look REALLY great
but you'll need someone who has a very
simple computer graphics program and the basic knowledge to
use it. Download some nice photos from the Internet of China
(you should be overwhelmed by the selection you find on the
Internet) and load them into the graphics program. You can
do this by 'right clicking' with your mouse on any picture
you like, then selecting 'Save As' among the options. Save
these to a disk or your hard drive. Across the top (or in
any other place, depending on how creative you want to get
) put the words of the location (i.e. Hong Kong,
The Great Wall, etc.) Then, in one of the corners put a large
essentially, you are making a large stamp. Once
you have the image the way you want it, print it out and decorate
cut the edges all around in the fashion of a large stamp (fiskar
scissors do a great job.) These look great just about anywhere.
HINT: These can be done in assembly-line fashion and can be
cranked out relatively fast once you get into the 'groove'
your location. Invite your guests to Beijing, Hong Kong, Chinatown
or Lin's Chinese Restaurant, etc. By naming it and referring
to that name you'll create a definite place and time for your
guests. It's amazing the credibility that is given when it
is given a name.
a Chinese themed scavenger hunt. It's a great way to familiarize
your guests with all the different icons of the culture. You
can either create your own lists or download a variety of
THROW AWAY THE PARTY DECORATIONS! - Save money and do something
your guests will LOVE! GIVE AWAY your party decorations! Use
Chinese posters (see below for inexpensive resources) to hang
around your party area. Allow the winners of different games
to choose which poster they'll get to walk away with at the
conclusion to the party! Combine decorations with party prizes!
some live characters roaming around, mingling with the guests.
How about a travel guide pitching his/her newest tour all
along the Great Wall of China? Or how about a Kung Fu Master
walking around asking your guests to sign up for his new "Pain
Is Your Friend" class? These characters do not need to
be present for long periods of time. In fact, it is best if
they are not. Let them come
and then go. Your guests
will be incredibly impressed.
you want to paint with a faux rock/stone finish (without spending
an arm and a leg on those craft store kits) buy a few cans
of spray paint instead. This is a great trick if you are considering
making portions of the Great Wall as part of your decorations.
Gray, black and white should do the trick. With a hobby razor
blade, lightly score the nozzle hole of the spray can. This
will cause the paint to sputter rather than spray. Make sure
the surface is covered first in the gray, then add some sputtering
of the white and black.
an inexpensive Great Wall of China, use brown postal wrapping
paper and a new rectangle sponge. With any water based paint
(try not to dilute it too much) use the sponge as a stamp
to imprint bricks onto the paper. Although not very realistic,
it 'works' for areas that are not meant for high profile places.
A great way to blanket an area.
fabric for simple decoration. Near larger metropolitan areas
one can always find some type of 'garment district' or wholesaler
shops for fabric. These are great for finding a high variety
of prints for prices that are a steal. Have fun searching
for appropriate prints to hang like pinched tapestries on
the walls. This simple trick does wonders for decoration (especially
when the decoration supply is pretty thin.)
game would work for older children as well. Look up at your
local library (or online) how to say the following words in
Chinese: Yes, No, Please and Thanks. (I say look them up because
spelling them in Chinese won't help pronouncing them with
a native tongue.) Provide these words and translations for
each of your guests and explain that the English versions
of these four words are not to be used (either for a specified
period of time or for the duration of the party/event.) Additionally,
arm each guest with three markers (coins, fake jewels, etc.)
If a guest uses one of the four English words in any way (even
in casual conversation) the first other guest to notice gets
to ask for one of the markers. At the end of the specified
time, the one with the most markers wins. For a great online
translator for a resource (though does not show pronounciation)
Posters! - Great party decorations!