Category Archives: City Theme

How to Host a 20 Year Reunion

One of the most important things to understand about hosting a 20-year reunion – or any reunion – is that outreach is as important to success as the big party itself. Start early to build anticipation and maximize participation.

Email and social media such as Facebook make this easier than ever. Chances are you already use Facebook, have joined the “You know you’re in/from [insert hometown here] if…” FB page, and have spun off a reunion page that you administer. (If not, all these ideas are translatable to email, message boards, etc.) The next step is to utilize it effectively. Use the page to:

Find high school classmates and 20 year-old artifacts. Put out short lists regularly of people you’re seeking, yearbooks you’re missing, and old photos of landmarks you’d like to display.

Build new reunion memories. Use status updates to provide a personal welcome to new members as they join. Ask questions: “Anybody here from the CHS Choir?” “Did you catch Jurassic Park when it opened? Who’d you see it with?” “Tube skirts or flannel shirts?” Conversations will nurture a comfort level among participants. They will also tell you what’s still universally memorable to the Class of ’93.  At the reunion itself, many committees set up stations that replay a high school video or leave scrapbooks filled with pictures.  Ask attendees to sign a physical or digital guest book with messages about the past or predictions for the future.

Add value to the reunion ticket. Perhaps reunion committee members have worked out a deal for a block of discounted hotel rooms, or someone is organizing an afternoon picnic. Give reminders of these extras regularly to ensure that new page members see it – some folks will search older threads and the Events page when they join, but many won’t.

Let’s say that the Jurassic Park mention got a huge response. What do you do with this information? We recommend planting a cardboard cutout of a T-Rex somewhere in your venue as a symbol of a good time had by all.

Take the symbolism as far as you want: Empire State Building prop to stand in for Sleepless in Seattle, Red Roses backdrop for Bon Jovi’s “Bed of Roses,” and so on.

Party props mixed with Class of ’93 artifacts (game balls, photo canvases of class outings, etc.) can form the basis of a guessing game about senior year events that classmates start on upon arrival.

The overall party theme could reflect early 90s popular culture or could come from other shared experiences, such as:

  • Favorite hangouts: beach, movie theater, dance club
  • Special events: annual fair/carnival, excursions into the city
  • School pride: winning-est sports, music and academic teams; school colors
  • Other: senior prom theme duplication, crowd-sourced ideas put to a vote

Again, let outreach interactions be your guide. Once the reunion theme is chosen, you’ll be able to coordinate banners, favors and tableware with theme decorations.

Two areas may require extra supplies: tableware and favors. Be sure to know how many display tables you’ll need for name tags, yearbooks and the like so that you can cover them similarly to the dining tables. Likewise, have contests worked out in advance of ordering (dance moves, classmate-who-traveled-the-farthest-to-get-here) so you can select favors as prizes.

Are you planning a reunion party this summer? Let us know how it’s going!

Live in the Middle of Nowhere? Host a City Themed Event

Select a New York or Paris theme this spring as you plan a prom, wedding or formal fundraising ball. City event themes are perfect for events involving large groups – with the bonus of a big ooh-ah factor if this is a significant change of pace for you and your guests.

For decorating city parties our mantra is, “Height, lights and luster.”

By “height,” we mean to re-create the unique feeling of walking the “canyons” between rows of skyscrapers. Look for city decorations as tall as your ceiling will allow. Landmark buildings, silhouette backgrounds and other skyscraper props range from 7 to 9-feet-plus and should form the basis of the focal point along one wall (or perhaps the middle of the room if you have 3D decorations).

Place additional good-sized, free-standing props in ways that functionally divide a cavernous space, support the focal point and tie the room together. Most of our columns — including our popular stretch columns that are reusable and have replaceable fabric slips — start at 8 feet tall. The cute, mod subway entrance is also 8 feet, and skyscraper columns are 8-1/2.

You can also draw the eye upward with ceiling decorations such as hanging lanterns and chandeliers — our Exquisite Beaded Chandelier would be just the ticket here.

When it comes to lights, nothing feels as romantic as low or indirect lighting or as festive as twinkles. Backlight your major decorations or add light strings to them – some city props come with lights so keep your eye out for that feature. Black city street lights, Old World lampposts and LED lighted trees bring charm as well as light to sidewalk cityscapes such as Parisian style outdoor cafés and Central Park locales.

Black or white, silver or gold, we like bringing luster with the objects guests will touch. Provide radiance and gleam to tables and pedestals with shimmering fabrics, metallic fringed table skirts and super-shiny vinyl floral sheeting.

Look for luster, too, in personalized city favors for table top or swag bag. The right design in candy jars, travel mugs or other city favors can echo your cityscape for an everyday reminder of a special evening.

Imagine the complexity of your own unique combination of city height, light and luster and the completeness of the picture as guests arrive and drink it all in. Then, make it happen with the help of the City Event Party store.

Top 10 Themed Dance Ideas for February

Mid-winter calls for events with lots of color, warmth and maybe a bit of glitz. Here are party planners’ most popular theme choices for brightening up a February that may otherwise seem longer than it actually is.

1. Mardi Gras. Any day in February is fair game for a Mardi Gras event! It is a season and state of mind as well as a special Tuesday. Check out the delicious new colors and mood of Brazilian Mardi Gras event supplies as exemplified by the Rio Carnival line, which includes the arch shown above.

2. Valentine’s Day. An annual event in many communities, a Valentine’s Day dance tradition can be freshened up by incorporating elements of a garden theme such as Red Roses, or by planting tongue firmly in cheek with a gangster theme event.

3. Hollywood. Chase the chill with lots of palm trees and warm spotlights – and if you are holding your dance party anywhere near the 24th, rest assured that Hollywood props and décor include many that are suitable for Oscars™-related themes.

4. The 80s. Party planners like decade and retro themes for milestone birthdays and more casual school dances, and the 1980s are particularly hot right now for these types of events. You should, like, totally make an 80s theme event a costume party, too.

5. Casino. A Casino event theme is a perennial favorite for a winter fundraiser whether your aim is to re-create Vegas, Monte Carlo or one of the rising stars in exotic locales for gambling, such as Nassau, Bahamas.

6. Candy. A candy event theme can be tied to a Valentine’s dance, or it can stand alone. Either way you’ll be offering the sweetest favors ever! Consider combining candy and winter theme elements for a winter formal; the Candy Land Ice Castle standee shows how.

7. Castle. Speaking of castles, this fairy-tale favorite is a hit whether you put it on ice or not. Castle event theme supplies also include decorations that are exclusive to Stumps, and new products you’ll love to discover.

8. Stars. A Stars event theme makes the grade pretty much all year round, but can be particularly popular in winter. Dressed up, they make terrific themes for after-parties for organizations that have performance seasons in winter, such as opera companies and symphonies – and yes, some of the best star-gazing (and star parties!) happen this time of year in the Northern Hemisphere.

9. City. Whether the tone is Deco or sleek sophistication, there is no theme that can surpass the drama of a cityscape for a winter black-tie event.

10. Under the Sea. Yes, underwater theme events are popular for February. For a few hours at least, we can exchange less-than-ideal conditions for a serene color palette and other-worldly feel. Place the Depths of Forever theme kit in a browser window, zoom in and see what we mean!