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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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Valentines day is a day for giving gifts from the heart. In my family, the presents we give are usually very small but heartfelt. Since I have always been a firm believer that the way the gift looks when given is a very important part of the gift itself. Everyone loves a beautifully or thoughtfully wrapped gift, even kids! To go along with our puppy love theme, I created these free printable { 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! }

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The twilight inspired party had some help from some great printables in creating a bit of ambiance. And I'm happy to say I'm going to offer up all these printables - as is - for free so you can throw your own vampire vs. werewolf bash. You can find the links at the bottom of this post. Soda bottle wrappers around cherry sodas look slightly creepy with labels like "Type O" and "Type A" along { 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! }

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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! }

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The beach is my favorite place in the world. So much so, we've made it a point to always live nearby the ocean. And when that wasn't possible, we always felt a bit landlocked and unsettled...until we were back living on the beach again. We know we aren't the only ones and the beach's magic inspires more than just a way of life, it is way popular with people throwing parties regardless of their { Read More! }