Remember the joint shower that I was throwing for my 2 colleagues, one that is getting married, one that is pregnant with her first child? (it's been busy at work lately) The party was this weekend, and even though we didn't get to be the park as planned, it was still a nice event.
If you remember, I did a bird theme, covering both baby birds and love birds. It was the perfect crossover theme.
I created this sweet daisy theme Graduation Party for my daughter. Our school colors are green and white and I thought it would look pretty to use daisies for the flowers - that became my theme! I then added a splash of yellow to the party palette. Knowing my theme and colors several months in advance helped tremendously in preparing for the party. As I was doing my daily shopping I would come across great items to make every detail special. I found so many of my items at Michaels in the dollar bins including tons of pretty ribbon and these super cute green frames.
I also wanted the party to have a soft shabby chic feel. I bought several yards of quilting fabrics in a variety of prints and a good pair of pinking shears using this for many of the decorations. My favorite was a pretty ribbon garland made out of Jute string, a variety of ribbons and strips of the quilting fabric. It hung between the columns of our pavilion and look lovely blowing in breeze. My centerpieces were made from small galvanized pots, strips of fabric and ribbons. I used green flower sticky notes and self adhesive paper daisies to decorate the front of the pots. The pots were filled with daisies and greens from my yard. Each centerpiece was place on circles of quilting fabric that had been cut with the pinking shears and placed on white table clothes.
Since my party did not have a traditional graduation theme, I felt like the cake should not look like the traditional graduation cake. I wanted it to be sweet and pretty. I can’t say enough that I love how it turned out. I ordered a two tiered cake from my local grocery store requesting it to just have a pale yellow frosting with no decoration or piping. I then made my cake topper and banner from scrapbook paper and this beautiful ring of daisies found in the Martha Stewart Crafts collection. I bought Wilton sugar daisies that I attached around the cake with a little icing and added a row of ribbon to the bottom of each layer. The great thing about decorating the cake this way was that I could make everything a few weeks ahead of time and assemble it the day of the party.
I also made a few additional store bought desserts look custom. I took packaged cookies and dipped them in white chocolate and into green sprinkles and bought white yogurt pretzels and drizzled them with green chocolate. These were a big hit! Following with the cupcake trend, I also purchased 40 of these from the grocery store. I customized them by making white chocolate daisy candies to top them off. At Easter I found Wilton grass cupcake liners…perfect for my daisy cupcakes! Before placing the chocolate daisy on top, I gave them a dash of green sprinkles. Due to the hot sun I could not set up my dessert table ahead of time. The guests were taking the desserts as I was putting them out and a few are missing from my photos!
At most graduation parties you see a collage of photos of the graduate. I decided to make mine the backdrop for the dessert table. First, I covered foam core board with quilting fabric. I had three unused white frames that I replaced the glass with green gingham scrapbook paper. Each frame contained a collage of photos from my daughter’s life – the early years, middle years and the high school years. Each white frame was attached with green gingham ribbon and the individual green frames, with a paper daisy accent, were velcroed to the board.
I had the meal catered, but wanted to create great tasting appetizers that would feed a crowd. I chose recipes that I could partially make the day before and assemble right before the party. I always love to have a signature drink. One of my favorites is lemonade and blueberry vodka – the guests love it! I created blueberry skewers with ribbon to top off the drinks. I also bought green paper straws and added a paper daisy to each one – so cute! The wine glass markers were made from Martha Stewart tags, felt green and yellow embellishments that were tied with a thin multi strand green yarn.
Open a bottle and pour it into any form, wait 2 hours for it to solidify slightly and insert a popsicle stick and freeze for another 2 hours or until becomes solid.
Strawberry Margarita Popsicles
In a blender, combine strawberries, tequila, lime juice, Tripe Sec, and ice; blend until smooth. Pour and freeze the Strawberry Margarita for two hours then insert the popsicle sticks in the middle. Freeze for another two hours or until the Strawberry Margarita Popsicles solidify. Garnish with a lime and serve.
Note: Do not rim with salt until serving time as the salt will melt the pops. Alternatively, you can rim the Strawberry Margarita Pops with chunky crystal sugar for an aesthetic effect without worrying about the melting factor.
You all know about the girl I work with that is getting married, but I haven't mentioned that my other office mate is pregnant with her first! It's so fun to be around so many people with such exciting changes in their lives!
She has worked in design and architecture for many years, so she has a pretty specific aesthetic-- vintage, Brooklyn, and orange (not to mention she ate citrus by the bushel in her first trimester!). She had the idea of an outdoor baby shower with a picnic in Prospect Park in June, so I told her I would put some images together for her.
These would be cute invites and act as a fan at the party as well. Put a map of the park on it, to ensure guests bring it-- and won't get lost!
Blankets and pillows strewn across the ground would be so inviting-- as long as the mommy-to-be can make it up and down.
We recently became friends with another couple that is seriously into food. Almost as much as my husband and me. They have hosted us for a couple of amazing meals, so it was our time to host. Which we love-- but we were also a little nervous. We had big shoes to fill!
We were inspired by our trip to Mexico, so we went with it. I have some runners from Guatemala that I love to pull out for such an occasion. Our friends have a 4.5 year old, which allowed me to have some fun with theme. I put down craft paper (and gave her some crayons) -- and wrote the menu on it for the adults. I added strips of craft paper in the napkin knot for the seating assignments.
My husband did a great job with the food. Naturally, we started with margaritas, chips and guacamole. If you stick around to the end, I'll share his amazing recipe.
Our menu, minus the salmon tacos. All taken with our new camera, by the way. :)
We had a great time! Can't wait to do it again! xoxo EventLucky
Best Margarita, as promised:
2oz tequila blanco (I used cazadores)
Juice from 1 lime mixed with 1oz of simple syrup (sweetest is your call, but I do 1:1 sugar to water)
1oz part beer (something light like corona)
Shake with ice and serve. Salt or no salt, your choice.
Are you still looking for last minute St. Patrick's Day party ideas? I've got some great places with lots of easy projects that you can put together, no sweat! Sheek Shindigs created this inexpensive and fun party table using items from around her home and fun printables from Love The Day, listed further on in this post. Think today is too late to start planning a party? This fabulous adult party from TSJ Photography was put together in two days! Check out last year'sKiss Me, I'm Irish playdate, with rainbow fruit kabobs and free downloads. You've gotta color your own pasta at least once in your life, and they make great craft items. Speaking of free downloads, check out this plethora of free printables, graciously shared by.... How Does She?9 To 5 Mom for Catch My Party... One Charming Party... TomKat Studios... It Is What It Is... Love The Day... Living Locurto.
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