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Well, it was quite the weekend at our house - the big graduation party was on Saturday, and all the months of preparation paid off. Despite a bit of a rainy start, it ended up to be a beautiful afternoon and evening. We have a large pavilion in our backyard and our wonderful neighbors saved the day with a pop up canopy to keep our guests dry during the 30 - 45 minute sprinkles we had.
I did not take nearly as many pictures as I had hoped; choosing instead to live in the moment, instead of behind a camera! But, I will share with you what I have.
My daughter wanted to a Tiffany-themed party, so we went with it full blast. It is a cute theme and in addition, the turquoise blue is the color of her sorority - which means so very much to her.
I ordered the invites from an Etsy store. I had them printed on cardstock at my local printer, and then added the ribbon detail. It was waaayyyy cheaper (and more fun!) than buying traditional pre-printed invites at a party store. I believe all together for the Etsy j-peg file and the printing, it was around $25.00 for 50 invitations.
Instead of "Tiffany & Co.," we had a "Traci & Co." party! These are the finished invites - aren't they the cutest?
Since it was an outdoor party, with a lot of guests, we used coolers to keep the refreshments icy cold. I made chevron labels for the coolers. I just printed them off from my computer, glued them on cardboard and "laminated" them with clear packing tape that I had around. This was a last minute "brainstorm" due to the surprise of rain (which wasn't in the forecast!). They were were quick, simple, and nearly free to make!
We made up "swag bags" for our littlest guests - filled with lots of girly things for the little ladies, and for the boys we added in baseball goodies. They were so fun to put together and the kids loved them!
I kept the napkins & silver ware bundles simple. With such a crowd, we choose to use silver plastic cutlery, black napkins, tied with a sparkly ribbon.
I am known far and wide for my cake pops, and knew they were a must for the party. We found turquoise, chevron pop sticks, dipped the pops in Tiffany Blue candy melts and then added white & blue candy pearls. They were a hit and really looked pretty on the table! I also made some without sticks, and did a candy drizzle on those, with a single pearl, placing them in silver, mini cupcake liners.
The kitchen table was lined with turquoise fabric, and then we placed her many awards and several photos under glass. The beautiful cake, made by a sweet friend & neighbor, was the crowning glory of the tablescape. The amazing silver cake stand (or cake "plateau" as it said on the tag) was a last minute purchase from Hobby Lobby. I think it took the cake to a whole different level.
I didn't get many pics of the food, but let me tell you - it was a feast: Pioneer Woman's Drip Beef, Chicken Wings, Grape Jelly & Chili Sauce Meatballs, Blue Raspberry Fruit Salad, Fresh Fruit Bowl, Asian Ramen Salad, Shrimp Salad, Paula Deen's Aunt Peggy's Cucumber Salad, Taco Dip, and Cheesy Potatoes. The hot dishes were all made/served in slow cookers and let me tell you, Reynolds Slow Cooker Liners are the best thing going ladies! Talk about easy cleanup. I have been using those things for years and they are genius!
We ordered several bottles of wine with a customized label for the occasion. Our daughter loved it!!!
One of our sweet, little guests enjoyed her "swag bag" filled with candy lipsticks, ring pop, "crown" hair clip, and even a princess wand!
Our daughter, was presented a gift all wrapped up in the "theme" of the day from a dear family friend. So thoughtful!!!!
Our pavilion was decorated with pretty chinese lanterns and other paper orbs; they looked so pretty. We also had a Blue Hawaiian Punch/Lemonade beverage available for guests - just love the blue color!
And now the party is over - Mr. Bluebird & I (along with our bank account) are taking a deep breath and relaxing for awhile. It was a wonderful day, spent with the best friends and family ever, and of course, our sweet daughter.
This morning, we headed out to the airport at 5:15 a.m., as she had to catch a flight to Los Angeles for a sorority convention and the beginning of her next big adventure: a year of traveling the U.S. as a leadership consultant for her sorority. We are so proud of this young lady and love her so much!
I think, now that I am done with the post, it may be time for mom to take a nap......
Thanks for stopping by (and "sweet dreams"),
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