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The No Season – No Holiday – No Party – and No Color Scheme – Home Tour – Part 2

Porch centerpiece

At the very end of April I shared part 1 of this no-special-occasion tour with you, and in the last post you read we hosted our daughter’s graduation party outside in our yard.  That meant nothing had to be done to the inside of the house for that party. Yippee!  (A million things outside, but at least nothing inside. 🙂 )

porch wickerSo before I start “summer-izing” the rooms around here, I thought we would finish the tour of the house in my favorite non-seasonal decor.  Come on in the back door of the screened porch this time. 🙂

porchYellow yellow everywhere on the porch!

PorchWith a few black accents to contrast with it.

wicker swingSome of you had suggested using yellow plates in the wall arrangement back when we looked at the Easter version of it.  I took your advice, and it turned out very pretty. 🙂

porch desk wall display with toolsWith all the yellow, the lyrics for You Are My Sunshine seemed a good choice for the chalkboard.

porch tableThe table has another super simple centerpiece (try saying that 3 times fast!)  It is much like the one in the dining room with a plant, a tray, and a jar of napkins.

centerpiece for porch table

Lemonade is the perfect drink for the back porch at this time of year.
beverage center

Buffet vignette and chalkboard

Those drought tolerant kalanchoes have really done well on the porch – better than any other plant I have tried to grow out there.

porch buffet

That’s all there is to see of the porch, so let’s take our tour into the house to the playroom.

fun and games chalkboardI just kept with the playfulness of the space in the chalkboard messages in there, and I didn’t add any other color to the green accents.

playroom chalkboard

But since the time I took these photos, the sofa has changed.  Our daughter had the other traditional sofa that had previously been in there with her in her apartment.  She will be working in Oklahoma this summer and with Disney in the fall and winter, so we moved the other sofa home last week.  The wicker sofa has had to go find another place to live (the back porch – which booted the loveseat out from there.)   Anyway, after all the “musical chairs” with the sofas, I painted the wicker one black to match all the chairs at the graduation party. (Good eye Sue for noticing that!)  I will be painting it back to the khaki color again very soon.

playroom wickerThe end table is easily decorated with games and gumballs – appropriate for this room. 🙂

playroom vignetteAnd my all time favorite words for the big chalkboard are up in there.

Life is a game chalkboardNow wander across the hall to my workroom for a second.

workroomNo changes for the room – except I have managed to keep a plant alive in there! 🙂

workroom cabinet buffalo check drapesOur last stop before we finish the tour and leave out the side door is the undecorated hallway.
I really like the pop of my yellow sweater there.

hallwayAnd that is the end of our plain-Jane tour.  As you leave, you might want to take a look at my herb garden.  (I’m afraid it is becoming more and more of a flower garden and less and less of an herb one.)  The rain is really making everything so green.  When all the daisies bloom, it is going to be a beautiful little spot!

herb garden

Thank you to everyone who left your very sweet comment on the graduation party in the last post.  You are all too kind!!!  I hope you have a fun Friday and a wonderful weekend!

Until next time…

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Rhonda - May 24, 2016 - 9:22 am

Hi Kelly,

I love your site! I don’t get to comment as much as I’d like, but wanted you to know that I turned to your site to help with a dinner party I was throwing. I wanted decorating ideas for the table and recipes. Thanks so much for sharing all of your pictures with us. It’s a great help, plus, some days, it’s just a much needed place to go to day dream! 🙂

Rhonda

Garden, Home and Party - May 22, 2016 - 9:54 am

Kelly,
Your home is always pretty, no matter the season or celebration. I really like the yellow accents for spring/summer.
The herb/flower garden is really pretty with the contrasting vibrant green grass! 😊🌿🌱🌾

Sherry - May 21, 2016 - 8:31 am

Love the yellow, Kelly! I always feel excited when I see that you are going to give us a porch tour. I still love your porch! But, I love your workroom too! I guess, I just have to admit it, I love it all! It sounds like you won’t be slowing down at all this summer. Hope you keep us along for the ride!!!😉

Rosemary - May 21, 2016 - 7:58 am

That was certainly not a “plain Jane tour ” Kelly 🙂
I just love how this colour way works in your house …the touches of yellow are just perfect for the time of year. especially on the porch. Gorgeous throw on the back of your swing seat. Everywhere looks so bright and fresh. Really cute herb garden too!
Hope you’re enjoying the weekend.
Rosemary

Donna - May 21, 2016 - 7:26 am

Please tell me about the fern on the wall. I am having my garden club luncheon and need something for my porch with a garden theme!

Kayleigh Harkins O'Neal - May 20, 2016 - 10:20 pm

Kelly, your home looks gorgeous as ever! I miss you and wish my handwriting were as pretty as yours. One of these days when I come home to visit, I’m going to have a big stack of things for you to write for me. 🙂 I’ll pay you of course!

Kim - May 20, 2016 - 6:56 pm

Love your posts !! Thanks for sharing it gives me inspiration for getting my outside pretty again after a long winter. Love your wicker furniture wondering where you might have purchased it from ??

Gabrielle - May 20, 2016 - 6:07 pm

It all looks just beautiful Kelly. So fresh and inviting for Spring. You have an absolute gift for making visitors to your home feel welcome. (Including your blog visitors). You must be the most organised person I know. Your creativity is, as aways, an inspiration.

Jennifer - May 20, 2016 - 5:17 pm

Kelly,

I meant to comment on your last post, I will do so now. Do your kids know how blessed they are to have you for a mom?? Wow!-so impressed with the party you orchestrated. Memories that will last a lifetime…Kudos to you and to your daughter on her graduation. P.S. Love the yellow for summertime.

Vicki - May 20, 2016 - 2:11 pm

Laughing at Cindy’s post, “Yes, you will do her wedding.” We can’t wait for that, either. But you may have to have help! Lol! Your home is lovely! I feel comfortable there (on the blog, of course), but you make us feel at home and “invited in”. Always enjoy when your name pops up in my in box!

Peggy - May 20, 2016 - 1:57 pm

Yellow is my very favorite color! It makes me happy and is so bright and uplifting. You have a beautiful home. Your home is beautiful!

Kathy - May 20, 2016 - 1:51 pm

Everything looks so neat and pretty and organized! You do have a color scheme though … yellow, and you have all of those pops of red in other rooms. I just love your use of color in decorating. I have been looking for a red VW because yours looks so cute. Your chalkboards are always awesome. You have also made me fall in love with gingham and buffalo checks. Good job, Kelly!

Peggy - May 20, 2016 - 1:18 pm

Love, love, love the yellow. It looks so cheery on our third day of gray skies. Your screened porch has to be my favorite. I would love to have my morning coffee in your swing. You are probably gearing up for Memorial Day celebrations and red will be back for summer. That makes me smile. Bring on the summer.

Becky - May 20, 2016 - 12:28 pm

And I live in .Ada, OK. In the southern part of our great state! So welcome y’all and questions about people, places, and things to do are most welcome! Becky in Oklahoma

Gina - May 20, 2016 - 11:04 am

Yea!! Two posts in one week! 🙂 I always love you house tours. The yellow is so pretty. Spring is the only time I use yellow. The black contrasts so well with it. I love how your back porch is just like a room in your home. Mine gets rain blown in unfortunately so no fabric or good furniture. Wow, Oklahoma for the summer, then Disney. I’m sure your daughter is very excited for this next phase in her life. Love your herb/flower garden area too! So pretty. 🙂

Donnamae - May 20, 2016 - 10:29 am

You know I love your house in red accents…but…the yellow is refreshing! Love it! Your herb garden is looking great from here…I’m growing herbs in containers this year on our deck. I’m behind in my reading, so I’ll catch up on the graduation party later. Have a great weekend! 😉

Design Chic - May 20, 2016 - 10:02 am

Yellow is a favorite color of ours, especially in the Summer – just says happy to us! Your home looks amazing, as always and I love seeing the porch – don’t think I would every be able to go inside…happy weekend, Kelly!

Ann - May 20, 2016 - 9:47 am

How did you make the wall hanging that has the yellow plates behind it? Cute!

Louvina - May 20, 2016 - 9:40 am

Loving the yellow and that song is going through my head! I know you were able to enjoy the outdoor party knowing that your home was ready inside. It truly looks summer ready!! I’m off today to get new patio cushions that have a black background with white magnolia flowers with a touch of yellow and green. You are so inspiring and thoughtful to share with us and tutor us in the thought process that goes with your homemaking. I must not have gotten that gene!! I think it comes from your logical math thinking which I did not get either!! My mind is racing off thinking about all your adventures ahead during the summer months. Thank you for a great start for a wonderful weekend!! 🙂

Catarina G - May 20, 2016 - 8:58 am

Dear Kelly, I also have a question about your chalk boards…
They are always so inspirational and make such a beautiful decoration.
The way we learn to draw letters, as kids, in my country isn’t so beautiful as the english-american ones. Do you pratice that in some way? Do you test them in paper before you move to chalk boards? Can you anyhow show me the way you learn to draw or give me some sites were i can find exercices/tutorials? I would like to improve my handwriting and then think of buying a board. 🙂
hank You. <3

Shlrley@Housepitality Designs - May 20, 2016 - 8:55 am

I love seeing your tours!….all of the rooms are so beautifully decorated with the greatest attention to details…always adore your chalkboards. Love the yellows! So glad your plant is still alive in that fabulous work room of yours!…Have a great weekend!

Cindy - May 20, 2016 - 8:52 am

So glad you are back! In my head I knew that you were busy, but there was this little part…that said I hope everyone is okay.
We all have grown to love you and your family!!! So we worry, plus it makes my morning when I have a new post from you.
Now to the beautiful graduation party, everything was wonderful (of course). My favorite thing about the post was your thought process in planning the party. I do lots of parties, get a theme and go with it, you RESEARCH everything. I love it!! When I talk about you, my husband says, is that the lady that redecorated a room to match a backpack. lol. So the fact that you painted a loveseat black, that you are going to turn around and paint again doesn’t surprise me. Congratulations to your daughter and yes, you will do her wedding. Hugs, Cindy
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Gosh how sweet of you to be concerned Cindy! (Didn’t mean to make you worry though. 🙁 ) Yes, I am the crazy redecorate-for-the-backpack lady, and yes I will repaint not only the sofa but also 10 of the 24 black chairs. I just love the paint sprayer! LOL
Kelly

Talia - May 20, 2016 - 8:52 am

I LOVE the yellow – so cheery and sunshiny! And I am always impressed with your calligraphy talent!
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Thank you Talia! I love that yellow too. We need some sunshine color here on this misty rainy day. 🙂
Kelly

Robin Nikkel - May 20, 2016 - 8:29 am

Kelly, I have enjoyed your blog for several years now and you have given me great ideas. Thank you for sharing. I have a question, though, how do you get your chalk board sayings so clear? Do you use chalk or those markers? If you use the markers how do you not have shadows of old sayings? My boards just don’t look neat even if I get the lettering the way I like it.

I hope your daughter likes OK. We are in Tulsa if she has any questions. It’s hot here in the summer, but she’ll still need a few sweaters because the air conditioning is fierce.
Robin
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Hi Robin! Good question! I do use the chalk markers, and they do leave a shadow. I use a magic eraser to scrub the shadows. On some boards that does the trick (like the large one in the playroom.) On other boards (the less expensive ones) I have to come back with regular chalk to “gray it out” and make what is left of the shadows blend in with the background of the board.

Thank you for the info on Oklahoma. Our daughter will be working with a mission team on construction work so I know she is going to get hot. At least their housing is air conditioned. 🙂 And she knows heat from Georgia. Our humidity is what makes our heat so unbearable in the summer. I think my husband and I will be making a road trip for a visit at some point this summer. We’ll get to enjoy your state too! 🙂
Kelly

Graduation: Jimmy Carter, Greg Allman, and The Party

Graduation partyWe interrupt our regularly scheduled blog posts to bring you….Life.  Yes, Life took over for the last few weeks and stole all my blogging time.  I do apologize for leaving you abandoned, and I thank so many of you who wrote to ask if everything was okay.  It was nice to be missed. 🙂  I mentioned in the last post our daughter was graduating from college, and I would be planning a big party to celebrate this milestone in her life.  As I was planning it out, my main goal besides making it nice for her was to be totally finished with everything an hour (or more) before it was to start so that I wasn’t running around like a chicken with my head cut off when our guests arrived.  I planned and planned and planned.

At first, knowing what a Disney fan our daughter is, I wanted to do an Up themed graduation party borrowing ideas from weddings and this party:

Up themed graduation party

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I had compiled quite a looong list of ideas, but after spending many hours checking countless sources, I could never find a model house from the movie that was reasonably priced and/or could be completed before the party.  Without that house, the theme would be lacking a major component.  So I abandoned that theme and just went in a different Disney direction…a more mature one.  This wedding had centerpieces, invitations, and table and place cards that would work well for a graduation party:

Disney wedding centerpiecesource

After making a list of items needed for it, I decided it would be too costly and too time consuming (in 2 weeks) to be able to pull it off.  So I started over with a different plan.  In the meantime, I helped some friends plan a big retirement party for a friend – making chalkboards and flower arrangements for it.  (Sorry, I have no photos of it all. 🙁 )I spent a day with my mom on a garden tour for her Mother’s Day gift, (I do have photos of it we’ll see later on 🙂 ) and I spent some time with my sister buying furniture for her son’s first apartment.

And then – and this is the big time killer – I decided the graduation party would need to be held outside in our yard so that it would be accessible to my father-in-law who has a hard time with the steps going up to the house.  Holding that party outside meant hours and hours and hours of work on landscaping by both my husband and me.  It also meant I had to clean the outside of the house, wash and repaint all the outdoor furniture, and get all the pots on the porches and decks replanted with flowers for the summer.  We worked well after dark many evenings during the last couple of weeks.

And then there was all the research/shopping for things for this party. At first I thought about renting tables and chairs, but eventually we decided to borrow a few tables, purchase 4 tables, borrow 4 chairs, and put them with our mismatched chairs.  But if the chairs were not all the same style, they were at least all going to all be the same color – black.  So any chair around here that wasn’t already black got painted black by me. (Yet another job.)

The next few photos show all the pre-party items stacked up in my workroom as it became party central with all the plates (Caterer’s sets from Pottery Barn) and glasses (Hobnail acrylic ones from Pottery Barn.) I found multiple red napkins at Pier 1, so I loaded up on them.  After much searching for inexpensive but nice looking flatware, I found service for 8 at Walmart for $9.99.  It was perfect for an outdoor lunch, so I bought 3 sets of it.

party prep dinnerware and flatwareI researched table linens until I was cross eyed!  I finally found some reasonably priced but good quality white ones at Amazon.com and ordered them.  Then I decided to just use the Ikea fabric that I was saving for new drapes in my master bedroom as the toppers for the tables.  I cut them to panel lengths and washed and ironed all of them.  (Ironing took FOREVER.)

party prep table linens

After surveying our daughter about all her favorite foods, I was able to put together a good menu for the party.  Because I knew we would be spending Saturday with graduation activities very little time would be available for food prep.  I decided to contact The Perfect Pear catering to make a large portion of our dishes. (Everything they make is delicious!) Serving dishes were chosen and stored in the workroom, along with chalkboards and small signs.

party prep serving dishes

Party favors (mini pecan pies)were wrapped and stored in a basket in my workroom.

party prep party favors

Our daughter’s favorite flowers are red gerbera daisies.  I ordered 50 stems from a local florist and made eight arrangements using them, some greenery from a tree growing near the road here, and some babies breath and a few other blooms from our local Kroger grocery store.  You can see my jar collection came in handy here!

party prep flowers

The graduation party was set for last Sunday, but graduation itself was on Saturday.  Here is where the title of today’s post comes in.  The guest speaker for our daughter’s commencement ceremony was former president Jimmy Carter.  He urged the graduates to make world peace and human rights a major part of the goals for their life.  Here he is at the podium.

Jimmy Carter speaking at Mercer University graduation May 2016When he finished, they showed a few video clips from his campaign days on the big screen…

Jimmy Carter campaign videosand a few video clips of the Allman Brothers band from the days when they would play at his campaign stops.  (He said they were the reason he was elected. 🙂 )

Jimmy Carter and Allman BrothersThen Greg Allman himself played as the special graduation music.  Our daughter’s roommate is named Missy – short for Melissa, and her father is a big Allman Brothers fan.  So much so that Missy was named after Melissa in the band’s song Sweet Melissa.  Well guess what was the first song Greg Allman sang at graduation…  Sweet Melissa. 🙂  Let’s just say that made Missy’s day…week…entire life (to quote her)!

Greg Allman Mercer graduationAfter Greg Allman sang, Jimmy Carter and the university’s president presented him with an honorary doctorate degree in Humanities for his work in the arts. A few more honors were presented, and then it was time to award diplomas.  Can you tell our daughter was excited?! 🙂

graduation lineFinally!

graduation 2016And then it was photo time with dad… and boyfriend… and grandmothers… and brother – who made it home from Yale late the night before.

2016-05-15 graduationOh and photos with Missy. 🙂

roommatesWe all then went to dinner at Daphne Lodge.  Sunday, the day for the party, arrived with gorgeous weather.  I forgot to photograph the entire setting before the party, but this shows it in a photo we took afterwards.

graduation party lunch in yardHere is the “guest book” (a notepad) for everyone to sign with their words of wisdom.

graduation party guest bookI think “words of wisdom” might just be the theme for the party.  It was inspired by candles I found at Homegoods.

graduation party guest book tableWe moved some of the porch and family room furniture outside for seating.

graduation party seatingA cornhole game was set up in the yard.
cornhole game for party

Here is the beverage area before the coffee tray was brought out.

Graduation party beverage table

Our daughter loves pie.  So we had a pie bar for our dessert station.  I used ice packs to keep all the food cool outside. Even with the ice packs the chess pie wanted to melt a little, so we moved a large umbrella around to shade the table.  Amazingly, the key lime pies stayed very cold through it all. (Ignore the gold doilies that are trying to fly away here in the photo.)

graduation party pie barThis is the food table.  Besides the catered food, my mother made deviled eggs, a huge fruit salad, and the Ramen noodle and romaine lettuce salad for me.

graduation party lunch food

graduation party food

For the centerpieces, I used small easels (from Michaels) to hold those quote cards from Target that I love….more words of wisdom. 🙂

Graduation party centerpiece

The quote cards were also part of the place cards at each place setting.  (The gold straws and graduation cap straw toppers came from Target – sold separately.)

Graduation party place setting

Under the quote card was a Table Topics question for each guest to discuss with the people around them.

graduation party place setting with Table Topic and quote cards

And here are a couple of tables all set up.

Graduation party

graduation party flowers

(A couple of glasses are missing at the end of the table here because guests had already grabbed them to fill before I took the photo.)graduation party table settings

And here is the guest of honor. 🙂

graduation lunch

It was quite a gathering of friends and relatives.

From babies…

Liza

Brooks

to big kids…

Morgan

to grandparents…

grad and grandparents

to friends and boyfriend
(and even boyfriend’s sister. 🙂 )

friends

And aunts and uncles and cousins…And when they all left 3 hours later, they took a mini pecan pie home with them.

party favor piesSilly girl!

graduation party favors

And that was the graduation party from start to finish that kept me busy the last 2 weeks.

graduation party tables

You know how I said I wanted to be ready an hour before the party?  Well even with all that planning, and laying everything out, and all that help, (which included my former cleaning lady who has not worked for me in years showing up out of the blue on Friday because she said she owed me cleaning for making her some drapes!) I still wasn’t ready.  We didn’t get to do the balloons for the tables, and I didn’t get to make the turkey sandwiches I had planned on preparing.  We were all still scurrying around as guests arrived.  I don’t think I will ever be totally ready early for any party, but regardless, I still think it all turned out very well.

Later that evening as I was washing dishes, our daughter came into the kitchen, hugged me and said, “Thank you for the great party.”  I replied, “You’re welcome, but I am not doing your wedding whenever the time comes for it.”  She just grinned and said, “Oh yes you are Mom!” 🙂

party tables

I’ll have part 2 from the long ago home tour for you in the next post.  I just felt like I owed you a party for being away sooo long.  Thank you so much for coming back to visit! 🙂

Until next time…

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p.s.  Okay…because you all are asking, I am adding one photo with me in it.  Remember, though, I am the one with the camera.  So that is why you don’t see me in photos. 🙂 (Plus I absolutely hate having my photo taken.)

family photoThere you go. 🙂

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Donamae - May 24, 2016 - 8:55 am

Wow! What a party! You have such a wonderful backyard for a party….everything looks so casually elegant! And, the food….oh my! I want to go to one of your parties! 😉

DiAnne - May 22, 2016 - 5:10 pm

Kelly,
What a lucky group of graduates to have Jimmy Carter be their speaker. I think they might remember all of this.
What a lovely party for your daughter! I am so happy you were blessed with good weather.
I knew you were busy with life. May has always been crazy town around our house. I missed you though.

Pat in Georgia - May 21, 2016 - 12:43 pm

Wow, the party was amazing and beautiful Your daughter is one lucky girl to have a Mom who planned a graduation party that will be remembered forever! Your yard is gorgeous as was evrything! What a wonderful celebration of a big accomplishment! Congratulations!

Ronda Watts - May 20, 2016 - 10:26 pm

Wow!!! Once again, you just amaze me!!! I am in the process of planning my daughter’s graduation party (for next year,2017) and I was so happy to see your post!!!! I plan to retire from teaching (after 29+) years next year too!! So it will be a special year!!!! Thanks again, I am going to pin everything you posted!:) I was worried about you– but I understand how it does take a lot of time to plan and prepare for a party. You are exactly right too– I always think when I host a party I am going to finish an hour or so early– but it never happens!!! Thanks again for being such an inspiration!!!!

Katrina - May 20, 2016 - 9:09 pm

Wow… You have outdone yourself! Kelly, every last detail of this sweet party is spectacular! Many, many congratulations to your beautiful daughter! You’re such a sweet mama to make so many special lasting memories for your children

Charlene - May 20, 2016 - 8:31 pm

Absolutely love that party! I am planning our son’s high school graduation party and yours gave me so many great ideas. You just have that special touch to balance elegance with casual comfort. Which, I think, makes for a perfect party. Just beautiful!

Cindy T - May 20, 2016 - 7:52 pm

Lovely! Lovely! Lovely! Kelly you absolutely know how to do a party, everything was gorgeous! Using some of your indoor furniture?! That was brave, I can hear my husband now.. He would do it but think I had lost my mind. You really have some great helpers. Glad you put a pic of you, thanks for sharing! Can’t wait for the wedding! 😊

Debbie - May 20, 2016 - 9:58 am

You did an amazing job on the party! What a wonderful gift for your daughter. And what a compliment that she wants you to do her wedding!! Glad to see a photo of you. You have a beautiful family!!

Jennifer - May 19, 2016 - 11:13 pm

Congratulations to your beautiful daughter! It’s such an honor to graduate from Mercer (I’m a Master’s student there now, Go Bears!). Everything looked so wonderful…you certainly know how to throw a great party!

Kathy - May 19, 2016 - 9:28 pm

I forgot to say …Congratulations to Hayley! She looked absolutely beautiful and so did you! Congratulations to you all!!!

Kathy - May 19, 2016 - 9:25 pm

What a fabulously wonderful graduation party! I love every single thing you did. The color scheme was so pretty! I can so relate to everything you said and did…the flowers in your jars, the chalkboards, the quote cards, the pie station, those gold straws with graduation caps, the wrapped favors, the holding station where you had everything organized, and even ironing the tablecloths and having them laid out and ready! I had tears in my eyes remembering doing all of these things for our daughter’s wedding….and then Hayley’s wedding comment!! OMGoodness!

Donnie - May 19, 2016 - 6:15 pm

Kelly – I smiled the whole time reading this post. What a wonderful, thoughtful party you pulled off. Now do you get to relax? Bet not, you are always up to something. Thanks for sharing – I love to live vicariously through you.

Peggy - May 19, 2016 - 1:51 pm

Beautiful! What a wonderful celebration of such a big accomplishment! And you deserve Mom of The Year. Your energy, creativeness and organizational skills are amazing and I have to admit very enviable. I hope you get some down time just to sit back and enjoy your family and home!
Thank you for a wonderful post.

Barb - May 19, 2016 - 1:44 pm

Congratulations to your daughter (and you!). Everything for the party was, as always, beautiful and inspiring.

Lynn A. - May 19, 2016 - 10:43 am

What a beautiful party. Thanks for sharing your talents with us. Congratulations to the graduate.

Cheri - May 18, 2016 - 11:12 pm

Kelly, You create the best parties! I wish when we were planning bridal and baby showers for our girls I could have picked your brain. I can’t imagine that you didn’t get a lot of compliments on everything. You really have a knack for this.

Janna Gray - May 18, 2016 - 8:49 pm

Kelly,
Thank you so much for such an enjoyable time celebrating Hayley’s college graduation! Every detail was perfect! Being outside along with the weather cooperating, the delicious food, the beautiful setting, having family and friends together, and being able to spend time and honor Hayley was a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon! Thumbs up to you and all your planning, hard work, and willingness to share your God given talents with each of us!

Keith Newberry - May 18, 2016 - 8:40 pm

I really enjoyed this blog.. I’m glad you’re back to writing on it. Tell your daughter that I am so proud of her!!! When I think about the Allman Brother’s Band, I always think about the peach shed. “Eat a Peach” was one of the Allman Brother’s Band’s first albums. This weekend, our daughter get married.. My Dad is too sick and won’t be able to attend. I’m glad the weather was great for your celebration. I hope it will be as good for this weekend??? Take care!!!

Carole - May 18, 2016 - 6:47 pm

Another beautiful celebration! You are amazing and so creative right down to the last detail. Loved the outdoor setting and your yard is like a paradise. How much
land do you have there? It doesn’t look like you are in a subdivision. Thanks so much for sharing.

Vicki - May 18, 2016 - 5:18 pm

I’m not surprised at all at the beautiful setting but I am very surprised that the weather was perfect. You were blessed with a miracle. Congrats to your daughter!

At Rivercrest Cottage - May 18, 2016 - 4:18 pm

what a great looking setting for your party! sounds and looks like it was perfect.

Stacey - May 18, 2016 - 3:23 pm

You pulled off a great party, Kelly! So many wonderful ideas in this post and your daughter looks so happy. Congratulations to her and to you too. 🙂

Sue - May 18, 2016 - 3:15 pm

Did I miss the post on painting your porch furniture? I could have sworn it was khaki colored. (Just nosy – love it both ways)

Marty - May 18, 2016 - 12:46 pm

What a wonderful party and such sweet memories. Love the pics, all of them, including the one with you.

Lee - May 18, 2016 - 12:34 pm

As always you planned and pulled off a great party! The weather couldn’t have been better!!! And it was so good to have everybody together again for the occasion especially the cousins who live far away and rarely see each other. Now sit back and rest! Enjoy your down time.

Louvina - May 18, 2016 - 12:23 pm

Oh, glory!! How wonderful! I knew you had been ultra busy and you said the month of May was going to be busy!! I have been checking daily and it was worth the wait! Can I tell you how beautiful everything turned out?!? It looked near perfect!! And you Know you will do her wedding when the time comes, right?! 🙂 She is such a lovely young lady and just know everyone is so proud of her and the boys, too! Thanks for the picture at the end– nice!! 🙂

BJR - May 18, 2016 - 12:14 pm

You throw a great party! Glad all is well and you are ready to blog!

Cindy hattersley - May 18, 2016 - 12:13 pm

I am in absolute awe of your party planning and execution! I know what you mean about scurrying around no matter how organized you are!! And your daughter is right yes you will because no one will be able to do seeding like you do!!

patricia gay - May 18, 2016 - 12:10 pm

How very lovely, what a great Mom you are so much love poured into this beautiful day for your daughter. She is very pretty like her Mom. Thanks for sharing.

Kathy - May 18, 2016 - 11:13 am

Absolutely beautiful – down to every little detail.

Garden, Home and Party - May 18, 2016 - 11:08 am

Kelly,
This was absolutely wonderful! Every detail is great and the day looks like it was so much fun. Congratulations to your darling daughter! You are so funny—I don’t know how you do it, the planning, finding the greatest little items to make your parties pure perfection.

You and your family look great…sorry your other son couldn’t make it.
xo,
Karen

Marianne in Mo. - May 18, 2016 - 11:03 am

Wow, you have been busier than I thought! It’s always a lot more than you think when you get the idea, isn’t it? What starts as a simple idea seems to explode into a “what was I thinking?” balloon of crazy! Been there, done that! But even if you ran short of time, I doubt anyone missed a thing. Looks pretty perfect from my view! And I know it was much appreciated.
No matter what your sweet daughter says though, do not cater her wedding!!! You will want to enjoy the moments, and you can’t do that if you are in charge. (Words from one who has been there twice!) I did not cater, but acted as wedding planner for both daughters, and as such, I missed some moments or was too busy to enjoy the party. I want a do-over for both, but hubs said a resounding NO! I don’t know why, it didn’t cost THAT much! 😉

Gina - May 18, 2016 - 10:59 am

I was so excited when I saw a post from you!! 🙂 And what a fun one! Congratulations to your beautiful daughter! What an accomplishment. Now, that party!! Oh my goodness, I loved every detail. Nothing like a southern outdoor setting! It was gorgeous, even if you had to kill yourself with work. 😉 You are definitely an “over-doer.” Haha, I can relate! Mine is making the food though. I don’t think I have ever bought food, I just kill myself by making it all. 😛 You were smart to get help. What wonderful memories your daughter (and you 😉 ) will have of this special weekend. So happy to “see” you too!! No wonder your daughter is so lovely, she takes after her mama! 🙂

anita - May 18, 2016 - 10:36 am

Now that’s a lot of planning! I too was thinking about the blogs. Totally understand why!
Just having a few people over is work, but, this would be enough to running around like a chicken with its head cut off! I find it’s the little things that do that. Your yard is stunning, the first picture looks like a wall mural! I could see why your daughter would like for you to plan her wedding. You are an inspiration to your readers. (again, taking in a few ideas 🙂 ) Thanks for sharing!

Marlene - May 18, 2016 - 10:34 am

What a beautiful fun graduation party! Everything you thought of made it so special for the graduate and everyone attending! So much thought and work went into this very special day!!! You are amazing!!! Just beautiful Kelly!

Liz J - May 18, 2016 - 10:29 am

Your party was absolutely beautiful! All the thoughtful, personal touches made it very special! And that setting…just gorgeous!

Shelley @ Calypso in the Country - May 18, 2016 - 10:29 am

What a beautiful celebration! I am sure your daughter appreciates all the work you put in to make it so special. I am sure it will be a day she will always remember! Congratulations on her graduation – and it was great to see you in the picture!
Shelley

Peggy - May 18, 2016 - 10:22 am

It looks like perfection! What a happy occasion! Congratulations to your daughter!

Janet - May 18, 2016 - 10:18 am

Missed you posts but worth the wait. What a great job! Thank you for sharing the party as well as some of your planning process. Despite my best intentions, I am also always running around at the last minute. Congratulations to your daughter too!

Cindy - May 18, 2016 - 10:03 am

Wow! Just WOW!! I wish I was half as organized as you are! You always do such a beautiful job with any task you take on. I love reading your posts and looking at the photos, you are an inspiration!

Carmen - May 18, 2016 - 10:00 am

Congratulations! Glad you are back! You were definitely missed. As I have mentioned before I love to read your blog before starting my work day. It was tough without you but I’m happy for your amazing event.

Bonnie in Macon, GA - May 18, 2016 - 9:57 am

I remembered that you’d be busy with graduation doings, which would definitely include a party…but, you have been missed! I have also missed your daughter checking in at the desk at the Conference Center. Y’all should come eat lunch in the restaurant sometime.
The party (with all the planning and work) looked amazing, relaxed and fun! It’s fun to hear the realistic ‘how-to’ of the flower arrangements. Thankful that the weather was nice. Everything looked lovely!

Sue - May 18, 2016 - 9:56 am

Well, wow. That was a pretty and perfect party in every way. I love your attention to detail. And, there is no way you will get out of doing your daughter’s wedding. You are just too good at party planning, I’m sure you are already gathering ideas:-)

Darla B - May 18, 2016 - 9:52 am

Absolutely loved your set-up and decorations, everything looked so nice, as always you do a wonderful job! Congratulations to your daughter and you and your husband this truly is a milestone in her life and such a rewarding time as a parent to witness our children succeed.

Cynde - May 18, 2016 - 9:37 am

Congrats on the graduation!!! What a beautiful party too. And may I add thank you for many ideas! Our daughter graduated college this past weekend too with a party planned for June. Same colors too!!! I’ll be heading to Target this week! Simply love everything!

Sandy - May 18, 2016 - 9:37 am

Oh, Kelly! You may have outdone yourself with this one! Seriously, you could be a professional event planner! It was just amazing to read and experience via your blog. NO wonder we didn’t hear from you. Kudos and congratulations. You must feel proud!

Sandy

Judy - May 18, 2016 - 9:30 am

What a lovely tribute to your daughter’s hard work and dedication! The decorations looked fabulous, and the setting was perfect. This was a great send off to a future filled with possibilities! Congratulations to you both!

Laura Ingalls Gunn - May 18, 2016 - 9:29 am

Kelly congratulations to the both of you! What an amazing milestone.

Karen - May 18, 2016 - 9:21 am

What an outstanding celebration! A picture perfect party, but where is the picture of the graduate and mom? We celebrated a college graduation at my house too, good times! I wsh the weather in Philadelphia was as nice as yours, but, A LOT, of rain didn’t hamper us!

Talia - May 18, 2016 - 9:11 am

Wow! Just wow! You are one very talented woman. What a lovely party – so festive and welcoming. Congratulations to your daughter! May she go boldly into the world!

Leslie Anne Tarabella - May 18, 2016 - 8:52 am

Wow! What an adorable daughter and fabulous party. There’s nothing better than a seated outdoor party on a beautiful spring day! You’ll remember this day for the rest of your lives! Congratulations, and now go put your feet up!

Andi Willis - May 18, 2016 - 8:46 am

Congrats to your daughter! I drove passed your house on Sunday during the party. I couldn’t wait for the blog post (I knew it would be coming) to see all the details. Amazing as always!

Sandy in FWB - May 18, 2016 - 8:44 am

Life does happen and family is always first. She will treasure the memories of the weekend forever. You did an amazing job. I bet no one missed turkey sandwiches. We are always harder on ourselves than we should be.
Simply beautiful.

Jo Anne Hayon - May 18, 2016 - 8:35 am

Love your blog. I WAS starting to wonder where you were!!! Glad you were busy, busy and not ill. Love the pictures but where are you with the grad?????

Linda - May 18, 2016 - 8:26 am

Family first is as it should be. Thanks for sharing your party. It looked like such fun. What a party planner. Loved all the ideas.

Claire @ A PREPPY PERSPECTIVE - May 18, 2016 - 8:02 am

Hi Kelly!I loved loved loved this post with all the ingredients of a fabulous party: a lot of love, family and friends, sun, beautiful decors as usual, great organizing tips and sweet anecdotes! Congratulations for this amazing party that really required a lot of work but with such a gorgeous result!and congratulations for your bug girl too! 🙂
Xoxo
Claire

Kim - May 18, 2016 - 7:42 am

Wow, you have been busy!! You have such a beautiful setting for an outside gathering. Looks like a good time had by all and congrats to your daughter.

Lin - May 18, 2016 - 7:29 am

You put in your usual effort and talent. Good thing you retired from teaching!

Nan, Odessa, DE - May 18, 2016 - 7:14 am

I was worried about you and yours, checked the site twice a day.
Glad you were having fun, and I know YOU were if you were planning a party!

Now your home, yard, and new serving pieces (flatware, table toppers, etc) are ready for lots of summer fun. ENJOY!

Congrads to your daughter! What is next for her?

PS share Mom’s recipes with us, please

Vicki - May 18, 2016 - 6:58 am

What a beautiful party, lawn and family event! You are such a precious, caring and loving soul- your family is so fortunate to have you!

Kay - May 18, 2016 - 6:43 am

Wonderful!

Sherry - May 18, 2016 - 6:02 am

Such a beautiful day for such a happy girl! Congratulations, to all of you on this milestone! The party, I know was perfect. Everyone looked like they were having such a great time. What cherished memories you will have! Your creativity still amazes me! Such lovely floral arrangements! The color scheme was picture perfect, and all your hard work came through loud and clear! Hope you can relax at least a little now. And YES! We missed you immensely. I thought I was going to have to resuscitate my inbox! As always, it was worth the wait. Thanks, Kelly for sharing your life with us.
Sherry

Tricia - May 18, 2016 - 6:01 am

Kelly, so happy to see an update from you! Missed your postings but you did say you were to have a busy month. Well, it is 6:30 a.m. and I’ve just finished reading up on your activities. I’m exhausted! I think I was holding my breath throughout releasing it only at the part where you mentioned the caterer. Such a relief to know you didn’t attempt to prepare all the food as well!!

I cannot believe what you achieve in a few weeks, helping your friend and family with their parties and planning for your own. Your yard is absolutely park-like, such a beautiful setting in which to live and hold a party. The flower arrangements are gorgeous, so full and colourful! Imagine painting chairs…the preparation is impressive and the party looks lovely.

Hayley is beautiful and happy, a very fortunate young lady and I look forward to hearing what her plans are. I wish her good fortune. Thank you for sharing! T

Sandy - May 18, 2016 - 5:54 am

Congratulations to your beautiful daughter. She is very lucky to have an exceptional party planner as her mother. Kelly, everything looked beautiful; your flower arrangements were the icing on the cake. Eager to read your upcoming posts.

Patty of Michigan - May 18, 2016 - 5:33 am

Kelly, Wow! You were tied up a bit! This graduation party for your daughter is amazing!! Your yard looked so beautiful. Congratulations to your daughter! I am actually in the thick of planning my daughter’s graduation party. She graduates from high school next week!!! Eek! I have never done anything like this before. We are going a bit crazy around here so I know how you feel. Just praying I get it all done. Your party looked perfect. Congratulations! You were missed! Thank you for sharing this special day with us!

Rosemary - May 18, 2016 - 4:35 am

Yes, you were definitely missed Kelly! I guessed that your daughters Graduation and other aspects of family life were keeping you busy! But I couldn’t begin to imagine just how busy!! 🙂 you’ve achieved soooo much! What a perfect party and how wonderful to be able to have it at home with all your family. Your daughter,as always, looks beautiful and really happy …Congratulations to her!
Like others here,I think you’ll be helping organising and planning her wedding some day … but maybe let others do all the hard work, so that you can just relax and enjoy her special day!
Great to hear from you and thanks for sharing this with all of us!
Rosemary

Lindsey Back - May 18, 2016 - 4:00 am

I laughed when I read that you were running around like a chicken with his head cut off…..I thought you might like to know what we say here in Australia….you would have been running around like a beheaded chook!!! Lovely post thank you so much.

Gabrielle - May 18, 2016 - 3:28 am

Wow Wow Wow!!! Absolutely beautiful Kelly. I loved it all. Your gardens, flower arrangements, food, everything! Your daughter is gorgeous. Congratulations to her. If I were your daughter, I would want you to help with the planning for my wedding as well.

Margaret - May 18, 2016 - 1:31 am

Hi Kelly so glad to read your post. I actually
went on the web yesterday to see if I had just not been receiing your posts. So glad all is well with you and what a wonderful party you threw for your daughter. Such a lot of work but so worth it. Absolutely beautiful table settings. I guess you will be doing the wedding one day!!!

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