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.
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.
The foyer display began with the vintage suitcase, a Pinterest idea I saw repeated several times–perfect for cards and small gifts.
I added several vintage and antique alarm clocks to jazz things up, along with a simple paper bunting stamped with the word “cards.”
I’d been wanting to chalkboard paint a globe for a while, and this was the perfect opportunity. “Look out world” is the perfect sentiment for one going off to college.
I placed it on a couple of antique, leather-bound books to give it more height.
The clocks are an accidental collection that worked well with the theme of graduation and moving onto the next faze of life.
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 since Grace is going off to college in the fall.
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 stained and stenciled an old bread board to create a photo display. It worked perfectly for the party to display more family pictures.
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.
I’m so glad I didn’t sell it since it made the perfect centerpiece for the party.
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 yet come 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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