My daughter is the Student Council Events Chairperson for her school. Translated, that means she plans dances, and a few other things. Nothing takes creativity quite like dances, though.
This Saturday, the theme of the dance is "A Walk to Remember".
"Mom, I want it to be like we are in this beautiful park just full of flowers.....and we are dancing under the stars".
Lovely. One problem - maybe two.
Creativity, time and money - okay three problems.
The setting is a church gym - a big, plain, church gym.
Twinkle lights are good -with enough twinkle lights and the main lights turned down low, some good tunes............those can carry you a little ways, but not all the way.
Flowers - we found some lovelies at Michaels, Big Lots, and the Dollar Store. We can't afford the real thing, and besides it is freezing here and all my potted plants look pathetic.
These pink garlands will wrap around the volleyball poles. Sweet.
Did I mention budget? $100.00
Fortunately, people bring cookies and punch and other snacks.
I know we could do a lot on one hundred bucks given the manpower, time and creativity.
We have a couple of park benches, a few ficus trees, and lots of candles.
Still, we are just not feelin' it.
We bought some big paper lanterns today. Various sizes and color - they should add some dimension and color among the stars and imaginary tree tops.
The other day we went to the city - that's what we do for excitement sometimes - we go to Austin or San Antonio - anyway, we went to Anthropologie.
Oh - my - gosh....what those people can do with sticks and twigs and garden hoses and plastic bottles and some spray paint!
They had made vines and vines of "flowers" out of cut plastic bottles spray painted different spring colors. If only.............if only we had the manpower and the time.
Photo from flickr - ccerruti
But, the dance in the park is this Saturday, and I am not Anthropologie, as much as I wish I was.
I am just a mom trying to help decorate for a semi- formal - a big deal in junior high and high school.