Sorry everyone....I didn't mean to blow off your question about the roses. I just didn't have time to answer right away, and then I lost this thread for awhile!
I actually found the tutorial for the Coffee Filter Roses right here on Craftster! http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=134959.0
To color them, we experimented with all sorts of things! Many of them are watercolors - we used a large foam brush to apply the color, and then, after awhile, we discovered that if you dilute the paint in the rinse water, you can just dip the filters into that for a nice color! We also used coffee (for the ivory). Some were done with Kool-aid - a variety of water/kool-aid ratios were used - and we did NOT add the sugar! We even tried RIT dye!
It took a LONG time to make all the roses! I toted those bad boys around with me EVERYWHERE I went! I got a lot of funny looks, and many many questions, but you do what you gotta do to save some money, right?!
The roses are stuck into half of a Styrofoam ball. The balls were hollowed out, too, because, even though you can't see them in the pictures, there are little twinkle lites poking through the flowers. The battery packs fit into the base of the ball, and helped to weigh them down.
Thanks for all the compliments! They were fun to do, but they took a lot of time (some might say more time than they were worth!), and I am so happy that I don't EVER have to make them again!