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Event Planning Tips: Planning a Graduation Party

Posted by Accent Banner on Jan 30, 2018 8:11:00 AM

Graduation season is an annual event that marks the lives of many young people every year between May and June. This is the time of year when an entire new crop of young people graduate high school and move on from their schooling years to either attending college/university, going to a trade school, or finding their first real jobs in the adult world. This is often signaling a change from youth to adulthood when young people begin to spread their wings and find their freedom and way as well as their career calling in life.
Often this calls for a celebration of sorts such as a party or get-together of family and friends to celebrate this milestone in the young person's life. While it's easy to go out and start having grandiose dreams of what you want the party to be and look like, it's essential that you start with some basic guidelines to help you plan your special bash. This means laying out a plan as to what you want to do and how to do it while keeping to your budget. The following are some great tips to help you plan that particular party while still minding a budget and ensuring the day goes off without a hitch:


Establish A Budget

No matter what kind of party you want, you have to have some type of budget. Decide what you are willing to spend and stick with it. Glitz and glam are great, but it has to be practical and affordable.


Choose A Venue  

Decide where you want to hold the event and be sure that you can afford to book that location. Also, ensure that the venue is available for the ideal date of your party. Often venues will get booked far in advance and will be double booked around graduation time. Booking the venue can often be the most expensive component of your party so make sure to shop around and choose a location that fits your budget.


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Pick A Convenient Date/Time

Try to plan the party when many others in your circle or group of friends are free or are not attending other parties when at all possible. This allows people to make the event without feeling torn between more than one party or event on the same day or at the same time. It also ensures better attendance.


Food & Drink

Remember that you are going to be appealing to anywhere from a few dozen to a few hundred people. Determine which cuisines will serve the most of that population the best. Whether you want to have pizza or hot dogs and hamburgers, you want to choose something that most people will enjoy partaking in. For drinks, provide a variety of options from bottled water to tea to soda so that everyone has something available that they like.




You may consider using your school colors to decorate for your party or use photos or pictures from the school years that bring back great memories. Showing off something that everyone can relate to helps bring everyone together to celebrate a significant milestone in this young person's life. Often people may display custom signs, graduation gonfalons, or other customized banners and flags to represent their school or place of graduation. 


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*Above are some custom graduation gonfalons that Accent Banner created for Lesley University in Boston. Click our gonfalons image gallery link above to see more gonfalon pictures


There are plenty of ways to go about celebrating the end of someone graduating high school. It's all about your personal preferences and what fits your style and circle of friends and family best. Keeping all of these factors in mind when planning your party will ensure your celebration is a success.


Topics: graduation gonfalons, event planning

5 Traits of Highly Effective Coaches

Posted by Accent Banner on Jan 11, 2018 10:59:00 AM

Coaching requires more than holding a clipboard, purchasing athletic banners and showing up for games. Effective coaches can make or break even the best athletes. Coaches are not only seen as leaders on the field but often times have the opportunity to change the lives' of those they are coaching. Five of the most common traits in extraordinary coaches include:



1) Being a role model

Coaches, whether they realize it or not, are often major role models in the lives of young players. Coaches have the opportunity to be examples of exemplary behavior; which includes treating others with respect, showing up on time, staying positive regardless of the situation and using good sportsmanship. Athletes see these behaviors and mirror them as they transition into adulthood. 


2) Staying consistent and organized

Teams function well when a coach is prepared, organized, and consistent. A coach who is prepared and not caught off guard by surprises creates an environment for success. Successful coaches should have a regular routine and process in place for both practices and games. Making sure the team is prepared and on-time will instill a sense of disicipline in the players. If the coach takes the details seriously it sends a good message to the team of what's expected of them. 


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3) Preparing for changes

Not everything goes as planned in sports. An ideal coach is ready to deal with a variety of situations and always has a backup plan should something not go according to plan. Preparation allows athletes to relax and focus on their performance. Thorough preparation ensures that players only need to focus on perforoming when game day arrives. A coach who's done their homework on the other team and has a solid strategy in place ensures that their team will have the highest chance of success. 

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* A custom sports flag we created for Milton Academy proudly displayed in the gym.


4) Using all methods of communication

The best coaches are quickly able to communicate with the athletes, parents, and co-coaches to relay any information about the game or practice. Modern-day coaches are available via phone, e-mail, or text to communicate with players and parents instantly. Being able to keep everybody in the loop with changes to the schedule is paramount to managing a team successfully.


"In the end, it's about the teaching, and what I always loved about coaching was the practices. Not the games, not the tournaments, not the alumni stuff. But teaching the players during practice was what coaching was all about to me."

- John Wooden 

5) Learning New Skills

Coaches are in the ideal position to improve the psychological and social behaviors of athletes. As a strong role model, a good coach shows the importance of respect, organization, communication, and skill development. Showing athletes how to learn and master new skills is a process that will serve their players for the rest of their lives both on and off the field. 

We're proud to work wth a number of coaches on the high school, college, and professional level. Each time we create a new championship banner for a team we feel as though we share in their accomplishment. Making sports banners and pennants is always a rewarding process as we know it will be displayed wth pride. Contact us to request a free quote for custom banners and flags for your team. 


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Topics: Coaching, sports flags, athletics flags

Flagpole Repair: How to Re-Rope a Flagpole

Posted by Accent Banner on Dec 18, 2017 6:30:00 AM

How to Re-rope a Flag Pole

Over time a flagpole rope (or halyard) can become frayed, or even break. You can avoid this problem though! Be sure to inspect the halyard and connecting hardware when raising or lowering the flag. Make sure to check the connecting points of snap hooks as hardware can create friction on the halyard. If you notice fraying or discoloration of the halyard it’s time to make adjustments or replace the halyard entirely. If damage is minimal you can prolong the life of your halyard by moving the snap hooks to a new location. However, if you need to replace the halyard its best to do so while the halyard is still attached to the pole. Below is a step-by-step DIY flagpole repair guide to help you re-rope your flagpole.

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*If the halyard is no longer threaded through the pulley at the top of the pole and you are unable to reach that height on your own you will need to call in professionals such as Accent Banner’s Field Services team to resolve the issue. Contact us for a Quote

Note: Do not attempt to re-rope your flagpole if the halyard is wet. The moisture in the halyard will prevent the electrical tape from sticking.

 cut.pngStep 1: Cut a new halyard to the appropriate length. To make sure you have enough length multiply the height of the pole by two and add 10’. (Height x 2 + 10’ = X). If you need to cut your halyard to size be sure to wrap a small amount of electrical tape around the halyard at your cut point. Doing so will prevent fraying.






Step 2: Remove the flag and flag connecting hardware from the existing halyard.







 11-1.pngStep 3: Untie or cut the existing halyard creating two free ends. Tie one end of the halyard to the flagpole cleat to prevent the halyard from slipping through the pulley (truck) at the top of the flagpole.








Step 4: Using electrical tape connect the freely hanging end of the existing halyard with one end of the new halyard. Run a strip of electrical tape length wise across both pieces making sure each halyard meets in the middle. Squeeze the electrical tape around the halyards. Repeat this step with another piece of electrical tape creating a fully covered connection.






Step 5: Rub the taped connection between the palms of your hands to make sure both pieces of halyard are securely connected.








Step 6: For added security wrap electrical tape around the ends and middle of the connection (as shown with black tape). Note: be sure to not use to much electrical tape that the connection won’t fit through the pulley (truck).







Step 7: Untie the existing halyard from the cleat. Pull the existing halyard toward you raising the newly made connection upwards and through the pulley (truck). Continue pulling until the connection point returns to your position. If done properly you have just threaded the new halyard through the pulley (truck).






break.pngStep 8: Separate the connection by pulling the two halyards apart or cutting them apart if necessary. In the image to the left Vinny is separating the connection by stepping on the existing halyard and pulling the new halyard free.






L.jpgStep 9:Tie both ends of the new halyard together using a square knot. For an instructional video on tying square knots Click Here.








Step 10: Wrap electrical tape around the square knot being sure to cover both loose ends of the halyard. This will secure the knot and give the halyard a clean and professional look. Note: this knot will become your guide when installing the flag connecting hardware.






Step 11:Secure the halyard to the flagpole by wrapping it around the cleat in a figure 8 motion.







You are now ready to install the flag connecting hardware. Click here for instructions on how to install a snap hook and cover to your halyard! If you're unsure or want help from a flag and banner specialist contact us today. We'd be happy to provide you with a custom quote for your residence or business. 



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Topics: flag care, flag repair, Installing a Flagpole, flagpole repair, re-rope a flag pole

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