Wednesday, May 8, 2013

The Party that Almost Wasn't

Imagine your at an outdoor venue and the wind is blowing about 20 mph. Now imagine trying to get paper table cloths on, banners up, crepe paper, plastic, plates blowing every where along with the hand printed napkins you made. Yeah, that was my day on Saturday. it wasn't fun. It took me over an hour to get 6 tables covered. I'd get to one end and the first couple had blown loose. I literally went through 2 packages of mailing tape. So the tables got covered, the banners got up and I said the heck with the crepe paper. All of the centerpieces stayed on their sides but you know what? The Jello "shots" were AWESOME hehehe and in the end we had fun socializing and celebrating and that's what really mattered.

Here's a pic of the wind blowing Jen's hair so you can kind of get the idea.

This is Mat

And this is Bobby Joe

I'm so proud of them! Their mom is my BFF and I've known them for about 6 years so I watched them graduate HS and now College. Such Great Kids!

So here's some pics from the party.

For the table covers I had Kinko's print out the black and white versions and then colored the nurses one with pan pastels that I sealed with matte spray. I used a gold pen to color in the dots on the computer covers.

In this one you can see the table laid out properly with the Jello "shot" syringes in a bowl and the computer key spray.

And here's a couple of people enjoying their shots.

He was just joking, he didn't really drink all those. I made 50 and there were 4 left at the end. I'd say they were a hit!

The recipe for these goodies are:

Jello Shots
 1 pkg. of jello (4 oz.)
1 cup boiling water
1/4 cup cold water
3/4 cup of Citrus Vodka (or any flavor really).

Mix the jello and boiling water till dissolved then add the rest and chill. Yummy!

I also had Kinko's print out two banners in black and white and I colored those with Pan pastels as well.

The Computer Science Grad

And the Bachelor of Science in Nursing

As you can see everything was mega taped!

I looked into buying napkins where you can have your own design printed and HOLY MOLY were they ridiculously priced! For 50 napkins of one design they wanted $78.00. Well THAT wasn't happening! My friend is a single parent and on a tight budget PLUS she just finished paying for college and all their graduation stuff the college required. So I put my thinking cap on. I didn't want just stock napkins. I wanted them to be personal and meaningful. So I figured out how to print on napkins myself. It took me about 6 tries but i did it. I'm seriously thinking of going into the custom design napkin business. I can do it for about 1/2 the cost or so. Tell me what you think of these and if you think my idea would sell.

And one last picture....

Eva had fun too! Especially the cake part :)

Well I hope you enjoyed seeing the party decorations even if they didn't all make it up. Sorry it took so long to get back to the blog. We are making Mother's Day gifts so when complete I will show you those. Till next time...

Love ya,


  1. Wow Deb ~ look like you all have a fun all the deco's and pretty pics.... Yummo on the jello - will have to give this a try....

  2. Way cool - it looks like you had a fabulous time and well done fighting all that wind. !! GREAT napkins too.... wonderful idea (start the business NOW !!!)
    Thanks for letting us know how it all went. CONGRATS to the graduates xx
    IKE xxxx

  3. Good morning my dearest friend^_^
    Fantastic happy photos,love them^_^
    Happy weekend,

  4. I am the mom if the graduates and can't thank Deb enough for the hard work and awesome party!!

  5. That looked like some party Deb's and you get the thumbs up from me with the napkin business yours look amazing.

    Hugs Shirley x x

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  7. Looks like you had a blast and everything turned out beautiful. Great work and you all survived the wind! They are lucky to have someone like you in their lives.


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