Benefit Auction Decoration Ideas: Elegant (Yes, Elegant!) Balloons

I do not like to write about benefit auction decoration ideas. If it does not make you money, I'm less inclined to spend time educating you on it.

And rarely do auction decorations make you money.

But many of the volunteers on your benefit auction committees love talking about decor, do not they?

They get excited planning the colors … considering the centerpieces … thinking of ways to incorporated fun elements. It pains me that your budget for the decor may grow out of control.

(Do not forget that it is so much smarter to spend your budget on more important elements that will make you money, such as a top-notch benefit auctioneer.)

Sadly, I'd also be willing to guess that it is much easier to get volunteers to sign up for the decor committee than to sign up for the procurement or acquisitions team!

So all that said, here's an auction decor idea that is affordable and elegant: over-sized balloons!

You may equate balloons as something appropriate for a child's birthday party, but not a benefit auction.

Or you may consider balloons appropriate for a school auction, but not a nonprofit gala.

Think again. That may be true of the typical 11 "sized balloon, but when you start using over-sized balloons that measure 3 'and 4' wide, the story changes.

Over-sized balloons filled with helium will lend an air of sophistication to your gala.

They can be used in the silent auction to draw attention to specific tables (think blue balloons for the blue section, and yellow balloons for the yellow section), and placed in the ballroom to beautifully fill a large space.

Additionally, if you have an exceptionally high ceiling in the ballroom, larger balloons will visually create a "dropped ceiling" effect that will make the space feel more intimate.

As with most types of balloons, the helium may start to wane in some of the balloons by night's end, but most will stay up, floating serenely above your guests and looking great. At the galas I've worked, these larger balloons seemed to have a classy, ​​calming effect.

Balloons are more affordable than many other types of decor and they look beautiful. For your money, over-sized balloons do an excellent job of creating a visually appealing benefit auction.

Source by Sherry Truhlar

It is often quite difficult to keep your child entertained for any stretch of time if they are not interested in the activity they're participating in. In order to keep your child's attention, you'll need to have a fun and interesting project that not only captures their attention but also requires them to focus on the task at hand. The best projects are ones that allow adults to participate, supervise, and lend a helping hand when necessary. One such project that is sure to please is making a home made guitar. Read on for the required items and directions on how easy it is to do.

Here's a list of what you'll need:

Box with lid (a shoe box is perfect)
Cardboard tube
Long elastic bands
Two pencils
Aluminum foil
Art accessories

Here's how to go about making your child's very own guitar:

1 - Cut a hole in the lid of the box leaving about a 5cm strip at the sides and 3cm's at the top and bottom. Then on each side of the original hole, cut two thinner slots the same length as the first.

2 - Cut a hole in one end of the box large enough to fit the cardboard roll through.

3 - Cover the cardboard roll with foil, and place it through the hole in the box, then secure it into place with tape.

4 - Tape the lid to the box then cover the box with foil. Cut away the foil from the holes in the lid.

5 - String rubber bands from one end of the box to the other. To produce a better sound, wrap the pencils with foil and place them under all the elastic bands at each end of the box. To create different sounds with each string, use different size and length elastics or wrap some tighter than others.

6 - decorate your guitar with paint, stickers, magazine clippings, or any other paraphernalia you want.

By following these six simple steps, your child will have their own homemade guitar! Your child will be able to produce unique sounds and may grow to appreciate music even more. Who knows, they may even want to take up the real thing after playing their new creation!

If after you've completed your guitar and are wondering if you've completed it correctly or if your interested in seeing a picture of what the finished product should look like, you can visit this link [ /? p = 881] to a page highlighting how to make your home guitar in greater detail.

Source by Eronne Ward