It's getting to be that time of year again and it's time to start planning. What am I referring to?
Why, High School graduation parties!
Many are thinking about planning a graduation party it right now. How do I know that?... Because photos of our daughter's graduation party on Pinterest are getting "pinned" all over the place!
Thought I'd post a few of both of the parties we threw for our daughters in 2010 and 2011.
Besides making a guest list, choosing a menu and invitations, here are a few of my tips for planning a graduation party:
1. Pick some vibrant colors for the party.
2. Plan on buying some beautiful flowers.
A few days before the party buy some beautiful flowers that co-ordinate with the party colors.
Here I used some simple and inexpensive bouquets from Trader Joe's and put them in small container inside the painted terra cotta pot.
3. Contrast your colors.
Here I used a bright purple tablecloth to make the desserts and jellybeans stand out.
4. Plan for a spectacular dessert table.
Use boxes covered in wrapping paper to raise the goodies in the back of the table. Use labels to let your guests know what the items are.
5. Cover the wall behind the main table.
If your wall color behind your dessert table or banner doesn't go with the colors of your party, hang a white sheet on the wall behind the table. Wish I had done this for my oldest daughter's party.
6. Plan on making some fun desserts for your guests.
Everyone loved the cake pops and cookies at my youngest daughter's party. I got a kick out of seeing the tall 18 year old boys/young men eating the dainty looking flower cookies. At one point during the party there were about 6 boys all standing next to the table with them in hand. I am still kicking myself because I couldn't get to my camera fast enough to take a photo!
7. Make a photo mobile for the guest of honor.
Include all the photos of him or her on their first day of school for every grade. Throw in some photos of them with their siblings and best friends and special occasions.
Hope you enjoyed my tips for planning a graduation party. Anyone have any others you'd like to share? Is anyone planning a party for a graduate this year? Would love to know!