Graduation Open House 2016

Both of my sons are graduating this year - one from high school, one from college. I will be posting more grad party ideas soon! Here is what I'm working on now. I'm making a gazillion of them and they're pretty easy. Click here for my tutorial. 

Graduation Open House 2012

I cannot believe how time flies!  My son Austin is a high school graduate! Wasn't he a toddler just yesterday?

The theme for my son's party was "Picture your Future"  I am an avid scrapbooker and wanted to showcase my son growing up through the years - so when I saw the printables from Piggy Bank Parties, I was so excited and inspired! 

I found these 8" paper mache numbers at Hobby Lobby, painted them purple and decoupaged a collage of pictures of my son on them.  It made great budget friendly centerpieces. FOR ALL THE DETAILS AND STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS click here.

Personalized lollipops in school colors from Oriental Trading

Personalized fortune cookies filled the boxes with tassels - all  from Oriental Trading.  The "Class of 2012" tag is from Piggy Bank Parties!

Homemade Snickerdoodles - my son's favorite!

I made a variety of cupcake toppers - Nicole thanks for making 80 cupcakes. You're a rockstar!

LOVE LOVE LOVE Piggy Bank Parties for this banner - all printables from the tags, banners, menus, signs, food cards to the yearbook favor boxes were all by Piggy Bank Parties!

Here's Austin helping me hang his "Congrats Kamiak 2012 Grads" banner!

Ready for words of encouragment!

Adorable yearbook boxes filled with mints!

Senior pictures and scrapbook made by mom :)

Banners of my son's school pictures and baby pictures

Utensils rolled in napkins and tied with ribbon to look like diplomas.

Austin's favorite food - Dick's Drive-In cheeseburgers and orange chicken from Panda Express

Seattle weather = tent. 

Ice cold buckets full of water, pop and lemonade!

I cannot tell you how proud I am of my son, and how blessed I feel to have the privilege of being his mom.    I can "Picture his Future" and know this next chapter in his life will be filled with happiness, love and success.


Love you Austin. You are now officially a Husky. Go Dawgs - Woof!

Graduation 2011 Party Ideas

Easy Graduation dessert table - diploma cupcakes, diploma swiss roll & graduation cap peanut butter cups & chocolate bars.

Diploma & Star fondant cupcakes!

Diploma Cupcakes

Star cupcakes

A dish full of Smarties candies with a label I created saying “Congratulations!” These made a cute candy favor for the guests. 

Diploma & Star cupcakes - Smarties Candy diplomas

For the centerpiece I used a grouping of six bud vases from Dollar Tree and placed a gerber daisy in school colors in each one.  I also used game spirit pom poms, the school megaphone, a chalkboard and easel and the mortarboard for additional decorations. If you don’t already have these items you can use yearbooks, or textbooks stacked and tied with ribbon in coordinating school colors.   Party City also sells school spirit pom poms and megaphones in various colors.

Inexpensive small black frames from Dollar Tree were perfect for school pictures for grades K-12.

The black square plastic plates were from Party City and were perfect since they looked like mortarboards.  Rolling the white napkins and tying them with a red ribbon made them resemble a diploma.  Small chalkboards (found at Joann’s Fabric and Crafts) were used for place cards at each table setting.