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The Sweetest Occasion keep the party rockin’!
With graduation season quickly approaching it’s the perfect time for us to talk about celebrating the graduate! Today I’ve teamed up with Tiny Prints to bring you my 5 tips for hosting the ultimate graduation party, inspired by Tiny Prints’s amazing collection of graduation party invitations. I’m all about using your paper goods to inspire your entire party design so today I’ll show you how to do that in a few quick and easy steps that will have you partying in no time. Hip hip hooray!
As a stationery lover from way back, you know I always preach that pretty paper is the perfect way to set the stage for any party. These graduation invitations from Tiny Prints are so cool and I love the extra details like a bit of gold foiling and the awesome graphic patterned backing. These invitations are perfect for high school graduates or college graduates and the glam black, white and gold color palette is right up my alley. You know I love any excuse to bust out a little gold!
It was a no brainer for me to use the color palette and graphic pattern of the invitations when designing this little graduation celebration. Think black, white, gold and graphic with loads of simple geometric patterns like stripes, polka dots and triangles. Add in a pop of gold with the oversized gold foil number balloons and you’re in business! Of course, a big spray of metallic gold confetti never hurt anything either.
Graduation parties are so much fun that they practically beg for a great party backdrop! I created this one using a big roll of matte black gift wrap and then using glue dots to attach rows of white triangles cut out of card stock. These huge gold metallic number balloons are perfect for a graduation party! I made my backdrop large enough to fit the width and height of the number balloons and then attached the balloons directly to the backdrop with big loops of painter’s tape, which worked great. You can use this as a focal point behind a buffet table or as a super fun photobooth backdrop!
(Oh and just one thing about these giant balloons, they’re really huge! If you decide to use them you’ll want to inflate them at home unless you have a really large vehicle with which to transport them. Because I have a car I find that having a helium balloon kit around at all times is really handy!)
No party is complete without loads of food and, of course, yummy drinks! For a graduation party I love the idea of serving up Italian cream sodas or even creating a cream soda station where friends can mix their own yummy concoction. I made this one with cherry lime bubbling water, raspberry syrup and cream, topped with a handful of fresh berries. We’re talking seriously delicious here, friends! Do it. All of your guests, young and old and in between, will love these! If you want to create a soda station, just include lots of sparkling water, different flavor syrups, cream and fresh fruit for garnishing. Yummy!
Because I’m so in love with the pattern on the back of the invitations, I couldn’t resist working that triangle motif into another aspect of the celebration. (Of course. Duh.) When creating the backdrop, I made sure to cut out extra white triangles from card stock. Leave a stack of them with a bunch of pens and little pearl head pins and invite guests to leave a note, words of wisdom or congratulatory well wishes for the graduate. They can pen their message and then pin the triangle to a board lined with cool gift wrap in a black and white pattern to tie everything together. So easy yet so fun!
And that’s it, friends! It’s officially party time. Remember to stick to your color palette and mix and match as many graphic patterns as you can and you’ll easily achieve a super coordinated and fun party look without a whole lot of fuss. My favorite kind of party, as you know.