Hi! I hope you had a great weekend. Mine was filled with with family in town for my sweet daughter’s graduation and her very vintage graduation party on the same day. When I began thinking about decorations, I decided to go vintage because my daughter loves vintage, just like her mother! She has collections of all kinds: cameras, pipes, and bells, just to name a few. I had a lot of fun in the weeks leading up to the big event scouring Pinterest for ideas, and I found several that I thought were perfect for our occasion.
While I didn’t find a large number of ideas, the ones I found thankfully worked well in my home and with my “vision” for the party.
This display in our foyer began with the vintage suitcase, a Pinterest idea I saw repeated several times–perfect for cards and small gifts.
I’d been wanting to chalkboard paint a globe for a while, well since Christmas when I could have written “Joy to the World.” This year I’ll be all set!
The clocks are an accidental collection that work well with the theme.
The leather-bound books are another of my accidental collections, but they come in very handy for “photo shoots,” and again, work perfectly with the party’s theme.
The chalkboard sign is based on one I saw on Pinterest designed by the Etsy seller kspeddler; she has wonderful signs for sale. You can read about how I made the barn board chalkboard here. I made the photo bunting with photos of my girl through the years.
About a year ago I took an old bread board, stained and stenciled it, and added a galvanized container at the bottom, creating a photo display that could hold plants or additional flowers in the container. I removed it, however, in anticipation of the party and strung more twine to hold family pictures.
With great excitement, I bought this antique Corona typewriter several years ago for $3.00, fully expecting to sell it for $75-100. But, my daughter had other plans; she loves typing on it and every now and again will pull it out to type a funny note to a friend. It makes a classy centerpiece, I think.
Aren’t those keys wonderful? People use them, I know for various crafts, but it is in such good working order, the time has not come yet to use it for parts.
I scattered some of her senior portraits on the table near the typewriter so guests could take one, if they liked.
I easily turned this vintage oak frame into a chalkboard by inserting a piece of chalkboard foam core–super easy, no paint involved. The pewter vase is a recent $2.00 find.
I filled it with peonies from my new bushes and their aroma filled the room.
I added an enlarged copy of a photo from her Junior-Senior Banquet. She is dead center wearing the black and silver gown.
I scattered a few more photos from the banquet below the chalkboard.
I wanted to stencil something fun for the drink tub and came up with “thirsty.” The jute webbing adds to the farmhouse flair.
I filled up my planters before the party rather than waiting until the middle of the summer, as sometimes happens, lol.
And here’s my beautiful girl, all ready for graduation. I loved that her party reflected an interest in vintage that we both share, and I thoroughly enjoyed all the vintage projects and preparations. We shared a beautiful day together with family and close friends and are thankful to God for entrusting us with her and for giving us the grace to let her spread her wings and move onto the next chapter of her life.
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