A Graduation Party on the Patio

This summer our youngest daughter graduated from high school. This is such a special time in any young persons life and we wanted to celebrate the beginning of this exciting, new chapter of her life with family and friends.

We chose to host a backyard party on the patio with a delicious twist on the traditional patio fare and Zaxlee’s favorite design colors- black and white!


A few rented 60 inch round tables added the extra dining space we needed. They were dressed up with lovely 120 inch black and white striped table clothes and colorful floral arrangements. A potted pink geranium served as an inexpensive anchor to the arrangement. (The best part about the use of potted plants is that you can use them anywhere needed after the party.) Glass mason jars painted with rings of metallic gold paint add interest and again are very affordable. (I painted the rings on the mason jars a few weeks before the party and have actually used them several times since for a quick and easy vase or pen/ pencil holder.)   Poster board graduation caps and tassels, found at a local party store, remind us of our theme.


We wanted to keep the environment casual and comfortable, and the menu reflected the mood. The warm weather also called for light, freshing eats. Here’s what was on the menu:



Mediterranean Platter with Spinach Artichoke Dip, Hummus, mixed olives and Feta
Vegetable crudités with creamy dill dressing
Brushchetta skewers with balsamic glaze


Grilled Bison Sliders with herb mayo, mustand and spicy ketchup
Baked Chicken tender sliders with honey mustard


Southwest corn salad
Rosemary and garlic potato salad
Boston Lettuce with apples, walnuts, blue cheese and a lemon vinaigrette


Yummy individual portioned treats, including:
assorted cupcakes, petit fours, macaroons and thumb print cookies.



The simple and easy dessert bar was enticing for the big kids as well as the littlest guests. Signature alcoholic and non-alchoholic drinks were also a big hit, including a super tasty Orange dreamcicle.

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1 Reply to "A Graduation Party on the Patio"

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    Tom Goforth March 29, 2016 (5:39 pm)

    Love the McKenzie Child look.

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