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 Rome
(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. The Coliseum,
The Vatican, 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 the Coliseum or Vito's
Italian Ristorante, 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
some live characters roaming around, mingling with the guests.
How about a travel guide pitching his/her newest tour all
over Rome? Or how about a coliseum 'booker' looking for 'volunteers'
for their next 'show'? 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 especially nice if you are
planning on some old Roman ruins as part of your décor.
Gray, black and white should do the trick (unless you'd like
to substitute and black gray with tan and brown - for caves
or old catacombs.) 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 (or brown), then add some sputtering of
the white and black.
great temple columns, call around to a couple local construction
companies and ask where they purchase sono tubes. These can
be bought in a variety of widths and sizes and are very sturdy.