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Super Bowl Party Dos and Don’ts

Posted by: Kate White on 02/04/2016 12:00 AM EST
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Kelly Johnson
Genius Support Analyst

SignUpGenius Support Analyst Kelly Johnson loves a good party — especially if she’s hosting it. She’s a pro at finding unique inspirations for the company’s Pinterest page, but she’s known how to throw a memorable Super Bowl party long before “pinning” became a thing. Here’s some of the wisdom she’s learned along the way.

The Johnsons are known for hosting a great Super Bowl party. In fact, my husband puts his “Guarantee Night of Fun” stamp on this night. But we have definitely learned some dos and don’ts through the years.

Take Super Bowl XXXVIII. I was sad about the Carolina Panther’s loss that year — but more upset that I bought more than $75 in Panthers-colored M&Ms after I read the price per pound wrong. Live and learn! (And, thankfully, we both get another chance at getting it right this year!) Here are some other dos and don'ts I've learned over the years.

  • Don’t worry about having your home just right. We have hosted in the tiniest of spaces with the least impressive TV and folks still come. It’s all about the atmosphere.
  • Don’t buy tortilla chips! I repeat — don’t! Every guest you invite will bring a bag and you’ll be eating leftover chips past Cinco de Mayo. Of course, if you want to avoid this problem, organize your Super Bowl party with SignUpGenius!
  • Don’t spend money on paper products. We bought reusable dishwasher safe plastic plates that we have been using for more than 10 years. However, plan to rescue a few from the trash that get tossed by your non-tree hugger friends.
  • Do make this cornbread. If you’re having a “Soup”er Bowl or chili-themed party — and even if you aren’t — try this recipe. It will change your life.
    • 2 boxes Jiffy corn muffin mix
    • 1 cup sour cream
    • 3 eggs
    • ½ cup oil or melted butter
    • 1 tsp. salt
    • 16 oz. can creamed corn
    • Directions: Mix all ingredients together and pour into greased 9x13 baking dish. Bake at 375 degrees for 35 minutes or until lightly brown. (Need more? Here are 50 Super Bowl party foods.)
  • Do plan for guests who might want to leave at half time. Kids, work, you know how it goes.  It’s not you. It’s them.
  • Do plan a party game. There are lots of party games that keep your guests engaged — even those who are just there for the commercials.

With a little thoughtful planning, your Super Bowl party can become an annual tradition just like the Johnsons. Just don’t forget the cornbread!


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Fall in Love with Valentine's Day Planning

Posted by: Erin Dunn on 01/27/2016 12:00 AM EST
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valentines day party ideas gift ideas class sign ups partiesIt’ll be nothing but love this Valentine’s Day. You’ll fall for our planning resources to help you throw a great school class party or themed event. We’ve also got ideas to make sure the special people in your life know how much they mean to you.  

Go ahead and start cutting out those paper hearts. That will be the toughest thing you have to tackle this year! 


Posted by Dan Rutledge on Friday, February 05, 2016 9:14 AM EST
Go Panthers!
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Privacy Policy Update

Posted by: Dan Rutledge on 01/21/2016 12:00 AM EST

Please Note: We have made a recent update to our privacy policy regarding the following areas:  

  • the addition of our new Facebook login feature
  • providing clarity on how we use information
  • updates on when we send emails and how to unsubscribe
  • updates to the analytics section for additional tools we may utilize

 For questions, please contact us. To read the full privacy policy, click here.


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Missional Moms Organize Hope in Charleston Following Church Attack

Posted by: Kate White on 01/20/2016 12:00 AM EST
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charleston âme shooting victims funerals food donations missional momsWhen tragedy struck Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, the community sprang to action to help those mourning the nine parishioners killed. Stacie Gregory from Missional Moms, affiliated with Seacoast Church in Mount Pleasant, SC, was one of many who felt compelled to action. After calling the church about needs, she decided to enlist people to provide food for each of the nine funerals.  

Offers poured in after she posted calls for help on Facebook. “The response was overwhelming. By the end of the day we had almost 300 email addresses of people who wanted to help and within 24 hours almost 500. The only way I could even think of orchestrating all this was to use SignUpGenius,” Gregory says. 

They uploaded each email into SignUpGenius to create a master list, and after that the process was simple, she says. The group coordinated a drop-off point and created slots for different types of food. They were able to reach people who weren’t on the email list by posting the sign up link on social media. 

Gregory sent a sign up email out 11 p.m. the night before the first funeral, and by the time she woke up the next morning, the sign up was completely filled. “It was such a heartwarming thing to see people in our community respond to this church in need. It was people in our church, but also people from neighboring churches and even people who don't belong to a church. We were all coming together for a common cause.” 

In all, they fed thousands of mourners over the next several days. “We could not have completed this task with such ease if we didn't use this website. I am so grateful,” Gregory says. “The relationships formed throughout this will last a lifetime and will bring about lasting change to our community here in Charleston.” 

We are so thankful for individuals like Stacie Gregory who take action in a time of need. The result became a beautiful, heartfelt love offering during a tragic time. We continue to wish peace and healing on the victims’ families. 


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Easy Ways to Participate in MLK Day of Service

Posted by: Kate White on 01/14/2016 12:00 AM EST
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volunteer group day of service MLK ideas“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” — Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Each year groups around the world plan service events around the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. This day has become known as MLK Day of Service. As a volunteer and event organizing service, there is nothing SignUpGenius loves more than supporting groups as they serve others. 

Here are five easy ways you can make a difference:

Need more ideas? Try one or more of these 20 Service Ideas for MLK Day. There are endless ways to improve the world around you, so choose one and go for it.


Posted by James Novack on Friday, January 15, 2016 8:32 AM EST
Great initiative, congratulations!
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Organize Your Year Like a Pro

Posted by: Kate White on 01/06/2016 12:00 AM EST
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Your January calendar is probably already filling up with commitments, and you’re wondering how you’ll keep that resolution to be more organized this year. Don’t stress! SignUpGenius has the tools to help you plan your schedule and events.

Through January 31, you can upgrade to SignUpGenius Pro for as little as $99.99 for your first year. With Pro you can:

  • Attach a document to your sign up to share with your group.
  • Set restrictions on sign ups per participant or slot with the quantity limits tool.
  • Start or close your sign up on a specific date.
  • Split the work by adding multiple admins to your account.
  • Gather additional data from group members with more custom questions.
  • Plan ahead with options to customize and/or schedule group emails.
  • Hide dates that are past on your sign up so people find what they need quickly.
  • Add chat and phone support for Gold and Platinum users.

With Pro help, you’ll be one step closer to reaching your No. 1 goal in 2016. Plus, you’ll look like a true organizing genius!


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