Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Vintage Garden Graduation Party

   Well, the time finally arrived for a party that I had been anticipating for months.  It was a graduation party for my seven Girl Scouts who are graduating from high school next week.  Since most girls leave the Scout program before graduation, I wanted to host a special party to mark their accomplishment.  Family and friends came to share the evening with the girls.

The party was in a Sunday School classroom at our church and I chose a vintage garden for the theme.  I guess about two months ago, I compiled a list of items that I had on hand that I thought I might use for the decorations.

Here are the results.  It was a busy day, and believe it or not, I set the tables up and once the tablecloths were on, I placed the items/decorations on the table.  There was no moving things around or stepping back with a questioning eye.  I placed them and was satisfied with the way the table looked (which was a blessing since I was super busy). 
What do you think?


 I made a banner that read, "THE WORLD IS YOURS"  and  pinned it to the table.  The letters were die cut from scrapbook paper.  The flag part was a pre-made cardboard shape with the pre-punched holes.  It was already covered with a canvas fabric.  I got the shapes in the dollar bins at Michael's (they were actually 2.00 a package).

I made the number tags with numerals I also got at Michael's.  I mounted them on card stock and hung them on a piece of twine and tied it to my vintage olive bucket.

I like the texture of this wooden finial with the
 burlap table runner and the moss rock.

I used some vintage suitcases that belonged
to my aunt and then added the star made
 from a wooden folding carpenter ruler.

I added my subway art sign.  Great advice
for young graduates entering the world.

I added mason jars with candles (clear and the new blue ones), plants from my porch and my vintage globe. 

My little chippy bird had a note for the girls --FLY.

I took my grape vine wreath and added the burlap
ribbon and the wings.  I told my girls that it
was time for them to leave the nest.

I used a vintage wash stand and enamel pans for the drinks.

Once the food was on the table, I was able
to take just a couple of quick pictures.

I love to use the two cream-colored planters
 for crackers when I entertain.

Menu:  chicken salad sandwiches, ham biscuits, nuts, brownies, pecan cheese spread with strawberry jam and crackers, pecan sandies and mini cheese cakes with  whipped cream along with blueberries and raspberries.  All the food was homemade using some of my favorite recipes.

My gift to each girl was a personalized scrapbook that I made using pictures that I had taken over the years at Scout meetings, camping and our year-end trips (Disney, Discovery Cove, Sea World, white water rafting, and The Grand Hotel).

I would love to have you join me for my link party, Share Your Cup!


Art and Sand said...

What a fun table theme. I am doing the decorations for my retirement party ( in 23 days) and I might just copy some of your ideas.

I have the carpenter's ruler, but didn't know I could make a star - after school today I am trying it out.

Thanks for the inspiration.

Revi said...

Wow - every detail is perfect, EVERY ONE! Your messages to the girls, and the vintage garden accessories, and boy, do I ever wish I was a girl scout with you! The menu sounds SO good! I know those scrap books took hours and hours - a labor of love.
Thanks for sharing the photos,
and making us drool for a variety of reasons!

Tea in the Library said...

Wow. Talk about the care and attention to detail. Thank you for sharing at SYC - glad I got to see this!

Cindy said...

That table look beautiful! What a lot of work, but a nice tribute to the girls. I love your messages to them as well. Cindy @ sunsetcoasting.blogspot.com

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Marsha, you did an amazing job! Those girls were so lucky to have you as a leader. It's easy to tell with every detail that you truly love and care for each one of them. Loved the vintage touches and the words fly! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Hi Marsha, just hopping by to let you know that I will be featuring you at SYC today.

Stan and Jody Gabara said...

Love the theme! Would love for you to share at Simple & Sweet Fridays. New Follower!


Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Congrats on the graduation and you have created so many wonderful items for the party...the table is beautiful...love the garden touches!!!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

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You are the second one I have had to pick since I had on contact info for the first winner. Please contact me by Friday July 5th. thanks

Kelly said...

I love your graduation party decorations! You were very creative to use those items. They all the fit the theme perfectly. I'm sure you all had a great time.

Brandi said...

Marsha, you did a beautiful job. The party decorations are all so very nice. I bet the girls were so appreciative.