An easy teacher gift to show your teacher appreciation!
No body wants to be a teacher's pet, but we all like to show our teachers appreciation for all of the hard work and effort that they put into making our classroom experience beneficial and fun! With the start of the school year here, it's a great time to give your teacher a little something at the very outset to let them know just how much you appreciate them and support them in their hard work! These cookie pockets are a free download that you simply print and cut out. Then all you have to do is stuff the pocket with a yummy cookie and send it to school with your child--their teacher will love getting this sweet surprise in the beginning of the school year and will be reminded of why they chose to be a teacher! We have personlized downloads so that your pocket can have either a girl or a boy in the graphic just so that you can make it gender specific, and if you want to make it extra special you can even find out what your teacher's favorite kind of cookie is and surprise them with that! Don't wait until the end of the year to do something special for your teachers--show them now and give the a little extra excitement to make it through the year.
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Still looking for graduation gift ideas? This gift is easy to put together for someone who doesn't have a lot of time. Simply fill a jar with "Reisens" and cash and you will make any graduates day! If you're having a graduation party just make the jars smaller and you have the perfect party favor.
This download comes with instructions, printable tags, printable labels, and printable money envelope.
Tis the season of graduation and everyone is celebrating. Send your graduates on there way with this great party favor. S'mores are all the rage and we had some fun with the play on words in this graduation packet. This is also a great gift that whips together for your favorite graduates. The packet comes with printable images of the "Celebrate S'more" tag, printable money envelope, printable s'more gift card envelope and a recipe for s'mores.
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.
Fun and creative gift idea for graduates. I give this gift to graduating seniors every year but it is a great gift for weddings, house warming gift, retirement gift or birthday. You're sure to see a big grin.
Simply download the packet, print off the pages you want, attach the money and put it in a frame. We have seven different styles for you to choose from. You can download the free pages Here at
Parties and Patterns. Shopping complete!!! P.S. If you are giving this present to graduating seniors I buy cheap $1.00 document frames. From experience they usually love the money and trash the frame. Check out our blog for more fun ideas and recipes.
We recently threw a graduation party for a very deserving high school graduate named Blake. In the Fall, Blake will start his first semester at Illinois State University studying to be a Special Education Teacher. Over 100 people stopped by to wish Blake congratulations!
We set up tables outside and served a delicious spread of food catered by One World Cafe. For the centerpieces we used pomander balls make of white carnations. They look like pom poms! We then added Blake's varsity letters from tennis and basketball and pictures of him throughout high school.
Guests enjoyed various flavors of lemonade. Sodas and waters were also available.
We gave Blake a "Sweet Sendoff" to college with a candy and dessert bar. We had all of his favorites in his high school's colors: red and white. There were Hot Tamales, M&M's, Swedish Fish, Peppermints, Red Hots, Cake Pops, Red Vines, and Smarties (for the "smartie" who graduated with honors).
We also had red and white popcorn bags filled with white chocolate popcorn.
A family friend made cupcakes and cake for Blake's party. She even made a birthday cake for his 19th birthday, which was the day after the party!
Blake and his dad made these custom bag games for the party. The "home team" was Illinois State University and the "visitors" were Bradley University, Illinois State's rival.
Congratulations, Blake! We hope you have an amazing year at ISU and cannot wait to see what the future has in store for you!
EventLucky here to share some fun from my long weekend. Hope your weekends are full of sun and well planned parties!
My Memorial Day weekend was crazy busy, as my husband graduated
from graduate school. His mom came to visit, so we threw him a little
party...and I am so excited to share the details!
We knew we had a long day on Monday for the actual graduation, so we
didn't want a party that would go too late (does that make us old?). We
decided on a "happy hour" party from 4-7 PM, with snacks and drinks
appropriate for pre-dinner.
I asked a friend to design pennants for me in my husband's school
colors. She did such a great job! I printed them out on cardstock and
cut them out for decorations.
For the menu, I wanted to play with the idea of a rolled diploma, so
we made asparagus rolled in procuitto, hand rolled sushi (ok, we
ordered this), and pigs rolled in a blanket, in addition to some
veggies, nuts, and appropriate colored candies.
I also made the chocolate mortarboards, which were a big hit. Once
you give up on finding the perfect colored "tassels" they were pretty
easy and make a big impact.
We had Pimm's Cup (not yet made in this picture) and a prosecco toast for drinks (nice and light for a hot day).
And here's the food table-- styled a la Amy Atlas! You can see the orange candies-- orange slices and reece's pieces!
I can't let guests leave empty handed-- and
I hate to have tons of food leftover after a party...so I gave each
guest a cupcake for an after dinner treat.
I got the cupcake boxes and black and white bakers twine from cdkane on etsy -- she was great to work with, and cheaper than any bake shop in NYC!
But...the boxes were a little big for my homemade cupcakes. I didn't
want the cupcakes to rattle around while the guests traveled, so I used
a small piece of stik-tak (available at any hardware store). A tiny bit of tack kept the cupcakes centered with all of their frosting intact! Guests said the cupcakes made it home in perfect form!
Does anyone else have graduations coming up this month? Any fun graduation party details to share?
It is graduation season again, and it's time to break out of the luau theme. Do you have a smart cookie graduating this year? Well then, let the world know with a cookie-themed soiree! With the dessert table as the new black this party season, use your skills to set up a cookie buffet as part of your party setup.
Since I'm not about reinventing the wheel, here's a repost of my cookie buffet post, with some new twists. Who could resist a milk-and-cookie graduation send-off? And note all the different ways the confections are displayed, from apothecary jars to buckets, just make it special with labels, ribbons, the possibilities are endless. Repurposing shot glasses and cake platters, sheer genius at this wedding. Over at Toast and Tables, a beautiful spread where they served milk out of vintage glass containers. Another inspired spread from Rebecca Thuss; I love the personalized cookie envelopes. b.a.s.h.ful Events put together a lovely spread for a baptism, check out the labels on the bags and the cookie tags. A beautiful buffet at Gourmet.com took the place of the wedding cake at this ceremony. Yes, I can't get enough of this baby shower spread at Most Likely Late, this is the second time I've blogged about it. Need a few freebies to help your party decor budget? Over at No Fuss Fabulous, she shares a free download for placecards while Living Locurto has free downloads that would make great stickers on your guests' treat bags. Not Just A Mommy!
Happy Tuesday! EventLucky is back to share another event planning tip with you! I hope you enjoy-- and I would love to hear from you!
I love it when people match a drink to the decor of a party. Whether a signature cocktail or a few thoughtful choices, it shows that the host took the time to consider her guests preferences while making stylish choices. And, as a host, it can manage your costs. Good deal, all round!
For a night time event, pick your favorite cocktail and have some pre-made on hand. Or, coordinateby color.
If you love the look- and taste-- of martinis Martha had a great suggestion of using more curved glasses with a stem. Kinda of fun and retro, and less dangerous for spills.
For daytime or more intimate evening events, its nice to have a signature drink deconstructed for the most options. For an example, if you wanted to have this Pomegranate and Citrus drink, you could have pitchers of both juices, as well as seltzer and the liquor of your choice (champagne, vodka, or rum). Even if the signature drink is most dramatic and beautiful, guests can make a drink that best appeals to them.
You can spruce up your drinks by adding spice (like saffron and vanilla), infuse drinks with tea, or infusing your vodka. Or, the easiest-- adding fresh herbs. This spring of mint makes this cranberry drink special.