Thursday, March 22, 2012

*Decorating on a Dime! *

Have you ever been asked to help decorate an event for a non-profit organization? You know, where all the proceeds from the event help fund the cause... Well, this was me recently... I was asked to help with a dinner hosted by our fabulous Christian school to raise $ for scholarships...
This was the mission: to create a causal, fun, family-friendly atmosphere to set the mood for the event!
 (just137 tables if you are counting...)
This is what we did.... ( I had LOTS of terrific hands!)
First we cut garden burlap and laid in over a white paper tablecloth, then we put a different game board in the center of the table (lots were donated) and spread out the game pieces near the board.
 Then, we added 2 domino's (donated) made out of 2X4's which were made by a local HS shop class.
 To give height and get the number on each table, we started with a mason jar filled with sand (donated), purchased dowels and bakery cake boards (sprayed one side black) and put them together with a coat hanger wire...( yes, my amazing husband figured that out!) We added some twine to the top of jar also.
 Every table looked a little different, but all were unified by burlap, jar combo and domino's....

This was one of my favorites using all large and small domino's.

 The table numbers were on both sides, but one side we painted black (the gold side) and we used black marker on the cardboard side and then we tried to alternate cardboard and black circles across the room...
 It was a Mexican dinner so there was also chips in the table and salsa at each plate, plus the dessert...

We added candy and had a laughy taffy at each plate also... 

We had a fun night, LAUGHED a lot, and raised some cash for our scholarship program as well!

I learned that every dime counts when decorating for non-profits, so plan ahead and be flexible!
We had many items donated which helped tremendously with the cost, our school families helped by sending jars and game pieces to school, businesses help with sand and wire hangers and giving us discounts on what we needed to purchase...and only God can multiply the burlap so that we had a enough for 12 extra tables and even the drink tables when we purchased only enough for 125 tables!

Now, on to the barn sale, it's less than 1 month way!

Check back often from posts from the barn, sneak peaks, more about our donation organizations, and a post coming up soon about all the new times and hours at the barn!

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