Woohoo! Yay! Congrats!
Two of my kids and their friends celebrated graduating at a backyard barbecue. Hon, you know how I love a theme? What was I to do when their school colors clashed? I wanted to throw a dinner party with a theme and/or colors that said “graduation, bbq, and dressy casual.” When I stopped at a party rental store for inspiration, black and white check linens caught my eye. Using burlap as an accent, I was off and running!
This will be a week of How-To’s, but first here’s what the overall Party Plan looked like.
Menu: sliders, hot dogs, chicken, cole slaw, baked beans, salad, french fry bar (french fries with a variety of dipping sauces), s’mores, cookies, fruit salad, candy bar
Linens: alternating black and white tablecloths, black and white check napkins
Tables and Chairs: this goes hand-in-hand with linens, how many and what size tables being used determines how many and what sized tablecloths are needed, we supplemented our own tables and chairs with rentals
Centerpieces: mason jars trimmed in burlap, school pennants, red Gerber Daisies
Game, Activities: Polaroid-inspired Selfie Station, Words-of-Wisdom box
Favors: graduation hat and diploma cookies
Decorations: banner,Tiki torches, party lights, balloons
Invitations: Evites (I usually prefer paper invitations, but it was much easier to collect, send out and track a large amount of graduates’ email addresses rather than street addresses, especially since most students were in transit between school and home.)