Would You Like to Swing on a Star?

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

     Do the words - 8th grade dance - bring back memories?  I am in charge of the decorations for the 8th grade dance at my son's school.  There are about 250 8th graders and the dance will be held in the gymnasium of the middle school with the theme "Starry Nights".  Coincidentally on my morning run yesterday, Frank Sinatra's "Swinging on a Star" popped into my Ipod, a welcome change from the rap and r&b that usually motivates me to run fast. Please don't judge.  As the song played, I began to think about the words and how much they describe the choices that you make during the middle school years.  I have always thought of that time in life as a fork in the road.  A time when it is easy to veer off the path and maybe take an unfamiliar road that can lead to trouble.  I pray every day that our boys stay on the main road.

    Fortunately I have a partner who is helping me with the decor.  We plan to use lots of silver stars which we would love to hang from the rafters, but that might be a little ambitious.  We will use lots of white Christmas lights throughout the gymnasium.  Tissue paper will be our best friend as we make arrangements for the tables.


    Just recently I found this shooting star idea that would be great to display on the wall of the gym.


    If you have any suggestions, please send them my way.  I always love to hear from my creative posse.  The dance is this Friday and I'm starting to freak out...just a little...well, maybe not.

    Now, to keep it real, would you like to swing on a star...or would you like to be a mule? 


    1. Fun, fun decorating the gym for the dance. I am sure it will look good with you coming up with the ideas. Thanks for coming by, you missed the post before that one that has the piece I used that green for. Have a super day, Rene.

    2. THat will be such a chic party for an 8th grade dance.
      Inspiring post.

    3. How exciting to be planning for your son's 8th grade dance! And you are so right, it is such a pivotal time in a young person's life!

      The theme of the dance is perfect and I love those shooting stars you have pictured! I hope he has a wonderful time and that you don't freak out too much! And of course I would want to be swinging on a star, a bright shiny one way up high!

      Kat :)

    4. Hee hee - no judgements! I'm a bluegrass/country kind of girl but I like my Jay-Z too. Have fun decorating for the dance!

      Mary Ellen

    5. Rene, what a great party theme, the kids will love it!

      Giveaway by Beth Cosner Designs is up on my site. Do come visit and spread the word!

      Art by Karena

    6. Oh my, to be a kid in school again. Just the thought has me quaking in my boots. Your theme is wonderful!

    7. I just was listening to that song on the radio on Monday and laughing at how frank it was. I'm sure you'll do great with the decorations! Good luck and thanks for your kind words!:)

    8. Rene', I'll have to put on my thinking cap to come up with some ideas!

      Oh, what a great mom you are and what a labor of love!

    9. What a fabulous song to end your post! Not sure if that tune would go down well at the dance though! Good luck with it all!

      Best wishes,

    10. Rene, thanks for posting the video of bing Crosby singing. I love that song and had not heard it in forever. Your decorations are divine and I hope your son and his classmates have a memorable time.


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