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.
If you have known me for more than 5 seconds, you know that I am a cat person. I am always wishing that with all of the dog love out there,there would be more for the kitties. So I was excited to see this birthday party for a cat-- so cute. And easily adapted for a cat lover!
I found these cute vellum wrappers at Michael's, and they served as additional inspiration for the rest of the party. I loved how they complimented the intricate, almost doily like corners of the invite. I tucked different Tazo tea bags in the wrappers, laid them on a tray, and they served as the tea source for the party, as well as favors when guests left.
Because I have a standard to smallish size buffet, I used cake stands to stack the tea cups and saucers (we were expecting about 20 guests). I added more height by preparing 2 whimsical flowers arrangements (a tad Alice, if you must). We mixed and match silver and gold china to add to the charm of the party.
For the table, I used a hemp taupe runner from Williams Sonoma, vellum flowers scattered on the runner, and silver and gold toned serving trays. The flowers were beautiful, fluffy white hydrangeas. I made food menu cards, and added to the "vintage jewel" theme by adding scrap booking brads I found on sale at Target to the left corner of each menu card.
The food was lovely. We kept our menu simple and classic: tea sandwiches (chicken salad and pimento), crudites, assorted cheeses and crisps, assorted fruits, chocolate covered strawberries, miniature cherry topped cheesecakes, and show-stopping cupcakes from Gigi's.
Starched linen luncheon napkins, "mix and match" silver and gold china, and sterling silver salad forks added an additional polish to the event.
I kept the color scheme consistent throughout my house - creams, taupes, and touches of silver, gold, and black. In the living room (where the guests congregated to visit, eat, and watch the bride-to-be open her gifts), I used more hydrangea, doily-esque scrapbook paper on the coffee table, and I made a pennant to hang over the fireplace. I also made a matching pennant that hung over the doorway to the living room, but I don't have a picture of it.
In the back of the living room, we set up a small gift table for guests to drop their gifts as they arrived. I found the premade "Best Wishes" banner at Michaels (a Martha Stewart find), and hung that above the table. You can't tell from the pictures, but I took the backs off of a couple of the jewel scrapbooking brads and glued them to push pins. When I hung the banner on the wall, the jeweled pins finished off the look.
I had a field day with the flowers. Rachel's Flower Shop is a delightful florist in Memphis, and on Saturdays from 4-5, she has a "happy hour" where all the cut flowers are buy one, get one free. I much prefer using a florist as my source for flowers, because they always have a better selection, funkier finds, and there is just something so invigorating about being surrounded by all the beauty. Plus, while I was there, she made me a simple orchid corsage (at my last minute request) for the guest of honor to wear on her special day. Here are some photos of the arrangements. I was quite proud of my nonprofessional attempts at flower arranging. Obviously, trained florists could do much, much better, but I was going for the "straight from the garden" look, and I think I achieved it.
All in all, we had a lovely time, and the bride gushed over every detail. I think she felt special, which is truly the ultimate goal of any shower, bridal or baby. We are all so very happy for her, as she begins this new chapter in her life. I hope she will look back on this day as a happy memory, surrounded by friends and family who love her.
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.
This past Saturday my mom and I threw a baby shower for my sister. She is due on March 31 and is having a little girl, Vivienne Nichole. The venue we chose really inspired a vintage circus theme, so we ran with it.
This is a really fun and easy centerpiece to make for any occasion. The one featured here we made for a Valentine Get together. Everyone loves an edible center piece! The uses are endless. Give it as a gift, use it for a party or luncheon, or have it on your table when the kids get home from school for an after school snack. Download the free and easy instructions HERE at Parties and Pattern.