Monday, June 26, 2017

~grad party for Savannah ~

Don't you hate it when you intend to take a ton of photos, and then at the last minute you find yourself doing last minute jobs like cleaning, putting out the last of the food, etc.?
Well, that happened to me, so I apologize.
I really wanted to get a bunch of pictures to share but I only have a few. I wished I would have hired a photographer, or even just a neighbor kid to walk around and snap photos.

But here is what I did get.
Overall it was a wonderful night.
It was hot, but not too hot, the food was great, the company was wonderful, and Savannah felt the love.
The same girl that made the globe guest books, made this sign.
Days before the party we were putting the final touches on this new building.
 The table and chairs, buckets, and plain sign were all thrift shop purchases.

In the center of the room I made a 17' table for all the food.
At the last minute I ended up buying 15 yards of burlap and stapling it to the bottom to create a ruffled skirt. Placing the food on different levels keeps it from looking too boring and adds interest.

I used a combination of mix and match vintage white salad plates, cake stands, and wood boards. I will link up to them at the end of this post.

There was desserts galore, so we threw in some fruit plates and heavy appetizers.
Although I will admit, I mostly ate the desserts.....

I managed to get a few pictures of the guests. Savannah and her friend John here.
Everyones trying to spend so much time together before heading off in different directions.

 I added a few more tables around the yard. We don't have the hugest yard but we were able to accommodate around 75 people. Thank goodness for the nice weather!
These table tops trowel tops from a construction job that were getting thrown out. To me they looked like bistro table tops, so I got 3 of them and put them on thrift shop cafe table bases which I spray painted white. 

 We had wine and champagne and lemonade as well as a variety of sodas and juices on the deck on the potting bench.
I filled the metal troughs with ice and filled them up with the different drinks.

And really, there is nothing like having a party to get the house and yard ready!
I think I need to throw a party every couple of months. 

 Our new building ties onto the back of my studio here. You can't really see it from the view here, but I will share more soon.

My sweet mom made this huge flower arrangement for the center of the table.

And the cheapest place I found really good macrons? 
Trader Joes and Whole Foods!
So, so, so yummy.

I am really gonna miss these kids.

Boards with the caprese skewers can be found here.
Boards with the charcuterie can be found here.
Slate tiered stand can be found here.
I also filled these bowls with slices of bread.
The white cake stands are all from here.

I used our cordless lamps outside, which I have been wanting to do since getting them.
It created a soft ambiance as it got darker outside.
I also wrapped several tree trunks with twinkly white lights.

 Trader Joes sells French caramels that are so delicious.
I filled little 2" square boxes with white paper crinkles and caramels as take homes for each guest.
The labels I had created here with a THANK YOU, and her name on them.

And of course I had to have candles burning!
How sweet are these candles from homesick?
Great for a grad party right?

A couple 36" balloons to fill the space!

Our trampoline got a lot of use from all the little kids!
Have I ever shown this trampoline?
We dug out for it when the kids were little because I was always paranoid they were going to fall off.

That's a wrap!
So fun, such great friends, lots of memories made!



Monica T. said...

Wow what a party! You included every possible special detail! Your studio is so beautiful, cannot wait to see more. Congrats to your daughter! Where is she headed? Our son also just graduated. He is headed to college in Rhode Island....just 30 minutes from us. I was already sad during orientation!

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

What a beautiful party and new room/building! I love the decorations and your moms arrangement is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your sources and your beautiful party!

jodi said...

I've been waiting for this! You never cease to amaze me! Love every little detail.

Melaine said...

Thank you! That means a lot!

Melaine said...

Thank you so much!

Melaine said...

She's headed to eastern, 4.5 hours away! 😭

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