I threw my sister a pretty amazing graduation party this past Saturday. Everything came off a complete hit and I’m pretty sure it made her year (well maybe not a whole year, but it was awesome). You see, last year she threw my husband and I our engagement party and I was so impressed and blown away by what she did for us, I really wanted to do something amazing for her.
It was decided a few months back that we would be throwing her this party come November at our parents house and right away I started planning. She and her boyfriend, Jose planned trip out to California scheduled just two days after the party so I decided to go with a ‘travel’ theme. God bless Etsy and Pinterest! I really don’t know how people got by without them.
Knowing my sister, I wanted gold everything and everywhere! The sparklier, the better! They planned on visiting Napa Valley while they were out in California so I knew I wanted to do something wine related. I ended up removing the labels off old bottles, sprayed them in gold and glitter and placed them throughout the house.
She already picked out and ordered her invitations with a picture of three hot air balloons; one gold, one red, and the other green. Somehow I wanted to incorporate the hot air balloons but not go overboard with them (didn’t want it looking like a kids party now). I ended up ordering twenty-four helium balloons; twelve gold, six red, and six green. I cut the strings short and just kind of let them float around the house doing their own thing. With the ‘travel theme’ of the party, my Mom bought her the book by Dr. Seuss, Oh The Places You’ll Go, to give her along with her gift. I found an awesome listing on Etsy for a banner with the same saying which probably ended up being my favorite decoration from the party.
Now the Food! I think we went completely overboard on this department but isn’t that what you are supposed to do? I didn’t really get any pictures of the food but man, it was good! I made a greek style Easy Feta Dip and slow cooker crack chicken sliders which I will definitely have to make at home again sometime. When it came to the dessert I wanted to do cupcakes and with the advice from Jose, went with red velvet. I picked out and ordered a cupcake stand that I spray painted in gold glitter and topped the cupcakes with clouds. I bought one of those large, fancy red velvet cupcakes from Publix which I placed at the top, topped with a gold sparkly hot air balloon.
A crowd favorite of the night would be the sangria I made. For our holiday dinners, we usually have white or red wine-based sangria so I wanted to try something different and went with a champagne sangria/punch. It came out amazing! I can easily say it was the highlight of the party! You can find the recipe for it here.
I am so proud of Kelci and all she has accomplished, I had really just wanted to make this night special and memorable. I think we accomplished both!