Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Campaign Trail - Vote for Young Women In Excellence

This year's Young Women in Excellence was a campaign theme; which is quite fitting: “Vote for Young Women in Excellence." The invitations went out as Voters' pins, upon which the girls added embellishments (like the ones seen below). Then we stuck a magnet to the back. As a leader I'm excited because the program is EASY, so I think you'll like it too.
Decorating should be a cinch. You can find all kinds of patriotic stuff for super cheap. (Or just borrow from your girls' parents or other members.) Our decorations came to us from a business who let us borrow them. I've included other decoration ideas in the downloads. The file is at the end of the post.
Each leader brought two dozen cupcakes, we split up the colors: red, white, and blue. I made the white ones (lemon sponge cake with lemon curd filling from scratch—SOOO good.) And then printed out these little flags and attached them to toothpicks. They looked awesome.
At the end of the program we watched a slideshow of the girls "On the Campaign Trail" which were pictures of them through out the year. This theme was so fun!

Below is an outline full of suggestions and a program for the evening. Click on them to enlarge. Actually you'll love it. The whole evening is spelled out for you. Boom. Done.) 
 

Here's a blank jpg for you to work with for the invitations if you wish, and flags for cupcakes or other such treat. Click on them to view and download.




Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Zomcon — A Zombie Hunter Party

This post includes ideas for a zombie themed party. I threw this for my husband's birthday and he was thrilled. Enjoy!

First, video invitations are the only way to go. Send them as if they are coming from the Zomcon Safe House. (Zomcon—A Better Life Through Containment)
Have someone dressed as a doctor ask that, “all available Zombie Hunters find and bring a Zombie to the Safe House for research.” Of course the doctor can be attacked at the end of the clip. 

Ideally out of each couple that is invited one would dress as a zombie and the other as the hunter, thus giving you instant teams for all the games. (In our case ALL the guys chose to be hunters of course. And in the end the Hunters won. The human race will live on.)

If you don't want to do a video invitation...do a sound recording. It will be just as effective. And believe me, your guests will get EXTREMELY excited about coming.

DECORATIONS

Board up the fireplace, doors, and windows using strips of cardboard with wood grain and nails drawn on them. Cut hands out of black poster board and tape them up to add the final touches. This is so cheap, you'll love it.
Complete the effect and turn off all the lights; use only candles and flashlights the whole evening.

Use various signs to dress up your walls.
A few games and ways to earn points include:
PIN THE BULLET or brain on the zombie—depending which team you are on.

LIE TO ME: Upon arrival each guest is given a piece of paper with a lie written on it. They are to insert it into conversation without getting caught. For example “I waited in a line party to watch Night of the Living Dead at the theater.” It is especially fun trying to trick your spouse. If no one catches you, your team gets a point!

RESEARCH QUESTIONS: Everyone gets a questionnaire about zombies, how to kill them etc. Points are added up at the end and assigned to each team.

FOOD TEST: After everyone has visited the dessert table, question them “which food did you eat first?" If a zombie had eaten human food, they lose a point etc.

There are so many treat ideas all over the internet. Here are just a few things that I chose to make.



Update: It has been over a year since I threw this party and our family and friends STILL bring it up from time to time and tell us what a fun party it was and when are we throwing the next one. So you really need to do a party like this, just do it!