Friday Favorites {04} – Graduation Party Ideas and Tips

40th birthday party directional chalkboard sign
Paper Crush

Spring has sprung, and soon the graduation parties will begin! I’ve started receiving invitations already, so I’m assuming that most of you have already started party planning, if you have graduates.

I thought it would be fun to post some graduation party ideas, but I’ll admit that, even though I’ve been to my share, I’ve never actually planned one.

So I did what any good blogger would do – enlisted the help of my friends and co-workers for this Friday Favorites! Thank you Nicole, Audra, Bre, Reese, Holly, Lorri, Paula, Penny, and Tarryn. :-)

Candy Cup Caps
Candy Cup Caps – Bakerella

Here we go…
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Parade of Homes Inspiration – 10 Ways to Add Character to Your Space


Swanson Homes – Epicenters Dining

Were any of you able to visit the recent Parade of Homes? I popped into as many homes as I could, but still only got to a small fraction of them.

It’s always fun to see the inspiration – especially the custom details. The design elements that really add a unique spin on a space and take it to the next level. Some details can be large, complicated, and expensive, while others are easily accomplished on a smaller budget with less effort.

I snapped some pics as I was making the tour, and rounded up 10 ideas for customizing your space. Inspiration for the new home you want to build, or to spruce up an existing space (or to just enjoy browsing :-)):
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Navy Blue Paint Colors

Lower level family room neutrals and navy - navy blue accent wall. This post also has 9 navy blue paint colors. Design by Wooddale Builders - Photography: Spacecrafting - Furniture: Schneiderman's
Design and styling by Wooddale Builders – Photography: Spacecrafting

If you read yesterday’s post, our blue and white inspiration may have you thinking of trying out navy blue on a wall, or walls, in your home.

That could be a good idea, because paint is really one of the easiest ways to transform a space.  But choosing a paint color?  That’s sometimes not as fun or as easy.  And there are so many navy blue paint colors to choose from.

That’s why it’s always nice when someone else wades through all of the options for you. :-)

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