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Graduation Party Inspiration

Screen shot 2014-03-19 at 10.25.40 AMFor an elegant graduation party why not throw a black and white party. Hang pom poms and lanterns from the ceiling or trees. For an easy and fun decoration print out pictures of your grad that you can also give as favors when the party is over.

Simon+Kabuki Grad Invitation
Pom Poms
Simon+Kabuki partyware

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New Simon+Kabuki Graduation Cards

Looking for Graduation announcements or invitations that stand out from the crowd? Check out some of our new cards that have just launched. You can find most of these on or click on the links below to access that specific card. We have a new collection also launching on Picaboo very soon and will update you as soon as those are up.Screen shot 2014-03-13 at 10.49.46 AMGolden Honors

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Typographic Flair

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Tips for College Move-in

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Last Friday, I moved my son to San Diego State for his first year in college and in the dorms. Yes, I’m really old and now really sad! San Diego is pretty far from us, 8 hours, so there probably won’t be too many weekend trips in our future. He’s having a great time so far (week one) but we all miss him – especially the cat, who sits in his room all day wondering when the heck he’ll be back!

All in all it was a pretty good trip and move in but I do have some tips that may help for your move in.

1. Pack a cooler with water and snacks. It is a long day and you may not get breaks for food. Also wear shorts and tennis shoes, you get pretty sweaty walking up and down the stairs.
2. Pack Well. Once you unload the car you either have to make several small trips in the elevator or walk the stairs. If you can pack as many things into duffle bags or other easy to carry bags it will go faster. We made the mistake of bringing a suitcase, this was difficult to maneuver up crowded stairs. The line for the elevator was about an hour so we used the stairs. My son was luckily on the 2nd floor, not really a good option if you are on the 11th floor.
3. Don’t forget to pack hangers, drawer locks, hooks, tape for poster hanging and power strips. We forgot these items and had to make a Target run.
4. Essentials – pack deodorant, toothpaste, razors, laundry detergent, aspirin and anything else that you use at home. You can buy these items at the school store but you will pay a premium.
5. Mattress Pad. The mattresses in the dorms are terrible, come to school with a 1.5-3″ foam topper and you will be set.
6. Printer and cartridges coordinate with your roommates ahead of time and bring only one printer. Have everyone else pay for ink cartridges and paper.
7. Momentos Sneak a framed family picture into their belongings. Also write your student a letter and leave it to be delivered their first week.
8. Bathroom caddy you will most likely share a hallway bathroom, make sure to purchase something to carry all your stuff back and forth.
9. Reading light a small reading light for in bed is great so that you don’t disturb your roommates. Along those same lines bring an eye patch for sleeping and ear plugs for snoring.
10. Last but not least discuss ahead of time when you plan on leaving. Will you move them in and then have dinner together and be on your way or will you have breakfast with them in the morning or will you just head off after they are settled in their room. Especially for us moms it’s nice to know when to say goodbye so its not to abrupt and you can enjoy every last second together. If you don’t like your kids you can skip this one all together. :)

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Party Ideas

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We survived our whirlwind of a week! We had senior ball, graduation, last day of school, a graduation party that we hosted, 2 soccer tournaments and a soccer party. I feel like I need a vacation! Thank goodness school is over.

The graduation party was a great success and everyone had a lot of fun. We were a little worried since the set up of the party was during 100 degree heat, but by 6pm it cooled off enough to be comfortable. And by 7:30 the kids had the fire pit going. The party was for my son and niece who both graduated together from High School. My sister and I did most of the planning and set up. To make our lives a little easier, we hired a taco company to do tacos at the party. This eliminated the set up, cooking and cleaning of the main dish. We added chips, salsa and watermelon. We set out big metal buckets with drinks and also had a lemonade dispenser. For easy decorations, we bought mixed flower bouquets and split them up in blue mason jars for the tables. Our main decoration was 5 x 7 photos of the two grads growing up. This continued the theme from the invitation which used a picture of them when they were little. We had approx. 80 prints made and hung them with clothes pins in the yard. The kids thought the “shrine” was a little creepy but the guests loved it and at the end of the evening we let them pick which photos they wanted to take as souvenirs. Even their friends thought it was fun looking at all of the pictures. The cakes were also a big hit. My sisters’ sister-in-law (tongue twister) made one cake for each grad plus gluten, dairy and nut free cupcakes. The cakes totally reflected each grad and everyone loved them, plus they were delicious!

The grads also got some great/creative gifts like a toiletry kit with razors, toothpaste, shampoos and other items that will be useful in the dorms. I also liked the laundry bag with detergent and quarters. My brother and sister-in-law had a lot of fun with their gift. They got a tissue box and made a card saying not to blow it all on beer money and then taped together about 50 different bills so you pulled it out like tissue, very cute/clever! All in all it was a great day and I am glad I can finally take a breather at least until August 23 when we ship him off and I will try not to use a box of tissues!

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