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It is hard to believe it is graduation season. My baby is graduating high school and I’m not ready! She is ready to move to college tomorrow, by momma needs time to come to terms with it. In the meantime, I will be hosting a graduation party for her and my niece, Sarah.

Sarah graduates May 17 and Grayson graduates May 25, so I opted to host a party in the middle of those dates on Sunday, May 20. Graduation is a special time, so the party needs to be equally as special. Some may wonder how a party can be personalized for two very different girls. Grayson has danced for 12 years and Sarah has played basketball and softball practically since she could walk, so combining ballet slippers with a basketball may seem challenging, it really isn’t.

When choosing decorations I opted for a neutral ballet of whites, beiges and a touch of gold so as to not favor one school’s colors over the other. I love using neutral hues like this table setting from Bride’s.

Photo credit: Brides

It feels sophisticated and elegant, yet simple and welcoming. I also think it is important to have a planned backdrop for pictures of the guests of honor. I am working on something similar to this backdrop from Hooray Mag.

Photo credit: Hooray Mag

Next, I made a list of things that are special to each girl. For example, as I mentioned Grayson is a dancer and Sarah is a basketball player; therefore, elements of each will be represented throughout.  

The next order of business is the menu and cake selection. Each girl will have a favorite dish as well as their favorite cake. Sarah loves the raspberry-lemon cake from Sweet Boutique and Grayson loves a cookie cake, so we will have both. See I told you very different girls!

I am going for a classic feel with the neutral tones, but, of course, there will be touches of a graduation theme. I’m not really one for everything to match, so I like to combine different things to create my own vibe. This party will probably be a touch of classic mixed with rustic and graduation. I am a sucker for all the little things like paper straws, paper tassels and balloons. There will also be fun touches like this photo booth from Brit & Co.

Photo credit: Brit & Co.

Finally, my favorite part that I am most excited about, the picture collage. A friend of mine did this for her daughter and I just loved it. She bought a large, empty wooden frame from Hobby Lobby and mounted all kinds of pictures from her daughter’s first day of school through her high school graduation. I loved this so much and have kept it in the back of my mind for a couple of years. This will also be a perfect addition to each girl’s dorm.

To recap, each girl’s interests and tastes will be showcased and the graduation theme will tie it all together. Some people don’t like the idea of “sharing” parties like this, but I think they can be more special when there are unique aspects and you are able to combine the celebration with family.

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