Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Graduation Party Styling and DIY For Shutterfly

What do music themed cake pops with DIY washi taped covered sticks, DIY pennant cupcake toppers, DIY saxophone floral arrangements, Shutterfly graduation party announcements, thank you notes and “To Do” list party favors all have in common?  They’ve all come together today on the blog to throw one swell party and you’re invited!

Graduation Party-

Can you believe it’s time to start planning for graduation celebrations? Last week I was very busy baking, styling and photographing a project in collaboration with Shutterfly to mark these momentous occasions in our children’s lives.  It’s such an exciting time for everyone and the graduate should be made to feel special with plenty of pomp for all their accomplishments and commitments and for a job well done! 

When Shutterfly approached me to style a party to celebrate graduation I went directly to their graduation announcements page to gather my first piece of inspiration.  I quickly got into the school spirit upon seeing the Petite Lemon announcement card, Formal Band, with a pennant and banner in its design.  It spoke “marching band” to me and fit perfectly with my idea of honoring all those who participated in the marching band during their high school years.  I know first-hand how dedicated these musicians are to working as a team!

Graduation Announcement confetti-6200

It was really fun creating my own card.  I uploaded my own photo, (yes, that’s a pic of one of two drum majors in our family but the name has been slightly changed as requested by the model, as was the address :) Next, I chose the text – “Strike Up The Band” and all the pertinent party information that followed.  I also chose the font style and was able to try out different looks to preview.

I love the back of the card as much as the front.  I wrote “He did it!” and uploaded a more casual photo.  I could have chosen a patterned background on the card but a solid ground with those three simple words just seemed to suit my son perfectly.

Shutterfly Graduation Announcements
Shutterfly Facebook page

Thinking what the next step ahead will be for the graduate , I chose Special Tassel note cards with envelopes because of their classic and masculine feel in design, with the purpose of writing those thank you notes that graduates should do within the week of receiving a gift.  When that week is up I start giving those friendly motherly reminders, if needed.  Please tell me I’m not alone!  :)

Shutterfly Graduation Thank You Notes

And since fellow graduate friends always drop by for a party, why not give them a little party favor to help them organize and prepare their collegiate  “To Do’s” and “To Buy’s” specifically “For College”?  I chose Colorful List 5x7 Notepads. It was easy to add “For College” when choosing my text and font to the pads.  Maybe I should have had the pad read, “Plan ahead and shop early so you’re not running around at the last minute buying stuff for your dorm the night before you leave causing your mom to go a little nutso.” but I don’t think that would have fit but that’s what I was really thinking.  :)

Shutterfly Colorful List 5x7 Notepad

So, strike up the band! With the graduation announcements, thank you notes and thoughtful party favors all ordered it’s time for the party to begin!

Graduation Decorations Party Table final-

The marching band theme fit perfectly with a spirited old-school styling for the dessert table with the school’s colors of red and blue.

  • The Back Drop  - created out of twisted crepe paper
  • The Floral Centerpiece – my son’s alto sax served as the DIY floral center piece (I’ll show you how to put this together without damaging the instrument)
  • Cake Pops – placed on long DIY color-coordinated sticks to resemble mallets and decorated with treble clefs
  • High-top frosted cupcakes baked in paper cups with DIY pennant toppers
  • Striped paper cups in red and white surround the punch bowl (punch bowls are making a strong retro comeback lately)
  • Academic medals, scholarship tassels and the Drum Major’s whistle add to the table decorations
  • 1” round DIY confetti in red and blue
  • DIY Pennants to hang on the front of the table
  • White balloons
  • and room left open on the table to hold gifts that guests will bring

DIY Musical Instrument Floral Arrangement

DIY Musical Instrument Floral Arrangement Saxophone

Things You’ll Need -

  • Saxophone or belled instrument
  • Styrofoam cup
  • Floral foam
  • Scissors
  • Flowers
  • Ribbon (optional)

DIY Musical Instrument Floral Arrangement Saxophone

Take the styrofoam cup and cut it to fit in the bell of the instrument.
Cut floral foam to fit in the cup.  Soak the foam in water 5 minutes.  Add it to the cup and begin to add flowers.

DIY Musical Instrument Floral Arrangement Saxophone

Using hardier flowers such as carnations, the arrangement can be made a couple days ahead.  Take the cup out of the instrument and store it in the refrigerator to maintain freshness.

DIY Musical Instrument Floral Arrangement Saxophone

DIY Music Themed Treble Clef Decorated Cake Pops

Cake Pops are always fun to have at a party.  Placing them on long sticks makes for a more dramatic presentation and using washi tape adds to your decoration and it couldn’t be easier to do…

DIY Music Themed Treble Clef Decorated Cake Pops

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Music Cake Pops bite-1

DIY Music Themed Treble Clef Decorated Cake Pops

DIY Pennant Flag Cupcake Toppers

DIY Pennant Flag Cupcake Toppers

DIY Pennant Flag Cupcake Toppers

DIY Pennant Flag Cupcake Toppers

DIY Pennant Flag Cupcake Toppers

DIY Pennant Flag Cupcake Toppers

Shutterfly has great gifts for the graduate too – blankets, mugs, wall art, books, iPhone and iPad cases and all with your photos.  They give you the ideas to help you make a memorable gift.

Acknowledgments – Thank you to the Tesoro High School Music Boosters for the use of the Tesoro Entertainment Units shako and plume for the photos.  It brought back such great memories of my years serving in the ranks as a “plumer”.  My appreciation and thanks to Shelly Stephan for securing the contra-“band.” xoxo

7 comments:

Stitchfork said...

What a fun party! Colorful, whimsical, lots of useful goodies, and delicious eats! I'll take one of those "contra-band" cupcakes please...
xo

AdriBarr said...

What a gorgeous party! Any graduate would love it. Well done. And that quick coupler is a great gizmo.

Marilyn *Pink Martinis and Pearls* said...

Thank you, Cathy and Adri. :)

mizz said...

Your party decorating skillz NEVER cease to AMAZE me!!! Makes me wish I had a Sax to dress up and a reason to have streamer curtains and cake pops with disco dust!!! This would be amazing for a 4th of July party...I may just have to "strike up a reason to celebrate!"
(I hope this comment posts, as I have had a tough time!!)

Jen Somewhere said...

Awesome post! I LOVE the colors, and honestly, the festive decor makes me want to graduate all over again! Maybe I should enroll in a class or two--or even a whole program-- just to have an excuse to throw a party! I tried unsuccessfully to post this comment before! Let's hope it goes through this time!

Jen Somewhere said...

Awesome post! I LOVE the colors, and honestly, the festive decor makes me want to graduate all over again! Maybe I should enroll in a class or two--or even a whole program-- just to have an excuse to throw a party! I tried unsuccessfully to post this comment before! Let's hope it goes through this time!

Trevor Sis Boom said...

Wow! Its always so amazing to see how much inspiration for your art you can pull from a single card! Anyone with 1/10th as much would still have a rich Shutterfly experience. They are so lucky to have you.

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