your local public library and check out different books on
Russia. 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 Russia
(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. Moscow,
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.
a TV set, play a travel video/DVD of Russia. 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 Russian folk music (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
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.