July 22, 2014

Graduation...Oh and Some Centerpieces

My son graduated from high school this past May. It was traumatic...from this mom's point of view. This little boy that I have nurtured since 1995 is no longer a boy. He works hard and he plays hard. He's made the most of his 18+ years. Soon, I will have to leave him at a new "home." He will move into his dorm and begin his life. Truly begin it.

Getting through these 18+ years with him has made me realize that life doesn't "begin" when you are born. I'm not talking about the technical term "life" here...so please keep your hats on. These first 18+ years were just preparing him for what's to come. And he has worked hard. He took advanced classes, was involved in many activities, and graduated in the top 5% of his class. He was asked to write a song for graduation and did just that, where the top choir sang it in it's debut. The kid amazes me. Correction...the man amazes me. I didn't have that much drive back then. I don't have that much drive now.

I'm worried and excited and sad and happy and proud all at the same time. He leaves in a month. One month. And he will move into the dorm. On his own. Which brings me now to what brought us here.


What an experience! Graduation for me, when I went through it, was entirely different from having your first born go through it and watching from the sidelines. The more I willed time to slow down the faster it seemed to go.

And so a party needed to be planned. Luckily, he knew pretty much what he wanted. I knew I wanted to do cupcakes...and that I didn't want him to be all grown up. I could control the cupcakes. Not the other. So cupcakes it was. And a lot of them!
It was decided that the cupcakes would be part of the centerpieces because I didn't want too many left over and I figured if they were on the tables they would be eaten. =)

I created a centerpiece constructed of a vase, some shredded paper in Nick's school colors, a pizza pan, a doily, a fun graduation table decoration, some picture frames and some hot glue. These took very little time to actually construct. What took the longest was choosing the pictures for the frames (and baking all those cupcakes!). Plus, everything was from the dollar store so it was very cost effective.

I filled the vases with the shredded paper...

 I took 12" pizza pans and glued them to tops of the vases (centered on the tops)...
I placed large doilies on the tops of the pizza pans. Here is how they turned out!
I added the graduation table decorations and some confetti to make it more festive. (Note, I used a little hot glue to hold the table decoration down so it wouldn't fall over.) After adding pictures to the frames I placed them around the vases, under the pizza pans so guests had something to look at and could see how Nick has grown. We added cupcakes around the outside of the pans for guests to gobble up. Throw in some trail mix in fancy bowls and you are set!

I received many compliments on these and they cost between $2-$3 to make (not including the frames). The frames were also from the dollar store so the total for each table centerpiece came to around $7.00.

Fun and festive and really set the mood for the day. We had a great time. It was a bittersweet experience. Below are some personal pics from the day.

Nick and I then and now...
Nick and his sister...this was a difficult time for her as well, but she made the most of it...
The three of us...
His final moments of high school...
My graduate...
I mentioned earlier that Nick wrote a song for graduation. Mom has the first signed copy. =D
This mom survived. The centerpieces were a hit and the cupcakes were eaten. Life is good.

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  1. What a great post. Makes me sorry all my kids have graduated..:( But great ideas and a great event. Congrats to Mom!!

    1. Thank you! We had a great time and had an incredible turn out. In a couple years I get to do it all again...but I won't think about that right now. =) Thank you for stopping by!


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