Saturday, September 27, 2014

Throwing a Graduation Party!

I really think throwing a party is fun.  I just wish it wasn't so much darn work! As this is our 4th child to graduate, this is our 4th grad party.  You would think that would make it easier, but it doesn't. Everything still takes time.  Time I don't have much of.

Plus Pinterest has changed everything!  Life use to be make a cake, cook some burgers.  But oh no! Not since Pinterest came in the picture.  It's worse than keeping up with the Jone's.  There are so many things to do on Pinterest and I personally try to do them all.  (Don't try this at home)

So how do I do it?  Planning, lots and lots of planning.  I have learned to get organized and whip out the things that can be done early.  Then the day of, it's just about the food and set up.

There are lots of party planning forms you can print for free.  Just search for them on pinterest.  I pinned a few http://www.pinterest.com/fordclan11/parties/ if you want to check them out.

Memory Wall 

Pick a theme/color you can build from.  This party is for an 18 year old girl.  She is a golfer, likes chevron and looks amazing in green.  Plus the college she is going to has green for their colors.  I wanted to display memories so I started with a Memory Wall.  I took two old pieces of metal and we painted green and white chevron on it.  Leaned it against the wall and covered it with photos and memories from her childhood.  I used magnets and clips to keep everything on. 


Centerpieces  

We had a lot of fun with centerpieces.  I started pulling out momentos from her childhood.  We painted some little squares the same chevron.  Each square had something special: a trophy, her little teapot, a gold shoe from the pageants.  Then a picture of her.  



Photobooths

This was so much fun.  I used some old corrugated metal and created two backdrops.  One a giant American Flag, the other a golf scene of course.  

Props w/ the Flag: Red, White & Blue Beads, 
An Uncle Sam Beard (made from moss), hats, mustaches, etc 


Props w/ Golf Scene: Ugly sweaters, visors, golf clubs, mustaches, bow ties, Golf sign (you can't see because we didn't have good photographers)

Helpful Hints:

Get someone good at taking pics.  I don't need a pro but I wish I had designated someone to take photos.  Really the only thing lacking from this party.

Gluten Free Menu

This party was a total Gluten Free Party.  The grad is gluten free and I wanted her to be able to eat everything.  I'll list the menu here, but will be making a separate post for the recipes.  Make some cute labels and place in front of the dishes so people know what they are eating.

Grilled Chicken
Broccoli Salad
Brown Rice Salad
3 Bean Salad
Potato Salad
Ranch Beans
Veggie Tray w/ Hummus
Watermelon
Layered Cake
Best Banana Muffins
Fudge
Lemon Aide
Sweet Tea
Ice Tea
Coffee
Apple Nachos





Hope you enjoyed my post and this helps you plan your next party.





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