I can’t believe it has been a year since Will graduated from high school! He has enjoyed a successful year at the University of Texas, Hook’em! When I have been out and about, friends, customers and acquaintances have asked me for ideas on graduation centerpieces. That is why I wanted to share with you what I have done and hope that it will spark some ideas for you and your graduate!
The philosophy behind “Show Me Decorating” is to create (for you), inspire (you), educate (you) and (you) decorate. with that in mind we like to start with a theme or color story. In this case I built my theme around Will and his interest, diving and graduating! It was fun combining the Lee marron with the Texas burnt orange! (almost like oil and water, or Aggies and Longhorns! Ha!) I used an iron boy that we purchased several years ago from Bed Bath and Beyond. He was intended for use in your garden, however we have dressed him and the iron girl, up in wedding attire, baby and birthday decorations for various showers and parties!
Close up of swimsuit, sammy, pictures
Dressing the iron boy
Gathering all my materials to start decorating
Because Will is a spring-board diver, I chose to dress the boy in an orange swimsuit and Will’s Lee dive suit. I also gathered up pictures of Will at different ages from my stash and the blue beach towel is my table runner! I love to use unconventional items.
Now it’s time to arrange all my stuff. I want to keep in mind that it will be seen from all sides, and to vary the height and size of items for interest.
I love how fresh greenery and flowers brighten a centerpiece. I stepped out into the yard and cut lengths of honeysuckle vine to drape, greenery from my shrubs, orange day lilies and some blooms from my maroon mum. I love it because they were basically free!
Finished centerpiece just waiting for the food.
The UT hat tops it off! It’s time to get the food out and let the party begin. I chose to make my “famous” Hawaiian sandwiches, yum, and Wills favorite cookie bar brownie! Chips and iced down drinks so I get to enjoy all the fun.
So the next time you need a centerpiece for your celebration, chose your theme or color story, look around your house and yard and create your very own unique and almost free centerpiece!