What a fun weekend we’ve had here! I mentioned to you on Saturday that we were so happy that our Disney daughter had made it home from her internship at Walt Disney World. She arrived just in time for her boyfriend’s college graduation.
So we spent Saturday afternoon watching a graduation ceremony.
After 3 hours of waiting, his name was called, and he received his diploma. 🙂
Later that night, the graduate and almost all of his family came over for dessert and coffee. My mother made a pound cake for us, and we enjoyed it with fresh peaches, strawberries, blackberries and whipped cream. My mother-in-law baked Swedish gingerbread for us, (recipe here) and I prepared apples and Heath Brickle dip (recipe here.) You can’t see it in the photo because it’s behind the chalkboard. (And yes, I know. I also made it a couple of weeks ago, but it is sooo good. 🙂 )
(Sorry for the weird lighting. I hate taking photos at night!)
We had a little more than coffee to drink. 🙂
The graduate’s family returned home, and he returned to the college to pack up, but the next morning he was back at our house…this time for a graduation lunch. (I did not even think of the dessert party until Saturday morning, but I had been planning this lunch for awhile.) We really had to sneak around to get everything set up upstairs without our daughter or her boyfriend knowing we were doing it. (I wanted it to be a surprise.) I had even set the table in our dining area by the kitchen as if we were eating in there to throw them off. 🙂
We had our traditional grilled steaks, baked potatoes, fresh bread, our daughter’s favorite salad – the romaine and ramen one, (recipe here) and leftover shortcake for dessert. My husband grilled the steaks. I baked the potatoes and bread, and our daughter and her boyfriend prepared the salad. I was able to sneak the potatoes upstairs in a thermal insulated bag, and my husband managed to get the steaks (wrapped in aluminum foil) up there too without anyone seeing him. So when they finished making the salad, our daughter started to carry it to the table and asked, “Where’s all the food??” That’s when we told them to go upstairs. It was a fun surprise. 🙂
I can’t seem to break away from using school decor for graduation parties. It just seems to work so well. (But I will have to come up with something different for our daughter’s graduation next year…I think I’ve used the theme enough. 🙂 )
The school’s colors are black and orange- so that was my color scheme. I changed out the pillow covers to orange ones, and our black and white drapes worked well with all the black and orange balloons. (Our middle son was home for the weekend, and thank goodness he was able to make a secret run for a new helium tank!)
We had a great time and were all totally stuffed when we finished. I am going to really have to think hard to come up with an idea for our daughter’s graduation party.
At least I have a year to plan for it. 🙂
Thank you again for stopping in for a visit here. Fingers crossed, I will have some pretty houses for you to see this week…our last crazy week of school!
Until next time…