First, we decided to host the party in our garage. We cleaned and hung dollar store plastic table cloths to spruce up the interior. Everybody helped!
I rented several tables and chairs to seat the 100+ guests we expected to stop by. On the right, we set up the inflatable ice table to keep the food cold and also the drinks. In addition to the paper decorations, we hung string lights in the rafters of the garage and they looked beautiful after dark.
In the back, we placed the spectacular dessert buffet. We only ordered (two of) the square ombre-iced cake on the white stand. The rest of the goodies were homemade and hand-dipped.
I used a recipe that enhanced the cake mix with instant pudding mix and included real lemon zest and juice.
We hand-dipped the pretzels, marshmallows, pringles, animal cookie truffles, and rice krispie treats. I baked the pink lemonade cupcakes, and added a variety of pink candies.
We spray painted oodles of vases and ball canning jars metallic gold and used pink silk flowers we found on clearance to fill them. We picked up the pink and gold table covers and hanging decorations a little at a time starting in February.
Her Aunt Jenn and Uncle Scott made the arrangements for her t-shirt quilt. The grad actually chose the shirts that were included.
Our party lasted from 3:00-9:30. The glow stick glasses were a huge hit. Not pictured: A firepit and s’mores and some sparklers.
The teens and guests did enjoy the photo booth accessories and backdrop. They were encouraged to use their own cell phone cameras and text the pictures to me.
This year, our second daughter graduates from high school. She’s chosen royal blue and silver as her party colors. I’ve started a Pinterest board here, if you’d like to see some ideas I’ve gathered. We think that it’s too funny that neither chose their high school colors! If you’re on Pinterest, I’d love to have you follow me!
If you have more ideas that you’d like to share, please add them in the comments. What was your favorite from our party pictures? Do you have grad parties like this in your part of the world?
Take care of yourself and each other,