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Let’s Party – Graduation Party Planning

We are nearing graduation; have you started planning the party? Don’t look away if you don’t have a graduate, these ideas will help you with any party planning.

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Graduation coincides with wedding season, therefore if you plan to hire a caterer or order a cake this is the time to book those type of services. The time to order graduation announcements also falls around the eight week mark. Feel free to include information about your party in with the formal announcement.

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Fun stuff – time to order decorations, plan activities, and decide on games. Search local and online venders for the best deals. Ordering now with will allow out of stock items to arrive in time. Paper products should be scoped out, but wait to buy until you have a better idea of how many guests you expect. Seeing these fun party items laying around might just encourage your graduate to study hard.

6 WEEKS BEFORE

This week won’t cost you a dime, just time. This is the week to get your invitation list made and addresses gathered. Hand write or make a spreadsheet, but this task must be done.

4- 5 WEEKS BEFORE

Your guest list is made, so let’s get those announcements out in the mail. Addressing, stuffing, and sealing is great task to sit and complete with your graduate over good conversation in this busy world.

3 WEEKS BEFORE

This week is all about the food. Plan your meal or snacks and write a grocery list. Plan food that can be prepared ahead of time to lower the stress of the big day.

2 WEEKS BEFORE

Now take time to confirm all details – the caterer, cake, venue, entertainment; anyone your have booked for your party. Even if you have called on family members to do a task, double check and remind them. Now that you have an idea of who is coming, go ahead and purchase your paper products. Take time to make sure your graduate is doing ok, the last weeks can be overwhelming.

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Go grocery shopping! Also make any last minute purchases a few days before. Keep the days leading up to the party as free as possible. All DIY projects should be done this week, and not on the decorating day. Have decorating supplies on hand such as pins, command strips, tape, scissors, extension cords, glue gun, and ladder.

Check out this fun DIY decoration projects at Robb Restyle.

2 DAYS BEFORE

Prep any food you can ahead of time, and if you are hosting, tidy up. Decorate and set up chairs and tables. Check off as much as you can early to clear up your big day.

PARTY DAY

The work is done, now try to relax and enjoy. This is the hardest step for me, I stress out on party day. You need to enjoy the day, especially if its graduation we are talking about. Let people help so you can celebrate.

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Brice, 2017 Senior | Center Ridge AR

I shared Brice’s video on Facebook, but here are his family’s favorite images from his session. Brice was our only male on our Senior Street Team, and he did great. He endured not one but two prom sessions and a lengthy senior session. All his cooperation was worth it. Take a look.

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Gracie Sr. 2017 Wonderview | Central AR photographer

In 1999 I graduated high school, and just one month later a baby girl was born who would soon come into my life and become my first niece. Talk about feeling old this year, she’s a senior! How did that even happen when yesterday she was 2 and feeding apples to her horse was her only desire. She was unique then and still is today. Gracie is beautiful and this video is a perfect reflection of her personality and passions. Take a look.

Gracie Senior 2017

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Toni, Sacred Heart 2017 Senior| Morrilton, AR

Toni, our senior street team rep from Sacred Heart, was photographed at our outdoor studio this summer. Isn’t she beautiful! Thanks Toni, your images turned out awesome.

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Kayla, Senior 2017 | Wonderview High School

What a roller coaster of a summer this pretty girl had! She lets her faith shine in her positive attitude and uses her beautiful smile often. She was full of fun and laughs at her session, and you can see in the images what a ball we had. Give Kayla some love!

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Ashton Senior 2017 | Morrilton High School

I’ve been dying to show Ashton’s session. She totally skipped the in studio and took me to these lovely places. We had a blast taking these, she looked amazing and they turned out beautiful.

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Amber Senior 2017 | Central, AR Photographer

You have seen Amber here before, as she is one of our 2017 senior models. Her session took place on beautiful Petit Jean Mountain. Amber has a beautiful, sweet soul and quietly posed to turn each shot into magic! I just love her pictures and her and her sweet mom! Thank you for sharing your senior year.

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Madison Senior 2017| Morrilton, AR Photographer

My blog here looks like I disappeared but I really didn’t! I have just been super busy this summer with beautiful seniors like Madison. Of coarse every free minute has been spent enjoying summer with my kids.

Madison’s session was loads of fun, she is funny and gorgeous and easy to laugh with. I’m go happy she made me apart of her senior year.

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Red Hawks take 3rd Championship

Our very own Nemo Vista Lady Red Hawks took home their 3rd consecutive state championship on Friday. Wow what a story to tell for these girls. We are very proud of you, your coaches, school and fans – congratulations.

I had the pleasure of photographing 3 of the player, Jacie, Chase and Kristen and look forward to having Amber as a 2017 senior rep.

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FOCUS Professional Photographers of the Ozarks | Springdale AR 

I’m feeling encouraged and excited about all my sessions coming up after spending the weekend in Springdale at Professional Photographers of the Ozark Focus convention. 

Hanging out with artists that are so talented and sharing ideas is such an honor and gives meaning to the work I do. The speakers were so passionate about what they do, and I feel inspired about what I give my clients.

Here’s a peak at the fun we had.