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1  Re: Cheesy/Funny Card sayings? in Valentine's Day by slackferno on: January 31, 2008 10:27:47 PM

 Roses are red
 Daisies are nifty
 Now you're locked down
 On a 5150!

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2  Re: Cheesy/Funny Card sayings? in Valentine's Day by slackferno on: January 27, 2008 09:18:20 AM

    Here's the first one in our 2008 series...

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3  Re: New Years Eve Cocktail Party Suggetions in Party Planning by slackferno on: November 12, 2007 09:53:40 PM


      A PIRATE PARTY!!!  (Yes, it's been done to death, but who doesn't love a right raunchy pirate party?)  Your theme is Pieces of Eight, and you can serve tropical rum drinks and a cake like this...

    And you can rig up a stuffed parrot (think a stuffed Iago from Aladdin) to spout rude things at your guests as they pass.  Your invites can be scrolls in bottles or just an eyepatch with the info written on the inside of the patch.  Favors could be a pouch with a gold coin (double meaning here---pieces of eight and money for luck in the new year) or bad public domain pirate movies on dvd.

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4  All Souls Procession in Halloween Costumes by slackferno on: November 11, 2007 10:58:44 PM

    Tucson has a HUUUUUGE All Souls Procession every year.  This year my friend Mark and I marched in the parade as the Devil & Frida Kahlo.  Mark painted our masks and costumes.  Here's the back view of his coat---

And the front---

  Yes, the sleeves and back light up.

My mask (the floral headband and braids light up)---

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5  Re: companion for count chocula? in Halloween Costumes by slackferno on: September 26, 2007 07:14:30 AM

     For extra hipster points, you could be Fruit Brute.  It didn't sell all that well, but I think Quentin Tarentino puts a box somewhere in every one of his films.

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6  Fun with Baby Pumpkins in Halloween Decor and Parties by slackferno on: September 23, 2007 10:56:23 PM

    My local Kmart just rolled out their first shipment of fresh pumpkins.  Baby pumpkins were fifty cents each, so my friend and I each got a handful and went to work. 
    Mine, in black sequins:

     His, in glitter and glue:

     I hope to cover my other two in silver sequins and orange seed beads.  What are you guys doing with tiny pumpkins this year?

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7  Pixar Cars Chalk Mural in Party Planning by slackferno on: September 10, 2007 12:02:45 AM

      Apparently Pixar doesn't license their images for jumping castles, so my sister-in-law commissioned my Death Muffin and myself to do a Lightning McQueen chalk mural on their back wall.

      This is what we came up with, and it doesn't look half bad if I do say so myself!

    I finished it with Halloween spray-in hair color.  The whole thing washes off with OxyClean and a squeegee.

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8  Re: Political themed party in Party Planning by slackferno on: May 27, 2007 02:17:07 AM

        Separate the food into the Red State Table (chips, beer served in plastic NASCAR cups, individually wrapped processed cheese food, and Stephen Colbert's Americone Dream ice cream) and the Blue State Table (twigs, berries, tofu, and Willie Nelson's Chilly Willy Peach Cobbler ice cream). 

        Donkey and Elephant pinatas...door prizes for anyone who can name their own congressman (you'd be surprised and dismayed at how many people fail at this)...a poster with "Bill" from Schoolhouse Rock for everyone to sign (and Beth to VETO!)...

http://www.plumparty.com/partysupplies/election.html has some great ideas too!

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9  Re: Cheesy/Funny Card sayings? in Valentine's Day by slackferno on: January 31, 2007 08:53:35 PM
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10  Re: Theme Trees in Winter Holidays by slackferno on: November 08, 2006 10:15:29 PM
     Three (okay, four) favorite theme trees:

  In 2001, I made a NYC-themed tree with red sequin ball "apple" ornaments and yellow taxi matchbox cars.  I topped it with a Statue of Liberty.  Very poignant that year.

  Another year, we had a tree for swingin' lovers.  Kitschy aluminum tree with a leopard print tree skirt, and I made martini ornaments for it.  So Shag.

   A couple years ago, I was working on a themed tree for an art auction for a local AIDS charity.  It was...well, how do I describe this thing?  The theme was Studio 54.  I started with dowel rods and made sort of a feather tree/bottle brush tree by crocheting pink eyelash yarn to the boughs.  Then I added disco balls and silver spoons.  I made ornaments of wooden disks with the 54 logo on one side, and black & white (with color accents) photos of the 54 "in" crowd on the other.  Andy Warhol, Jerry Hall, Liza Minelli, etc.  I covered them with a layer of glue and sprinkled tiny clear beads over them to give them a textured finish.  I hung them on the tree with silver ribbons.  The topper was the famous Studio 54 icon of the Moon snorting a spoonful of coke.  What was I thinking??

  Oh yeah, the last one.  One year at work, someone plunked a small tree on my desk and said, "Decorate this for your department."  Erh?   I had a few ornaments, but it didn't really stand out.  I started going through my desk drawers looking for something to make people remember it, and I came across all the little desk toys and action figures I'd been collecting forever---Happy Meal toys from various Disney flicks, Dana Scully from the X-Files, a knockoff Teletubby whose eyes glowed creepy red when you pushed a button on his tummy, Herme the elf who wanted to be a dentist...  So I stood them all around the tree with Scully putting the star on top.  I think our department won a prize for that one. 

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