Thursday, May 24, 2012

Backyard Party

How do you handle a large gathering at home? Send them to the backyard! 

This is the last of our graduation party photos. To see the other photos of party decor and food, go here, here, here, and here.

For months I pondered the venue. We talked about a formal sit down dinner at a nice restaurant, etc. But we really wanted a place to mill around and visit with every guest. Eat a little, laugh a little, talk a little, repeat, repeat....
So we kept it at home sweet home.

My party table inspiration was found over at The Sweetest Occasion
Loved it the minute I saw it. So wish I could have found antique chairs. But where do you find 50 of them? And on a budget? No ideas came to mind. I thought the metal chairs looked a tad vintage. 

You might recognize the veggie cans filled with water and floating candles from a previous event I decorated. It was quite windy that day so the candles wouldn't stay lit. But at a beautiful and comfy 70 degrees no complaining!
Mason jars filled with mini bouquets from our local grocery store. Why do they use so much dye on flowers? It was Mother's Day weekend so maybe they wanted to bring out the pinks. Some turned the water pink. 

 The runner is just a roll of brown craft paper cut in half. One roll was plenty for 5 tables. 



Have a happy weekend!
Posting to:
Show and Tell at My Romantic Home
Inspiration Friday at The Picket Fence
Thrifty Things Friday at The Thrifty Groove
Vintage Inspiration Friday at Common Ground
Home Sweet Home Friday at The Charm of Home 
The Great Outdoors at Thistlewood Farms

36 comments:

Along A Widowed Road said...

Awesome Job Tammy!
Great Photo's.

Hugs, Viola

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Sarah said...

Tammy, you didn't skip a beat. This party will long be remembered for this special occasion. ~ Sarah

Jillian's Bella Rosa Antiques said...

Wow, amazing! You sure do know how to party! Love it.

Michele Smith said...

Just beautiful Tammy, you did a wonderful job!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

You really put in a lot of time and work for this party. It is more fun to stay at home and be with family and friends. Just not the same in a restaurant, but sure a lot easier.

Dayle @ A Collection of This and That said...

It is totally charming!

The Shop Around the Corner said...

Oh, I think this is just perfect, Tammy, so fun and colorful. Only problem is how do your guests ever leave? I know I wouldn't. ;)
Off to see the rest of the celebration goodies.
Much love,
Marcia

Sue@House Pretty said...

Oh Tammy, so bright, cheeful, and festive!!! Super great job!

Faye Henry said...

You are one talented girl... It all looks beautiful.. I bet you had a lot of fun, too..
Blessings...

Brandi said...

Everything looks so nice, Tammy! You did a beautiful job putting everything together. I'm sure your husband really appreciates his sweet wife.

Susan said...

Adorable! Loved your festive table decor. Did you tie the balloon strings to the flower jars? Susan

pam {simple details} said...

Wow, what a wonderful celebration (I saw the other posts, too!) You certainly know how to put on a fabulous party! Congratulations to your hubby!

Love Of Quilts said...

You do know how to throw a party..outstanding ideas...so pretty.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Love your great ideas! Bright and happy!

podso said...

Great ideas (and a pretty backyard). I love that table runner!

✿ⒹⒺⒺ✿@ A Lapin Life said...

Cute party pictures. I loved seeing all the balloons and flowers.

Dee

Gabriela Delworth said...

Hello Tammy,

Awesome idea! Love the simplicity of the decor.


Gabriela

Marla and Steve said...

Great ideas and I love the flower centerpieces. I am putting together a big birthday/going away party and think I will borrow the balloons idea. We are never too old to love balloons.

I've cut an old shower curtain in half, and cut trim to add to it. Have to get busy this week while I can still easily manage the sewing. After that my girls will have to take over and I know I will drive them crazy with my micromanaging. :)

Linda said...

Lovely Party. So colorful and cheery.
Love seeing the photos. Enjoy this Memorial week-end. Linda

Barbara said...

Oh, I enjoyed this post! I don't know what I would do without my backyard. There isn't room in the house! I love the whole feel of this. I agree, staying home is just so much more fun. Lucky you, getting the perfect weather! Great colors!

xinex said...

Thhis is beautiful, Tammy! It's perfect and I am sure it is on a budget. Great job! Congrats to the graduate!...Christine

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Everything looks so festive for such a momentous celebration. Well done to both of you.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

I just think all of your party decorations are fantastic. You really outdid yourself. Love it. Hugs, Marty

Annmarie Pipa said...

perfect! and congrats to all of you! and good luck to all of you!!!
the graduation parties here start next week..i think they are always fun!

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

Hi Tammy!
Just went through all your posts on this very special event.
It looks terrific! Every single little detail -- so well planned out. Love the colors, and the name tags you saved through the years, or badges? Whatever you call them! Your dessert buffet and your table displays --- all truly wonderful.
Thanks so much for sharing.
Congrats to your Doc.
:)

A wonderful accomplishment.
xox
A

classic • casual • home said...

What a happy, welcoming party! Wish I had a big back yard like yours.

thistlewoodfarm said...

I love the centerpieces with the balloons and the cans! Amazing! The brown craft paper is a fun idea, too!

Happy Memorial Day!

blessings,
karianne

mishebe said...

Love the colors!

thistlewoodfarm said...

Oh! I am so happy that you linked this up! I loved those centerpieces so much the first time I saw them! I am totally pinning this!

Happy Great Outdoors Day!

blessings,
karianne

Diann said...

Well Tammy, everything turned out so cute and wonderful for your backyard graduation party! You managed to make it fun and pretty and within budget! Awesome! thank you for sharing this with us at TTF and I will be featuring this post on this week's TTF party! Have a great day!

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

Your party looks so fun and festive! Love the grocery store mini bouquets in the mason jars!

... so happy you shared with us at our Great Outdoors link party!

:)

Linda

Sherry said...

This turned out fantastic! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
Sherry

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

Holy Cow, I love all of the color! The perfect party set up!! I so appreciate you sharing this at our party. :)
Karah

Eclectically Vintage said...

You are a party planning diva! LOVE those centerpieces too! You deserve to put your feet up after that!

Thanks for linking to our party!
Kelly

PLUS= Pretty Luscious and Ultimately Sexy said...

Wow...that is so pretty. Its simple and sweet. Wonderful.

Zane Wooder said...

I love the decorations of the flowers in the glass jars. That's really inexpensive and very pretty. Love it. You really think of the greatest decorations for parties.

-Zane of ontario honey