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Decorate a Dance Venue with Cool Outdoor Effects

Dancing under the stars, cruising to an island paradise, walking in a winter wonderland — how we love to bring the outdoors to our indoor events! Here are a few ideas from Stumps Party for pulling it off.

Stars, Stars & More Stars

Whether a nautical, garden, city or destination theme, nothing is more romantic than a star-lit night. We love the look of combining a star gossamer with twinkle string lights, or try our glow star gossamer on its own! Add holographic shimmer die cut stars or mirror-brite die-cut shimmer stars to the décor to amplify the eye-pleasing effects.

Rock Out
This would be great for a Western or desert theme, and more. Try our seamless paper or other heavy background paper to create rocks and boulders of just about any size! The secret: a pillow of air! Cut two pieces of paper of the same irregular shape but with one sheet larger than the other. Match and staple the edges together so the larger sheet bulges out for some 3D action. The technique can take some practice, so if you haven’t done it before, be sure to experiment with scrap paper first. If you’re going to group them together, remember that odd numbers and staggered sizes look best.

Gaze into Distant Horizons
Use dark green corrugated paper and black corrugated paper to cut rolling hills, silhouettes of trees and/or rocks of different sizes. Place the shapes against a wall to create a landscape in the “distance.”

Take a Walk in the Clouds
Need some light, airy clouds in your outdoor setting? Get a bundle of our white tulle netting! Bunch it up into a cloud and secure your cloud formation with a quick baste stitch or staple. Use mono-filament (fishing) line to suspend your clouds from the ceiling, and/or place them on the floor to suit your event theme.

Do you have your own tricks for outdoor effects? Please share them in the Comments section!

Travel to Romance with an Arabian Themed Prom

Arabian Paradise Kit Take your prom to the land of 1001 Nights! Magical Arabia is a popular theme with a mystical flair. You can easily have the whole look free of stress with Stumps Party products and tips!

To create your Arabian themed décor, start with the Arabian Paradise kit. The kit includes an Arabian Paradise gazebo which stands almost 10” tall and has beautiful twinkle lights and gossamer for accents, two metal Arabian lanterns, a Genie Bottle standee, two Arabian Paradise columns, one exotic metal palm tree and one Peacock standee. Together these decorations create a beautiful Arabian landscape.

Accent your Arabian Paradise kit with the gorgeous Arabian Paradise pool. This pool measures 4′ 10″ high by 12′ wide and 4′ 3″ deep. Students will be drawn to admire this pool by its glowing lights, shred and mylar. With the pool’s decoration printed on all three sides you can put it anywhere you need it. The elements of this romantic prop come together to create a look that would appeal to even the most demanding sultan!

Create an awesome background for your decorations with the World of Enchantment backdrop featuring the silhouette of domes and minarets perfect for setting the scene. It offers a lot of flexibility as it is self-standing. Add an even more dramatic effect to the backdrop with metallic gold gossamer, plum gossamer, and/or red gossamer added in swags draping from the ceiling to the floor. Check out our valuable tips for decorating with gossamer fabric.

Add just the right kind of palm trees to enhance your Arabian décor! Exotic metallic palm trees continue the richness of this exotic theme. Each set comes with three trees constructed of mylar, tubing, and fringe all sharing the same wooden base. The tallest tree stands 8′ 4″ high. Stumps Party gives you many other options of tree styles from which you can choose ranging from inflatable palm trees, foil palm trees, lighted palm trees, felt palm trees, or palm tree murals. Just enter the keywords “palm trees” and every option available will come up on one easy-to-navigate page. You can even use palm trees to create areas of the prom designated for chatting and taking photos rather than dancing. Add soft lighting to these areas with twinkle light strings, arabian metal lanterns and/or lighted round lanterns in red, purple or black. The effect will be stunning.


Carry the regal look of the Arabian Paradise kit and the freshness of palm trees over to your table decorations. For starters, cover your tables with the metallic gold gossamer, plum gossamer, and/or red gossamer used to accentuate the backdrop. Accent the edge of the table with a twinkle border scene setter. The border’s gold and silver stars will pick up the stars found on the kit decorations. For the table top, decorate each table with an elegant arabian nights centerpiece. The silver of this centerpiece will complement the silver stars in the table border. If you want to heighten the magical and mystical side of this theme then select the magic lamp centerpiece. This lamp centerpiece echoes the gold tones found on the kit’s decorations and even has a spot for a votive or tealight candle which can add that soft glow to every table.

Photo Setting

Create a photo setting to match your theme that will remind the students of how spectacular the whole event was! Try setting up a miniature version of the Arabian Paradise kit for a photo setting. Select certain elements of the kit such as the Peacock standee or the Genie Bottle standee and set them next to an Arabian Paradise column or two. Add an arabian metal lantern or two with some LED tealights and you have a beautiful and romantic photo op!

Party Favors

Memory booklets can be a treasure trove of information about your prom night. Check out our booklet ideas page for tips on content and layout. The Tropical Night booklet is a great option for this theme. It features a pair of palm trees and a smattering of stars in silver foil on a black booklet. The booklet features your custom wording and is held together by a silver cord and tassel. Students will treasure it for years to come!


Finish the night right with favors fit for the sultan himself. Great favors for an Arabian theme include imprinted prom CDS loaded with images, pictures and music of the night. Imprint these blank, rewritable CD’s with your wording for a unique after-prom favor! Each CD includes a 5″ paper window sleeve for storage and protection. If you want to offer an even fancier, customized CD holder check out Stumps Party’s prom photo CD holder that even has a spot for a prom picture. If CD-related party favors don’t interest you then browse all of Stumps Party key tags, photo frames, mint tins, candles or drink glasses. All of these items can be customized with your prom slogan and logo!

Be sure to check out our Prom Planning Tips for more ideas to make your planning process less stressful and more fun!