Graduation Celebration

A party needs three things: garden flowers, cucumber mojitos, and a balmy sun, luckily for my sister Meghan and I we had all of that and then some.


Growing up with eight siblings teaches you a lot about sharing, you share clothes, bedrooms, Instagram caption ideas, and on some rare years you even share your graduation celebration.

Meghan recently finished up her senior year and became a graduate of Berlin High School, and I (not so recently) graduated from Central Connecticut State University this past December. Used to sharing, we decided the only way to celebrate both our accomplishments was to throw a combined grad party.

Per usual our mom took over the décor department and styled the party with a vintage, garden, and earthy look in mind. She used antique planters, vintage benches and chests, and dozens of blooming flowers to create our beautiful party.

She made two focal points, one a fabulous spin off the typical “grad table”, and the other a vintage seating area and backdrop.

The enhanced grad table was a bit more than just a collage and “GRAD” banner, our mom used strands of lights and tassels, bouquets, frames, and an antique iron holder to create a sweet table fit for two!

Her earthy seating area was made up of two teal iron chairs, a little loveseat bench, an antique chest, and a gold balloon banner. She used garden plants and flowers to give life to the space, and created a cozy hangout by hanging more strands of lights. A weathered door and window pane rested behind the set-up to add closure to our little corner of the tent.

Another (unplanned, but sweet) addition to the party was our cousins 1966 turquoise pick-up truck which posed for a fabulous prop as well! It completely went with our antique garden soiree!

We love and appreciate when small details are focused on and our mom never disappoints when it comes to party prep and event styling!

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Shake It Off

Throwing an engagement party at someone’s house, in this case my families, is a bit stressful.
You need about a million hands to help, 10 extra hours than you have, and the ability to not have a meltdown five minutes before it starts.
My beautiful mother has always had the dream of opening her own wedding business.
We would take care of the catering, decorations, photography, venue, you name it, we got it covered.
So my sisters engagement party was the first time for our mom to really have a chance with all that.

Photo Credit-Colleen Lennehan
Photo Credit-Colleen Lennehan

And it was fabulous.
The weather was breezy and windy, and then rainy, dreary, and chilly-however when you start questioning the bad karma brought upon you when it starts pouring on your weeks worth of engagement party preparation, just breath, motion your guests towards the tents, and laugh while you pour yourself a glass of wine.
–It worked for us!–
Photo Credit-Colleen Lennehan
Photo Credit-Colleen Lennehan

My mother thought of everything, I know I’m bias but a wedding magazine easily could (and SHOULD) have photographed and documented the party.
Between the 7 different types of homemade soups, signature cocktails, bonfire pits, hay stack seating, and crisp autumn leaves blowing around in the cool air, it was picture perfect.
Photo Credit-Lisa Lennehan
Photo Credit-Lisa Lennehan

Photo Credit-Colleen Lennehan
Photo Credit-Colleen Lennehan

Photo Credit-Colleen Lennehan
Photo Credit-Colleen Lennehan