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Scottish Decorations for the (Very) Thrifty

The Year of the Crowns
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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 crowns!

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, 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 beautiful. 

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 looked quite elegant.

The Year of the Crowns


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