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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12 comments:

Heather{Our Life In a Click} said...

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Carla from The River said...

FUN!!
I love the idea of the words of wisdom cards.
FLOWERS ... yes! LOVE, LOVE flowers. :-)

Sam asked for lots of balloons. ;-) We had lots of balloons.

Julie's Creative Lifestyle said...

Wow, I love how nice the tent looks decorated. You all did a great job and I love the flowers and balloons! I can’t wait to see more.

Tamar SB said...

Oh so great!!!

laura@notatrophywife.com said...

I love it all Heather! I love the Etsy cards! I love it all and the photo banner is genius! love it!laura

Andrea Nine said...

Love it, love it, love it! Every detail screams fun! The sweet girlie with her balloons is soooo cute. The sunglasses are so “cool!” And a great touch! The mason jar laterns were perfect. Giving me all kinds of ideas, I should have an 80’s pool party! You’re invited! ;-) Have a great weekend!

Clairejustine oxox said...

I've been looking forward to reading your posts-Heather. You did a lovely job here. I bet they had a great party :)Thanks for sharing at Welcome To The Weekend Blog Hop hope you're having a lovely weekend.

Love Of Quilts said...

How nicely done. She is a very luck girl to have a caring mom like you, You do so much for your girls.

Dawn Gross said...

So much fun! Love all the bright colors. Flower arrangements are beautiful!

Terra Heck said...

I love the overall theme. Everything looks great. I especially like the Words of Wisdom cards.

Anna of Mutton Style and Years said...

The Grad is so lucky having a mum like you. I'm hopeless at that kind of thing. Looks very colourful too.

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Jessica @ Barefoot by the Sea said...

I know in 4 years I'll be coming back here for inspiration and ideas. I love your tables, so pretty and the colors all came together SO well!

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