I have been planning the Office's annual Chili Contest. If you have been following my blog, you know I try to alter the theme every year. The theme has to have cows and/or cowboys. Last year it was a cattle drive theme. The year before it was an Old West theme. One year it was a farm theme. Because we ordered eight stand-up cows last year, I wanted to use them again. So, with this year's them, I can put blue ribbons on them. I ordered two cardboard standup horses to tie in the rodeo part of the theme.
The fair part of the theme needed some games and prizes. The above photo shows some of the game pieces I have been gathering.
I bought the bean bag frogs for another party, and couldn't figure out how to use the nets to fling them. Then I got the brainstorm to tie the bottom of the net up with a rubber band to make it shallow. It now works great as a "flinger." I am using a small napkin basket as the target. I am printing up a graphic image to match each of the four games. I will add those below. I found the four wooden dinosaurs at Home Goods on sale. They are piggy banks. But, they are just the right size to fling three hooked-together glow bracelets over. They are just sitting in the box for the display here. The box will actually be wrapped in pretty paper and hold plastic food tubs. I have ordered six goldfish balls. Yes, that's right. You can find anything on Amazon.com. This will be a toss game. Finally, the red, white, and blue stand on the left is a target. I will have two rubber band guns which hold 5 nice size bands each. The little flaps flip over when hit.I am transferring the clipart above to the cardboard backdrops.
|The first of the window panels to welcome you.|
|The second window panel gives you the fair theme.|
|The fourth panel continues the rodeo theme.|
|The third panel sets the rodeo theme.|
|You have to have a rodeo clown.|
|What County Fair and Rodeo wouldn't have a band?|
|You must have a roller coaster and bumper cars.|
|You can't have a fair without a ferris wheel.|
I built all of these panels (which will be enlarged to 40" x 60" panels for the big windows in our lobby. I made them from bits and pieces of other cliparts. If you decide to use any of them, they can only be used for non-commercial purposes.
I couldn't find a clipart of bleachers I liked ANYWHERE. So I built my own. I had a lot of trouble finding quality cowboys and crowds. Most of the people are bits and pieces of people. I feel like Dr. Frankenstein.
Finally, below are the backdrop clipart pieces to date. I'll probably tweek them before the party and add title signs. I have LOTS more things to tell you about the party--like the desserts--but I will wait until I start baking before taking pictures. Of course, I am molding orange chocolate gold fish, you're probably wondering. I am waiting for the mold to arrive. I got it on Etsy.com, along with the target shoot game.