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Parties always start with a little bit of inspiration from somewhere, whether it’s a theme, a favorite shirt, or in this case, a celebratory graduation stationery piece from Shutterfly. I just loved the glitter and bold colors in the invite; it just screamed party!  I took the colors of the invitation, red, gold, light blue, silver and black, and spread them through the graduation  printable patterns. The idea of the banner on the invitation is repeated throughout the details of the party. Our lucky grad, Ally, thought her party was pretty cool, too, with all the personal picture touches! And because we love celebrating big accomplishments, I’m going to be offering all the printables in this inspirational shoot to you for free over the course of the week. The centerpiece banner is free is in this post, scroll down for the link!

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Using this sparkly graduation invitation as a jumping off point, I designed bunches of coordinating graphics that you can find here and here, as well as below.

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Confetti poppers (tutorial soon!) made using push-up pops were tagged with a pretty sticker that says “Congratulations, Ally!” on the front from Shutterfly.

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I think my favorite piece from Shutterfly I used in this party were the wall mount art. Photographs from a beach session with Ally mad for a perfect party backdrop, and she gets to hang them up at home after the party is over! Can’t wait to get some of these made for a few of my favorite family photos. I used a 16×20 and 12×12 boards to make the backdrop, then framed it with a tissue tassel garland. You can download the “Celebrate Class of 2014″ 16×20 poster here, and upload it to Shutterfly to print, or take it to somewhere that does wide-format printing.

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There were a few extra invitations, so I used them to make signs for the table centerpieces. See the tutorial on how to make these graduation centerpieces here. 

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Through Shutterfly, I also was able to create some glitter-themed address labels. Instead of personalizing the labels with an address, I customized them with a congratulatory message for Ally, and then used them to top off little favor bags for our guests. They’re easy to make, and I give a quick how-to and free printables for the hershey kiss stickers here.

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The cake top glitters with this “2014″ – see how it’s made here!

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On our dessert buffet, we served up some silver sprinkled donuts and a chocolate sprinkle cake. Donut holes with a unique presentation are irresistible, and mini-meringues fill martini glasses on the side.

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Tiny circles do double duty as hershey kiss stickers and as fun confetti for our party tables. Most graduation parties tend to be casual affairs without full-fledged place settings, so we just made up more fun centerpieces to spruce them up and let people sit where they may.

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Congrats to Ally on her graduation and thank you to Shutterfly for the amazing inspiration!

farm animal party

    Natalie at Southern Belle's Charm is always brining me fantastic party themes to design for clients that always seem to take their birthday parties to a new, and outstanding, level. I really loved how this Farm Animal and Tractor themed birthday party came out in the designs, but seeing them used in real life really makes me smile! Here are a few photos, but you can see many { Read More! }

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Valentines Day doesn't have to be about romantic love--it is a day to celebrate your love for your friends, your family or just about anyone you care about. Gather up a few girlfriends and have a party of your own with these ideas for inspiration. Start off your night with the girls with a "True Love" Valentine's Day martini... Make a few decorations that subtly get across the { Read More! }

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New Year's Eve 2013 is approaching quite quickly! Whether you're throwing a huge bash, or a small get together, you can celebrate in style with a few simple DIY decorating ideas. I developed this sophisticated and glittery New Year's Eve party idea shoot in gold, silver and black for Celebrations.com, where you'll be able to see: Tissue Paper Fringed Garland Decoration tutorial Glittered { Read More! }

A Grinchmas Party

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  All the Whos down in Whoville would heartily approve of this Grinch party to celebrate the 25 days of Grinchmas! We put this together for Random House and the winter issue of Yum! Food and Fun for Kids. There was roast beast, Who pudding and Cindy Lou Who wreaths (recipes available in the magazine).         After dessert, the kids made paper { Read More! }

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Operation Shower is an organization whose work is near and dear to my heart. Growing up a military kid myself, I've seen what sacrifices military wives along with the rest of their family units must make while their soldiers are away. It's nice the there are groups out there like Operation Shower that can bring a little love and caring and appreciation to military moms-to-be while spouses are out { Read More! }

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Hallloween parties and specifically, Halloween party foods are so much fun because they tend to bring out our creative if note devious sides. From eyeballs floating in the punch bowl to brain or spider shaped cakes, Halloween treats are my favorite to make all year! Of course, if the idea of fake severed fingers in the dip aren't your style, take a classy clue from our Twilight inspired { Read More! }

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Are you a fan of sparkly vampires, or do you run with the werewolves? Hanging out with either is sure to be a frightfully good time!! In this teen-oriented Halloween party originally published in Yum! Food and Fun for Kids Magazine, we took a few clues from the so-en-vougue vampire book series, Twilight.  Highlights of our vampire vs. werewolf party: Sparkly brownie pops Forks fried mushroom { Read More! }

puppy party

Every dog has it's day--and every kid should have the chance to celebrate man's best friend! For the summer 2013 issue of the print magazine Yum! Food and Fun for Kids, I put together this fun puppy party for youngsters that can all be done quickly and on a budget from puppy food to doggie activities to fido themed favors. It's all about getting a little more creative when there's less time and { Read More! }