My daughter has just finished her first year of college and I’m reminiscing about her graduation party as I post these pictures. I wanted to do this last year, but if you are going through this now, you know how busy and stressful senior year and everything that goes along with it can be. I will warn you that I was VERY emotional for about 4 months prior to the graduation. I guess the preparing and anticipation really got to me. Going through old pictures, hearing the songs that would play, and buying things for college just really made me a mess. However, I did not cry on graduation. So there is hope for those of you that are feeling very weepy out there. Get it all out now so you can enjoy that day and share it with your family and friends. That day was truly special and I felt I was present in the important moments of the day. I hope these tips will help you have a great experience too.
Tips for Throwing A Grad Party
- Listen to your child. They know what kind of celebration best suits them. I am very over the top when I throw a party and my daughter is the exact opposite. She would be happy putting out a Chick-fil-A tray and having a couple friends over. I wanted to be able to mingle with everyone so I did have it catered, but I did do it low key like she asked. We didn’t do a DJ or other party extras that I would normally do. We had close friends and family and I think she was a lot happier.
- Don’t have it on the same day as graudation. One of the best things we did was have it the next day. Some people even had it the weekend before, but we had lots of family in from out of town so this didn’t work for us. Graduation day was so busy and hectic that we wanted to enjoy that and my daughter wanted to attend her friend’s parties too. This also gave me the day to pick up flowers, balloons and other last minute items.
- Delegate if you can. People really do like to help. If you can and feel comfortable, designate people to pick up the cake, balloons, and flowers. This will really save you time while you are doing last minute things at the house.
- Set up the party in an Open House format. This type of get together allows people to come and stay as long or as little as they want. We knew Saturdays in June were valuable family time so we wanted there to be little pressure. A lot more people popped since we had this type of party. I know at least five people that came by and stayed about 15 minutes to let her know they cared and brought her a gift. However, they had other parties they had to attend or their child had games that day.
- Do the extra pictures you want several days before. I don’t know about you guys or how your graduations are held, but our city does them all in one location at the local college. They give you time for one high school and then get yours out and the next high school is literally scheduled right behind you. You know all the cute pictures you see on Pinterest that you noted that you wanted to do like throwing up your cap or of you and your family doing something staged? I suggest you stage these at your house a couple days before. Do your hair and make up and get a couple good ones knocked out that you really want. Then you will have time to actually look at them and see if you got some good ones. Then do other ones quickly on the real day and that’s all you will need.
I hope this day is all that you and your child imagined. It can be a really good experience if everyone keeps their cool. The more you plan in advance the better it will turn out. Remember it is a day for all of you, but you want it to be special for your child. I hope it turns out wonderful!
There are so many spring things I’m loving right now. Sadly, my wallet is paying the price. Since I have had a recent weight loss I really need everything. (post to come soon), I hope you will love the list as well.
These Nordstrom Vince Camuto peep toe shoes in tan are the bomb. I can’t believe they are also so comfortable. As soon as they arrived, I tried to order them in black too and of course my size was sold out. Try to get these in the tan if you can. We will be shoe twins.
I really love Becca swimwear. I don’t really want to admit this, but I have a Becca suit that is from when my son was born and he is 16 years old. They hold up so well. I only bring it out in bathing suit emergencies, but the colors and elastic still look and feel great. I love this year’s suit that I picked, I got this fabulous cranberry color. You can mix and match the pieces to fit your style. The high rise bottoms are very in this year and some colors are already sold out so get them before your color goes.
If you are a fan of black and white decor, than you won’t want to miss Target’s project 62 outdoor collection. It is fun, trendy, and affordable. My favorite pieces are the umbrellas, pillows, and rugs. You can’t go wrong with black and white to give your outdoor entertaining area a resort feel. Your guests will feel so at home.
Now is the time to be thinking about your graduate. Check out this post I did for Minted when my daughter graduated last year. Minted always has the best selection of cards for your big day. Also, I found the best gift for an athletic child. Check out this ETSY store. She makes quilts out of your child’s old sports tee shirts. The only draw back is you really need to do this now so she has time to get this back to you.
I hope you were able to find a couple things that you like or love from my list. I’m going to enjoy this weather and hope for it to stick around. Happy Easter you guys.
Your big day is almost here! GRADUATION!!!! I know you are getting more excited as that day approaches. Meanwhile, the parents are cringing and trying to find someone they can pay to turn back time. My daughter will be a senior next year and I’m already a wreck. I got teary eyed at my son’s induction into the National Junior Honor Society when they played Pomp and Circumstance. How will I ever survive a graduation? I guess I will be the one wearing sunglasses indoors. Junior year has been crazy enough with ring dance, college tours, and SAT’s. Will I even be able to handle senior year without medication? I will pray for those of you in the thick of it. Remember the fun things though; you get to have a party and celebrate your graduate. Throwing a party is always my favorite part. You know me; any excuse to plan a party. I have partnered with Minted to help make this process easier on you. Their graduation announcements and gifts are really top notch. Plus they have stationery, thank you cards, and tons of other products you may need. They are always my choice when I do my own holiday cards. The process is simple and I always get a quality card.
I wanted to share Minted’s addressing assistant program. If you order cards from Minted they will address your invitations for you for free. Check out their site and see if the cards you order are eligible for this program. The process is very easy and saves you tons of time. Also check out some of their graduation gifts. I love the portraits of your favorite school building. I know that would be a lovely gift to put in a new apartment or office.
There are so many color options to choose from when selecting announcements. I am so into rose gold right now. I like how this card features the graduate and that is the main focus. Your guests know they are getting a graduation card from you. If you are wanting a card that stands out, this could be the choice for you.
If you’re having trouble picking a picture for your card, this option might work for you. You can feature several pictures. I know when I’m doing holiday cards, I like to display a couple of pictures of us throughout the year. You may want a picture of you in your cap and gown and then several of your casual senior pictures.
Most people pick the pictures they like first and then the card selection comes second. However, if there is a specific card you know you have to have you can tell your photographer ahead of time the type of shots that you would like. For example, I need three vertical pictures and one horizontal photo. That way you are certain your pictures will match the card you have selected. Otherwise, select the pictures you like and match them to a comparable graduation card. Minted has tons to choose from so I’m sure you will be able to find one in the format you are looking for.
If you are getting ready to do senior pictures, here are a couple tips:
- If someone is doing your makeup, have them do it near a natural light source if possible. You want to look like your everyday self. Your make up just needs to be a little darker to show up nicely in the photos.
- Keep your hair simple and timeless. You don’t want to pick something that is dated. Your pictures will be on your parent’s wall for years to come. If braids are in this year, I can guarantee they won’t be in style next year.
- Girls keep your nails short and clean. If you paint your nails, paint them a light color or a french manicure always looks lovely.
- Wear clothes that you and your photographer have agreed upon. Sometimes certain clothes go better in certain locations. Also stay away from clothes with lots of print or writing on them.
I hope you were able to find some helpful tips or products. Good luck in your next adventure. I’m sure you will do great things along the way.
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