichment to your lives 🙄

March showers are done.
April springs forth daffodils:
May they smell sweetly.

Teaser: fun new things on the way!

More Fun Things from Photo Cutouts

We have been writing about all kinds of delightful photo cutout events to plan for in this month of March, but perhaps now is also the time to remind our readers of some of the other fun options we offer for events. So find a bit of time, pour yourself a nice cup of tea or coffee or a gin and tonic (no matter what time of day, I don’t judge), read our blog and then peruse our website – a picture is worth a thousand words!

Fun Hand held speech bubbles

The beauty of our reusable Speech Bubbles is twofold: First you get to use them for your event, then you can reuse them at home! Our set of six speech bubbles are very popular at weddings* (particularly if you have a photo booth), though feel free to be creative with how and when you want to use them. Then, bring our speech bubbles home and use them as a message and reminder board at home – much better than having a chalkboard and dusty chalk everywhere! And you can always be super generous and present a few to extended family as the gift that keeps on giving … messaging … reminding …

https://www.photocutouts.co.uk/speech-bubbles.htm

* Though we do have a set of Wedding-Themed Speech Bubbles in case you are concerned about what your guests might write!

Fun Giant cheques printed

When you are celebrating big money being handed to your charity, what will truly stand out in the press photos? Why, Big Cheques! (OK, technically they are Giant Cheques.) We have three different sizes available and can make either a printed version or a re-useable dry wipe cheque. Whatever your preference, our giant cheques are a wonderful way to announce that big sum!

https://www.photocutouts.co.uk/charity-cheques.htm

AR photo boardsFun AR seaside photo boardsAR Christmas photo boards

If reality sometimes needs some pizzazz, why not zing it up with our Virtual Reality Boards? Here you get to combine a photo cutout board with a downloaded app that then gives life to your photo board. While, in my ever-so-humble opinion, my writing is quite lively, it may be best to check out the link below which shows a photo board coming to life:

https://www.photocutouts.co.uk/virtual-reality-photo-boards.htm

So, does anything strike your fancy? Something surely must! Then contact us by phone or email or via an online form:

Tel: 08450 570 321

Email: office@connectedshopping.com

Online contact form: https://www.photocutouts.co.uk/contact.htm

Here’s a Little Teaser

Now, here at Photo Cutouts we not only have a talented team who design and create photo boards and the other amazing and fun things I wrote about, we also have a team of innovative – nay! strike that, I am being faint with my praise – genius, yes, I said, genius thinkers of fun. (Well, to really tell the truth: they are actually grown men who are wishing and acting like they could still be young boys.)

Our Fun Think Tank Team (FTTT) have come up with some new products for more fun times. I don’t want to give away anything quite yet, but I have been authorized to tell all our readers that it will be MEGA …

Tune in next time for some April event planning and fun times with photo cutouts!

And keep on tuning in for the MEGA new products reveal coming soon.

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