Graduation Day!

Graduation Day
The tone was set as guests arrived at the front door.

Chapman University graduation was quickly approaching and it was time to start planning our son’s celebration. Since Daniel was graduating with a film degree, we decided to incorporate the film theme into his party to make it fun and personalized.We wanted the theme and decorations to be a surprise for Daniel, but didn’t know how that could be done since the whole family would be attending the graduation ceremony.

Graduation Day
Notice the photos in the “film” reel!

The solution was to call my good friend, Lisa Paul at Entertaining Events, to help with the event. Her team came to the rescue; from designing custom decorations that were bright, festive and theme appropriate, to setting up the entire party while we were away at the ceremony.We had clever centerpieces made that featured a film reel of Daniel’s photos from infancy to the present; such a special touch! The silverware was individually wrapped and sealed with the Chapman University logo. And the school colors were used in the flowers, candles, and other decor.

Graduation DaySince the guests would be arriving prior to our return from the ceremony, I knew we needed a few appetizers to nibble on while they awaited our arrival. Lisa recommended a smoked salmon appetizer, a fruit and cheese platter displayed nicely on a granite piece, and a baked brie with apricots and roasted almonds. All were absolutely delicious!

Graduation DayDaniel is a big fan of barbecue so we decided the catered meal would be his favorites: tri-tip steak, barbecued chicken, mashed potatoes, peanut cole slaw, barbecued beans, Caesar salad, and garlic rolls. The buffet was complete and looked amazing! And our friends and family loved it!

Graduation DayThe dessert bar included a beautifully decorated tuxedo cake with fresh fruit topping, chocolate dipped strawberries, lemon bars, and my own homemade toffee.Graduation DayA surprise video, created for Daniel by his best friend and creative partner from Chapman, Dillon Moore, topped off the evening perfectly. The video was very entertaining and brought many laughs and great memories!

Graduation DayThe party favors were popcorn boxes filled with homemade caramel corn drizzled with white and milk chocolate which the guests took as they said their good-byes. Such a delightful idea!

The evening would not have been such a great success had it not been for the help of Entertaining Events coordinating the fabulous party! Thank you Lisa, Leslye, Terry and Kim!


  1. ausra | 11th Jun 15

    It was a fantastic event. Even the photos do not do justice to the spectacular decorations, food and ambiance. The attention to detail was superb, including the delicious party favors at the end.
    We felt pampered the entire evening.
    The caterers – Entertaining Events -are truly professional. Highly recommended!

    • Anna | 11th Jun 15

      Thanks for being a Gr8 Friend and commenting, Ausra! It was great to see you!

  2. Lisa Paul | 11th Jun 15

    Yes, indeed it was a very fun event that Tim and Jurga hosted for Daniel. We wanted to make it special for him and we did just that. All the personalized décor that was made for Daniels graduation was very impressive!
    Kim has amazing talent and we are glad we have her on our team.

    • Anna | 11th Jun 15

      Your team did an amazing job!

  3. Brenda Perlin | 12th Jun 15

    That is so beautiful. Adore all the extra TLC. Done with love, I can see.

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