Friday, June 22, 2018

{Entertaining} 80's Inspired High School Graduation Party


I haven't meant to leave you hanging about the grad party details but I have so many photos and I wanted to make some sense of it all. Inspired by Carla From The River's graduation post, I am breaking the party down into manageable details. Let's start with my favorite part...decor!
Decor
I gave you this sneak peek of the color story we were using for the party back in May.   We were inspired by the bright, neon colors of the 80's.
For flowers, we went out the day before to a flower market and picked out what she liked.   The selection wasn't great but we found bright yellow mums and filler, blue delphiniums, pink roses, daisies, white mums and green spider mums.
She put all of the bouquets together. We ended up not wrapping the vases with ribbon after trying it and not loving how it looked. I got these little photo flags made with her invitations and we popped them in some of the vases.
Some had her name on them, others had her photos on them, 2018 or GRAD.
 We rented a tent, tables, chairs and linens. We went with white linens to set off the other bright colors.
The little Dollar Tree mason jar lanterns looked adorable and we did (belatedly) remember to light them once it got dark.  I was gifted the 2018 photo holders from a fellow mom who'd already thrown her party so of course I had to print out some photos of the graduate.  
 I had enough to print out each first day of school photo and a few extra fun photos that she added.
Speaking of photos, I also made a photo banner of each of her school photos from preschool through graduation. I did the same for her sister. I scanned them and printed in black and white to keep it consistent looking
 We had an entry table for the guests to visit when they arrived. There were fun 80's themed sunglasses for them to take if they wanted.  I found the tray they are in on a thrifting trip. It actually was a very sunny day and a bit hard to photograph so shades were helpful.
The table became a central location for dropping off cards for her and seeing her scrapbook as well as other mementos of her school years.
When City Girl got home, I asked her to make a sign for the party. She did not disappoint! I love the funky 80's font she used and check out the cute robot in the graduation cap. It went perfectly with our theme. We used her easel to display the chalkboard.
Remember this thrifted basket? 
 We used that to hold these words of wisdom cards for the graduate.  I found them on etsy.
Balloons! They were my big decorating splurge.  I purchased large 2018 numerical balloons and also the huge colored balloons in blue, yellow and pink.
 I actually ordered 36 inch balloons but the party store convinced me to only fill them to 24 inches. They were still huge and much easier to get home!
Of course I had to do a photo shoot with the grad before we decorated with the balloons.
This is getting long so I will continue the details in future posts. Thanks for sticking with me this long!


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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

{Wordless Wednesday} Grad Party Sneak Peek

Here's a little sneak peek of (the former) Miss High School's Graduation Party.
I can't wait to share all of the details with you!
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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

{Photography} Dawn's Headshots

Taking professional headshots has become one of my favorite passions-especially when the client wants a less traditional look to the images.
Dawn is a good friend of the family and I was honored when she asked me to take some new headshots for her.

When she was in town visiting her family we set up a day to take some photos.
The brick background is my favorite. I love the texture and her eyes! Ka-zing!
She was such a good sport. I know it's not the most comfortable thing to do but if you can relax and get into it, we always get better photos.
That's easier said than done but I had a secret weapon to help me. Her cousin was there to make her laugh and smile (and fix any stray hairs!)
When she got the edited images to review, she said it was so hard to pick a favorite. That's a good problem to have.Pin It

Friday, June 15, 2018

Four On Friday

Four on Friday is back!! Here's what I've been...
1) Watching..the foxes in our yard. So cute!
 2) Working on...headshots with this beauty.
 3)Drinking...smoothies with the daughter. Mine was cold brew, banana & cocoa.
 4)Listening to...hubby's band.
This was such a cool venue! Bring on summer!
 Well the graduation party is TOMORROW!!  I'll catch up with you all next week. Kisses!
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