Monday Made It {6/23/15}

Hello from my poor, neglected blog!  It's been over a month since I've posted.  You might say I've been busy...but you could also say that I've been enjoying my summer.  It's a little of both, really. I'm here to share some of the fun things that I created for my daughter's graduation party for Tara's Monday Made It!

Sarah's theme was "Oh, the Places You'll Go!" and we had maps hanging around the house.  We created them using embroidery hoops and old maps.  I love the way they turned out.  You can see them in these two pictures:
 We also took those drink dispensers above and attached them to some wooden logs.  I love the rustic look.  The drink dispensers and tags came from Crate and Barrel and I love them!
Here are some more of the maps near the cake table.  That gorgeous cake was made by a teacher friend (thanks, Julie!) who used to make Sarah's birthday cakes when she was little.  Life is truly full circle sometimes.  Here is a closer look at that cake:
One of my favorite decorations (which is actually still hanging) was the feature wall.
Did you know that you can print black and white pictures from Staples Copy for CHEAP using the Blueprint paper?  You need to print the "Engineering Prints" and you can get an 18"x24" print for around $1.99.  With a few discounts, I got this whole wall printed for about $30.  You can't get a banner printed for that cost and this had such a stronger impact than a much smaller banner would have gotten.
One more decoration was the "Polaroid Picture" banner.
I just printed those on my printer to make them look like Polaroid pictures.  Simple. Cheap.
Finally, this display was in the foyer.  
I spray painted an old suitcase my mother-in-law found at the Habitat Thrift shop.  We decorated it and guests dropped cards in it.  The display on the right was full of treats for our guests to take away. I bought chocolates that looked like globes.  

Next week, I'll show you our photo booth.  Stay tuned!

Have you checked out this week's Monday Made It posts yet? 


  1. Glad you've been enjoying summer!! The decorations are super cute!!

  2. Everything looks great! I absolutely love the idea for hanging the maps using embroidery hoops. So clever! Thank you for the tip for black and white print outs at Staples. I feel I am in there all the time, so that is good to know.

    Fit to be Fourth

  3. Cute! I like that you used a suitcase for the cards and the focus picture wall was very dramatic and I'm sure was a focal point. Congratulations!


  4. What a FUN and fab theme for her party!!! LOVE the globe hoops! Those would be fun in a classroom too! So much love and care poured into that party! I know you're loving every second with her:) Enjoy!!! Thanks for linking up friend!!!!
    4th Grade Frolics

  5. Hi Elizabeth,
    I just wrote a lengthy comment and it seems it is now in cyberspace!!! None-the-less, I have a question, where did your get that fabulous polka dot directors chair that I see in your classroom photos? I do thank-you in advance for your reply.

    1. Hey Marsha,
      Thanks for asking. My mother and I made it a few years ago using some fabric from Hobby Lobby. Wish I could send you a link to buy it, but sadly, it's homemade. Thanks for stopping by!