I've been planning this graduation party for no less than 2 years. It gave me an outlet for when I became emotional. My pinterest boards and to-do lists went a little over board.
The post is basically a photo dump of all the decorations from the day. I wish I had been better about taking pictures with actual people, but I was too busy enjoying the party to think about photo ops.
Here's the mantle. I made a banner of pictures spanning his whole life. And the large mat on top was all of my favorite senior pictures.
A wreath I made for the front door
Yard sign from Oriental Trading
Close up of the cake and cupcakes
Close up of the cookies
Card and gift table-- I used a vintage suitcase borrowed from a friend. And another photo collage that used to be in his bedroom.
To go along with the year theme, I covered our artwork with brown paper and added the graduation year.
Centerpieces for tables outside-- Tables sprinkled in graduation confetti and Mason jars filled with shredded paper and graduation year pennants.
Opening gifts-- game night is something we take very seriously in this house. There are Monopoly tournaments that last for HOURS. The kid has shared his obsession with his friends and they oven stay up all night playing the game. I thought it only fitting to gift him his own set to take with him to college.
Last year, I saw on facebook where a friend gave her a son a copy of, "Where ever You Are My Love Will Find You" as a graduation gift because he would be leaving in the fall. I made a mental note about what a sweet idea that was. The week before our graduation I found myself in Barnes & Noble looking for the book. I had also considered, "The Giving Tree" because always thought the story was about a mother's love for her child. I did what any book lover would do when they can't decide, I bought both. And I know he won't appreciate or understand the simpleness of the gift, but I think one day he'll pull them off his shelf and know how much I love him. Probably when his own child is graduating and moving away.