After 30 years the beloved director of Harris' (and Grace's) preschool is retiring this year. I was asked to co-chair, along with my friend Lauri, her retirement party. The party was Saturday night and I thought I would share some details.
Dee loves the shore and is retiring to her beach house so the theme of the party was a no brainer. The party was held in the parrish hall of the church that the preschool is in. We were on a very strict budget and by using inexpensive decorations and things we already owned we were able to keep the cost of the party to a very bare minimum. Fortunately, Lauri is a huge fan of the shore and already owned all things beachy! We used her seashells liberally scattered about the room, we borrowed glass votive holders, and brought in our own firepits. I was able to get beach balls at the dollar store.
One of my favorite elements of the party was the beach balls hanging from the ceiling.
The preschool children painted these amazing fish canvases and they provided, along with the beach balls, the pops of color that gave the party a bit of whimsy. Other than those two things we kept to a very neutral, beachy color scheme.
The day we went in to set up we were surprised by a gigantic cabinet that had appeared in the corner of the hall. Apparently, it had just been dropped by for the upcoming rummage sale that the church hosts every spring. We decided to use it to set up the bar area and it turned out to be beautiful!
My friend Emily catered the party (the food was amazing) but in order to cut down on costs we decided to handle the desserts ourselves. Lauri and I made the cupcakes and others brought in delicious treats.
Lauri put together the flower arrangements for two of the tables and we used glass hurricanes with candles and seashells on the other two tables.
Another favorite element of the party were the firepits that we set up.
Our husbands were the bartenders for the evening!