Lumberjack Dance

The theme for our Stake Youth Conference Dance this year was “LumberJack”. Our conference was held within the beautiful Yosemite National Forest, the lumberjack theme seemed fitting. :)
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The youth and leaders were encouraged to pack a flannel/plaid shirt or other lumber jack attire for the occasion. This was such a fun dance!! 
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The Stake YM and YW Leaders decided we would wear scouting attire to go with the theme. :) One of our YM leaders really wanted to have us all dress in brown and wear green afro wigs – trees!
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PHOTO BOOTH PROPS
Every dance should have a photo op for memories sake! :) Holding to the lumberjack theme, here are a few of the props available in our photo booth:
  • top of an atrificial christmas tree
  • tree branch
  • masquerade mask, which I covered in buffalo plaid material and connected to a long twig
  • #1 hand, I also covered it in buffalo plaid material
  • black beard (supplied by one of the youth)
  • various floral crowns
  • brown bear ears (made on the spot)
  • wooden frames, spray painted gold
  • toy ax (brought by one of our chaperons)
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REFRESHMENTS
There is always an array of treats available at any dance. A few of our staple treats would have to be:
  • Life Saver Mints (for obvious reasons)
  • Pretzels
  • M&M’s
  • Skittles
  • Licorice
  • Gummy Bears
  • Sour Patch Kids
  • Oreos (not sure why, these leave your teeth filled with dark cookie remains)
  • Peanuts
DECOR/AMBIANCE

Since the dance was held outdoors, under the already star filled sky, surrounded by towering redwoods and cabins… there wasn’t much more we needed to do than hang some white lights and decorate the refreshment table. Here are a few items I used for the refreshment table:
  • fire logs
  • extra large pine cones
  • Buffalo plaid fabric
  • bronze washed flower pots (for goodies)
  • gold wired ribbon (I just love gold!)
  • lanterns
  • an old metal strainer, wit a wood handle (for mints, found it in the kitchen)
  • mini snow shoes (found at Salvation Army for $3 – darling – score!)
  • aged gold chalice (for goodies, also found at Salvation Army)
  • bright green spanish moss – looks like lichen
  • sprigs of green leaves and berries
  • two miniature pine trees
  • baskets (for goodies)
  • mini brown bear rug (I made it from a piece of faux fur I found at the fabric store)
  • bronze branch hooks (from Urban Outfitters)
  • wooden letters, spray painted gold “I’M  A LUMBERJACK”

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I had a little too much fun creating posters for the dance.
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These posters were hung with clothespins, onto lines of jute tied over the refreshment tables.
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I really wanted to hang this one up, but my daughters told me it wouldn’t be a good idea. :)
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HALF-TIME SHOW
It has become a tradition for the graduating Seniors to do a half-time show during the stake youth conference dance. A few of the seniors (including my cute daughter) choreographed this year’s dance using a mash-up of songs, including the SONG: “I’m yellin’ Timber!”
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ADDITIONAL INSPIRATION
As I was searching for a little inspiration, I came across these (too cute not to share):
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This darling Lumberjack Doll:
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This Lumberjack themed wedding dress:
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Vintage pine cone drawings:
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And these cute prints:
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Lumberjack Dance

Lumberjack Dance

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