Every year our church youth group holds a Valentine banquet as a fundraiser for future youth activities. Everything is done by the students in junior and senior high. They help decorate, serve the food, clean up, and provide entertainment. Each year they also chose a theme, and stick as closely as possible to that theme. This year the theme was "My Funny Valentine" so they focused on the funny things about love.
I had been involved before as a student, singing in the show part of the evening, and I had also taken on the talent part as a whole several years as a college student. But those roles were already taken when I was asked to help out this year. And when they mentioned that no one had yet volunteered to decorate the tables, I thought that would be a nice fit. The event was a great success, even though it had to be postponed due to huge snowfall. Here are some highlights:
Unlike the hand-cut circles in the original tutorial, we opted to use a flower-like punch since we had a large number of tables (24+) to accommodate. We then folded them into 8ths to give the petals their shape.
An army of paper flowers. We used paper that I already had on hand, since the plan was to sell the centerpieces as part of the fundraiser. Along with this grid vellum, we used pages from an old German novel I had, and pages from a 2007 road atlas.
Since I estimated that we needed more than 400 flowers for all the tables, I enlisted the help of my friends, Carisa and Lauren. They assembled almost every flower at the banquet. Thanks, ladies!
Each place had a place card with the name of the banquet on the top and a surprise inside.
We folded 200 of those origami hearts from the Martha Stewart website. I was really disappointed in the instructions on the site, since there were only verbal steps included. I might have to do a visual tutorial since I pretty much have it down now.
The only photo of the room that turned out since it was so dark with mood lighting. Overall, it was a huge success. We raised almost $2700, which was amazing with the postponement. The bottom line is, our church loves its youth ministry.
And I'm already getting ideas together for next year's tables.