Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Southern Back Porch Party

Moving the party outdoors.
Hopefully I am not boring you with so many party posts. Just too much to post at once.
A sweet friend helped me make all the banners. She has a Cricut. What an awesome machine!  Wanting one. 

I used the baker's rack to hold drinking jars, napkins and flatware. 

 You can find these striped straws everywhere on Etsy. I was a little disappointed in my flags because it showed them to be personalized. They didn't arrive that way. However, they were shipped quickly and the straws were sturdy.  We had a very hard time making the flags stay together. Glue dots, double sided tape, etc. So much that I can't even remember what finally worked. Good thing we started ahead of time!

 Same thing with the  paper cones. We finally gave up and used clear shipping tape.  Turned out fine. You could barely see the tape.
I can't remember where I saw this idea to put them in the Coke box. Probably Pinterest or maybe I dreamed it up myself. Do you ever do that? Have so many ideas floating in your head that you forget their origination?
The Doc will be the first to tell you that, unfortunately, he put on weight from eating late night snacks to stay alert. With as much studying and crazy hours he worked, food would have not even kept me awake. This was his favorite so I wanted to bring it to the party. Everyone loved it including out of town guests who loaded  up for their road trip.

The drink station.

The red plastic tub held ice while the other two were for dropping off used drinking jars. It worked out to be a nice system. 

Can you tell we are Southern?

For the final party post, we'll head out to the patio.
Posting to Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style.


Amanda said...

Everything looks lovely! The decorations look so fun, very summery.
The drinks station and jar glasses are a wonderful idea for a celebration,, thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Your pics like something straight off the pages of "Real Simple". You did a amazing job! Congrats again to the graduate. Go Doc.

Hugs, Viola

P.S. Have you found me a southern man yet? 42-55 would be fine. Ha!

thistlewoodfarm said...

What a great color choice for the party! I love the decorations and the labels on the drink containers are adorable!

Thanks for the inspiration!


Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

Oh it is all so darling. I love all the color. Congrats!! He is done. You must be relieved and excited.

Coastal Cottage Dreams said...

Your party decorations are fabulous! I love the drink stations.....straws are adorable! Congratulations to your husband!

Joani said...

Beautiful. I'm sure they will all have a great time. Thanks for sharing.

Andrea said...

Holy smokes. If I ever need to plan a party, I'm calling you =) wonderful!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Tammy your porch looks beautiful!! LOVE the drink station!

Anita said...

I've enjoyed the party - feels like I'm there as I look at the pictures and imagine myself following the flow of things and enjoying the decorations.

I've gotta come back to view the rest in your previous posts.

Pamela said...

What fun!!! Lovely porch too.
Congrats to your hubby must be so proud!!

Anonymous said...

Wow, when you throw a party, you really throw a party!!! Come to my house sometime, will ya'?!

Michele Smith said...

Looks awesome, I love the drink station. Everything looks wonderful. Congrats Doc!

Princess Kate said...

Love your porch and it looks like such a great party. I too love the beverage table. Thanks for sharing and I'm stopping by from Wow Us Wednesday.

podso said...

You did so much work on this party, and so much creativity, I think you should take your time and show us all you want, piece by piece. Then we can absorb it all the better! Love the cones with the snack in the coke box. I have one and thanks for the idea of how to use it!

Gypsy Heart said...

Wow, you thought of everything...and I love all the color! I know your guests and the Doc had a great time.


Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

Oh...your porch looks so cute. I thought that first photo was out of a magazine. What a perfect graduation party you had. Can't wait to see the patio.

Cozy Little House said...

Love your porch and decorations!

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

oh this is multi post worthy Tammy! I love the drink station idea and the fact you put so much thought into the smallest of details, it all paid off in a mag worthy spread!

Sarah said...

Keep the photos coming! It's truly a treat to see all the details of this awesome party. Love the chalkboard sign. ;-)

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Oh, we never bore of party posts, i am getting so many ideas, my son graduates with his BA in august with a 4.0 so I am stealing your "One Smart cookie" idea along with a few other ideas! Keep um comin!


Cindy said...

You have incorporated so many great ideas, dear Tammy, what a fun day that must have been. The drink station is fabulous and the drinking jars, just wonderful and inexpensive, too.
Love and hugs, Cindy

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

OH this is unreal. Love the decor and all the food and drinks are done to perfection. How fun. Congrats to the Dr. again. Hugs, Marty

bj said...

This is all sooo cute, Bea. The drink station is adorable as well as the jars with the did a bang-up job...and I know everyone had a blast.

laxsupermom said...

It looks beautiful! Love that you used ball jars for glasses. Love the drink station, too! Thanks for sharing.

Kelly said...

Beyond adorable! All the little touches are perfect. I love the flags on the straws and the fact that you used his favorite study snack! Wonderful! Nothing like a southern back porch party.

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

You thought of it all...even down to the straws. The beverage station looked how you did the lemons and limes...CUTE!!!


Anonymous said...

Catching up on all the party posts has been well worth the time. I am in awe of all the beautiful details.
Cricut is on my wish list and I made sure my husband knows. :) Been hoping to get those striped paper straws for a while now, so I definitely know what you mean about all the ideas floating in our head.
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the drink station.
Thank you again for sharing with us, Tammy.
Have a lovely Memorial Day weekend.

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

What a great party! How nice that your friend made the banners for you. Before you buy a Cricut, though, check out the next generation of cutters: the Silhouette Cameo. No expensive cartridges required!

Kathy said...

How very festive, I love your porch and all the details. I could just curl up on your porch it looks so inviting. can't wait to see more about the party. Thanks for sharing, Kathy

SSM said...

Hello Tammy,

Where did you find your beverage servers?

Love them!

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

Tammy -- what a WONDERFUL party to celebrate your husband's graduation. Congratulations to you all :)


Zane Wooder said...

I wish you could host my nieces birthday. You would do such a awesome job. You just have a gift for coming up with great decorations.

-Zane of ontario honey

stevenjared0853 said...

Hey!! Such a wonderful party. Your party favors are awesome. Really appreciate your efforts. Couple of days back has arranged a tea party at one of LA venues. Had hired catering service too who prepared delicious food.