Boho Graduation Party at The Honey Farm Featured in Mingle Magazine
I absolutely love summertime. It seems like after hibernating all winter people are itching for a great party. Graduations are the perfect excuse to gather friends and family together and celebrate. Plus, graduation is such a special time. It is both the culmination of years of hard work and the exciting start to a whole new chapter. But all to often in the hustle and bustle of May, graduation parties get pushed to the back burner. I believe with a bit of planning, you can host a graduation party that reflects your graduate’s unique style.
That is exactly what I had in mind when I met with Jennifer from The Honey Farm, a venue set on a 30-acre farm. We knew her place was the perfect setting for a bohemian graduation party that would be a senior girl’s dream. Remember, you don’t need to stick with school colors when picking a graduation party theme. Focus instead on capturing the unique style of the graduate. What colors, styles, and patterns do they love?
With the idea of mixing the rustic feel of the venue with feminine, floral details, Jennifer and I got to work bringing our graduation party concept to life. We began by reaching out to photographer Leslie Savage to find a group of high school senior models. She also co-owns Shoppe Smitten, so we relied on her to style the girls and the looks did not disappoint!
Invitations are one of the best ways to give your guests a taste of an event’s theme. We teamed up with Tara of Avenue Twenty-One, a boutique stationery designer, to design an invitation complete with watercolor botanicals, envelope liners, and a colored envelope. We held our party in June, just in time to take advantage of summer blooms. A June graduation celebration would also allow your guests a little break from end of school activities. I recommend sending out invites 6 weeks in advance. The summer is such a busy time, giving guests enough time to plan is essential.
The girls were welcomed to the party with a lounge space filled with brightly colored furniture from Lost and Found Vintage Rentals and adorned with antique props. We intentionally created several spaces like this where people could relax and chat. The girls played cornhole on a flowery hand painted set and took pictures in the vintage camper turned photobooth from Hocus Pocus Photobooth. Alongside the outdoor patio, Jennifer styled a little vignette for more seating complete with a few chairs, couch, and a rug. This was the perfect setting for some Instagram worthy pictures and the girls definitely took advantage.
As you think about planning your own party, it is essential to have multiple spaces where guests can congregate comfortably. Also, don’t shy away from renting additional furniture or other props for your event. These additions create a huge design impact and can add much needed space for guests to spread out.
The tablescapes we created were super fun. Jessie of Sherwood Florist adorned the table with beautiful, bright, fresh floral centerpieces that pulled in our colors perfectly. The place settings were a beautiful mix of vintage and floral details. Each setting included a vintage plates and glasses atop a lace overlay and a mix of coordinating linens selected from Prime Time Party Rental. The middle of each plate had a small keepsake: the guest’s name that had been laser-cut from wood and painted gold. The addition of a favor is such a fun way to thank guests for celebrating with you. I always encourage something personal, this small detail can truly set your event apart.
No party is complete without some sweet treats. We took advantage of the antique buffet inside of the barn to create a full candy and sweets bar. We covered the bar with the girls’ favorite treats displayed in a variety of apothecary jars and vases. For a super unique touch, we had La Puf, a boutique candy shop, make individual cotton candy servings. Jenny G’s Cupcakes completed the spread with some delicious cupcakes topped with a cherry.
What I love about this idea is how easy it is to recreate for any party. Simply use whatever types of containers you or your friends have on hand. It is important to find containers in a variety of sizes - cakes stands and tall vases are a great way to add height and depth to the display. Then select candy and treats in similar colors to create a cohesive look.
Above all we wanted to create a party that was reflective of the graduate’s style. It was such a fun setting for the girls to reminisce about memories of high school and dream big about the years ahead. The night ended with dancing under the bistro lights from Unlimited Events, while the marquee letters from Events Lites glowed in the distance as a symbol of the their’ years of hard work. By capturing their personality in each detail, we created a night to remember.
Venue: The Honey Farm | Photographer: Leslie Savage Photography | Planner: Samantha Joy Events | Rentals: Lost & Found Vintage Rentals | Rentals: Prime Time Party Rentals | Apparel: Shoppe Smitten | Photobooth: Hocus Focus Photo Booth | Florist: Sherwood Florist | Lighting: Unlimited Events | Marquee Lights: Event Lites | Cupcakes: Jenny G's Cupcakes | Candy Bar: La Puf