Friday, July 20, 2012

Preschool Graduation Garden Party

This post has sat in my drafts all summer. I figured if I didn't get it posted tonight before we throw Elsa a party tomorrow this one might never see the light of day.
Julia finished up her second year of preschool on May 21st with a sweet graduation ceremony and then we went home to enjoy the beautiful day outside with family and friends. Julia loved preschool and is really going to miss seeing her teachers. She loved learning, singing, playing, and making whatever project they had planned for the day. I am so proud of her and the young lady she's growing up to be. She has a heart for others and is SO generous with her time and talents. In one of the photos below she's cutting flowers to give away. It's what she does and I love that about her.

The weather could not have been more perfect. We have lived here for four years but it wasn't until I was scouting out where to put the tables that I realized that the pine trees made the perfect alcove for the kids' table. Julie was the inspiration behind the garlands that I made using 25 cent vintage bed sheets. She was also the one who recommended getting a rotary cutter. My crafting life will never be the same.

The punch was the easiest and tastiest I've ever made:

6 ozs orange juice (frozen)
6 ozs lemonade (frozen)
6 ozs limeade
2 liters ginger ale
4 cups cold water

Tea sets from estate sales, Target dollar aisle votive holders and paper lanterns, fresh cut flowers from our flower beds, & a simple buffet of Maple sausage balls, quiche, fruit, lemon bites, & mini cinnamon rolls set the scene for a special brunch for my special graduate.  I'll be the first to admit it was over the top fancy for a preschool graduation but those garage sale finds really make it cheap. I paid less than $30 for all the decorations and dishes. It really helped that we had so many flowers blooming in our yard at the time.
Congrats Julia! We are so proud of you!!!


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