I actually really like planning events and I've done a bunch of it--for work and for play. As a matter of fact, this whole blog got started as a way to keep in touch with far-away folks when we were planning our wedding! I have been in a bit of a lull, lately, and this graduation garden party will be the first we've done in a while. And what a fun purpose for a party!
Since we are officially hosting Lucy's party, and she wants to "just show up" as she put it, she created the initial vibe at a meeting we had where she yay or nayed my suggestions. Truth be told, she mostly nayed them! Her directive? Simple! And nothing that will make anyone feel awkward or uncomfortable. And, by anyone, she mostly means her world of scientists, computer programmers, and people who don't particularly like stuffy soirees. Okay...we can do this thing.
So...no music, games, fancy food, or embarrassing walks down memory lane. Lucy has banned a photo montage of her academic career, slide presentations, and anything remotely weepy and nostalgic. No elementary school photos of her holding test tubes or collecting water samples in bright pink rubber boots! She wants food that makes her happy: a taco/tostada bar with fresh, homemade ingredients (including my salsa and guacamole), summer beverages with some boozy choices, a graduation cake that pays homage to both her degrees (Biology & Economics), and absolutely no speeches! It's going to be a garden party because she wants to wear a Summer sundress and we think it will be less stuffy--and so no one will get trapped inside with an inquisitive elder wanting to know what he or she is going to do with the rest of their life. She's thought this thing out!
She and I created her announcements and invitations since she had some specific ideas about wording and such. I'm not particularly craftsy (but she is) and it was fun. The greatest thing about this party is that Lucy's personality is all over it and it is truly a celebration of her accomplishment, with a nod to all the folks who have helped her along the way. It will be unique and oozing individuality...just like her!
A little piece of her announcement...and the pride is all ours!
I, Lucy XXXXXXXXX XXXXXX,
am proud to announce
my graduation from
the University of Oregon
Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology and Economics
on March 23rd, 2013.