My Rissa (Carissa) is a budding Party Planner. Somewhere in my house I have photos of a Bride’s Shower she did for a friend some years back. Most recently she put together a huge “Retro” party, working with other people, for her church at a Dave and Busters (or is it Dave and Barry’s – I never can remember 😦 ) in Arizona.
For the Bride’s Shower she did an “Amazing Race – Hawaii” theme. She picked up six wood pieces from a local craft/hobby store. They are like small unfinished plaques. She painted them in bright colors and had the island names put on each plaque. Each plaque was placed in different areas of a backyard as “stations” for the participants to go to. I really need to find those photos to do this bragging justice!!!
At a pool in the backyard, empty liquor bottles (she begged and wheedled them from friends) floated on the water. The contestants were supposed to pick out the correct bottles that would be used in creating the Bride’s favorite “toddy for the body”, a Margarita. That was fun watching the women use a pool skimmer to get the bottles they thought would be correct without falling in the water themselves.
By a set of playground equipment she had a grass skirt, coconut bra, ukulele, Hawaiian print shirt, and something else. The contestants had to don the wardrobe, over their clothing, and create a song and dance. It was timed for about a minute. That was a riot watching the nervous contestants get with the program and really begin to shake their booties.
In the garage of the home Carissa had a “station” to create a lei. She had fresh flowers, needles, and thread for the creation of beautiful neck wear. That was really fun for me to watch one young girl and her grandmother sit at a table and create a lei to wear.
Carissa and her husband, Jaime, made these boxes. She filled them with flip flops, a small candle, a small tube of sun screen, and I don’t remember what else. These were placed atop the tables where the guests would be having something to eat later on. I proudly use my hand created box in my craft room. It is so handy to store my “tools” in!!
Her most recent party was a “Retro – Back To The 80’s” and it is her first “Open To The Public” party. She shopped around at a local used book store for vinyl records she hung on the walls, used on tables, and bought a couple bowls that had been made from vinyl records. She found candy from the 80’s and had different kinds of holders place on tables and throughout the room for the guests to enjoy.
She spent a couple weeks with a small group of friends to work out the “Thriller” dance and do it in front of everyone. She had the audience participate in the Thriller dance by having them come up and dance along with the people that had practiced forever (she says it seemed). She also had an “Air Guitar” contest.
This is the only thing I am able to get hold of from the Retro Party and I just love it. It is a 31 second video of the “Thriller Dance”. My Rissa is in front with the blonde hair and dressed in black. I’M SO PROUD OF HER!!!!!!!
Anyone that has photos or video of the Retro Party, please – please – please, let me know how to get copies of them. I’ll pay you for them!!!!