Welcome to the first of many Q&A's with DBK. If you have a design problem you would like to submit, I will post on reader questions, or questions that people ask me while I'm out and about. I hope that this series helps get you some answers and makes you feel more comfortable submitting comments and questions on the blog.
Since we just talked about holiday parties on Sunday, I thought I would take this question on hosting a gingerbread house party:
I'm hosting a holiday party as a community event in one of the community buildings. The party will be to make and decorate gingerbread houses, and as it is in a community building we won't be able to put anything up on the walls. How do you suggest we decorate to get people in the holiday spirit, while still allowing ample space for food and making the gingerbread houses?
After a few email exchanges, I learned that the space has some chalk boards and will have a long row of tables with food set out buffet style. There will be tables in the middle for gingerbread house work-stations. And there will be a table with extras to decorate the houses, etc.
Here are some suggestions to add to the festive environment, while getting across the theme:
1. Use big block letters, to write "How to make a gingerbread house" on the chalkboard, with a few simple instructions below to get people started. (i.e.: using the icing, connect the pieces of your house, and give them a layer of "snow"; using the various pieces of candy, create shingles, windows, doors, a walkway or other festive decor...etc.) Make a simple depiction of a house and a gingerbread man & woman below.
2. On the extras table, put down a layer of quilt batting below the the bowls of toppings to make it look like a snowy winter wonderland. Doing this on the food table or the work-station areas will get in the way of the function of those tables, so just a plain white table cloth will do on the other spaces.
3. Using a 3" wide ribbon in silver/white with sparkles, tie a ribbon around the base of the back of the chairs where the back meets the seat. Measure the distance from the seat to the floor, and multiply by 4, then tie a bow with this length. You don't want the ribbon to drag the ground, but you do want it to hang just above the floor.
Using things such as a white or silver ribbon, and white quilting batting & table cloths will help with a winter/holiday theme, without being too specific to any religious holiday.
What do you think? Will these ideas make a cold space feel more festive? Would you want to attend this fun gingerbread house party?
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