Nursing School Graduation Party

I can’t believe it’s already been exactly a month since Skyler’s nursing school graduation party and I have YET to show you the pictures!  Remember how we kept having monsoons?  Like this:

Well, this was the same week as the party.  The day before was sunny and 80.  The day of looked like the above photo.  A little problem for a backyard BBQ.  It literally monsooned at 3 pm and the party was set for 4.  By 3:45 it was dry(ish) and looking more promising, so we went ahead and threw all the tables and decor up outside in a rush.  Thankfully, it turned out ok for the most part and didn’t monsoon until about 2hours into the party, when everyone crowded inside the house.  It all worked out in the end.  πŸ™‚

I had SO much fun finding little details that I could add to the party to make it just a little more memorable.  Of course, Pinterest is a huge source of inspiration.  You can see my nursing grad party Pinterest board, or these two blogs that I got ideas from: VixenMade and Today’s Letters.

Thankfully, my Silhouette machine came in handy and was super useful for creating cute details.  (I always ask Skyler to imagine if Silhouette was around when we got married…all the projects I could’ve dreamed up with it… he always answers back with a groan and eye roll, and I’m sure a silent thanks to God for our wedding being before Silhouette.)

I bought this awesome set of “Nurses Tools” shapes from the Silhouette Online Store.  I used the pill bottle shape and brown kraft paper to cut out some bottle shapes for the invites.  Then in Photoshop, I designed a label to mimic a prescription coming from ‘Anderson’s Pharmacy’, but it had all the party details (except I blurred my personal details out… Don’t worry, Nate and Brittany is a made up couple with a made up address. ;)).

I loved these because it was quick and simple to make (just glued the labels on the bottles and shoved them (lovingly) into an envelope, but a cute and fun detail.  πŸ™‚

Dessert Table:

Ok, I am the worst at (even simple) cake decorating.  Though I really don’t have to tell you, you can just see for yourself:

Thank you gifts for the guests:

The boxes are from the Dollar Tree and I just used mu Silhouette to cut the red crosses and attached them with foam stickies so that they floated off the box a bit.  They reminded me of nurses bags.  πŸ™‚  I put small medication baggies (also from Dollar Tree) filled with Mike N Ike’s in the “nurse bags”.

Found the sign here and printed & framed it: 

Using the nurses tools Silhouette package, I made a long garland to hang on the back fence (this was probably my favorite part):

The drink station:

The food:
Cole Slaw, Potato Salad, Macaroni Salad, Fruit Salad, Bean Dip, Pasta Salad = BBQ!!! Yum πŸ™‚
And, all of our awesome friends who joined us and celebrated with us, despite the crazy rainstorm 2 hours into the BBQ! 

Skyler’s brother Logan, cooking the shish-ka-bobs!

Zeek loved drinking out of the fun straw!

Skyler’s daddy cookin’ up some kielbasa’s!

Two buddies wearing their babes (born a week apart!).

Finally sitting and enjoying visiting with my friend Tara!

HUGE thank you to everyone who came to Skyler’s party to help us celebrate his big accomplishment in finishing the nursing program!  (And a shout-out to my buddy Gina for being photographer and snapping all these great photos for me!)
Despite the rains, we had a great time and I’m so glad Skyler got to really see how many people love and support him and celebrate with him in his accomplishments.  Was truly awesome to see.  πŸ™‚

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