Hi everybody! I'm popping in today to share some highlights from our graduation party. As many of you know, our oldest graduated from high school this past weekend. When I planned the party, I chose navy and white (for Grimsley High where T graduated) and yellow and purple (for ECU where he will be attending in the fall). I think the colors worked nicely together. I ordered balloons in these colors for the front door and more for the food table. Sorry, I don't have a picture of that :(.
Using this tutorial, I made the "congrats" banner out of tissue paper and letters found in the scrap book section at Michael's.
I had pictures of our graduate enlarged at Staples and hung them on the deck. I got the idea from Annie. This was the easiest process too. The prints were ordered online and available for pickup the very next day for less than $5!
To add a personal touch, I left a stack of cards & envelopes for friends and family to write a favorite memory or bit of advice to T. He is already enjoying reading them.
To add a festive touch, I hung paper balls under the patio umbrella. They are from the Martha Stewart party line found at Michael's.
I wasn't sure if the teenagers would go for this or not, but I placed a few photo props from this etsy store around the party. As a side note, these two have been friends since 2nd grade and will go their separate ways come fall. I feel certain they will always be friends though.
Not sure who enjoyed the photo booth props more... said as the grandmothers help Mr. get a quick pic!
World Cup soccer has taken over at our house and the teenagers decided to pile into the living room to watch the game which was more than alright. After a week of back to back grad parties, they seemed happy to just "be" for a little while.
Meanwhile, the real party animals congregated outside.
The floating party was held from 6-8 so I wanted to offer heavy hors d'oeurvres in case this was dinner for the attendees.
**I used marinated mozzarella balls found at Costco which cut the prep time and added extra flavor. My helpers also used lots of parsley and extra basil to the platter as a garnish.
Also on the menu, pasta salad from a favorite local restaurant, Lindley Park Filling Station, and a simple tossed salad.
Let's not forget the giant chocolate sheet cake. Wish I had pictures of everything, but I was too busy having fun, ha!
We filled tubs with Cheerwine and Coke in bottles.
Most of my friends admitted that they came so they could meet the grandparents. Before she left, a good friend of mine told Mom and me that she hopes to have the relationship that Mom and I share when she and her daughter are our ages. Love you Mom!
Here we are with our graduate and his sweet brother (he's next, yikes!). What a wonderful weekend! #proudmom
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