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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!

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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! }

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My favorite part of the Grinchmas Party I held for Random House and Yum! Food and Fun for Kids magazine were the giant paper Christmas trees I created. They're fun, they're huge and surprisingly, don't take much to make other than time. I don't mind sitting on the couch on occasion mindlessly doing a crafty project while I soak up a movie. These trees were really the perfect excuse, as they're { Read More! }

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I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a sponsored for Collective Bias and its client for easy holiday appetizer ideas with Rich's SeaPak Shrimp Spring Rolls. I have a present for you this Christmas. It's a tip and a bit of advice. You don't have to kill yourself making everything from scratch for your holiday (or any) { Read More! }

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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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Choosing of the perfect gift for someone is part of the joy of giving the gift.  I enjoy thinking of what the person would like and selecting that special "something" to wrap up.  For the person in your life that loves to plan parties, entertain, bake sweet treats or just enjoys a good party, one of these books is sure to delight!  Make it to the top of everyones' Nice List and order one of these { 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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Today on the Handmade Holiday Party Hop, we've got some super cute DIY Party Decorations! Make pretty DIY Ornament Party Favors with Lindi at Love the Day. She has a tutorial complete with free downloadable tag. How cute is this DIY Christmas Light Garland?? My kids would love this. Hop over to Paging Supermom for the Tutorial. She's even come up with some coordinating printable { Read More! }

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The Party Hop, led by Sara at Confetti Sunshine, has created another fabulous party hop full of inspiration--this time for the holidays! Over the next few days, we'll be linking up to lots of fun Christmas time goodies and DIY tutorials for wrapping and tagging gifts, making ornaments and decorations and we even have a few ideas for giving gifts to your neighbors. Today's post is all about DIY { Read More! }