Graduation is here. All I can think of is where have the past 18 years gone? ‘Tis a marvelous and a splendid thing to watch your child grow into an amazing individual. Seriously though, do they really have to run off to college so quickly? Argh, I sound like yet another mother who can’t let go. Ok, moving on. So let’s begin and focus on the party!
I wanted to display pictures of Rachel’s life, but I didn’t want to do a poster or a scrapbook. So sometime between 3 am and 6 am (my most creative thinking time) I thought of the perfect back drop, the stairs. Clean, uncluttered, with no competing decorations. The ribbon was just tied on to the baluster: leaving one long tail, and one short. I then wrapped the short ribbon around it and hot glued it to the ribbon in the back. So… how to adhere the photos to the railing? Ribbon, of course. My first brilliant idea was to hot glue a magnet to the back of the photo and then place another magnet of the other side of the ribbon. Time, however, got away from me and, literally at midnight before the party, I was hot-gluing the cardstock holding the photos to the ribbon. I used UHU tac on the back of some of the cardstock (front of stair railing) to keep the ribbon and pictures from moving. Voila, done!!!! Well, thanks in large part to my helpful husband and son, David and Kasey.
I loved this iron crown. When I bought it at a boutique in Arizona I wasn’t sure what I would use it for, but it was perfect to use for a card holder for any cards received at the party.
Rachel herself had the clever idea of putting out blank cards for people to write memories or thoughts down. We came up with this display and it was a big hit. Rachel received a lot of great advice and comments. One card that really stood out was from our friend, Diane. I had to share her advice here for you all as it is simply priceless.
“Rachel, When I was about to go to Ricks College someone told me to wear a red dress to the get-acquainted dance there so I would be noticed. I doubt you will need to do that because you will be noticed for your beauty! Have a wonderful time there but remember to be smart and use wisdom in all your choices. Love, Diane
Is that not the dearest, cleverest note ever??? LOVE IT!
Look at this clever graduation gift idea from another Rachel, Autumn, Chloe, Hannah, Elise, and Lilly. Candy Cupcake wrapping flowers and money flowers. Brilliant!
The day before the party Rachel, Maddy (the sweetest gal you’ll ever meet), and I painted these wooden frames which I had purchased from Michaels. I thought these would be an easy inexpensive frame that that could be used to be painted to match any color scheme or party idea.
Me and my girl! What a grand 18 years we have had. So excited for Rachel and all the adventures that await her at college!