ith the graduation party this past weekend, I couldn’t help but get excited to participate with Lana
and all of the creative bloggers linking up in the
Want to see what our project was? Read on.
First, a few grad party sneak peeks:
(nephew and daughter)
We had yummy picnic dishes – hot & cold (including Mr. DIY’s brisket and ribs) and lots of guest-shared side dishes, ice cold drinks chilling in a baby pool. The guest list was rather large with two guests of honor so a little help with affordable picnic-style food (chicken from Walmart) was necessary.
e used recycled tissue paper poofs from the baby shower:
And made some pretty scrapbook paper banners:
I forgot to snap a picture, but using mini-clothes pins, we hung pictures of the grads throughout their 18-yrs of life on a string of twine hung banner style. Setting up = forgetfulness in the taking pictures for sharing with blog friends. It was super cute!
Activities included volley ball, badminton, bean bag toss, a bon fire at dusk and a photo backdrop area with fun photo props (mustaches and silly glasses were a huge hit!).
(string up a clothes line between two trees, backdrop is a table cloth)
We did use disposable cameras in this area (terrible pictures/expensive) so if you have the time or can assign a person to sit with your decent camera, it’d be more affordable with better pictures as a result.
As for our Pinterest inspiration for summer outdoor fun:
(the original link appears to be broken/has disappeared, but we did up our own tutorial
Our take on lawn Twister:
(Notice our color pattern/design is a little different than the Pinterest inspiration but it worked out perfectly!)
pray painting the grass (it grows out) using a cardboard circle stencil (the center circle cutout was used for the spinner). We used Krylon
in red, yellow, blue and green.
e made the spinner from things we had on hand: card board, an upholstery tack and a little Gorilla Tape
on the back (to prevent pinprick). Recycling cardboard and using markers gave it a fun vintage toy vibe.
The party was a success! Guests had a blast! Each graduate even gave a small speech thanking guests for coming (all 110!!!), introduced themselves and described their future plans. Applause! So proud!
and link up your DIY to the Monthly DIY Project Contest for a chance to win some pretty cool prizes!
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