I've been away for a while! My apologies for those who wait with breath that is bated for my blog (not many, huh?). I was super busy with a fundraiser event for my daughter's school that took over my life for the last 3 weeks and I needed this week to recover. It was super fun and looked wonderful, if I do say so myself. Our theme was International Dance Party. A "global" party theme is the new black in my opinion. Because we were on a budget, here are some ideas on the cheap that worked wonderfully:
1) Bucket of international sodas - purchased inexpensive sodas/soft drinks from Japan, Mexico, United Arab Emirates, Holland, Canada (found those at the Dollar Store!!!). Most of these I found at the local speciality neighborhood supermarkets. I put these all in a plastic tub with small cups around the bucket so everyone could taste a little of each.
2) Gift bag with international candies - Canels (gum from Mexico); Tootsie Rolls; "Swedish" Fish. It was pretty inexpensive and added a fun little touch to the table.
3) Ordered international-flag themed cocktail napkins online.
4) A handmade cookie bouquet that highlighted each country's flag.
We tied the theme together with posters from World Market, cheap streamer paper & balloons in bright bold colors (main flag colors of all the nations that were represented) and had an international buffet menu.
It was slightly "prom-like" but we were in the gym after all (again, we were on a budget) but it still looked pretty good. If you would like any more ideas on how to bring your own "IDP" to your next party, feel free to email me firstname.lastname@example.org.