I got most of my decorations at the Dollar Tree. Everything there is a dollar. And if you don't know it already, so are their mylar balloons. Anywhere else they are triple the price. Seriously, mylar balloons with an anchor weight and everything for a dollar. You can't beat that with a stick. They have them for every occasion from birthday to Valentines Day to Mother's Day. No excuse to not pick up a festive balloon or 12 anymore.
At the Dollar Tree, I bought two packages of balloons and made a cute balloon decoration. I threaded a long needle with quilting thread and did not cut the end of the thread off. I just left it on the spool so I could judge the length after I threaded the balloons. I threaded one color then the other color and back and forth until I had used all the balloons I had. You could make this longer or shorter. It would even be cute to hang from a chandelier in short version. These things at the party store are super expensive. I have always admired them but never willing to pay the price for them. SO, I created my own. For the low cost of $2. Two packages of balloons at $1 each and used thread I had at home to string them. After I strung the balloons I decided how long I wanted them to dangle then tied the thread off at the bottom. Then I hung them after I spread the balloons in a pleasing appearance. It really made a nice decoration and a nice backdrop for pictures in her school colors.
Also at the Dollar Tree they had school colored small star shaped balloons. I picked up some silver icicle things in the giftwrap aisle and stuffed it into a crystal vase I had at home. Then I stuck the balloons down in it after I snipped the ends at varying lengths to add interest. The Class of 2013 things in the arrangement came from the dollar aisle at Joann Fabrics. I always like to look in the dollar aisle at Target, Joann Fabrics or definitely Dollar Tree. For around $7 I had a nice table arrangement and I can save the balloons and icicles for when my son graduates. Those balloons on a stick last forever. Although this is not a picture of JUST the arrangement, you can get an idea of what it looked like :)
I made a memory board to display some old and new pictures of my guest of honor. I bought one of those tri fold display boards at Walmart. Then I covered it with dollar fabric at Walmart. If they didn't have something in the dollar fabric I wanted then I didn't need fabric. That was what I said to myself when I started looking. Bingo! Found some animal print I liked and got 2 yards to cover the board. Covering it was easier than I thought. I just stapled the fabric neatly around the edge and trimmed the excess. I used E-6000 glue to stick the letters on that I cut out on a press. If you don't have a press, then you could use purchased letters they have at Walmart. The pictures I was a bit more picky about. I wanted them back not damaged and not attached to the huge board. So I used double sided tape, again purchased at the Dollar Tree. The tape stuck the pictures very well but not permanently. I printed some little captions explaining a few major life events and E-6000 them to the board.
I framed a few special items with frames I had around the house, like her scholarship award, a few special photos, her letter she got in band, and her acceptance certificate to college. I also bought a small box from the Dollar Tree that I put index cards and a pen beside so that folks could write a piece of advice or a well wish on. You could also use this idea for a wedding or even a birthday party.
Lastly, I got some streamer, you guessed it, at the Dollar Tree and twisted it up and taped a few balloons to the chandelier just to be festive. Then I stuck a yard sign in the front yard that also cost a dollar and called the whole thing a party!
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