DIY Graduation Party, Outdoor Decor

Drinks table.
Set up one table for drinks.

Backyard BBQ

It was hot and humid, but it didn’t rain!

I recently posted about Party Prep, and how to create your own Mason Jar Centerpieces and Graduation Hat and Diploma Cookie Favors. If your (graduation, Father’s Day or other milestone) party is approaching, here are some tips and pics on setting up your celebration.

Black and white tablecloths with check napkins said "BBQ, graduation and dressy casual."
Pick colors that set the mood. Black and white tablecloths with check napkins say “BBQ, graduation and dressy casual.”
An old barn crate turned on its side set off the wine.
Turn a crate on its side and add burlap to set off wine bottles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tie a banner for a banner year. We downloaded this banner from Lil Sprout (Greetings), printed it on card stock, cut it out and assembled it.
Tie a banner for a banner year. We downloaded this banner from Lil Sprout (Greetings), printed it on card stock, cut it out and assembled it.
String party lights across wooden stakes delineating the celebration space.
String party lights across wooden stakes delineating the celebration space.
Party lights were also strung along a stone wall.
Set up Tiki torches to keep mosquitoes away and also provide light.
Add tea lights and citronella candles to the tables. The caterer used wooden blocks to raise small flower arrangements.
Add tea lights and citronella candles to the tables. The caterer used wooden blocks to raise small flower arrangements.

Shout out to In Thyme Catered Events who provided the food and great set-up and service.

Happy party planning, hon!

Lemons and Limes Inspired Party Decor

Triplets at their high school graduation party.
Triplets at their high school graduation party. (Notice the watermelon fruit basket.  How to make it was in the previous post.)

My three big kids graduated from high school last year.  Were we going to have a party to celebrate?  You bet!

Since my kids were little, I enjoyed coming up with party themes and color schemes.  I am passionate about parties.

Most of my kids’ parties have been at home.  People often say, “Wow, how can you handle all those kids at your house?”  (I have triplets plus one, duh!)

Maybe they think I’m trying be Martha Stewart.  (Well, I do like her ideas….)

Maybe they think I’m a Domestic Diva (Ummm, did you know my nickname is the “Laundry Wench?”)

Maybe they think I’m crazy! (Aren’t we all a little bit crazy?)  

The real reason I prefer parties at home?  CONTROL.  I like to be in control (hubby is nodding his head vigorously).  There, I said it!  If I throw a party at my house, I can be in charge of when the party starts and ends, when food is served and what activities there are.  Now you know one of my flaws–or–assets, however you look at it.

The party decor for the triplet’s high school graduation party was inspired by lemons and limes.  Not only did I use green and yellow for linens and paper goods, I incorporated the fruit in the centerpieces.  The whole house smelled like Lemon Pledge!

I have a collection of glass vases (Hubby, thanks for the Valentine’s flowers over the years!) that I use any chance I get.  I rented two tents, tables, chairs and linens.

Menu:

Cheese-n-crackers, crudite, chips-n-dip

Wraps:  veggie and tuna

Salads:  caeser, tossed, crunchy mixed veggies, pasta

Sides:  noodle kugel (homemade by moi, three big trays eaten up!)

Dessert:  two sheet cakes:  one vanilla, one chocolate, homemade chocolate chip cookies,    candy tray and fruit

Drinks:  lemonade (of course), water, soda and a guest brought alcohol-free mudslides

So fun!

Food tent.
Food tent.
I used alternating green and yellow linens.
I used alternating green and yellow linens.
I offset the lemons and limes and yellow Gerber Daisies with a lavender ribbon around each vase.
I offset the lemons, limes and yellow Gerber Daisies with lavender ribbons around each vase.
Pretty and fresh-scented centerpieces.
Pretty and freshly-scented centerpieces.

Leaving you with a “sweet taste” in your mouth… and I’d love to know if 

you like to entertain and if you threw a party you were proud of? 

homemade chocolate chip cookies
homemade chocolate chip cookies