Thursday, June 02, 2011

Graduation DIY party ideas and printable Freebies!

Just in case you are needing some help with Graduation Party's, here are some free things we found along the internet to help you last minute. Congratulations to all you graduates out there!

Here is a sneak peak of some of the ideas and freebies that are in the rest of our blog post:

Graduation Quotes
Looking for words of wisdom to impart on your recent graduate? Here are some heartfelt (and humorous) quotes for his or her graduation card.
- Congratulations, Graduate!

"He who has begun has half done. Dare to be wise; begin!" - Horace
"Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself." - John Dewey

"Education has for its object the formation of character." - Herbert Spencer

"You see things; and you say, 'Why?' But I dream things that never were; and I say, 'Why not?'" - George Bernard Shaw

"Hats off, gentlemen -- a genius!" - Robert Schumann

"There is only one success -- to be able to spend your life in your own way." - Christopher Morley

"Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes." - Oscar Wilde

"Education is...hanging around until you've caught on." - Robert Frost
"All I know is just what I read in the papers." - Will Rogers

FREE Printables!
We found these free Graduation Freebies -

Blue & Yellow Graduation Kit
This collection is from Printable Party.  Click on each printable you want and save to your computer.  Print on cardstock, 8.5 x 11.  Cut!  Enjoy!

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Red & Black Graduation 
This free black and red “Class of 2011” party printables set was designed by Melody from Tea Party Designs.  The collection includes: invitations, party circles, tented cards, favor tags, drink flags, water bottle labels, and a “Congratulations” banner.

Party circles

Tented cards

Favor tags

Drink flags

Water bottle labels

"Congratulations" banner

Click on each below to download the high resolution files for printing:

Retro Graduation - 

Instructions for Printing Your Retro Graduation Party Printable Items
1. Select link above, and print out from your browser. Use card stock to give the party items some weight. (You can print out on sticker paper if you'd like to use as bottle labels or goodie bag stickers.)
2. Cut each item.
3. Place on cupcake sticks, goodie bags, straws and much more. Fill your space with retro fun, and now it's time to celebrate!

Graduation Toppers

Click HERE to download these. 

This is a simple strip of paper accordion folded and taped at the end. It's pretty easy-just use hot glue to secure it. (yeah tape doesn't work). 

Made by Yellow Mums

Silouhette Cupcake Wrappers and Toppers
Click HERE for Wrappers and HERE for Toppers

Graduation Food Ideas!
We found these adorable food ideas and wanted to share them with you - 

Here are a few ideas on Sweet Treats - just by simply using items like
mini Reese's Peanut Butter cups, Airhead Xtremes, mini M&M's, and Ghirardelli chocolate squares for the caps

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Graduation Snacks - 
Cheese and cold cuts wrapped into a diploma from Family Fun.

Graduation Party Sandwiches from Sweetology
Diploma Sandwiches: ~ 18 sandwiches
~ adapted from Tea Time May/June 2011

6 oz cream cheese, soft
1/4 cup salted butter, soft
2 T heavy whipping cream
1/3 cup toasted walnuts or pecans or both (I used pecans)
1/4 cup chopped fresh chives
1/4 tsp salt
18 slices soft white bread, crusts removed
Garnish: fresh chives

In large bowl, combine cream cheese, butter and cream. Beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add nuts of choice, chopped chives, and salt to butter mixture, stirring to combine.

Using a rolling pin, flatten bread and spread filling evenly over bread slices, careful not to get it too thick.

Starting at long side, roll up to center of bread.  Repeat with opposite side (the two pinwheels should touch).

Tie with chive ~ this was the FUTZY part.

Graduation Hat Sandwiches ~ 12 sandwiches
 ~adapted from Tea Time Magazine May/June 2011

12 slices pumpernickel bread
6 slices Havarti Cheese (I bought actual slices but if you cut your own make them 1/4 inch thick)
12 slices salami
12 slices Roma tomato
1/4 cup Mayo ~ or I substituted herbed butter here as hubby does not like Mayo
2 tsp fresh lemon zest
1 T fresh lemon juice
Garnish: I used a fresh red pepper and chives cut to size or Tea Time suggests use a sliced carrot and roasted red pepper.

Cut 2 1/2 inch square and 2 inch circle from bread
Cut 2 inch circles from cheese slices
Cut 2 inch circle from salami slices
Layer cheese, tomato, and salami rounds on top of each bread round.

In small bowl, whisk together mayo, zest, and juice (I used herbed butter)
Spread on pumpernickel squares. 

Place squares, spread side down on layered rounds.

Garnish as desired

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