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Backyard X-Scapes recently partnered with the Granite Hills High School Surf Team to furnish their annual banquet and fundraiser. The surf teamâ€™s year end event was island-themed, appropriate to demonstrateÂ theirÂ love and respect forÂ the ocean and the culture thatÂ surrounds it. The team borrowed various tiki masks, tropical signs and other pieces of tropical dÃ©cor from Backyard X-Scapes to add a little extra spark to the decorations.
The event was held in the DreamCatcher at Viejas on Wednesday March 30 and drew an event-high 125 guests. The banquet is the teamâ€™s main fundraiser for the year and they were able to raise thousands of dollars through a well-stocked silent auction. Prizes included various types of surf equipment such as wetsuits, leashes, boards and beach chairs as well as larger prizes like a 3 day stay at the Mission Beach House on the Boardwalk and 2 beach cruisers. The proceeds from the banquet will be the operating money for the Granite Hill High School Surf Teamâ€™s 2011-2012 school year as they do not receive any school funding for the program.
Backyard X-Scapes was happy to help the Granite Hills High School Surf Team in whatever way they needed. It is unfortunate that so many school-associated, extra-curricular activities in California and nationwide require donations from outside and private sources for almost 100% of their funding. We are glad to have been a part of making the students banquet a memorable one and hope that our tropical dÃ©cor and tiki decorations only added to the good time had by all.
The Granite Hills High School Surf Team has three more surf contests and a state championship coming up before the end of the school year. To see how they do, visit their facebook page and be sure to check out the Backyard X-Scapes banner on their website!
If you have yet to start decorating your home for Christmas; join the club. Whether your reasoning for getting a late start on the holidays this year stems from a complete lack of time or you have just been avoiding exerting the effort or dreading the inevitable start to January and the daunting task of UN-decorating, there are only a couple of weeks until the holiday and if you are going to decorate, it is now or never. However, if you have been avoiding holiday decorating because you canâ€™t stand another year of nutcracker figurines and gingerbread houses, try something new in 2010. Here are some tips for creating a tropical-themed Christmas right in your own home.
The Tree: If you canâ€™t get around the idea of a traditional pine tree in your home, jazz it up this year with a beach theme. Substitute your red and green lights for more yellows, oranges and blues. Then decorate with a tropical vacation in mind; cocktail umbrellas, seashells, plastic sea life, sea glass, paper pineapples and even mini bottles of rum make great ornaments. Use brightly colored ribbon or string to tie individual pieces on to the tree or create long loops using many pieces. Top off the tree with a dried starfish instead of a traditional star or angel.
DÃ©cor: Remember that when decorating for an island-style holiday that everything can be substituted. Santa needs a Hawaiian shirt and swim trunks and to be pulled in a canoe by dolphins rather than in a sleigh by reindeer. Wreathes are made of palm fronds instead of pine or fir branches. If you are really committed, you can substitute a palm tree for a pine tree and roast a pig instead of cooking a turkey.
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On the beaches of Malibu, the cast of MTV’S “THE HILLS” shows that even with beautiful waves at your feet, a little tropical decor goes a long way in enhancing festivities and creating that local paradise.
Backyard X-Scapes helped to provide basic pieces to further enhance the beach front property.Â The area was trimmed off by Tiki torches, which helped to provide ambient lighting and atmosphere once the sun set.Â A Bamboo Tiki Bar, decorated with tropical decor and a bamboo bar sign,Â provided a center gathering area for drinks and conversation, with some Reed and naturally Black Bamboo Fencing to provide an exotic backdrop.