Tuesday, June 21, 2011

vintage inspired grad party

We literally hit the ground running upon returning home from our trip to Wisconsin.
We were hosting our daughter Miranda's graduation party in 3 days!
She decided on a vintage theme ~ ice cream bar.
So I googled MOJO's and was blown away by all the topping ideas.
I couldn't wait to fill my PYREX collection with all these decadent choices.
You can see more of my collection by clicking My Pyrex Collection.

Miranda, Elisabeth and Nicole
We had over 40 people in our home and backyard and actual seating for everyone.
Yes, I happen to be a hoarder of chairs.
Seriously, who can pass up those vintage wooden folding chairs!
Because well... you never know when you might need seating for that many.

This quilt happens to be one of the last purchases I made just days before my little thrift store closed. I think I paid around 4 dollars.
It has a flannel backing that is so soft. I couldn't resist hanging it from the back wall.
Oh and I brought back more vintage canning jars from the farm.

My daughter-in-law Nicole convinced me to throw down several rag rugs and quilts 
to give it that comfy, cozy feel. Thanks for all your help Nicole!

And you can bet my galvanized containers came in handy.
Here's my little secret to preserving ice... I lay frozen containers/blocks of ice (milk jugs, etc.) at the bottom of the galvanized tubs and then add bags of ice and bottled beverages.
You can't see the frozen containers... but it keeps the ice cubes from melting 
and the beverages ice cold. Even in our Arizona 100+ heat!
Oh and my $5.00 vintage IGLOO cooler (3 gal.) kept my homemade lemonade ice cold.
Do you want to see more party pics? Then here you go ~ Miranda's Graduation Party

I'm linking my thrifty finds with ~ NIFTY THRIFTY TUESDAY


Unknown said...

Perfect use for all those little Pyrex fridgies! And I love all that galvanized goodness. :)

The Joyful Thrifter said...

Pyrex is perfect for any party!!!

The Joyful Thrifter

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Wow! $4 for that quilt is amazing! Happy graduation to Miranda. I bet the ice cream bar was a hit ... especially in the heat. Best wishes, Tammy

Kristen said...

Love love the first quilt!!!! Such a cute party idea:)

Laurie - Lolo So Retro said...

Love the vintage grad party! Such clever ideas and so different!

Congratulations to the graduate!

Laurie S.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to the new grad!
What a colorful buffet table.
I am heded off to a grad party this weekend and may have to copy a few of your ideas.

Mindy said...

I love Pyrex and galvanized tin...you inspire me to use my pieces in creative ways.

I was just dreaming about making lights for my deck out of old canning jars, so was fun to see yours hanging around. I am thinking of using white shell pieces from the Puget Sound since it is readily available.

Mindy said...

When I went back through all the pics one final time for inspiration, I noticed we collect the same plastic tableware, the ones that look like they have burlap between the layers of plastic. Do you know what they are called? Thanks!

Fishtail Cottage said...

love that potting "entertaining" bench! oxox, tracie