When Grace and I were planning her Graduation Open House,
we quickly realized we were approaching the elephant from opposite sides.
She saw a trunk,
I saw a tail.
Our view was worlds apart.
When I began asking her about the decorations,
she said, "Mom, nobody cares about decorations,
they only remember the food they ate."
I said, "I never remember the food,
I just remember when they didn't decorate."
I wanted the party to look festive,
she wanted it to taste festive.
We had to describe that elephant together.
We immediately nixed the idea of decorating with traditional
mortarboards and school colors.
I didn't want to throw money away,
so we wanted to choose items that could be used
for other special occasions or in Grace's room.
Grace doesn't have any favorite animals, flowers or sports.
I finally begged her,
"Just pick a few colors you like, please!"
Grace and big sister went to Ikea with a budget,
a desire for bright colors, and came home satisfied.
They chose three table runners,
three Chinese lanterns,
paper plates, napkins, and votive candles.
I added one yard of this fabric from Jo-Ann's to tie all the bright colors together.
I made two smaller tablerunners to layer over the purchased runners,