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« on: October 25, 2004 10:19:37 AM »

  I'm in charge of planning the office party this year.  It is a "holiday party" but cannot be holiday specific.  Ihad the idea of using snow as the basic theme, but I could use some help with what to do with it.  I thought of sprinking confetti and getting napkins with snow flakes on them, but the paper supplies are especially expensive.  Does anyone have any ideas on how I can sprice things up to look nice without spending much money or getting holiday specific?

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« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2004 10:23:22 AM »

Might be a little time consuming but you could purchase plain paper napkins and a snowflake stamp and stamp them, might be cheaper plus you end up with a stamp!

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« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2004 11:43:55 AM »

How about sprinkling white glitter on styrofoam balls for snowballs?  You could use piles of them for the centerpiece or hang a few from the ceiling.  Other snow related decorations could include scarves tied around things or mittens.  Perhaps your or your coworkers have these items that they could spare for a day (washed, of course!).  Or what about this (from Martha Stewart):


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« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2004 12:19:12 PM »

I had to decorate a wedding with a snow theme. The colors I used were white, royal blue and silver.  I put plain R blue napkins on white table clothes. For a centerpiece I put a cloth napkin ( R blue) in the center and three tealights in the center (white and silver) then I found snow confettii at a party supply store and sprinkled a handful around the candle.

It looked very nice, good luck.
« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2004 06:42:45 AM »

   These are great ideas!  Thanks guys.  I think I have a lot more to work with now.

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« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2004 09:55:16 AM »

Might be a little time consuming but you could purchase plain paper napkins and a snowflake stamp and stamp them, might be cheaper plus you end up with a stamp!

You can make snowflake stamps out of potatoes (doesn't get much cheaper) for both paper napkins and plastic cups, and scout around yard sales and thrift and dollar stores for holiday decorations (they're already selling Christmas stuff at Walmart, can you believe it?).  Craft stores sell all kinds of hole punches in different shapes.  Find something snowflakey and make your own confetti.  I think I've seen them on ebay.  Ooh, you could do a winter evening theme, and do all shades of white and blue and silver (like Elwood's suggestions).  White sparkly lights everywhere, of course!  And luminaries, with snowflake cutouts.  Make swags with cheap white tulle or netting.

Cut out snowflakes from copy paper and tin foil and hang them on clear fishing line from the ceiling.  Cotton balls and batting are good fake-snowy options.

http://www.marthastewart.com/page.jhtml?type=content&id=channel1171 for paper stars
http://www.marthastewart.com/page.jhtml?type=content&id=channel191351 for a star garland for the 4th of July you could use for winter by using white and silver paper
http://www.marthastewart.com/page.jhtml?type=content&id=channel1135&catid=cat402 I love this dot garland -- again, just use wintery colors.

You can also make stars and snowflakes from pipe cleaners.  You can do those punched tin-can votive holders, too.  If you're really into it, you could even make flat trees out of cardboard and paint them white and silver and drape lights on them and stand them around the room the party will be in.

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« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2004 06:28:03 AM »

i don't kno if this has already been said but oh well. ok beings it's a snow theme you could take old paper (u work in an office right??) just the old paper tht gets shreded and thrown away everyday, and sherd it again to make little tiny bits and then get sparklely spray paint and take piles ov it and spray away.... it would b pretty messy but it might b cute? lyk sparkley snow?? dunno... hope it helps though!!

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« Reply #7 on: November 15, 2004 08:01:01 PM »

You could make snow covered mountains for table displays. This is a great way to add height and drama to your decorations. Get some empty boxes, stacks of books, whatever you have on hand and some of that cheap white batting with glitter on it that comes in a roll. Stack the boxes and cover them in the batting. Tuck in around an under boxes. If you stack them irregularly you should have little ledges to place little fake trees or whatever you like.

I have used this kind of technique for my Christmas village display and it looks really cool when you add strands of white lights beneath the batting. I also bought bunch of those really cheap plastic snowflakes covered in glitter you can get at any cheapo store and hung them from different lengths of fishing line from the ceiling above the village. I used thumbtacks to attach them to the ceiling. Looks totally magical!
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