savannah’s graduation party

i think for me,
some of the most memorable moments as a parent
are those when i was able to witness my friends and family
bless and love on one my girls.
this past sunday ( as i may have mentioned once or a hundred times)
we celebrated savannah’s graduation along with sweet bailey, at our home.
i think we had between 250 & 300 people
come & do just that.
priceless memories tucked into my heart.
i can’t imagine a wedding….this was so special
& it was only a couple hours of an open house.
while we ended up with a completely overcast , unseasonably cool day,
we missed out on our usual hot & muggy heat and we had no rain. i’ll take it!
the girls wanted their colors to be red, pink, orange and yellow.
i ordered candies from (i think it was) candy warehouse
for our candy bar.
we made strawberry mint water, inspired by The Paris Market.
bailey’s “gran” brought freshly picked blueberries for the lemonade
and watermelons from florida.
we served subs and chips.
we also had a kona ice truck that served up snow cones for everyone!
i apologize in advance.
while there’s only one highschool graduation party,
there’s a few hundred images from a super fun day
that we’ll never forget!
 i have the sweetest sister in law in the world.
she helped serve food & keep drinks filled
so i could visit.
thank you cindy lou!!
& to one of my besties, jill,
thank you for all your hard work!!
i’m so glad that the anthropolgie apron you gifted me was debuted at the party!
the only time i saw you
you were tirelessly scrubbing the porch floor.
i opted against capturing that moment on film!
 one of my dearest lifelong friends showed up
& brought smk and i both to tears.
we’ve loved you all these years sweet shannie
& thank heavens for precious friends
who brought a treat for the mom of the grad!
love you pauls!
to everyone that came,
thank you
for taking time out of a busy weekend
to come & encourage savannah & bailey,
for your words of blessings,
for  your gifts
& most importantly
for your friendship
May 17, 2011 - 12:43 pm

Just Ask Beth - Beautifully done!! So nice to see sweet girls!!

May 17, 2011 - 12:45 pm

The Avery House - Stunning! How AWESOME is that party!!! And, goodness me, how BEAUTIFUL are you ladies in those Lilly dresses! Oh if I could have been a little bee buzzing amongst the flowers at y'all's party, I would have been happy, happy! Y'all are too cute! I'm glad it was such a wonderful celebration for your sweet Savannah and Miss Bailey

May 17, 2011 - 1:00 pm

Biz - A Beautiful Party for 2 Beautiful young women!

May 17, 2011 - 1:02 pm

Jboo - Wow!! What a great party celebrating those sweet seniors! Have fun with all the celebrating! You all look so cute!


May 17, 2011 - 1:04 pm

Urban Farmgirl - Paige!! OMG! That was FABULOUS!!!

You have missed your calling, my friend. You need to add “party planner” to your resume!

Such ucky girls, it was all so beautiful!


May 17, 2011 - 1:05 pm

Mary Anne - What a beautiful party! I love all the uniqueness you put into it! I wish I could throw a party right now… just don't have an excuse for one. haha- Beautiful, Paige! Those are two very lucky girls to have so many people care so much about them! Best of luck to them as they head off to college!

May 17, 2011 - 1:07 pm

Pine Tree Home - I just love parties and the best ones are for those that are about to embark on a new chapter of life. Beautiful party!

May 17, 2011 - 1:13 pm

Cathy Louise - I must tell you, this is simply amazing…What an absolutely beautiful way to celebrate two beautiful girls…You are such an amazing family. Say congratulations to her for me from us Aussies…It brings back memories for me because the night of Kirstie's graduation we were on a plane to London….love to you all cxxxx

May 17, 2011 - 1:17 pm

Alecia - OH!!! What a FUN party!!! Everything was just lovely 🙂 The Lilly dresses were adorable…cute touch.
You did a great job and I love that you had sweet friends in place to help you enjoy the party as well. Love the pics…every last one of them…the couple of Brinkley were so beautiful…what is that gorgeous pink and red bush behind the chair?!?!
Congratulations Miss Savannah & Miss Bailey…great things ahead for you! A passage for the girls Colossians 2:6&7~ I pray they stay rooted & built up in Him, Strengthened in faith and overflowing with thankfulness.

May 17, 2011 - 1:26 pm

Maria - Whew, what a gorgeous party! I am sure you are still recovering:) HA. But what a memorable day to celebrate your beautiful girl and her lovely friend. Thank you for sharing with us! The photos were all beautiful.

May 17, 2011 - 1:42 pm

traci - well you know how to do it up right girlie. looks amazing. wow. i am kind of speechless. love the candy bar and the girls' gift tables with their pics. very, very beautiful. looks like a wonderful time was had by all.

May 17, 2011 - 1:59 pm

Ellie - a.m.a.z.i.n.g. every single thing about this party is just gorgeous – and especially the beautiful young ladies (all of you!)

congrats to Savannah & Bailey (and you for hosting such a beautiful party for them!)

xo ellie

May 17, 2011 - 2:04 pm

my2twins - Wow!Looks like it was a beautiful party. And you said you're not a party planner! Ha, I think you have proven that wrong and I hope you enjoyed every step along the way. Love the colors and personal touches.
I didn't want to make you nervous or jinx you, but when my older twins graduated, I had a big party too. It was to be outdoors in our yard. I rented a canopy tent, extra table, chairs etc. The day of the party, the heavens opened up and it poured. For most of the day it poured, so at the last minute, we scrambled to sweep out the garage and move things in there and in the house. It was very diaappointing to not have it turn out the way I have envisioned, but in the end, a good time was had by all and the party continued outdoors after the rain stopped.
I'm so glad your day was so beautiful. Best of luck to Savannah and Baily, they certainly seem ready for this next step and adventure.

May 17, 2011 - 2:05 pm

Dawn - Paige this turned out beautifully!!! I love the color scheme the girls chose instead of school colors…even my guy doesn't want school colors 🙂 What a perfect day to celebrate the Girls!

May 17, 2011 - 2:16 pm

Jodi - Absolutely BEAUTIFUL! You did a great job, it's simply lovely. Are you available to travel to the midwest in about 4 years!! 🙂

Now you can relax!

Take care…Jodi

May 17, 2011 - 2:29 pm

Sharon - Your beautiful photos captured the setting perfectly. What a privilege it was for me to be in attendance at this once in a lifetime soiree. As a proud grandmother let me say you did an amazing job and in my book earn the title “Hostess with the Mostess”. Well done, Paige.

May 17, 2011 - 2:35 pm

Lemonade Makin' Mama - Paige, you throw one HECK Of a good party! Your photos are amazing pieces of eye candy and congrats to your sweet daughter!

May 17, 2011 - 2:40 pm

Debby - Thanks for sharing. What a beautiful party. The girls are adorable. I hope they stay friends forever. The pictures just brought tears to my eyes. What wonderful memories.

May 17, 2011 - 2:47 pm

gl - Congratulations to your daughter. Your pictures and party were beautiful. Love all the colors. Where did you find the lily pulitzer animal crackers? I would love those for a luncheon I am planning.

May 17, 2011 - 2:50 pm

Lorie - Lots of great pictures – beautiful party! Love the flowers the girls made. Everyone looked so special. I wonder where you got the framed print that says Be filled with Joy! What a sweet Mom you are!
Be blessed!

May 17, 2011 - 2:54 pm

Lori Lucas - These pictures bring about such sweet memories for me of my own children graduating. Such a wonderful bittersweet time. Sounds like the turnout is a good representation of what people see in the heart of you and your family. Enjoy these precious (fleeting!!) days. Lori L

May 17, 2011 - 3:00 pm

Susan R - Holy Crow just look at all the Lilly going on. I love it. What a fabulous party. You might just have a new calling in the party planning business. Everything looked beautiful.

May 17, 2011 - 3:02 pm

Courtney - Congrats to Savannah and Bailey!!! The party looked awesome and perfect in every way! I'm sure all the time and details put into it were worth it and meant so much to them. Boy do you have your hands full with the next 3 graduation parties you have to do! Ha! And yes, we won't even think about weddings at this point! 😉 You are amazing!

May 17, 2011 - 3:11 pm

Anonymous - I am just visiting your blog for the first time today. I love all these pictures, and it's not to many. Beautifull party, just beautiful. My daughter's gradation party is June 11th and I have been looking for ideas. Your blog just gave me all the ideas I need. I love the candy table
Did you serve food at the party also. Good luck to the girls
Cheryl –

May 17, 2011 - 3:21 pm

Coastal Blue Ocean - Dear Paige,

How wonderful!

Your decorating was beautiful.

Love all the eye candy.

It really looks like you guy's were showered with many blessings.

The best of all Friendship.

I wish both Savannah and Bailey all the best!


Coastal Blue Ocean xoxo

May 17, 2011 - 3:21 pm

Yvonne - Absolutely charming in every way! Thanks so much for sharing such a wonderful milestone for your daughter and her best friend (both are beautiful inside and out, you can see the light in their eyes). I remember my daughter's graduation party from high school… then college… seems just like yesterday. Now I have the pleasure of watching my adorable 2 year old granddaughter. I try to “soak up” the every day little things along with the glorious milestones because I know that it all flies by so very fast. Again, thanks for taking us along for the ride with your beautiful family.

May 17, 2011 - 3:24 pm

teresa sheeley - Congratulations to Savannah and Bailey. 🙂 This is such a wonderful milestone for your child's life. Bittersweet for us mommies, but super sweet for them. 🙂 Everything looks just beautiful and so relaxing, joyous, and filled with love.


May 17, 2011 - 3:31 pm

Sheri - Great job Paige – the colors are awesome and your did an outstanding job with the decor. Congrats 🙂 xo

May 17, 2011 - 3:37 pm

Bethanie - So fun to look at all these pictures, I have been looking forward to them, as I've read about all the preparations…my baby graduates next year, you gave me some great ideas!!! Enjoy your summer with the girls before they head off to school…you will be in my thoughts.

May 17, 2011 - 3:49 pm

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May 17, 2011 - 3:52 pm

3 Peanuts - Paige,

( I am starting over due to typos!)

Oh everything is simply beautiful!!!!!! I love it all. All of the guests and friends look so beautiful and happy and I love you all in Lilly!!!! I am working on a bunch of those paper flowers for Kate's b-day party this weekend too…but yours look much better than mine:)

Congratulations to Savannah and Bailey. I am going to miss seeing them BOTH here when they go away next year.

E-mail me and let me know where you found the Lilly cookies, please? Someone sent some to us but I would like more for Kate's party:) Thank you:)

May 17, 2011 - 3:53 pm

Carla - Oh my, what an absolutely beautiful party…..the decor, the food and of course the beautiful dresses!!

May 17, 2011 - 3:54 pm

Deborah - BEAUTIFUL!!!

I believe that covers it.
Blessings to your family on such a special event.

May 17, 2011 - 3:57 pm

Simone - This is absolutely AMAZING Paige, sooooo beautiful!!

Love all the dresses…..and the sweet table is THE BEST ONE I HAVE EVER SEEN!!!!

And your house….don't even get me started!!!!

I just want to call you and just chat about how lovely it is 🙂 Well done Best Mummy in the World!!! xx

May 17, 2011 - 4:07 pm

Marci @All Things Wonderful - Beautiful Party! Love all the Lilly-ness. Congrats to the precious grads!

May 17, 2011 - 4:08 pm

Simply Me - what a lucky girl “savannah” is to have such a wonderful mom! the party was beautiful….. i loved every minute of it! i could only imagaine it being beter, if i had attended it myself! ya'll were stunning in the “Lilly” dresses!! every detail was beautiful, what an amazing day, God set for two beautiful young ladies, as they are about to fly off, each taking a different path in life, and knowing that they will always have each other and be the best of friends always. those are the sweet memories that we hold dear to our hearts……

May 17, 2011 - 4:20 pm

sle - Beyond Words!! I hope she knows how much you adore her and how proud you are of her!!! And, I know she does!!

May 17, 2011 - 5:01 pm

a peony princess - What a fabulous party!

Such lucky girls to be surrounded by so much love!

May 17, 2011 - 5:39 pm

slip4 - What a beautiful celebration! All of you looked fabulous. And the two senior girls…stunning. I have to admit, I was looking forward to these pictures, and you didn't disappoint! Now, kick off the heels and relax with that white wine and a good book/magazine!

May 17, 2011 - 5:40 pm

Bebe - Please tell us where the Joy print on the table came from! The party was beautiful like you, your family and your blog!

May 17, 2011 - 5:49 pm

Kat - I have been so looking forward to this post ever since you first told me about the party! Wow-EE girl, you did an UNBELIEVABLE job on it. I love all the details, all the fun colors, the candy, the decorations and of course, the Lilly! Everyone looked gorgeous. Such a special day for two special young women! You have a true gift my friend! xoxo Kat

May 17, 2011 - 6:15 pm

Tiffini - If I would have had a graduation party I dream it would have looked
just perfect

May 17, 2011 - 6:26 pm

Amy R. - Oh the details were just so perfect! Everything was beautiful. I am in the mood for a backyard party….hmmm maybe a little girl kindergaten graduation party. Great job!

May 17, 2011 - 6:55 pm

Ali - What a beautiful graduation party! You all should be in a Lilly P. magazine! So cute! Yea for perfect weather for your outdoor celebration!

Where did you buy those cute tissue paper hanging pink flower balls!?! I'd love to buy some for my daughter's 5th birthday in October w/ a butterfly / garden theme!

~ Ali

May 17, 2011 - 7:16 pm

Ali - Where did you buy the beautiful pink toned big tissue pom poms!?!

I'd love to buy some for my daughter's 5th birthday party!

Thank you!


~ Ali

May 17, 2011 - 7:52 pm

Vickie - WOW!! What a great celebration!!!

May 17, 2011 - 8:10 pm - Beautiful, every single detail. The party looks amazing. You're such a wonderful family.

Congrats to the sweet girls.

May 17, 2011 - 8:10 pm - Beautiful, every single detail. The party looks amazing. You're such a wonderful family.

Congrats to the sweet girls.

May 17, 2011 - 8:56 pm

Shannon - Everything looked amazing! Love all the bright, happy colors. Those girls are so lucky and will remember that night forever 🙂

May 17, 2011 - 9:35 pm

Cynthia@beach coast style - WOW!!! this was just beautiful!! you and your party skills are awesome! And you and the girlies look so cute in all of you pink Lilly madness! I think this needs to be in a magazine somewhere! Love the candy table and the lemonade container with the strawberries how cute!!!

May 17, 2011 - 10:19 pm

Jodee - Oh my word! What a fabulous graduation party! I love every single detail and I especially love the colors and candy bar! Congrats to your sweet girl!

May 18, 2011 - 1:10 am

janet - WOW..What a beautiful graduation party..The girls looked so cute..Everyone looks like they had a blast..

May 18, 2011 - 1:33 am

Privet and Holly - If I could
I would seriously
Pinterest this
whole post as
inspiration for
my E's graduation
in 2013. Looks like
an amazing party to
celebrate two amazing
young women. Congrats
all around, Paige : ) !!
xx Suzanne

May 18, 2011 - 2:54 am

LLH Designs - You did it! How??? I enjoyed it from afar! I can't begin to imagine hundreds in or around my house, but if it ever happened, I hope I'd have your sense of fun.

You're awesome!

May 18, 2011 - 3:38 am

Sogni Siciliani - Great party!!! Adorable girls. Congratulations on a job well done!!!!

May 18, 2011 - 3:46 am

Amber - You are such a precious, selfless soul. I feel so blessed to have found your blog a long time ago. You inspire me to be a better Christian, friend, and mother. I know your girls feel so blessed to have you as a mom. What an awesome party! You rocked it girl! Can you come to Alabama in about 15 years and help me throw one for Wyatt?!?!? Minus all the pink of course! haha……. 🙂

May 18, 2011 - 6:01 am

Michelle - just beautiful in EVERY way! What a glorious celebration.

May 18, 2011 - 1:09 pm

Tammy - You out did yourself Paige! A beautiful party for two beautiful girls! Congrats to both Savannah & Bailey!! What a terrific time in a young girls life! So much adventure ahead of them.
I know you'll miss her when she goes off to college but wowzie have you done a great job Momma!
Blessings to all of you!
Junk Wild

May 18, 2011 - 3:41 pm

Christina - how beautiful! i wish them both the best.

May 18, 2011 - 8:25 pm

Tammy@Beatrice Banks - What a gorgeous party! I could look at the photos over and again. Tried to follow your blog but don't see a follow button. Will be back to visit!

May 18, 2011 - 10:02 pm

Tracey - WOOOOOW!!! What a smashing party! Amazing!!! Such lovely photos too! Congratulations to your sweet daughter!!!

I wanted to let you know that you won the giveaway on my blog for one of Jeanne's fabulous ruffle messenger bags. Yay!! I will let Jeanne know right away 🙂

Hope you are having a great week Paige!


🙂 T

May 18, 2011 - 10:15 pm

Kelli - You should plan parties for a living! I see so much love put into this party and the girls look beyond happy. I love everyone's dress and the decorations are just perfect. How wonderful 🙂

May 18, 2011 - 10:41 pm

Cherish @ Southern Soul Mates - Gorgeous photos! You are so talented! God has blessed you with so many wonderful gifts! Best wishes to the girls as they move away to college! xoxo

May 19, 2011 - 7:26 am

Jen Kershner - Picture perfect Paige! I love every last detail. How lucky to have a mom like you planning such a wonderful day.

May 19, 2011 - 3:44 pm

classic • casual • home - Darling girls and awesome party!!! I am inspired. My son is graduating, too.

May 19, 2011 - 6:10 pm

Tina - How do you make those tissue balls. They are amazing and would like to make them. Your site is amazing and i love reading it. I'm from pa.Mom to a daughter in college and a soon to be senior.
Thanks ,

May 21, 2011 - 1:11 pm

Suzanne - Paige, DITTO to everything that has been said, you party planner you:) And if nobody else volunteers to contact Lilly P. or Martha S. to do a feature, I will!!! You amaze and inspire me, as always!!! Congrats to the beautiful graduates.
Much love,

May 21, 2011 - 9:52 pm

janie - It is beautiful! CAn you go into a little more detail about your food menu? What time of day was this held? Thanks, janie

May 22, 2011 - 8:50 pm

LuLu - Speechless… It brought b to tears you planned the most perfect graduation party ever!!!! Can I pocket this exact party idea for 3 years from now when my oldest daughter graduations from high school! Outstanding, beautiful, sweet and screams happiness, soooooo refreshing!!!!!!!!!!
Much love to you and you are a true example of a mother who loves soooooooo much!!!!!!

May 23, 2011 - 8:01 pm

julieann - Gosh these pictures are beautiful. Your family and friends too.
Makes me sad to think Im soon going to have to do this for my own daughter. They grow up far to fast. Looks like it was a SWEET party.

May 28, 2011 - 2:59 am

Sharla - Paige, everything was SO beautiful. I am blown away. It should be in a magazine! Good luck to Savannah!

May 6, 2013 - 2:47 pm

Pamela Cox - Absolutely beautiful. Lots of great ideas for me to use for my own daughter who is graduating this year…

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