is a Party Cracker?
The 'Party Cracker' is a party favor product that was invented
in the mid-1840's by a British baker named Tom Smith. In England, crackers
have been used for the last 150 years to celebrate Christmas and other
major holidays and festive occasions. In it's simplest form a cracker
is a small cardboard tube wrapped in decorative paper and enclosing
a small gift, paper party hat, and fortune or joke. When the cracker
is 'pulled' from each end, the friction creates a small 'pop' and the
cracker tears open to reveal the surprise gifts inside. The popping
sound is actually a small explosion produced by a narrow strip of chemically
treated paper usually referred to as a 'cracker snap' . More information
on the History of Crackers can be found at the following web sites:
do I use my party crackers?
Because crackers are very colorful, they are often
used as table decorations, where they are typically placed on or alongside
individual place settings. Pulling crackers early in your party schedule,
for example as part of a welcome or toast, is a sure fire way to get
your function off to a rousing start. From the moment the crackers are
popped open, your guest will be laughing and visiting as they share
the fun and excitement of the surprises inside. Other uses of crackers
include Christmas tree ornaments and stocking stuffers, wedding and
shower favors, surprise invitations, and a unique medium for advertising
or promoting products and/or services.
do you open Crackers?
Pulling crackers usually involves two persons, one pulling on each end.
In grasping the ends of the cracker, you need to be certain that the
'cracker snap' is firmly held. This is best accomplished by inserting
the thumb into the open end of the cracker and pinning the snap against
the inside wall of the cylinder. Then with the base of the fore finger
and remainder of the hand applying pressure on the outside wall of the
cracker opposite the thumb, slowly pull and twist the cracker until
it tears open along one of the gathers, popping the cracker snap, and
spilling out the contents for all to see. We include a set of instructions
for pulling crackers with each order.
will I know what is inside my crackers?
Unlike many cracker manufacturers and distributors, we clearly indicate
to our customers what they will be getting inside their crackers. Every
Christmas Crackers USA cracker contains the traditional paper hat, joke
or motto, and a small gift or novelty item. We are proud to feature
a wide selection of quality gifts and novelties in our pre-filled range
of party crackers, including several collections of collectible gifts
and keepsakes imported from England. To assist our customers in finding
the right gift item, we have arranged the cracker displays on our product
pages according to the type of gift they contain. These gift photographs
show a representation of the type of items enclosed in the corresponding
cracker types, but not necessarily the exact items you will find in
your box of six crackers.
the 'Cracker Snaps' dangerous?
No, 'cracker snaps' are not dangerous in any way as long as they are
used inside crackers as intended. They should never be removed from
the cracker and used on their own as noisemakers, or in the construction
of other craft items. The pop that a cracker snap makes is actually
a small friction-activated explosion produced by a tiny amount of explosive
material called silver fulminate that coats the paper in the middle
of the cracker snap.
I have my crackers custom made?
We can customize both the outer wrapping and gift contents of our crackers
to match almost any party or holiday theme you have in mind. In addition
to an extensive selection of solid color and printed papers, we can
further customize the outside of the cracker with custom-printed labels,
colored fabric bows, and a variety of floral accessories. If you have
a particular gift or message in mind, you can send the item(s) to us
and we will fill them into your crackers at no additional cost. Customer-supplied
gifts must be able to fit inside a cylinder measuring 2 inches in diameter
by 3.5 inches in length. We are also happy to source specialty gifts
for our customers and will gladly provide price quotes on custom-designed
crackers incorporating such items. For custom-designed crackers made
from stock materials there is a minimum order of 24 crackers. Minimums
for custom orders involving special order supplies and gifts vary considerably
-- please call 1-877-606-2972 for further information.
much lead time do I need for an order of custom Party Crackers?
We usually recommend that orders for custom-designed crackers are placed
4-6 weeks before the date of your event to make sure that we have all
the materials in stock and can schedule a time to make your crackers.
Should your guest count change after your order is placed, please call
us at your earliest convenience and we will do our best to accommodate
any changes you have. However, it is usually not possible to add to
a custom order once specialty materials and gifts have been ordered.
I order the materials to make my own crackers?
We supply a full range of reasonably priced components for customers
wishing to make their own crackers. Foremost in this list are our authentic
"cracker snaps" which we supply in bundles of 25 snaps for
$4.95, or approximately 20 cents per snap. Our cracker snaps are the
genuine article used in the cracker making industry in England, not
the 'booby-traps' or 'string poppers' that some suppliers provide as
an alternative popping device. Cracker snaps are much safer and easier
to use than 'booby traps, ' which have a considerably higher explosive
content. In addition to snaps, we also supply 2x4 inch cardboard tubes
for the center of the cracker, paper hats in single color bundles of
100 hats, and a set of two rollers or formers to assist you in rolling
your decorative wrap onto the cardboard tube to form the perfect paper
cylinder. Should you require materials in quantities greater than those
listed on our web page, please call us at 1-877-606-2972 for pricing
I order assembled crackers that I fill myself?
Many of cracker designs displayed on our web pages are available
in a ready-to-fill version in quantities ranging from 6 - 72 crackers.
Simply look for the Ready-to-Fill pricing box next to the cracker of
your choice. In addition, we can supply most of our remaining stock
designs in a ready-to-fill version for orders of 24 or more crackers
-- please call us at 1-877-606-2972 for pricing and availability. All
ready-to-fill crackers are supplied fully assembled with one end unfinished.
This allows the cracker can be opened, filled with the customer's choice
of gifts, and then securely closed with the ribbon tie provided. Click
here for more information on ready-to-fill crackers.
will my order of "Party Crackers" be shipped?
We use USPS Priority Mail for all our cracker shipments unless instructed
otherwise by the customer. For larger shipments involving 24 or more
boxes of crackers we will often recommend more cost effective methods
of shipping if the time frame allows. All orders for crackers that we
show as in stock will be shipped within 48 hours of the orders receipt.
Larger shipments and custom orders will be shipped according to an arranged
date, usually 10-14 days after order confirmation. Orders involving
special order materials usually require longer lead times, sometimes
up to 6-8 weeks. Shipping costs for on-line orders are calculated by
our secure ordering system and are available for the customers consideration
prior to finalizing the order. Shipping costs for custom orders and
orders exceeding on-line quantities will be quoted along with the production
costs of your order via telephone or E-mail correspondence.
How long will it take to receive my order of Crackers?
Normal delivery of in-stock crackers via USPS Priority Mail is approximately
4-7 days. Overnight and other Express forms of delivery are available
upon request and priced accordingly. Most orders of custom crackers
will be delivered in 14-21 days, but longer delivery times are usually
required for orders involving special order materials. We will notify
the customer by telephone or E-mail of any significant delays in the
above quoted delivery times that we are able to predict.
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