Sunday, September 29, 2013

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Second Chance Prom

What a fantastic night!  The planning started several months ago when a group I belong to needed to spend down our budget.  We brainstormed many ideas and we decided on a Second Chance Prom.  About 85 people attended the gala some dressed in retro gowns, some dresses borrowed from friends and one husband even came in a tux. 

We had paparazzi, a photographer who took pictures, printed them off and everyone got to take theirs home in a nice folder.  We even had root beer floats with cute striped and polka dot straws!

Each person got to take home a votive as a favor.  Here are the votives before I loaded them up.  Our colors were black, white, silver and red so I played off the colors to create these simple, yet elegant additions to the party.  I bought the votives at a dollar store, added vellum, black and white printed paper and some red jewels.  They were a handsome accent to the tables with their little battery operated flickering candle inside.

The centerpieces waiting to take center stage.
We put out the buzz that we'd be having a celebrity guest - Dean's just waiting for the pretty ladies to arrive.
Yup, I got in the act...

The centerpieces were my original idea that I whipped up.  You place a record in the oven for just a couple of minutes.  After it's cooled, you glue it to a flat record and you have a centerpiece for $2 or less.  We got the cupcakes at the local Albertson's for 57 cents each, added a little record decoration that I cut from a plastic folder from an office supply store added a little red circle of paper, punched the hole in the center and we had our centerpieces!
 The red napkins added that pop of color we needed!
I loved the wine barrel serving piece the caterer used.
We're ready to party!  And, that we did - we danced to all kinds of music, enjoyed amazing food and the best part, we enjoyed the friendship.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Costco International Photo Contest 2013

I've entered the Costco Give Us Your Best Shot photo contest for years - will this be the year I win?  I haven't entered yet, but I will before the deadline on September 30th.  They've added two new contests this year the Johnson & Johnson Baby Photo Contest and a Picture-Perfect Pets Photo Contest.  Here's the link to all the dets: - Good luck!!!