Sunday, June 26, 2011

Graduation Celebration

Hayley and my mom

Our daughter, Hayley, graduated from 8th grade on June 15. I remember her first day of kindergarten as if it was yesterday. I'm sure four years of High School will pass by in a blink of an eye. We are very happy and proud of her. I wanted to celebrate this milestone in her life by having a dinner party with a few family members and close friends.
I knew I wanted to use the color purple, she's been into this color for a while. I thought it would be nice to pair it with green and aqua to change things up a bit. I love this color combo. I wanted to set the color scheme for the party right off the bat. I started with the design for the invite. I knew I wanted to use a gate fold style card. This is what the invite looks like:

outside of invitation


I thought her kindergarten picture ups the cuteness factor! I love it.

I looked for decor inspiration everywhere, just like I do for all the parties. I've always loved the tissue poms that people use in their parties and made so popular by MS. Since I had my color scheme all set, I bought tissue papers in the party's color. At first I wasn't sure how they were going to turn out, but I kept trying, and my first tissue pom ever came to life!

"Ok", I said to myself, "I think I can pull this off!". And so I created six more:

They are gorgeous!

My plan was to hold the party outside, but up to the same day of the party, the threat of thunderstorms kept me from creating other things. I decided to make doily banners. They look so beautiful together.
We got lucky and had no rain, but I didn't want to put too many items outside. I kept it very simple and pretty.

I made a cake topper using a stamp, and made a banner for the cake also. These are very popular and can be seen all over blogland. You can click on the picture below to make it bigger.

My mom cooked most of the food, a few of our friends made some delicious items too.
It turned out to be such a beautiful celebration for our Hayley, I hope she'll remember this day always.

For the favors, I packed store bought mini chocolate chip cookies in plastic bags, and placed those inside purple paper bags. I made a tag with her silhouette  and placed them on the bags. They turned out so cute!

We all had a wonderful time. The party continued to about 11pm.

I want to wish my Hayley much success in High School. We'll party again in four years!

Take care and thank you for visiting,