Both of my sons are graduated this year - one from high school, one from college. Lots of ideas here so be sure and check out all of the great grad ideas, there are THREE parties in all with lots of fun and easy ideas that are easy on the budget too!

College Graduation - my oldest son graduated from my alma mater, the University of Washington! So proud of him and since he had a big grad party when he graduated from high school, (see the "Picture your Future" party below), for his college party he just wanted a simple BBQ with his closest friends. But I still had to make up a dessert table! I included purple and gold candy, cupcakes and mini black takeout containers that I decorated with UW stickers and black cardstock to make a cute little mortar board. Topped it off with a tassel keychain from Oriental Trading and filled them with fortune cookies!

So beyond proud of you Austin, I love you and can't wait until the world sees what wonderful things you can do! 

High School Graudation Open House

THE WORLD IS YOUR CANVAS -My youngest, my BABY graduated from high school this year. He is wildly artistic, having multiple Art Universities offer him amazing scholarships. I am one proud mama and thought an art graduation party would be perfect!

Piggy Bank Parties designed a banner and printables for the party! Check out their Etsy shop, they are amazing!

These paintbrush truffles were so fun! I just dipped paintbrush handles into melted chocolate and pushed them into Ferrero Rocher truffles!

Super cute cupcake picks from Oriental Trading.

I purchased mini paint can favors and decorated themwith graduation caps! Click here for my step by step instructions how to make these!

Diploma cookies - ribbon tied around Pepperidge Farm Pirouette Cookies

My son's favorite foods - I put chips into clear paint cans (bought from Michael's crafts) and put number stickers on them. I labeled them "Paint Chips"

Plastic silverware rolled in napkins and tied with a black ribbon to look like diplomas

Don't tell people your dreams - show them.

This amazing paint tube made by Mommy Mogul

Click here for instructions on how to make my Graduation Collage Centerpiece 

I cut out the banner from Piggy Bank Parties and attached it to foam for dimension. Then I attached it to canvases with black mats.

I am so proud of my incredibly artistic son and the World is his canvas! Carson, I am in awe of your talent and cannot wait until the world sees your amazing gifts! Congratulations, I love you more than words can say!

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. 

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.