Sunday, June 19, 2011

Broadway Glam Graduation Party

I love it when parties think beyond traditional themes, and this party was a wonderful example of choosing a theme to fit the guest of honor. I was asked to help out with a college graduation party this past weekend and I love that we did not use a single cap and gown or diploma image in the decor.

Family members decided to throw a surprise graduation party for a wonderful young woman, Anne Marie who received her degree in Film and Theater Studies. Her family approached me with the idea of using a Hollywood and Broadway theme for the party since Anne Marie wants to work in the entertainment industry. She also loves Broadway productions and has been part of several school plays. In addition, she is also an avid Harry Potter and Disney fan, specifically Snow White.

The centerpieces were inspired by centerpieces made by Hostess With the Mostess. The feathers in the Eiffel Tower vase totally reminds me of Hollywood glam and stage costumes and I knew it would be a good match for this party.

The favors were mini clapboard place card / photo holders. Anne Marie's aunt printed mini playbills and movie posters from Ann Marie's favorite plays and movies which we attached to the holders.

The sweets table included cupcakes, dipped giant marshmallows and jars of movie theater candy favorites like popcorn, licorice, Whoppers and chocolate covered raisins.

Anne Marie's family said they really wanted a Snow White incorporated into the table since she loves Snow White. I was worried that using a Snow White doll or figurine would look childish but I found this beautiful porcelain figurine that worked wonderfully. At the end of the party, Anne Marie took the figurine home as a remembrance of her graduation party.

Congratulations & best wishes as you start your career Anne Marie!

More pictures from the party can be viewed on the Facebook page

Tip Junkie handmade projects

Monday, June 6, 2011

End of the year class gift- S'mores Kit + FREE PRINTABLE

I can't believe how fast the year has gone and my baby's year in kindergarten is coming to an end. The class is having a party to close the year and I wanted my daughter to give each classmate a parting gift.

The idea for a s'mores kit came to me last week when, during a writing assignment about her summer vacation plans, my daughter said she wanted to eat s'mores during summer break.

I figured this would be an easy and affordable gift to give each child. I designed the labels which I printed on sticker paper and stuck to small plastic bags. I also printed directions (as if anyone needs instructions for making s'mores!) on sticker paper which I then used to seal the top of the bag to the back side of the package.

I've modified the labels I made for my daughter which you can download for free here. There's a spot where your child can sign his/her name. If you are using these, I'd love to see pictures. Please don't forget to give Lollipops & Paper credit for the labels.

I made 24 kits using 4x6 bags, 1 family size package (28.8 oz) of graham crackers, 24 fun size Hershey bars and 2 1/2 packages of stacker marshmallows.

Have a fun & safe summer!