Thursday, March 31, 2016

Great ideas for a 70s Disco Party Part 1

A friend of mine was turning 40 so we decided to throw her a 1970''s party and it was the grooviest!!!
Here's the setup:

Decorations - 

The Table- Food setup

"Happy Birthday Lois"
I found a really cool flower child font.  On Photoshop I layered pictures of records with the flower child font on top of it.  One letter on each record.  I printed each one out, cut them out, and punched holes in the tops for a ribbon to go through to create a banner.  For the chain background...I went to Michael's and found large scrapbook paper in groovy colors.   I cut them out in strips and taped them into chains.   You can't see the colors too well with the picture, but I made them go from dark colors (left to right)to lighter in an ombre affect.  I found the inspiration here: The 70s pictures I googled and printed out and taped to the wall. 

I moved my chairs and dining room table around to make room for a lot of people to walk around and/or sit.  

Here are some up close pictures of the food table. I found a lot of vintage dishes at my local thrift stores and on Etsy that were not very expensive to serve food on.  Mushrooms were in in the 70s in more ways than one.  wink wink. See the ugly green glass bowl and plate that was so popular in the 70s? I found other tchotchkes to help decorate the table like the white owl and lava lamps (you can find them on Amazon).  I also used a Light Brite (also found on Etsy) to make a message as a centerpiece.  In these pictures the food had not been set out yet. Notice I also had candy from the 1970s like the dum dums and sugar stix. 

I made the record bowls and the record cake stand.  So easy! I found the tutorial here: Record bowls:  For the Record cupcake stand, you can find my tutorial on it here:

Around my bar I printed out pictures of some 70's punk bands and posted them on the wall. Where else would the punks be than at the bar?

 Once it got darker I lit up my table, like you see on the bottom  right, with LED lighted bases (link to buy below).  I also put changing fairy lights that you can also find on Amazon in my disco  ball like candle holders. The Light Brite looked amazing once it was plugged in!  Lots of ambiance. As for the groovy table cloths on the tables, I bought some psychedelic like vintage fabric on Etsy.  You could also find some at your local thrift old sheet perhaps.

I had my own Raggedy Andy and Raggedy Ann dolls from the 70s that I used for decorations.  I found that Love sign with a peace sign on it (Amazon) and the three glass disco balls(TJ Maxx).  If you look closely you can see that all the framed pictures on my walls I cover with 70s record albums. Just tape them right over the glass...easy.

 You can see my disco ball hanging from the ceiling.  Make sure you get the contraption that turns it as well.  Also make sure you pay attention to the size of the disco ball.  You don't want it too small. I got my disco ball on Amazon here:  and the motor to move it around:
I bought some larger lava lamps like the one standing on the floor, the gold mylar stringing background, and the balloons had LED lights inside.  I got similar balloons to these on Amazon:
Of course it is good to rent a helium tank or buy one.

The picture above is the glass beaded curtains I bought from an online Event website (wish I could remember which one, google it).  On the other side of the beaded curtain was the "Psychedelic Lounge. "  In there we had a lava lamp, a mood light I got on Amazon that created an ocean on the ceiling ( 70s games including Twister.  I also had some flower power floor pillows in there and blow up very 70s!

This is a good picture of the lighting and the blow up chair right before the "Psychedelic Lounge."
I printed out a lot of 70s concert posters.  I just googled them.  Those were put all around my bathroom walls and other areas in my house.  Going into the bathroom we had a wooden beaded curtain that is not pictured here. 

When the guests walked in, there was a table with some goodies they could take...glow sticks, groovy glasses, and mood rings all from Oriental Trading Company and Amazon.
More from the "Psychedelic Lounge"...Hula Hoops, Simon Says, Trouble, Rock em, Sock em Robots, Etch a Sketches.

My blow up furniture...with my dog...nor really a panda just a maltese painted as a panda. :) 

More 70s record album covers and 70s this picture, candy cigarettes

 Another nook of my house...record album covers and  Gumby and Pokey!
Coming up to my house, we had rolled out the red carpet and stanchions  also found on Amazon. 

We also had some fondue in my kitchen!  So very 70s.  You can see the photo booth in the background. 
Here is our photo booth.  I found a photo drop on Etsy I think or maybe Amazon that looked Disco like. 
Everyone dressed up 70s.  I had a few dress up as 70s punks, Star Wars Characters, 70s disco people, 70s workout people, hippies, and The Blues Brothers were AWESOME! 

 This is me and my, my hubby's hair is not really like that!!  He doesn't have facial hair either, all a 70s illusion!
As you can see...I had lots of props.  As for the words ...I printed out things from online that were very 70s and glued them on cardboard and foam core board to make it stiff.  I used dowels to glue them to in order for people to hold them up. 

Lighting and Ambiance

Lighting and ambiance are so important to create the right mood at a party.  Here is a list of items I bought or already had to do just that!

This is THE NUMBER ONE item that I continuously use for my parties and is one of the best investments I have made.  We have used this so much and others have borrowed it.  So worth the price! 
This is the Ion Audio Party Rocker Live Bluetooth Speaker with Party lights and app control.  I have the older model without an app control, but still bluetooth.  The lights are amazing as is the sound.  You can also choose to turn the lights off and just use it as a speaker.  I plug a microphone into it for events. You can find it here: ION Party Rocker portable Bluetooth speaker system with built-in light show  You can see here how well it works at a party and this was in a pretty large room!


This is the Fortune ST-15R Super Lighted LED Serving Tray 13.75" Dimeter.  I also found this on Amazon.  It changes colors.  You can see it to multi colors or single colors like red, green, etc.  This is great to serve people with or but drinks on. 


As mentioned above, in the "Psychedelic Lounge"  I used a light that made an ocean on the ceiling.  You can choose to have it changes colors or remain on one color.  You can find it here: Is it obvious that I am an Amazon junkie?


In addition to lava lamps...yes on can get these ...remember these?  You touch it and the electricity light things changes to attract to your finger or wherever you put your finger?  So here is another tip...since I had a lot of these groovy lights decorating my house...for the games we played (see my next post (blog entry)for that coming up) people won lava lamps and plasma lamps etc.  That way I was't left with all these lava lamps etc. wondering what to do with them.  


So here is an option if you do not want to buy a disco ball or the ion speaker or if you just want more ambiance with your lighting.  This lil contraption is under 4.00 at Amazon.  I got a few of them and put them in all my lights in place of light bulbs.  This light will go around and create a disco light.  


This is a great light for so many different things.  I have used it for alcohol bottles and other things.  You can see it in the pictures above lighting up a jar of candy.  These change colors or you can have it stay on one color.  GREAT party investment!  I use these at all my night parties.

This other one is the same idea, but a rectangle.

MORE TO COME IN PART 2 of the Disco Party how to....tomorrow!

Record Three Tiered Party Tray - cupcake stand

This will be short and sweet.  The project should take you like 5 minutes once you have everything.

You will need:
-Three records (colored or black) 2 -45'' and one large record or two large records and one 45''
-Cake plate stand Handle Fittings.

First you need records!

I found some pretty colored ones on Ebay or Etsy.  Search Amazon for 3 Tier Cake Stand Handle Cake Plate Stand Centre Handle Fittings and you will find some in gold and silver.   They are under 10.00.  You will need this to put your stand together.

It will look something like this:
Depending on which configuration you choose, you always want to put the larger record or records on the bottom and the smaller one or ones on top. As you can see, I had one 45'' and the other two were large records.  Also keep in mind if you have two large records, put the thicker one on the bottom.  The orange record I used was thicker than the blue one so the orange one went on the bottom.  Start with your the handle...that goes on top. Put one of the white round washers between the metal pieces on one side.  I'm not sure if it matters which side, but I put mine on the top side of the record as you can see in the picture.   Screw the handle part into one of the other rods with the small record in between the two metal pieces.  Turn it until tight. Do the same thing with the next rod with a record in between.  Then you will need your large record last.  On the bottom of that large record you will need the metal washer with the screw to go underneath the record and you are done!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Unique Prayer Stations for a Women's Retreat - Tactile, Hands-On, Real Ways to Experience God

Last year I was on the Women's Retreat Commitee at our church  Being in theatre, I wanted to bring more hands-on activities to the event to help women  have a different and special experience with God.  I had gone to and helped lead worship at a great church Savannah Christian Church https://savannahchristian.comwhen we lived in Savannah years ago.  I remembered that their women's retreat was so special because they had hands-on experiences with God.  I usually never like to go to these types of retreats because to me they are just like going to church, except with only women for a few days.  I wanted it to be SHOULD be special.  Savannah Christian's women's retreat was the only retreat I had ever gone to that gave me unique experiences with God and it was different than the usual sing songs, listen to a sermon or talk, pray, craft and quiet time.  With the help of another artist and creative in our church...we set out to do what you will see in this post and it was a great hit!  Women really enjoyed these experiences with God. Hopefully by sharing them, you can also give your women or any group (it can be adapted) these experiences too.

When the women came in they were each given 3x5 cards on a ring with the stations.  Each card said the station number and then scriptures and quotes to help women with their journey through the stations.  Each station had a typed up sheet with directions on what to do at each station and questions to ask themselves or ponder.  Each station had a Bible to encourage the women to stay at the station for a while and meditate on God's word.   I believe we also had posted papers in the dining hall and our meeting room that said where each station was.  



At this station the women would take a backpack that was on the floor, put it on and go for a walk.  The back packs were filled with really heavy books.  Not sure how much each weighed, but it was a lot.  While on the walk or hike, the directions instructed them to talk with God about what their burdens are.  It instructed them to ask God what things they need to give to him that they haven't or what things are holding them back.  When they came back with the pack after their time with God, they were to write on a stone with a permanent marker words or a word that God communicated to them on their walk.  Maybe a word that reminds them to give it to God, or maybe even what is holding them back.  They were to take the stone as a reminder that God forgives the minute you ask and forgets and that He is faithful to take your burdens.  You don't need to worry. 



This station was 2 fold.  There was a basket of prayer books with ways or things to pray for and a bookmark for those who were married for things to pray for.  There was also a basket, not shown, for prayers for your children.  For example, one page in a book said: TRUST - Keep me safe O God for in you I take refuge.  I said to the Lord, "You are my Lord, apart from you I have no good thing." 
Psalm 16: 1-2

The second part of this station was two buckets with tongue depressors.  One said "Blank" and the other said "Prayer Pail".  Each person was to take a blank tongue depressor, write annonymously prayers for things or people or themselves that were on their heart and put it in the Prayer Pail.  Then they were to take one of the depressors that were already written on by someone else in the prayer pail with them to pray over all weekend, week and month.  My friend and I put ours in before the retreat started so the Prayer Pail would not be empty for the first person.  What ever was left after the retreat, the leaders divided up and took with us to pray for. 



Right when the women got to camp, we took a picture of them and printed it out.  Each picture was glued onto a large, pretty, scrapbook page and clipped up on twine in our main meeting hall.  Throughout the weekend, the women were to write nice notes, thoughts and ways that the person in the picture had ministered to them etc.  It was a way to lift each other up and get to know each other so you could write on their paper.  Women were encouraged to write on those papers who didn't have many comments too so everyone left with writings on their pages.  This was so encouraging especially for those who don't think they are making a difference, or think they are not noticed, or just to encourage you if you are having a tough time waking with Jesus. 


Truth and Testimony

In this station we had blank tiles with many different paint markers.  Each Person was to write a Bible Verse or word from God or inspiration from God or way in which God has worked in them....whatever God inspired, on the tiles and decorate them.  When they came in Sunday morning for worship we had arranged them to make the Cross in the center of the aisle.  Such a testimony to God!


You are Loved

So many women struggle with self esteem and not seeing themselves as God sees them.  This station was intended to help them see themselves as God does.  This station was in a small bedroom upstairs.  We took over a room and covered the bed and a chair with a black sheet and the sink with a pretty table cloth to make the room more appealing and beautiful.  We had lots of candles in the room (battery operated of course), a Bible, box of tissue, a stack of sticky notes with a pen, and a large Mirror.  On the outside of the door there was a sign on the doorknob that the ladies were supposed to use if they were in the room or not, so no one would be disturbed.  One side of the sign said in use, and the other said available.  All the lights were turned off and we had a soft, beautiful playlist of specific songs playing that talked of God's love for Just Be Held by Natalie Grant. The directions for this station was outside on the door.  On the mirror were many sticky notes with scriptures of God's love for us and how He sees us.  The women were to look in the mirror and meditate on the scriptures.  They were to talk to God about their own self image issues and self hate and give it to Him.  They were to try to view themselves as God does (as stated on the sticky notes).  They could write their own sticky note and take it with them and/ or leave one or take one that was there that hit them.  A lot of women were scared about going in this station.  Go figure??  But the ones who did, were so touched and had a really great epiphany with God on who they really are and how He sees them. 

Hope you and your ministries are blessed by this!!