5.15.2014

Mother's Day & College Graduation Party

Two of my first cousins graduated on May 10th this year. 
Courtney from Valdosta State (major in Speech Pathology) and Sarah from Georgia College and State University (major in Marketing).
Brandon also had 2 cousins graduating on the same day as well.
Jenna from University of North Georgia (major in Accounting) and Grant from Georgia Southern University (major in Sports Management).
Unfortunately, we were not able to attend any of the ceremonies as we couldn't be on 4 different places at once, nor were we able to attend Brandon's cousins' parties due to time conflicts.
Back in February when I realized Courtney and Sarah would be graduating on the same day in closer proximity to our home than the others, I immediately volunteered to host a joint graduation/Mother's Day celebration on Sunday at our home.
This allowed the parents of the graduates to be able to travel and not have to do any party planning or preparing. 

Brandon and I put it in high gear to get ready for this party- pressure washing, landscaping, painting the front door, cleaning, etc.
I had a very clear image of how I wanted the party decor to look.
I didn't want it to look like a baby shower or a wedding shower or a sweet sixteen...I wanted it to look feminine and fun, with some sophistication.
This photo was my inspiration from Pinterest: 

I already had gold chargers, gold flatware and white tablecloths.
All I really needed was to find a similar fabric and get the flowers for the arrangements.
My mama was a dear and arranged all of the floral arrangements in the julep cups and the centerpieces.
They were so beautiful! 
Because it was a joint party, I still wanted to make it feel personal, and what better way to do that than with a monogram?! 
So, I found each of the graduates a monogram with their first initial and spray painted the letters gold and added pink ribbon to hang them from our foyer mirror.
The pink garland was from Hobby Lobby.
The bags and wine glasses are Lilly Pulitzer.
I love this Lilly print and was delighted to find just the thing to match the rest of the decor perfectly to tie it all together.
I found the perfect fabric at Jo Ann's and it happened to be 50% off (it's in the outdoor fabric section). 
I am hoping to make a few pillowcases with some of the leftover fabric.
 
In my breakfast room we used a gold sequin fabric that I already had as the table runner.
Mama went out and clipped some fresh magnolia branches for the center pieces.
I just realized that I didn't get any pictures with the table fully set, unfortunately.
Courtney and Sarah
There are several wonderful bakeries in Macon, and one of them is called Caroletta's Cakes.
I ordered vanilla cupcakes with fresh strawberry buttercream icing and key lime cupcakes with cream cheese icing as well as 2 dozen monogrammed sugar cookies that were out of this world!
What I loved about the cupcakes is that it was obvious they were homemade and the icing wasn't piled 3 inches high (wich is really pretty, of course, but almost gross to eat it all).
It was just the right amount!
I also picked up 2 dozen homemade lemon bars from the Casserole Shop in Macon, which is conveniently located beside Caroletta's Cakes
Everyone loved the desserts-SO good!
I do love a great dessert table!
 We had a spinach and artichoke dip in a bread bowl for an appetizer.
For the main course we had:
-Fried Chicken (Publix-so good!)
-Homemade chicken salad (made by Brandon) and pimiento cheese (made by me) tea sandwiches on various breads.
-spinach salad with a warm tomato bacon dressing
-Georgia shrimp and grits cups
-haricots verts
-fresh fruit kabobs
Tiffany and me with our mama.
...and her two sons
Anna, her fiance Zack, Greg, Logan, Sharon and Sarah
Margie, Courtney and David.
Courtney's brother Josh was also at the party, but left right after lunch so he isn't in the pictures.
Girl cousins! Me, Anna, Courtney, Sarah and Tiffany
Mama, Margie, Nana and Sharon
(Nana with her daughters)
Nana and her husband with their Pug, Daisy.
The whole family minus Josh.
My sweet boys!
Brandon was feeding Molly (my sister's Pug) and Sanford deer jerky and it looked like the little pair was at the alter tying the knot!
I hope each of you had a wonderful Mother's Day and I wish all the best to everyone graduating this year! xoxo

6 comments:

  1. What beautiful, well prepared, pinterest perfect party! I love your style and enjoy your posts.

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  2. I just love the way you decorate for special occasions, it's so fun to see these posts. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. I've been following your blog for a while but have yet to comment. I love your decor, but the menu is wonderful! I would have never thought to pick up fried chicken from Publix and then build the menu around that to make things easier! You always provide great inspiration! :)

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  4. So sweet! I wish I had a tiny percentage of your decorating and hostessing skills. Lucky girls to be surrounded by such wonderful family. The pups are adorable as always.

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  5. Hello hostess! This is gorg! Well done you!

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  6. I like your inspiration pic, but I LOVE how you interpreted it -- really much better idea. I also like the way you worked in the "Lilly" without being overbearing. Nothing worse than too much Lilly. (Gasp, can you have too much Lilly? Uhmm, yes.) Dessert table is perfect. Well done, Cherish.

    Thank you for sharing, as always I love your posts and I am always glad to see when you have posted one.

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