Well now that I have all these ideas for decorations for the Race for the Cure Survivor’s tent, I need some help getting them implemented before the race. So a few weeks ago I hosted a decorations making party at my house. I set up four project stations:
Fringey Ribbon Making: For the party, I created the base of the six foot tall ribbon in advance. Using the method I described in my fringey crepe paper decoration post, I traced the shape onto foam core, cut it out pieced it together and spray painted it pink. To make a ribbon this size, I needed four pieces of foam core and an entire can of spray paint.
At the party, one dedicated volunteer fringed crepe paper for three hours! It really is a big ribbon. Surprisingly, the crepe paper really went a long way – We only used one giant roll of light pink and half of a roll of dark pink for the giant ribbon plus two additional smaller ribbons.
I spent the entire party gluing down the crepe paper that was cut out. I ran through one giant glue stick and two additional glue sticks to get the job done! The end result is definitely worth it! I think this ribbon will look awesome as a backdrop for photos on the day of the race.
Photobooth: At this station we created props. In advance of the party, I spray painted the off-cuts of foam core from the ribbon project. I found some great tiaras/crowns and lips/mustache printables at Oh Happy Day and Barefoot Beads (Hawaii). I printed a few of the images on card stock and used spray adhesive to attach them to the painted foam core. I also picked up a few dowels and spray painted them as well.
On the day of the party, several volunteers carefully cut out each little delicate curve and then hot glued and taped a dowel to the prop. In the mean time, I spray painted two terra cotta pots pink and picked up some play sand to use as a prop holder. Additionally folks donated pom poms, sashes, jackets, tiaras.
Pom Pom Making: Ahh paper folding. I first tried this out for my Oscar Party last year and it was a hit. It’s a lot of impact for a little money. I picked up about 75 packages of tissue paper. At a $1 a pop, it does add up, but we’ve got a 40’x40′ to decorate along with an extended seating area! It’s a lot of ground to cover! Using this tutorial from Martha Stewart, we folded, folded, folded. I find that one package with 10 sheets of tissue paper can make three small sized pom poms or one large pom pom.
And Phrase Stringing: I’ve already cut out all the phrases before the decorating party. All we needed to do was string them on fishing line as I did in this previous post. Unfortunately we got too wrapped up in all the other decorations and these got neglected! More work ahead!
A party wouldn’t be a party without food! My menu include:
- Pioneer Woman’s Black-Eyed Pea Dip with tortilla chips
- Hummus with carrot sticks, celery (for the health conscious) and pita chips
- Salty Sweet Halloween Bark
- And Race for the Cure cupcakes:
An army marches on it’s stomach and we spent about four hours working on decorations that day so we needed all that tasty food 🙂