The invitation said:
You are invited to a…
Surprise Cajun Birthday Party for
"My Other Half"
Monday, January 18th, 2009
6:15 p.m. at the E.C.C.
6:15 p.m. at the E.C.C.
Please bring a southern dish to share as this will be a southern potluck! (If you do not know anything about southern food any dish will do!)
Don’t forget this is a surprise!
We had a fabulous turn out with spectacular food. I am not from the south but I think southerners would have been proud! Here are some of the photos from the event (a few of the photos were taken in advance).
This display was in the center of each table. I used a bamboo placemat, fishing net, decorated paper bag, embellished crocodile cups, and fake critters to complete the swampy feel.
Here is an up close look at my paper bag creation. I needed a decoration that provided height and was cheap. However, as you may have noticed many of my decorations often have a dual purpose. This one held fun surveys which pertained to the birthday boy and pens. The bag was decorated with rubber stamps, black ink, and crocodile cut outs. I copied an imagine from clip art, traced around it and then cut it out. I placed a stamped piece of tissue paper behind the image. Originally I wanted to use the paper bags as lanterns. After condsidering the quantity of children that were coming I decided to play it safe and mimic light using tissue paper.
My cup creations were thought up as I stood in the party store after being told "they could not help me find items for my swamp themed party". I want a job there as I think they are a tad confused. As I looked at their rows of cups stacked upside down I envisioned this crocodile. So I went home and created it. *Crocodile cup instructions can be found at the end of this post.
The cups were part of a game. Every table had 2-3 cups. One of the cups at each table had a firefly and instructions hiding under. The paper said, "You found me! You must be magic. I am a firefly from Texas. Hide me under one of the alligator cups and see if you can trick your table friends into guessing which one I'm under."
Cake #2. I covered a toy boat with tin foil to mimic a fun past time my spouse shared with his buddies. They loved spotlighting for crocodiles. I think they must have been a tad crazy!
Here is another game I made up. I called it, "Road Kill". After the feast we cleared the tables and chairs out of the way then divided into two teams. We had the armadillos and the rabbits. Each team member had to take one piece of paper to the other side of the room walking, crawling, or jumping like their animal and return. Which ever team was able to transport all animals to the other side or "across the road" and return to the starting place, won...and was not considered "Road Kill". I felt like I was on the verge of a super amazing game. However, I have been so busy with other thoughts this past week that I never found that amazing idea in my brain. Maybe one of these days it will surface!
How to make the crocodile cup:
Voila! You did it!