Our good friend Debe Branning - The Haunted Places/Arizona Haunted Sites Examiner is part of The Pioneers' Cemetery Association and they are holding their second annual Dining Among The Dead fundraiser. Debe shared with us her decorating on a budget tips and tricks to make a creepy centerpiece for their night of Dinner and Dancing.
The table clothes were purchased from a discount store much cheaper then renting them and they can be used year after year. Plain white ones are much more inexpensive then colored and decorated. If they get stained after the use we could always dye them a different color and continue to use them.
We covered the white table cloths with Bulk black lacy material that was sprayed with gold sparkle paint to add extra flare to the table.
We purchased rolls of green lining at Party City.
The mirrors that were used under each vase were purchased in packs at the local HOME DEPOT (it was cost effective once again to purchase them rather then renting them)
Now to create the centerpiece - trimmed the dead branches off bushes in the yard, stuck them into old styrofoam and sprayed them with the same sparkle paint as the black lacy material. We let them dry over night.
Every week we would go to the GOODWILL store on 1/2 off day and purchase vases from 50 cents to 1.00 each.
Onto making the centerpieces:
1. Fill each vase half way with the green sand.
2. Stick the painted branches into the sand and arrange them the way you think they should look.
3. Use wire or thread to hang the plastic spiders off the branches. (using thread makes it look more like webs)
Arranged around the centerpiece are votive candles which were again purchased at various trips to 1/2 day at Goodwill. Cheapest battery tea-lights were bought in bulk thru Kmart on line.
Salt & Pepper Shakers, sugar holders, cheese shakers, salad carafes etc---all 1/2 off Sat and Goodwill.
PARTY FAVORS--- Cindy collected small medicine bottles that were being thrown away from local hospital---cleaned--sanitized several times. Fill with small candies (we use Sixlets using Party City coupons). Seal with a cork......tie a ribbon at neck of bottle...make own labels.
Below is the information for the event where these creepy centerpieces will be on display.
SAVE THE DATE!!! Saturday, October 12, 2013
The Pioneers' Cemetery Association welcomes you to the 2nd annual “Dining Among the Dead”-- a Victorian dinner party on the Gazebo Patio in the midst of the early Phoenix pioneers who grace the old Pioneer cemetery. The event will be held at the Pioneer and Military Memorial Park at 14th Avenue and Jefferson Streets in Phoenix, Arizona on Saturday evening, October 12, 2013.
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The cemetery gates will open 5:00 PM. Dinner will be served promptly at 5:30 PM.
Package includes: Salad, Dinner (Choice of a Meat or Vegetarian Dish) & Dessert, Iced tea or Lemonade, and entertainment. Meet the legendary Wyatt Earp as he regales you with stories of his historic life. Ticket also includes one raffle ticket, and a luminary historic tour of the old cemetery featuring live re-enactment players.
Cost is only $45 per person......no refunds Raffle! Additional raffle tickets will be available for $2 or 3 tickets for $5.
Donations are always welcomed! A portion of the proceeds from this event will go to the Pioneers' Cemetery Association for tombstone restoration.
This event is by reservation only. There will be NO tickets sold at the gate. To order your tickets and reserve a space at the dining tables, please contact Debe Branning--a member of the PCA Board of Directors ASAP. She will place your name on the reservation list and will send out your tickets after you have paid. Invite all of your friends, family, neighbors, paranormal teams, or other lively organizations.
Make checks/money orders payable to: PCA (Pioneers’ Cemetery Association) RSVP TODAY!!!
1263 N Gaylord Circle
Mesa, AZ 85213
For more information email Debe Branning at: email@example.com
Thank you! Cindy Lee and Debe Branning, co-chairs for this unique event!
We realize that most of our readers are not in the Arizona area, if you would like to help with the preservation of these historic cemeteries your donations are always welcome. You can mail your donation to Debe Branning at the above address.
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