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I am helping with my daughter's Sophomore Tea, which is similar to a prom, with the decorations. We have a catalogue from a company that specializes in this area. The classes' selection from this company is going to cost them $1,000. I find that to be an exorbitant price to pay for balloons, metallic cutouts etc. is there any place you or readers to can direct me to find cheaper decorations or directions for making them.
Try your local vocational-technical school. Ours has a floral department and they do it all, from planning to set and clean up, as a learning experience. Most do the balloons as well as floral arrangements. Can't beat the price as they get the supplies wholesale, and buy in larger bulk than you will. This is also the hot tip for weddings and such. The work is supervised, so it looks good. My other suggestion is to ask the local florist if they can order the supplies (getting wholesale prices). Some might be willing to be a sponsor, nice tax write off for them, possibly cutting costs for you.
Well it may have been a while since we decorated for our proms, but I know we didn't pay that kind of money!
We used to go to local party decoration stores and do a number of things...
Remember less is more! It's the friendship and the fun you will remember for years to come, not so much the other things.
$1,000 seems like so much money for the students to shell out. Having helped out in the past with receptions, class dances, etc., I have some tips to gladly share. Naturally, the students will want their prom to be memorable and the area festive looking. This can be done for much less than $1,000 with some simple planning.
For large area decorations, balloons are always an easy way to fill a room with color. Inexpensive helium balloons in large packages along with ribbon can be purchased through companies such as Oriental Trading. Helium tanks can be rented through a local company. Bunches of balloons in the prom color theme can be attached to blocks or bricks which have been covered with wrapping paper. The thin ribbons do not interfere partygoers visiting with each other at their tables. Large bunches can be placed around the room, at the indoor and outdoor entrances also. Light opaque or clear balloons are very elegant looking when grouped together.
Another suggestion is to borrow small clear Christmas lights from student families. Purchase cheap netting/tulle from a fabric shop ( you will need several yards) and make large/long swags of netting with the lights running through them...add some fake ivy or other matching silk flowers for accent. Drape these swags at the entrances, along the ceiling blocks and use as a backdrop for band/DJ, etc. Candles on the tables with a small piece of ivy/silk flowers will add a special touch. If you want to have a special area for prom photos or queen/king court, check on borrowing or renting a wooden trellis and nice patio (wrought iron) furniture. Decorate this area the same as the rest of the center. Add some borrowed potted plants of varying heights. You can also spray paint some branches white and add small clear lights to them. They look great in corner areas if you secure them in large planters (use rocks, etc., for holding them).
Put out the word to the class parents for materials and without a doubt, the students will have a very memorable prom and the parents will appreciate the lowered cost without a doubt (after all, they are the ones who help pay for it all!!).
April in WNY
I found that when I got "talked into" a last minute decorating help of a church for my brothers wedding that Big Lots has a lot of what you need.
I just found a great site that sells decorations at very reasonable prices. I did a lot of research and they were the least expensive place I could find. If you order more than $35 worth of stuff they offer free shipping. It's Partypro.com. I ordered a bunch of stuff for my son's 5th Birthday Party.
The decorations were great we got a lot of compliments and I received the order just 5 days after I placed the order on-line. Also, if you don't want to purchase everything on-line you can just get ideas and then make them some of the decorations (or have the kids make them) yourself.
L.J. in California
I've been doing a lot of decorating lately for my church and family birthdays. I know what it is to want to save money, but yet not have the event or occasion look cheap. So, with the help of a co-worker I've come to rely on Oriental Trading (oriental.com). They have a wonderful section on balloons and party themes.
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