Thursday, May 19, 2011

{My Parties} Ole Miss Themed Dessert Table

Last weekend, I took on my last party for a while. At least until after August. Being 8 months pregnant, it's just too exhausting to try to do the physical labor (pardon the pun) that goes into putting parties together!
For this party, I helped out a friend, Karen. Karen is a local caterer who owns Simply Done Catering and Cupcakes. I have worked with her on several parties now and she needed a little extra help with the decor on this graduation party, so I told her that I would LOVE to help!
The graduating senior and her mother had a very specific color scheme in mind--sunshine yellow, kelly green, hot pink, black and white damask, AND an Ole Miss themed sweets table. Hillary, the graduate, will be attending Ole Miss in the fall.  

Karen provided the cupcakes, the brownie bites, and the cookies. The client provided the favors, which were a little metal shopping cart with colored M&Ms, and I did the rest of the sweets table design. 

I found some really cute Ole Miss printables on Etsy, by Allison Powell Designs. 
For those of you who aren't from the South, that banner says "Hotty Toddy." That is the name of Ole Miss' Fight Song. It doesn't make much sense to me either. 

 I found the Ole Miss logo fabric at Hancock and then I used a red, white, and blue striped fabric around it. It's the perfect time to do this theme, with Memorial Day and July 4th coming up. I had no problem finding red, white, and blue accessories. The paper fans are from Factory Card and Party Outlet. I plan on using them again in a couple of weeks for Memorial Day!
Keeping the theme colors, I bought Twizzlers, Cherry Sours, Three Musketeers, and Nestle Crunch Bars to add to the buffet. Toss in a few Ole Miss pom-poms and you've got yourself a really cute display!
Aren't these cookies gorgeous?
For the brownie bites, I took one of Karen's platters and put it on top of an Ole Miss bucket that she brought, to give the buffet some height. 
The printables were so cute, and looked wonderful on the delicious cupcakes from Karen!

A close up of the shopping cart favors that the graduate's mother brought. I am not sure what the significance is there, but they were cute. 

The rest of the party had a damask theme with hot, spring colors. 
And Karen found some fabulous plates that matched the theme colors at Walmart of all places! She used them as chargers underneath the clear plates on the tables. It really brought a punch of color to the tabletops and it was really cute!
Karen rented all these linens from Affordable Party Rentals. 
She needed my help with buffet centerpieces and finishing touches. 
I found these adorable little graduation boxes at Factory Card and Party Outlet and covered the ugly "princess grad" print on them with damask wrapping paper. I loved the way they turned out. 
Here is the before picture--YUCK. 

For the buffet centerpieces, I used my black sanga vases and threaded paper lanterns around them. To disguise the space between the lanterns, I collapsed more lanterns in between. I liked the look that it gave!
Coming out the tops were arrangements of green, black, pink, and white feathers and feathered balls. 
I painted chipboard letters from Hobby Lobby to use in the center of the table, spelling out the graduate's name. 
To bring in the damask, I wrapped one of the lanterns in damask ribbon. 
I also brought some damask fabric I had leftover from the Hot Pink Glamorous Casino Party.

Doesn't this mashed potato bar look yummy?
Happy Graduation Hillary! Have fun at Ole Miss!

Ole Miss Printables: Allison Powell Designs
Catering and Cupcakes: Simply Done Catering and Cupcakes
Dessert Bar Styling, Buffet Centerpieces, and Small Details: GreyGrey Designs


  1. Love how you reworked the grad boxes!

  2. Con-GRAD-ulations on another amazing event!

  3. Clever clever! LOVE how you did those paper lantern things! I could totally see those at a Dr. Seuss type party or Mad Hatter or something! So super funky! Everything looks great!

  4. So cute!
    The paper lanterns look amazing!!

  5. Love love love the buffet centerpieces!!! And the red/white/blue paper fans. Great job!!

  6. What a fun party!I LOVE what you did with those lanterns!

  7. beautiful as always! too bad i could never afford all this detail :)

  8. I love that the party had two themes! I’d love for you to share this at my Saturday Dishes Link Party this weekend! It’s a themed link up & this week’s theme is Graduation Party! Feel free to share other old or new posts that fit the theme as well if you have them! (:


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