The time has finally come for the big reveal...I am excited to share some pics from the Oh, The Places You'll Go preschool graduation party that I've been talking about over my past several posts. Sadly, my phone did not take the best photos, but I think you'll get a sense of the space and how cute the event was.
We started with a very cool space at our local community center. The room we wanted was booked for our date and time, so we asked about using the downstairs lobby...an industrial chic, open-air space with huge windows, exposed brick and a balcony over-looking the whole room. It was available (and cheaper) than the room we originally wanted, plus it had it access to the outdoors...score!
Here's the back of my car loaded and ready to head over for set-up...
And hubby holding the balloons...
Here are some of the great details...lots of gorgeous art made by the students...including the streamer wall! At school, each child made their own section of streamers by taping them to a piece of black paper. At the party, all we had to do was hang them up side-by-side for a seamless look. The handprint rainbow had been an ongoing project in the classroom all year, so it was brought to the party and hung behind a food table. In keeping with the theme, the children also made hot air balloon decorations that featured quotes about their favorite preschool memories.
For the food, we ordered pizzas for the kids and had a potluck for the adults. The tables weren't much to look at in the end, but it's worth noting the sustainability of the whole thing. I sourced a huge pile of colorful fabric yardage for tablecloths. Each piece was a thrift store find and is totally reuseable. Even if I simply donated all the fabric back to the Goodwill after the party, it was still cheaper than buying disposable tablecloths and far better for the environment. All of the plates, napkins and even utensils were compostable and we used mason jars for glasses.
In an effort to minimize waste, the drink table was set up with three huge drink dispensers full of TJ's organic lemonade, iced tea and tap water. Turned out everyone who brought a drink dispenser had the same one, so it looked very put together. I believe they are from Costco. (Excuse the spill in the photo below...one of the drink dispensers was wide open when we started adding water, so it spilled everywhere. Won't make that mistake again!) We also had a few bottles of sparkling water and some apple juice.
The striped paper straws were a splurge from HeyYoYo. The mason jars are mine. I keep some for when I have parties at my house, some are for my canning projects and whatever I can't use will find good homes with other friends who will happily take a spare box of jars. NO waste. :)
We set up a long table for the graduates to eat their dinner...everyone else was able to stand and mingle while they ate. The drink table was set up just outside the door, so the stickiest spills were contained outside. :)
After the feast, the children participated in the official graduation ceremony, during which I balled my eyes out as I read this little card I had designed for each of the teachers. I hadn't expected to get so emotional...it's only preschool, afterall. But then again, it IS preschool, afterall...LOL! (UPDATE 5/3: I've posted a tutorial and printable PDF for the teacher appreciation cards.)
Dessert was a gorgeous cake made by a friend of a parent...
As the night came to an end, one of the mom's who runs a fitness boot camp set up an obstacle course outside. It was hilarious to watch the graduates - all hopped up on sugar and adrenaline - racing around and having fun together.
Now that the party is over, I'm already setting my sights on high school...LOL. JOKE! But I do hope you enjoyed all the posts about this party including: the inspiration, invitations, food and decorations. Please let me know if you have any questions or end up using any of the ideas...I'd love to see what you come up with!
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