Today I am going to share the decorations we used for the Sail Away Graduation party. It was such a fun party to decorate for. Having a theme makes things so much easier. We decided not to do the “traditional” graduation party but rather use a fun theme. Our nautical theme was perfect! I love red, white and blue.
What would a nautical party be without a boat and a pirate?
Cali made the boat out of a box from a piece of furniture. I had the plastic nautical flags already(they came from Oriental Trading). My mom painted the pirate for me on a big piece of cardboard. The idea came from here. I borrowed the oars from the theater department at school and cut their school names out on my Cricut. The sail was made out of some muslin I had in my craft room and the pole came from the garage. I bought the plastic anchor and wheel at a local party supply store (Lippmans)
I used the little BYU and YAY pennants I had made for the Smart Cookie Party and just added in some for OXY (Occidental) Thought they looked pretty cute in some clear canning jars on my new table Jim made me. For the table runner I just hemmed a piece of long burlap.
Of course you have to have balloons for a party. We created this fun, festive balloon banner following the directions over at Design Mom. One of the best things I have bought in a long time is a little hand pump for blowing up the balloons. With help from Scarlet (the other graduate’s mother) we were able to blow up the balloons and string them together in no time. The trickiest part was getting the big banner out of the house once it was put together without popping any balloons. I love the color it added to the party!
For the tables, I covered them with an assortment of red, white and blue tablecloths I already owned. I added the fabric pennant banners I made to the front of the tables and to the fence.
I just used straight pins to attach it to the table and thumbtacks to the fence.
For the backdrop for the pictures on the table I used a wooden shipping palette. Thanks to Dana for delivering two of them to my front door!
I had a fishing net already and just draped it across the palette and then using my staple gun I added photos of the girls that we took during their fun invitation photo shoot.
The wooden life preserver came out of the garage and originally came from Michael’s craft. Fortunately Tessa had a nautical theme for her cabin at girl’s camp last year so we had quite a few things on hand.
We also had a photo booth at the party – the kids LOVED it!! I used the large piece of red fabric from the invitation photo shoot and hung it on the front of our shed. You want to make sure it is in a shady area – no direct sunlight so you don’t get shadows and squinty eyes in the pictures.
We set the camera up on a tripod and they took hundreds of photos throughout the night.
I had a table full of fun photobooth props that I downloaded and printed out here.
I also made or rather had Jim make some fun chalkboard conversation bubbles that they could hold up and write on. They did some pretty creative things!
Activities included badminton, bongo ball and a bonfire and of course lots of talking, singing and just having a good time. There was even some dancing going on for a while.
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