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Vintage Smarty Party

Today I am sharing a few ideas from my daughter’s graduation party. I don’t have too many pictures as I just plain forgot as I was getting ready. I truly had no time to stop and think it through! I really enjoyed planning for this theme! My daughter collects vintage cameras and likes some vintage things. I combined that with a smart, studious theme with small touches.
Pictures, I love seeing old pictures of the graduate at a party. I wanted to display them in a different way so I set out looking for an old shutter. I found a really nice one. I had been looking through old pictures several different times to come up with just the right assortment. I also made sure I had a lot of pictures of when she was small with people who would be attending the party. I attached the pictures with mini clothespins, this did not work as well as I would have liked! I also used painters tape and finally scotch tape. I was very happy with the results! My daughter really enjoyed it and that was most important!
My daughter has had her eye out for quite a while for a vintage typewriter but they are always pretty high in price. Months ago I discovered one for a great price! I put it away so I could give it to her for graduation but it was too perfect for my theme so I used it as part of the centerpiece, it worked great! I wanted a “note of congrats” coming out of the typewriter but of course it had to look like a typewriter font and be big enough to be seen. I went online and found a free font to download.
My daughter is an avid reader. I asked for a few of her favorite books and her favorite children’s book. This went beside the typewriter for the centerpiece on the dessert table.
The desserts were a “Smart Cookie” theme with cupcakes and strawberry shortcake added. I also had Smarties candies out and I made grad caps with Reese cups and a chocolate mortar board. FUN!
I brought the vintage theme in with mason jars with electric lights in them that look like votives and I used one or two mason jars with the food.
I had set up a photo booth with a back drop from the party store. Just a plastic hanging that said Congrats Grad. I had a few props purchased through Etsy, a few tiaras, big glasses and grad glasses. The kids had fun with it!
I had her high school album out for people to sign and a table for people to write her notes that I can send to her when she is away at college.
Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and it was a great weather day too!
Debbi K.



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