10 Best Graduation Party Ideas

10 Best Graduation Party Ideas from @cydconverseMy oldest niece is graduating from high school in just a few weeks, and I’m so excited that my parents and I will be flying down to Florida to help her celebrate. Let me just say, the fact that she’s no longer a wide-eyed toddler kind of blows my mind! Now an easy five inches taller than I am, she’s off to college this fall, which makes me feel really old. (For the record, I first became an aunt very young, lest you should think I’m a senior citizen.) All of this, of course, has graduation season on my mind, which is what inspired me to round up some of the best graduation party ideas going! From decor to gifts, there’s a whole lot of fun right here.

Ready to honor your own graduate this spring? Click through for 10 of the best graduation party ideas!

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DIY Gold Leaf Planters

DIY Gold Leaf Planters from @cydconverse

Friends, I am so excited to share this pretty little gem of a DIY tutorial with you today! This is one of my favorites, basically of all time, and I’ve been sitting on it for a few weeks now just itching to show it off. It’s not even a little bit of a secret that I really really love gold leaf. The only thing I can’t figure out is why I don’t use it more often! So as we were headed into spring, I had this idea to get some gold leaf all up on some planters and thus these gold leaf terra cotta pots were born! I present you, the loveliest DIY gold leaf planters you ever did see. Promise you won’t be intimidated by the gold leaf? I promise, even you self-proclaimed uncrafty types can rock this!

DIY Gold Leaf Planters from @cydconverse

DIY Gold Leaf Planters from @cydconverse

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  • Terra cotta pots
  • (2) clean craft brushes (I prefer foam)
  • Gold leaf sheets
  • Gold leaf sizing
  • Gold leaf sealer

DIY Gold Leaf Planters by @cydconverse

DIY Gold Leaf Planters by @cydconverse DIY Gold Leaf Planters by @cydconverse

Begin by applying random brushstrokes of gold leaf adhesive all over your planter. I wanted a very random, weathered look so I covered quite a bit of the surface of the pot with the adhesive, but in a very haphazard manner. Keep in mind that the adhesive is very thin so you don’t need much on your brush. I personally prefer a foam brush when working with gold leaf, but basically any type of brush will work. Then, allow the adhesive to sit for about 20 – 30 minutes until it’s tacky, or as specified on the manufacturer’s instructions. From there, it’s time to gold leaf! Carefully lifting one sheet at a time, just place it on the pot wherever there is adhesive, pressing down firmly. If the sheet rips, no biggie! Just use the scraps and repeat the same process until all of the adhesive is covered.

DIY Gold Leaf Planters by @cydconverse DIY Gold Leaf Planters by @cydconverse

DIY Gold Leaf Planters by @cydconverse

After you’ve applied the gold leaf, it’s time to pick up a second clean brush and start removing the excess! To do this I just like to take my brush and kind of burnish the entire surface of the gold leaf by rubbing it into the surface of the planter with the brush. I’ll get in there with my fingers from time to time, too. No fear! At this point you’ll see extra chunks fall free and the rest will be a pretty smooth finish. I personally find this to be the most satisfying part of working with gold leaf, because this is the stage where it starts to look really really pretty!

DIY Gold Leaf Planters by @cydconverse

DIY Gold Leaf Planters by @cydconverse

DIY Gold Leaf Planters by @cydconverse

The final step is to give everything a light coat all over with the gold leaf sealer! Then just let it dry completely (overnight preferably) and you’re ready to fill your planters with all kinds of pretty flowers and foliage! I created my planters with the intention to use them inside, but if you’d like to use them outside I’d give everything a second coat of sealer using a spray sealant like those you can find in the spray paint section of hardware stores. Keep in mind even with sealer, they’re likely to weather a bit if they’re kept outside, but I think they’ll look even prettier with time!

DIY Gold Leaf Planters by @cydconverse

DIY Gold Leaf Planters by @cydconverse DIY Gold Leaf Planters by @cydconverse

DIY Gold Leaf Planters by @cydconverse

DIY Gold Leaf Planters by @cydconverse

Ok, I know I’m biased, but these are gorgeous, right? Gold leaf for the win, always. Don’t forget, if you make these or any other DIY project, I’d love to have you share with me on Instagram! Use the hashtag #thesweetestoccasion and be sure your profile is public so I can see what’re you’re crafting! xoxo

DIY Gold Leaf Planters from @cydconverse

DIY Gold Leaf Planters by @cydconverse

DIY Gold Leaf Planters from @cydconverse

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[Design + styling by Cyd Converse | Photos by Alice G. Patterson for The Sweetest Occasion.]

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Oh Joy Printable Art Print by Splendid Supply Co.

FREE Oh Joy! Art Print from @cydconverse | Designed by @splendidsupply

It’s time for the next installment of our printable art print series! Today’s gem comes to us in three spring inspired color palettes, designed by my sweet friend Maddy Hague of Splendid Supply Co. (You may remember the awesome art print that Maddy shared a couple of months ago, too!) Maddy is such a talented designer and I’m a longtime fan of her work. Needless to say, I love this latest addition to our print collection. I think it would make a pretty piece to hang in your office (or, yes, even your cubicle), a sweet punch of color in your kitchen, or a little girl’s room or nursery! Give it framed as a gift at a bridal or baby shower, maybe? I vote yes! I think that’s an excellent idea. Download it in the color scheme of your choice or download them all! If you do, I’d love to take a look! Share it with me on Instagram by tagging me (and Maddy, too!) and using the hashtag #thesweetestoccasion. Nothing would make me happier than to see your art prints looking beautiful in your home!

Download pink/orange | Download green | Download pink/blue | See all free printable art prints

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[Art print design by Splendid Supply Co. for The Sweetest Occasion.]

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Color Palette: Daiquiri + Breeze

Today’s color palette is all about the perfect shade of daiquiri pink, which is an ode to the beloved coral, and just perfect for summer. Paired with pretty, soft aqua and loads of neutrals, I am really digging this color combination at the moment. I know coral has been trending for quite a few years now, but I still love the color. It’s fresh and feminine, but more sophisticated than a straight bubble gum pink. Also, it’s just happy and we could all use a little extra happy. I see a beach house all decked out in these colors. Now I just a need a beach house! Who’s with me? Color Palette: Daiquiri and Breeze from @cydconverse post-line-before-credits [Photos, from top: Delia*s | Twist Me Pretty | La Creme Boutique.]

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Personal Notes 004: The Last Few Weeks

Art Print by Ursula Says Hello on Etsy via @cydconverse

An update post seems a bit overdue, so today I thought I’d take a few moments to sit down and catch you up on the last few weeks. It’s pretty obvious that I’ve been quite MIA, to an extent unheard of since The Sweetest Occasion’s conception back in 2008. I wasn’t planning to be quite so out of touch, but it turns out it’s what I needed during this time. This week I’m finally feeling ready to be plugged in again. A few weeks back I mentioned that I was helping to care for my grandmother while she was on hospice. Less than a week after I wrote that post, she passed away on April 26th. Our family had been gathered around her all day. We knew it was coming and she passed as peacefully as she could have after many weeks of suffering. It was a relief, it was a blessing, it was utterly heartbreaking. I knew I would be a wreck when the time came, but honestly, spending nearly 10 or 12 hours a day with her just about every day for two weeks leading up to her passing made the contrast of losing her feel outright cruel. If I’m perfectly honest, I am still reeling. My family is still reeling. She was the ultimate matriarch who kept all of us in line and in check, and it’s going to take a long time for us to figure out just how life works without her.

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