Graduation Party}The Food

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One of the most important parts of a party is the food. Our Sail Away Graduation party didn’t start until 7:00 p.m. so we didn’t do dinner but instead did snacks and sweets.

I’ve already shared you with the fun Italian Soda Bar we put together.  We also found little bottles of water at Trader Joe’s which we also had available.  They were just the right size.  I find with the bigger bottles I usually find most of them still half full after the party is over.

Sail Away Graduation Party

Sail Away Graduation Party

We had a nice selection of cupcakes.

Tessa chose her favorite flavor – Red Velvet.  The perfect choice for a nautical party.  We added a cute little blue sail and some red sprinkles and they were ready to sail away!
Sail Away Graduation Party

Sail Away Graduation Party

My friend Lizzy, cupcake decorator extraordinaire, had just rolled into town on Friday and she came over to help me decorate all the cupcakes on Saturday.  I was a little overwhelmed with all the last minute party details and she just took over the decorating which helped so much!  I had baked them all the day before with some help from Scarlet, the other graduate’s mom.

We also had my personal favorite - Perfect Lemon Cupcakes.  We gave them a nautical flair too with some little stars  and pennants on toothpicks that I picked up in the cake decorating department of Joann Fabrics.

Sail Away Graduation Party

I think the most popular cupcakes was the Snickerdoodle.

Sail Away Graduation Party

I tried two new cupcake recipes which I’ll share next week.  I couldn’t wait to try this first one – Orange Creamsicle.  One of my favorite flavors.  Let’s just say they didn’t disappoint and these cupcakes are worth eating for the frosting alone!  The second new one was chocolate peanut butter.  They disappeared so fast I didn’t even have a chance to eat one but I did sample the frosting and it was wonderful.  Lizzy showed me a fun technique for swirling the two frostings together so pretty.  I’ll share her tips along with the recipe.

Sail Away Graduation Party

There was also some red, white and blue candy that I just couldn’t resist buying.

Sail Away Graduation Party

And could you find a more perfect treat for a Sail Away party than Cracker Jack (thanks Lisa for the idea!)
Sail Away Graduation Party

Later in the evening when it cooled off we built a fire in the fire pit and had a S’more Bar which is always a hit.  I had a variety of chocolate and different marshmallows including a new coconut marshmallow I just found!  For more details on how to put together a S’more Bar check out this older post of mine.

Sail Away Graduation Party

Sail Away Graduation Party

We didn’t want the kids have a total sugar high so we did provide some savory treats too.  I went the easy route with this though and did the “Costco thing.”

We had hummus, mango salsa, guacamole, artichoke/spinach dip that I heated up (so good!)  There was also a variety of chips.  I did make one dip but then went and forgot about it and left it in the refrigerator!

Sail Away Graduation Party

All in all I’d say it was a pretty nice spread!

Sail Away Graduation Party


  1. says

    I vastly prefer snacks and desserts to a full-on meal, so everything here looks delicious! I’m especially enamored of your s’mores bar and am trying to think of an occasion in which to integrate it, thus forcing my husband to let me buy a firepit. It sounds like so much fun!

    • says

      Glad you liked it! We have a fire pit that is in the ground in our yard and also a portable one we use on the patio and we love it! The kids have so much fun with it. Nothing beats sitting around a fire.

  2. marti says

    Leigh Anne, I’m sure the guests at this party felt so lucky to be invited! When I was growing up one girlfriend’s mom gave the most memorable theme parties with the same kind of loving detail and I’ve never forgotten them. You are THE Mom!…xxoo

  3. Susan says

    Leigh Anne – You constantly amaze me!!! What a party! I’m sure your daughter and her friend felt so honored and special. You have the best ideas and amaze me by all you accomplish!!

  4. Courtney says

    Where can I find Cracker Jack at a store in person? I see it online but I want to buy it in person.


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