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Scottish Decorations for the (Very) Thrifty
The Year of the Crowns
Top right pin.
We honored Mr. Duncan A. Bruce, author of Mark of the Scots and The
Scottish 100. Our honoured clans were Clans Bruce, Wallace and Douglas.
There was no other choice to be made...decorations simply had to be
We went to a sign shop and got strips of the plastic material that is
made like corregated cardboard. It comes in 4 x 8 foot sheets...so, it
didn't take many sheets for our required 100 crowns. We sprayed the
strips with gold paint. We called our friends at the shop class at our
high school...and the students cut the material into 100 crowns.
Our local Burger King gave us a box of 500 of their Burger King
crowns...and we sprayed the white side of those crowns gold. We installed
our Scottish Weekend pins in each crown...and, at the end, each place
setting was complete with a gold crown containing our collectors pin.
Don't forget...we had handmade chocolates in the shape of lovely crowns at
each place setting as well.
Family Tree readers had sent us "jewels" over the year...and Wndy Hyeck
and Bob Hyeck and Harriett Carlton had labored over creating works of art
out of the crown shapes and jewels! They were individual and each quite
When it came time to decorate, we used royal purple tablecloths. We put
the decorated gold crowns down the middle of the tables...scattered vitive
candles in baby food jars...our gold garland, plaid ribbons, curly
ribbons...glitter...down the centers of the tables.
It was quite a beautiful setting for our Saturday night Gala Banquet and
Ceilidh. There's a photograph of our fun evening here and you can see
some of the crowns.
We used gold Burger King crowns and gold garland to embellish our stage
area...and blew up bazillions of purple, gold, green and white balloons
all with gold and silver shiny ribbon "tails." With the rented greenery
around the entire room and the stage area...it looked quite elegant.
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