When decorating for a class reunion, it is important to create a space that is reminiscent of your high school years. This scene should take classmates down memory lane and provide opportunities for them to create new memories. Since reunion committees work on a budget, it is not possible for them to use every idea that comes to mind during the planning phase. Committee members must be selective as they create a space that authentically re-creates memories of high school years.
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Select a Theme
Selecting a theme guides the process of planning and decorating for your reunion. This helps you to decide the type of venue to select, what decorations to choose, what colours to use and what music to play. If you graduated in the '70s, re-create this era by decorating with disco balls and flashing lights. Play popular music from this decade throughout the event and ask guests to dress up as a popular musicians or movie stars from that era. Cultural themes are also popular and may include memorabilia such as political buttons, photographs and footage of what the world was like during your high school years.
Use Your School Colors
Use tablecloths, cups, plates, balloons and confetti that contain your school colours. You can find these items at a craft store. If you have unusual school colours, purchase these items through an online vendor for variety. Find table centrepieces that contain your school colours as well. Ask friends or former classmates who are crafty to help you create ribbon and floral arrangements to decorate your venue.
Borrowing items from the community gives you access to memorabilia that you otherwise would not find. If your reunion is held at your high school, ask current administrators to borrow mascot statues and posters. Place mascot statues on the stage and hang masks and posters on the wall for decorating. Borrow the tables and chairs that you will use for dining. Borrow ladders, hammers and all items that you need to decorate the venue. Ask local businesses if they would like to donate floral arrangements to use as table centrepieces in exchange for advertisement at your event.
Create a Banner
Banners are inexpensive and great for decorating at class reunions. Banners that welcome classmates as they arrive are noticed immediately. Place banners in front of the entrance door or on the stage inside of your venue. Choose banners that are flashy and draw attention. Large, glittery banners and banners made using school colours will stand out easily. Make sure that your banner welcomes guests and contains the graduation year.
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