Celebrating isn’t cancelled, especially for my son’s college graduation! As an Orlando Event Planner, I wanted to have an enormous celebration befitting such a festive occasion. But due to the current Covid situation, that was not meant to be. Even though it was not the most decadent party I’ve ever planned, it was absolutely one of the most meaningful.
Although we were in quarantine and our guest count and resources were limited, it was a night we’ll never forget. Together we celebrated in our kitchen surrounded by black and orange everywhere (Princeton University school colors). We ate and drank and beamed with pride at our new graduate. It was a gentle reminder that the most important things in life do not have to be elaborate or expensive. They just have to be shared with people you love.
I was amazed at how quickly our kitchen transformed in a very short amount of time by just adding just a few key elements. I was lucky enough to locally source incredible balloons from Paper Goat Post. The balloons were whimsical and fun for décor and photo ops. With that key piece in place, I began layering black and orange with plates, napkins, ribbons, flowers and “BAM!” we had a party! Check out the before and after photos and see for yourself!
Of special note: please do not miss the close ups of unbelievable cookies created by 2 Smart Cookies. You won’t regret it! They able to perfectly execute Mandarin characters that translate to “Congratulations” on cookies for our East Asian Studies Major. And they were incredibly creative with all the other cookies they made for us! Remember: at home parties can be personalized and fun because celebrating isn’t cancelled!
A special thanks to these amazing local vendors:
Custom Cookies: 2 Smart Cookies | Custom T-Shirts: Amy Samelson | Balloons and paper plates: Paper Goat Post | Florals: Lee James Floral
Cake Topper: Do Tell Stationery & Designs | Cake: Morgan Hunter Desserts
May 31, 2020