School auction themes vary dramatically, but here’s one called “Beach Ball.” The overall effect was more beach than ball.
When spring break isn’t quite here and winter has been around for eternity, everyone is eager to relive some of the summer warmth enjoyed so many weeks before.
This school auction committee brightened up a fellowship hall to make it festive. Guests did their part by showing up in colorful beach-themed wear. (No swimming suits, but lots of flowered shirts.)
Here are some elements which stood out.
1. The decor started outside
I loved how they found a lifeguard chair and put it outside the school. I asked one of the school auction co-chairs where on earth they’d found a lifeguard chair.
She wasn’t sure, but thought it came from one of the parents. (It’s amazing what we keep in our garages, isn’t it?)
Upon entering through the glass doors, guests saw another display. This one was of Adirondack chairs with a palm tree. Carrying a theme through from beginning to end makes it special, so the earlier you can introduce the theme, the better.
(Imagine the impact that would have been made if guests would have been picked up and escorted to the auction in a 1950 Dodge woodie station wagon .. the kind used by California surfers?)
2. The registration team wore costumes
By the time our guests reached the registration table, they’d seen two decor elements and now — at check-in — they are greeted by lifeguards.
I like how the uniforms make it easy for guests to identify someone who can help them. It’s easier to see a red shirt with a lifeguard cross on it than it is to, say, see a namebadge.
3. Signage had a beach theme
The colorful signage scattered throughout the venue was cut into the shape of surfboards. This is a simple idea to incorporate into your school auction. All you need to do is decide upon an appropriate shape for your theme.