your local public library and check out different books on
India. These look great as part of table centerpieces or as
general decorations placed throughout your party area. They
can either be laying flat or they can also be propped up in
a half open fashion (remember to visit both the children's
AND adult's section of the library.) Cookbooks also look great!
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 India
(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 on 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. Taj Mahal,
etc.) Then, in one of the corners put a large number (i.e.
40, 27, etc.)
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' of it.
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 - otherwise try the
clearance tables at your local Wal-Mart, Hobby Lobby or Joann's
Fabrics. 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.)
a TV set, play a travel video/DVD of India. You should be
able to find one at your public library. Remember, this is
for 'decoration', unless of course you'd LIKE your guests
to watch the movie as part of an activity. The really great
part about this is that you don't even need to have the volume
on (in fact, especially for adult parties, the guests will
probably more enjoy their conversations more than the movies
course, there's GOT to be music playing. Visit your local
library for Indian (look in the International section.) If
you don't have any luck at the public library, try tapping
the shoulder of your local college student and have them take
you to their university library
your jaw will likely
drop at the selection! A word about volume: make sure that
it's heard, but not so loud that your guests will have to
speak over it for their conversations.
Paper - PERFECT for an adventure!
looking gems! NON-FLAT BACK for ultimate realism!