your local public library and check out different books on
rain forests. 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.)
a difficult time creating a 'rain forest feel' because you
don't have any plants in the house? At your local discount
fabric store you can find fun rain forest or animal prints.
Find a pattern with dense, jungle leaves and decorate the
entrance to your party with it (both sides of the entranceway.)
Some green streamers draped densely from above the door could
cover the overhead area, your fabric creates the jungle "sides."
Use green light bulbs in the area and shine them on the plants,
streamers or fabric to add to the foliage feel.
a waterfall entrance to your event. Hang different shades
of blue streamers from the top of a staircase, over a doorway,
or from the top of a doorframe. Use a few white streamers
to add a "rushing water" feel to the flow. You can
drape some streamers alongside the fall in "wave"
shapes along the walls (if you are inside). Hang some vines
atop the waterfall to hide where you've attached the streamers.
Find a sound effects CD or "water music" CD at the
library and you can play it continuously as well.
For a great looking lost ruins temple entrance, stack up plain
cardboard boxes on both sides of the doorway. If the ceiling
is high enough, create a pediment above the two pillars, stretching
across the top of the door jam. Use the stone painting technique
as described in idea 12 below. For the final touch, attach
some fines to the pillars and the pediment for a real 'overgrown'
lost city feel!
Adventure map decorations! Visit your local library's reference
section and photocopy old maps. You can go to a local print
shop/copy center to have blown up to any size you want (3'
x 4' feet.) When they are blown up that large, they get very
grainy, giving them a great rugged look. If you can print
them on parchment or tan colored paper, they'll feel older.
Print a few maps in different sizes and you can use them on
the table for a centerpiece, or as place mats, or hang them
on the walls. Now roll them up, fold them, tear them a little
bit, crush them up in a ball and straighten them out again
- to "age" the maps - or hang them straight on the
walls around the party and you've got some interesting decorations.
If you or anyone you know has old, rotted wood lying around
the yard, they make EXCELLENT driftwood signs. Get some black
acrylic or poster paint and write, rather slapdash, "The
Party" or "In Here"
"Privy this way"
(bathrooms) or even "beware Eddie the alligator."
Visit your local library and check out some animal books and
arrange them with the books standing up, half open as centerpieces
or displays on small tables, mantels or shelves around the
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