As I’m writing this, I’m still recovering from our daughter’s graduation party. I don’t know if it was the stress of jamming 74 friends & family in the yard and living room or the fact that this party was a milestone in our lives.
After 3 days of picturesque Hawaiian weather, the morning greeted us with a typical drizzle, which turned into a heavy rain. Luckily, we caught a break in the afternoon with drying weather, and a somewhat overcast sky. Time to decorate!
The tea light citronella candles in the mason jars did an excellent job in setting the casual and simple mood for the evening. We placed clusters on the tables to create an inviting place for guests to sit down and enjoy their dinner. We even put some of the jars (with battery-operated candles for safety reason) in the trees just like the photos I saw on pinterest!
Inside we set up the popcorn bar which turned out to be fun for the kids and adults. One of our friends, Carole later emailed me saying “I LOVED the popcorn bar. Popcorn is one of my favorite snacks!”
I was so glad I saw the idea of the photo display on pinterest because people really loved it. So much better than gluing the photos on a display board or putting together a ho-hum slideshow, it gave guests a chance to browse at their leisure.
“I love the pictures,” said Dave. “It looks like an art gallery.”
“They were fanta-bulous!” said Gayle. “Are you going to leave them up all year? I would.”
But of course, parties (especially in Hawaii) are all about FOOD! Some of the favorites were chicken katsu, sushi, baked salmon, and Japanese potato salad. For dessert, we had red velvet cupcakes (thanks Gayle), dreamsicle cake, lemon bars, and brownies. Our nonalcoholic party also featured a Ginger-infused Ginger Ale with limes and oranges fresh from our garden.
Keeping it casual and simple kept everything personable. No long speeches or trendy games. It was a graduation party, but it was more about celebrating with family and friends in our home.
And of course I have to include a picture of our amazing, very talented daughter, Laura.
Are you hosting a party at your home soon? Do you browse pinterest randomly looking for inspiration? What ideas have you found on pinterest that you want to try? Don’t forget to check out our boards at pinterest.com/homeworldhawaii for inspiring ideas for your home.
About Terri Dux
Besides being a writer, passionate blogger, and photographer for HomeWorld Furniture, Terri is also co-owner of a local t-shirt craft company. When not watching her favorite TV channel, HGTV, Terri likes to sew, vermicompost, and thrift at neighborhood garage sales.
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