Each December my children’s school throws an event to not only showcase the kids and their talents, but also to come together as a community and celebrate and enjoy each others company. The event is the 14th annual “Evening for Peace & Human Rights,” which commemorates 65 years since the passage of the UNDHR (Universal Declaration of Human Rights).
Of course, I usually have a hand in decorating for this event. This year, we took some elements from our Winter ONEderland party, and styled 18 tables in an outdoor tent for where all the families enjoy a dinner of home made tamales and posole. Because we were in a tent, and it is December, we knew everything had to be somewhat weatherproof… for the most part.
Mason Jar “Snowglobes” – in 4 different sizes – were the highlight of each table. We designed and hand cut paper elements such as reindeer, evergreen trees, sleighs, pine cones, and snowflakes – in blues and purples – and glued them on lollipop sticks inside the jars.
We designed some patterned paper to wrap empty soup cans, and printed out hang tags with the name of the event and tied them to bud vases with glittery ribbon. Real pine cones, battery operated candles, yarn balls and glittery snow helped snazz up the rest of the centerpieces.
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Each class had their own performance. Autumn’s class did a dance piece to Michael Jackson’s “Heal the World” that represented the message of thinking globally, and raising awareness throughout the world.
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Jack’s class sang the song “I’m Sensitive,” by Jewel. Let’s just say they had some parents crying their eyes out…. not me of course. Okay, the waterworks were flowing for sure!