Summer means the end of the school year and, for some, graduation. Graduation parties fill the summers of seniors getting ready to go off to college. For your own graduation party, what are you going to do to stand out from your friends? We’ve got some ideas to get you started.

For the guest book, we love the puzzle idea! For an extra special touch, get it printed with one of the graduate’s senior photos and have the guests sign the other side. The card box is an easy and quick idea. To decorate, paint the boxes in the school colors or colors from the college the graduate plans to attend. Get stickers from the scrap booking section of a craft store. Sports are featured on this one but you can do graduation themed stickers or something else the graduate loves.

To decorate, sometimes all you need are balloons and streamers. One of the major decorating decisions come from which color scheme to go with. You can go with high school colors or the colors from the chosen college. You could even do the graduates favorite colors. The garland is a cool way to display all those pictures you have stacking up. Make sure to label them with when they are from so guests can look without guessing. Get a cool photo booth for guests to take pictures in front of. Decorate it with the graduate’s name, year they graduated, congratulations, and maybe an inspirational quote. For the tables, simple flowers in a vase with a tag or pick will do it. The graduation year or a picture of the graduate will always look nice.

Food is one of the most important parts of a graduation party. Make sure to have plenty of options for your guests. Dessert is always a hit. The cake is easy to pick decorations for. The graduate’s name, year they are graduating, congrats, diplomas, or the hat are all good choices. Tie ribbons around Pirouette cookies to make them look like diplomas. Arrange cupcakes in the shape of the year for extra kick. Use the ring pops as favors. The cute sign in front makes it silly and memorable.

For more Graduation party inspiration, check out our Pinterest moodboard!

Card Box • Centerpiece • Cake • Guest Book • Garland • Decor • Photo Booth • Class Rings • Cupcakes • Cookies

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2016 Wedding Dress Trends

Although traditional-styled wedding dresses continue to be a favorite among today’s brides, many women are searching for more modern bridal gowns that truly complement their eccentric or fun-loving personality. From passionate red bridal gowns to wedding dresses with flirty fringes, the Spring 2016 Bridal Fashion Week showcased a variety of wedding dress trends to appeal to every bride’s unique style. What follows are some of the most memorable wedding dress trends from the bridal runways.

I’ve included references to designers so you can browse their collections, but if you’re looking for a dress this year, you want to be on trend, but don’t have the budget for a new designer dress, you can always seek the same style elements highlighted in previous years with preowned dresses, like those from

{1} 3D-Floral Appliques: The Fall 2016 bridal collections have completely fallen in love with floral appliqués, which can range from tiny petals to oversize flowers that are designed to resemble a floral meadow. Wedding dresses by Lela Rose are revealing intricate petal embroidery while Angel Sanchez’s bridal collection are featuring tiny hand-cut flowers on the neckline and scattered throughout the skirt. Additionally, some wedding dresses with this style feature 3D-floral appliques around the collar, on the sleeves, or slightly hidden in the folds of the gown.

floral wedding dress

{2} Bridal Dresses with Asymmetrical Hemlines: These wedding gowns may be one of the most unique bridal trends this year. Bridal dresses with asymmetrical hemlines are gathered slightly at the knee to show a bride’s Cinderella-like wedding slippers. Although deliciously classy in nature, these wedding dresses are also faithful in comfort so that a bride can enjoy her entire wedding with poise and ease. A great example is Anne Barge’s gorgeous ball gowns, which feature a short front skirt and a floor-sweeping tail.
asymmetrical hem line wedding dress

{3} Passionate Red Bridal Gowns: Some fashion designers have deviated from the all-white theme wedding dresses to emulate the bridal hue of Eastern cultures where red is known as the color of luck and auspiciousness. A bride can show her unconventional and audacious nature by wearing a dress like the “Scarlet” poppy red bias slip dress with satin ribbons that was featured in Theia.
red bridal gown

{4} Off-the-Shoulder Bridal Dresses: Off-the-Shoulder Bridal Dresses will confidently appear again in the Fall 2016 bridal collections. The designs have been an attractive and timeless trend in past years on a variety of swimsuits, shirts, and dresses. These types of wedding dresses will feature off-the-shoulder bodices with outspread v-necklines. Thanks to bridal dresses that feature long sleeves, lace, and luxe satin, these off-the-shoulder gowns by Jim Hjelm, Gahlia Lahav,
and Monique Lhuillier will elegantly display a bride’s beautiful shoulders, but will not offend any wedding guests like traditionalists or elderly relatives.

off the shoulder bridal gownMonique Lhuillier Fall 2016, October 2015, New York

{5} Bridal Dresses with Fringes: As one of the best trends for Fall 2015, flirtatious fringes are expected to continue their pace through the Fall 2016 bridal collections. Resembling long straight hairs, fringes can be seen accessorizing the hemlines of the skirts, gliding gracefully down the back of a satin slip dress, or draping elegantly on a bride’s arms. Naeem Khan and Francesca Miranda are the names that are often associated with this wedding dress trend.
fringe bridal dress

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{6} Wedding Gowns with Airy Skirts: One of the best bridal trends of fall 2016 are wedding gowns with airy skirts. Many fashion designers such as Hayley Page and Kelly Faetanini have used lightweight tulle and organza fabrics in order to help create a breezy atmosphere throughout a wedding ceremony. The light-as-air dresses can vary from streamlined ball gowns to flowy sheaths.
airy skirt wedding gown

{7} Wedding Dresses with Flutter Sleeves: Fluttery sleeves can greatly embellish a gown by adding a touch of vintage-inspired whimsy to an otherwise simple wedding dress. Matthew Christopher and Sarah Seven used delicate fabrics like lace and chiffon to create flirty-style sleeves to complement a wedding’s celestial atmosphere.

flutter sleeves wedding dress

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Memorial Day Wedding


Memorial Day is on the threshold of summer: barbecues, yard games, and the feeling of being patriotic! Well, if you are considering a holiday wedding on Memorial Day, you should check this mood board out. It’s too easy to go rustic with this theme so we have some of the most elegant and fun ideas for a Memorial Day Wedding.

Starting with your groom, why dress him in anything other than shades of blue with accents of white and red? Give him the traditional flower of the day for his boutonniere. A red poppy with greenery or baby’s breath looks beautiful against a light blue shirt. For the groomsmen, go bold but not over the top! American flag socks in muted tones don’t scream America but they do say it in a normal voice.

For your bridesmaids, a dark navy blue dress will look great against the light blue shirts the guys are wearing. You could go mismatched red and blue dresses, but that might be a little over the top. Better to hint at the red in their bouquets, tied off with a white and blue striped ribbon. And for the bride’s bouquet, you could go all white or all three colors. All of it looks great against a white dress.

Greet your guests at the reception with a bold color scheme. Navy linens with red table runners look great, especially while accented with a white and red centerpiece. Or you could go mismatched pattered with the tablecloth and napkin. Another centerpiece option is to continue the poppy theme. Accent the poppies with thistle and daisies for a just-picked feel. For a different cake, try a naked cake piled high with blueberries, strawberries, and grapes! The natural feel will make the guests feel like they are eating something so decadent.

For your pictures, don’t forget a flag for a prop. You can get some really cute shots of it wrapped around you. Finish the night off with a festive fireworks show! Don’t forget to make sure your photographer there. You will treasure pictures like this forever.

For more Memorial Day wedding ideas, check out our Pinterest Mood Board!

Photo • Place Setting • Bouquet • Reception • Naked Cake • Fireworks • Socks • Boutonniere • Bridesmaids • Centerpiece

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