Black and White Graduation Party

Congrats, graduate! You've made it through your academic career, and although there may have been a few bumps in the road, you are well on your way to receiving your diploma. Hosting a graduation party is a great way to celebrate this huge milestone. Graduating from high school or college only happens once, so mark this milestone with family, friends, and a great party. Here is our idea for a great black and white graduation party to help plan your event:

Black and White Graduation Party

Start off your party planning with the perfect party invitations. There are great new designs for graduation invitations as well as graduation announcements on FineStationery. This new design from Inviting Company (Cabana Stripe Invitation via FineStationery) has a lot of great on-trend party elements that we are seeing in the party planning world. Gold metallic and black and white stripes are huge for 2014, and make a great graduation party theme for your graduate.

Keeping to a color scheme is easy once planned. So we kept everything simple with black and white stripe party decorations. These striped paper lanterns make great decorations for daytime entertaining, or can be used with white lights at night. (paper lantern balloons via ZGallerie) Party balloons are a must! Giant round latex balloons make a huge statement and make it easier to have fewer decorations, but bigger impact! Add lovely metallic gold tassel for extra flare. They also play off the idea of a graduation tassel, don't you agree? (Oversize balloons with tassels via LAINA)

Personalized napkins are a great added touch to any party. With many motifs, fonts, and ink colors, there are plenty of designs to match your party decor. (personalized napkins via FineStationery)

Bold black and white stripes on this tablecloth transform your backyard into a chic fete filled with life. Accent with a few mini vases of the graduate's favorite blooms for a more colorful tablescape. (tablecscape via Merriment Events)

Finally, let's talk food and drinks. Keep plenty of refreshments going, especially in warmer temperatures! Display a large water pitcher on a table for self serve, or pass out pre-filled lemon waters with fun black and white straws for guests to enjoy. These fresh glasses are accented with lemon slices and a fun black and white paper straw. The martini glasses make everyone feel a little bit more grown up! (lemon water via Modernly Wed)

This absolutely stunning floral and stripe cake really ties in all the elements of the party together, and we love how original it is. (stripe and floral cake via Hey There, Cupcake!) For more sweet treats, there black and gold graduation cupcakes are great to add to your dessert table. Prepare before hand with fondant numbers to represent the graduation class. (recipe via Celebrations.com)

Seems simple enough, right? Get more inspiration from our Graduation pinboard>


Mad Men Inspired Invitations

Calling all dapper dons and cool bettys, isn't it about time you hosted a Mad Men themed party?

Whether you are a fan of the popular AMC hit series Mad Men, or a fan of the era, the 1960's were a time of stiff drinks, nifty finger foods, and most importantly rambunctious times. We've selected our top 5 favorite invites for hosting your own Mad Men event. As the season premiere begins this Sunday, it's time for fans of the show to grab their bar carts, devil some eggs, and strike up a match.

Whether you are hosting a Mad Men watch party in your home on Sunday nights, or using the decade to decorate your 1960s theme engagement party, you're guests will love dressing up like their favorite character from the show, or making up a new character of their own! Don't forget to tell guests to wear their best skinny ties and suits, fedoras, pearls, nylons, and party dresses for a night of retro celebrations.

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Have an upcoming birthday you're looking to theme? Celebrate your next birthday with a Mad Men theme at your favorite local bar. Or invest in a home bar or bar cart and host a cocktail party in your own home. Guests can learn how to make a proper Manhattan, Old Fashioned, or classic Martini cocktail. (Classic Martini Invitation)
For a couple that loves the show, hosting a Mad Men theme engagement party for them is the perfect way to toast their new engagement. Choose a bar location with a 1960s vibe for the full effect of the era. Be sure to make sure the bartender is skilled in cocktail mixology, and have catered finger foods to feed guests. Extra points on creativity for foods popular of that era, like cheese fondue! (Cherry Twist Invitation)

Who can forget Megan Draper's performance of "Zou Bisou Bisou"? Commonly known phrases and lines from Mad Men can be used to theme an invite to tailor it more for your event. We used Megan's lyrics to make this engagement party invite a little more relevant to the show. (Champagne Invitation)
Everyone loves to be "in" when it comes to secret information. We love this confidential file invitation that can be used for a surprise party. Inside the folder holds all vital information for party details. Invite all your birthday gal or guy's favorite coworkers to a day of golf, tennis, or just plain drinks! (Confidential Invitation)
Break out your favorite vintage bar ware and roll out your retro bar carts, it's time to toast! Everyone loves a good themed party, and when mixed with good drinks it's always a great combination. This retro 1950s invitation is perfect for your next cocktail party, and is truly reminiscent of the era. (Blue Cocktail Invitation)

For more Mad Men inspired invitations, please check out our 1950s and 1960s party invitations> Visit FineStationery.com now

For great ideas on Mad Men themed party decor and ideas, please check out our Mad Men party Pinterest board> Visit Pinterest Now


Real Simple Wedding Invitation Sweepstakes

Attention to all our brides-to-be! Be sure to say "I do!" in style with a little help from Celebrations and FineStationery! Enter for your chance to win a Real Simple Wedding Invitation Package!


You're Engaged! Celebrate with a prize worth $280 to help plan your wedding. One lucky winner will receive: ONE $30 premium membership for a year to Celebrations.com to send your digital save the date and ONE $250 gift card to FineStationery.com to use towards your purchase of printed wedding invitations.

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Designer Spotlight: South City Press

We are pleased to introduce a new fresh designer to the Fine Stationery designer community: South City Press.

South City Press was born from a passion for creating cityscapes and intricate line drawings by nationally published illustrator, artist and designer Eleanor Borelli. Incorporating these drawings into a series of striking wedding invitations, cards and stationery sets gives individuals a chance to showcase their unique style with a fresh, modern perspective. South City Press sets a lively tone, bringing the charm of your hometown to life and embodying the spirit of celebration.

Browse the collection today>