Yes, indeed. Some of you caught a glimpse at what the two Birdies have been up to lately, if we are friends on Facebook. But for the rest of you, we’ll just do a little recap on how to decorate for a Educational Foundation’s annual fundraiser for 250+ people on a very tiny budget.
We were given the theme “Night Market” – and thankfully Birdie #2 had the vision, I was pretty much along for moral support and a little bit of muscle.
First up – to create an outdoor, “town square” to dance the night away under the stars. It all began with a trip to the lumberyard…in Birdie #2′s minivan. Oh, yes we did! The lumberyard guys were pretty amused as they loaded us down with 11-4x4s and a whole bunch of PVC piping! Inside, outside…wherever it fit.
Thankfully we had some amazing Dads who took all of this lumber and the pilings that I made with flower pots and cement, (yep – by myself) to create the amazing structure.
Once the structure was built, we strung it with twinkle lights and posted handbills to make it appear as if it was outdoors.
And we planted the piling pots with flowers.
It looked much prettier and more “authentic” once the lights were dimmed.
Before the dancing, there was an auction…so we created Night Market “stalls” with buntings to differentiate the auction categories. (THIS is what we had been collecting 32+ umbrella stands for! A big thank you to those of you who helped with our cause!) We built the buntings with the stands, pvc pipes and for the bunting signs, we used international newsprint.
We created some centerpieces using even more paper – donated sheet music from our middle school. We rolled the music, arranged them in jars that we vinyl’d up with Big Momma and topped it all off with a tissue paper flower.
Let’s see what else? Oh, yeah…we tried our hand at 3-D paper lanterns (also cut with the Silhouette). They were a little challenging, but once we cut it and covered the cutouts with vellum, it was perfect with LED votives for a little extra touch on the bar tables.
And that was about it. Any wonder why the Two Birdies look like they are hanging onto the pole for dear life at the end of the night?
Sooo very happy that it is behind us. Stay tuned for all things B-A-B-Y next week!