School Colors Chocolate Covered Oreos

Graduation Chocoalte Dipped Oreos

If you follow me on Instagram you know that we just had a big event in our family.  Our baby graduated from college.  Yikes!  Not sure how I could possibly be that old but we are proud and she is off to the Big Apple to live her dream.  Mom’s just a little nervous.  She had only been in New York City for 24 hours and I think I had called or texted her a dozen times to see how she was.  When her phone died for a couple of [Continue Reading…]

Graduation Party Ideas

Perfect Graduation Party

Last year was our big year for graduation parties when our baby graduated from high school.  With four kids graduated from high school I have done my share of graduation parties.  In fact we had two different parties for Tessa last year (I’ll explain later.) Today I am sharing with you some of my best graduation party ideas. I think my best tip is to combine your party with one of your children’s good friends.  One party – two people.  Not only does it make the work load easier but [Continue Reading…]

Graduation Party}The Decorations

Graduation Party Decor Ideas - lots of fun ideas  from

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 [Continue Reading…]

Italian Soda Bar

Italian Soda Bar

We are on a little bit of party overload at our house but I couldn’t wait to share some of the fun photos from our Sail Away Graduation Party Saturday night.  But first I have to say a great big thank you to my dear friend Marsha who showed up at my door about an hour before the party started and just stepped right in and helped out.  She saved the day and thanks to her everything was ready to go when the kids got here!! The party was a [Continue Reading…]

Smart Cookie Graduation Party}Milk & Cookies

Smart Cookie Graduation Party

This weekend we held the first of our two graduation parties – our Smart Cookie Party. You can see the cute  Smart Cookie invite I created here. The party was on Sunday afternoon and we wanted to do something a little different than the typical/usual barbeque so we went with a Smart Cookie Party with a milk & cookie bar. It was a huge hit and we went through about 400 cookies with over 100 guests. We had 10 different kinds of cookies – here is the cookie menu. I [Continue Reading…]

Graduation Party Planning}The Idea Board


Note:  If you are in the Portland are don’t forget to sign up for the giveaway for the free tickets to an advance showing of a fun new kid’s movie! One of the first things I do when planning a party, after selecting the theme, is to put an idea board together.  I usually do this on my computer.  When I find photos, usually on other blogs, of ideas I like that would work for my party I copy the photo to my desktop and then put it in a [Continue Reading…]

Graduation Party Planning}The Invite


Because I am just a little old fashioned I decided we needed a paper invite for the graduation party in addition to the Facebook Event the girls created. Besides being old fashioned, I just like making invitations and I needed something to put in the scrapbook too! I love including photos on invitations when possible, it just makes them more personal. I chose two photos from the fun little photo shoot we had. I used the one they had chosen for the Facebook Event so there was some continuity and [Continue Reading…]

Graduation Party Planning}The Theme and The Photo Shoot

Tips and Ideas for planning the perfect graduation party @yourhomebasedmom

Note: I just need to say thank you to all of you who left me such sweet comments and emails regarding my last post. My heart is full to overflowing with your sweet words of advice and appreciation. I am determined to take on and conquer the challenge of becoming an empty nester and make the very best of it! I look forward to sharing that journey with you so stay tuned… In the meantime, with less than one month left of school we are busy getting a graduation party [Continue Reading…]