June already? How is that possible? My sweet baby girl is graduating from preschool in just two short weeks and preparations for the cutest preschool graduation party are well underway. When her teacher asked for volunteers to organize, I was like this...Ooh! Ooh! Pick me! Pick me! (Big surprise, right?) So, I joined my first school "committee" with two other moms and we had a good time picking a venue (the community center) and planning a theme.
After tossing a few ideas around, we chose a theme based on Dr. Seuss' book, "Oh, The Places You'll Go". I love this theme and can't think of anything more perfect for a preschool graduation. It's whimsical, timeless, inspiring and the colors are wonderful. Game on!
The first thing I did was geek out on Pinterest for a few nights collecting ideas and inspiration. In my fantasy party world, this is what I'd want the party to look like. (I'll share what we actually put together in another post.)
Picking up the palette of the book's cover...shades of pink, tangerine, yellow, sage, aqua and lavender
Balloon inspired...loving the idea of having a real balloon attached.
Picking up the tones and images from the book...balloons being a big focus. The streamers, tissue poms and colorful tableware are perfectly whimsical and child-like.
Colorful, kid-friendly food with a sophisticated twist for the parents...thinking upscale veggie bar, rainbow pasta salad, sweet potato chips, flavored popcorn and of course, plenty of Seuss-like sweets including lots of swirls, sprinkles and maybe some cotton candy.
For a large party, a help-yourself drink bar seems like the way to go. Mason jar glasses with striped paper straws (my fav!) and drink flags to pick up the flag images in the book. If I could find enough tiny elephants, they would totally be holding flags to identify things on the food tables!
There are so many cute DIY projects out there that I'd love to try. Here are a few that would enhance the overall look and feel of this party...custom cake plates, painted table cloths and fancy toothpicks and card holders.
So, that's my plan and I'm sticking to it. You can find all of the sources for these photos and more on my "Oh, The Places You'll Go" Pinterest board. I'll be posting an invitation tutorial and some other behind the scenes party scoop next week, so be sure to check back.
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