Sunday, May 26, 2013

Inexpensive Graduation Party With A Southern Theme

Menu on Chalkboard

Cabinet door chalkboard leaned against an old wooden ladder.

Use an old cabinet door, scrap piece of wood, an old shelf, or pretty much anything to paint with chalkboard paint.

Put those tents to good use by keep insects out of your food and off guests. Ask friends to borrow theirs, so you will have a few to set up. These are so affordable that most households own one.
 Just adding a little southern fun with some Duck Dynasty quotes.
Banner made at the local sign shop. Makes a great personalized touch that the graduate can keep for years to come.
Memory Wall made with plastic lattice bought at Home Depot and just leaned against a table or another wall. Framed photos of Graduate from birth to Graduation hung on wall with decorations.
Picture Frame Sign. Pick up a cheap frame from the dollar store and vinyl letters from Hobby Lobby or Michaels. I used a silver painted frame with black letters and aluminum foil as the background. This could also be done with a mirror. Place letters over mirror, spray paint any color you wish, and once dry - peel off the letters. Cheap, simple and elegant.
Claw foot tub used as cooler. Tarps are great to keep the sun out and about a 1/4 of a box of rock salt poured over the ice, makes the drinks icy cold.
Silver tray painted with Chalkboard paint and stood on gold colored easel. Used here on the table as a special message to the graduate but great for menus.
Corn Crate used to hold dinnerware.  Cute way to keep everything from blowing away in the wind.
Plastic-lined bushel basket used to hold food. Here its holding low country boil.

Easy Diploma Mints  Buy fondant from a craft store or use our recipe. Buy flavored oil (cinnamon, creme' de mint, etc.) Cut off 1/8 of a block of store bought or use about a cup of homemade fondant. Knead fondant until pliable, poke holes in it with a toothpick and pour a tsp. of oil in the holes. Knead in the oil (if it gets sticky, use powdered sugar to eliminate). Roll out fondant on a powdered sugared surface. Cut 1 1/2"  wide strips. Then cut those strips 2" long. Roll up & tie with a ribbon or color fondant and roll into strings then, wrap around scrolls. Allow 24 to 48 hours to dry.
So, as you can see, you don't have to spend a ton of money to make a party special.  Just look around at the things lying around your property and see if you can either use them as is or if they can be spruced up a bit. You'll be amazed at how special the guest of honor will feel by all your hard work; not how much you spend. 

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