Tiny Prints-Inspired Graduation Party

Can you believe tomorrow is April?? Craziness. This means the end of the school year will be here before you know it, and with it graduation time. I know, it’s barely even spring and I’m already dropping graduation on you. But graduation parties are a big deal, as are announcements and invitations, so it doesn’t hurt to get planning in advance. 

An absolutely beautiful pink and gold graduation party, filled with DIY ideas and inspired by Tiny Prints' new line of invitations.

Tiny Prints just introduced their brand-new line of graduation invitations and announcements, and they are gorgeous. And, they asked me to pick my favorite one and style a graduation party based on it. Um, ok!!

Not only did I get to go through all of their amazing invitations, but I got free reign over which one I chose. Now, if you read this blog on a regular basis, you know that I’m the mom of three boys. So you know what I don’t get a lot of in this house? 

Pink. And gold. And glitter. And sparkly things.

So when I saw this invitation, I couldn’t resist. 

Create a beautiful pink and gold-themed graduation party, inspired by a Tiny Prints invitation.

Seriously, so pretty. Pink and gold and sparkly and not a football, dinosaur, dump truck or baseball in sight. In other words, the exact opposite of what I usually deal with on a daily basis. 

I had so, so much fun creating this party. I was in heaven. And the best part is, I made almost all of the decorations myself. 

An absolutely beautiful pink and gold graduation party, filled with DIY ideas and inspired by Tiny Prints' new line of invitations.

I will be doing a bunch of posts over the next few weeks going into more detail about exactly how I did a lot of the treats and decorations, but I wanted to give you a quick overview here.

An absolutely beautiful pink and gold graduation party, filled with DIY ideas and inspired by Tiny Prints' new line of invitations.

My two best friends when I was creating this party were gold spray paint and glitter.

I created the glittery 2014 with just simple $1 wooden numbers from the craft store. To make them stand up, I bought 4 small wooden ovals {$.29 each}, and hot glued the numbers to them. A coat of glue and glitter later, and they reach a whole new level of fancy pants.

An absolutely beautiful pink and gold graduation party, filled with DIY ideas and inspired by Tiny Prints' new line of invitations.

I love mixing fancy with casual, which is why I love the way these gold-and-glitter Mason jars turned out. Filled with small pink roses, they look so pretty, but still laid-back.

An absolutely beautiful pink and gold graduation party, filled with DIY ideas and inspired by Tiny Prints' new line of invitations.

I also used Mason jars to serve up some raspberry lemonade {pink again!}. I created the swizzle sticks {mostly so that I could use the word “swizzle”} by just hot gluing a gold pom-pom onto a skewer. The pink and gold paper straws are another pretty, but casual, touch.

An absolutely beautiful pink and gold graduation party, filled with DIY ideas and inspired by Tiny Prints' new line of invitations.

The paper medallion on the wall is made from gold striped wrapping paper from Target, while the pink and gold flowers are just tissue paper puffs.

An absolutely beautiful pink and gold graduation party, filled with DIY ideas and inspired by Tiny Prints' new line of invitations.

The pretzel rods are dipped in pink and white candy melts and sprinkled with gold sugar and pink and white candy pearls. I found the container in the dollar bins at Target. It used to be white until it met up with my old friend gold spray paint. 

An absolutely beautiful pink and gold graduation party, filled with DIY ideas and inspired by Tiny Prints' new line of invitations.

Some store-bought sugar cookies also got fanci-fied with some pink candy melts and gold sugar.

An absolutely beautiful pink and gold graduation party, filled with DIY ideas and inspired by Tiny Prints' new line of invitations.

Even the cake pops {which aren’t actually even cake pops at all — you won’t believe what they really are — click here to find out!} got dressed up for the party with some shimmer dust and edible gold stars.

An absolutely beautiful pink and gold graduation party, filled with DIY ideas and inspired by Tiny Prints' new line of invitations.I once again used one of my favorite tricks of decorating a store-bought cake; this time with pink shimmery gumballs that I found in the party section at Target.

An absolutely beautiful pink and gold graduation party, filled with DIY ideas and inspired by Tiny Prints' new line of invitations.

As for the cake stand, can you believe that {and the stand I used for the pink tissue paper puff!} started its life as a glass candlestick and plate from the Dollar Store? {a full tutorial for that can be found here!}

An absolutely beautiful pink and gold graduation party, filled with DIY ideas and inspired by Tiny Prints' new line of invitations.

A thrift-store glass bowl got a whole new life when I attached it to a candlestick {another thrift store find!} and painted it with liquid gold leaf.

An absolutely beautiful pink and gold graduation party, filled with DIY ideas and inspired by Tiny Prints' new line of invitations.

In lieu of a guest book, I found a large black photo mat at the craft store and popped it into a thrift-store frame. Leave a white chalk marker next to it and guests can share their thoughts, best wishes and words of wisdom.

An absolutely beautiful pink and gold graduation party, filled with DIY ideas and inspired by Tiny Prints' new line of invitations.

So you can see, even though the thought of planning a graduation party can be daunting, it doesn’t have to be a scary — or crazy expensive — endeavor.

An absolutely beautiful pink and gold graduation party, filled with DIY ideas and inspired by Tiny Prints' new line of invitations.

If you’re looking for some inspiration of your own, make sure you check out Tiny Prints’ announcement and invitation options. No matter what type of party you want to have, you’ll be sure to find something that fits your needs. They’ve also created a handy little checklist of when to do what, just to help keep you on track. 

Tiny Prints Graduation Etiquette

You tell me: what are your favorite time- and money-saving tips and tricks for preparing for a big party?

Tiny Prints Graduation Announcements and Invitations

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