A Modern Farmhouse Graduation Party // Hostess with the Mostess®

graduation party drink table

I’m so excited to share this Modern Farmhouse Graduation Party with you! 🎓

The guest of honor has a lot of unique interests & passions, and I really wanted them to shine through at this party. 🤩 This meant using hand-crafted details to bring personalized elements to life in a way that matches the farmhouse vibes.

I also designed a set of Modern Farmhouse Graduation printables for this party, featuring the traditional black and white farmhouse palette and a Rae-Dunn-inspired font. Rustic elements like wood and galvanized metal accents rounded out the look.

gold white black marble balloon garland

Graduation Balloon Garland

This black, white, & gold balloon garland by Prism Party Co turned out SOOOO great!

I had requested accents of marbled balloons to give the garland some “texture”, and she seriously found the prettiest marbled balloons I’ve ever seen. 🙌 (The rich black and bold contrast were absolutely gorgeous.) Also – it was forecasted to be 104 degrees for this party, and dark balloons don’t do well in high heat 😬, so this was a good way to get a little black into the garland design without using solid balloons.

black and gold graduation party

The Popcorn Bar

Instead of doing a dessert table or candy buffet as the focal point, we went with a sweet-and-savory Popcorn Bar. This was so much fun to design and definitely a huge hit with the guests! Extra “to go” bags of caramel peanut popcorn were also available to take home.

black and white farmhouse popcorn bar

I used large bushel baskets for the popcorn and trimmed them with black and white fabrics (and farmhouse style labels, of course!). A variety of popcorn seasonings (Urban Accents brand) were displayed on a metal wall shelf. Galvanized metal pails and mason jars were used for most of the toppings.

BTW – Several jars/containers of toppings are missing in this picture because we didn’t set them out until right when the party started… it was HOT that day and we were trying to prevent melting.

printable popcorn bar sign

Advice and Wishes Table

I used this station as an opportunity to highlight the graduate’s love of Disney (something shared by her entire family!). Take a closer look at it here.

black and gold Disney graduation

The Entrance

Guests were greeted with a small display table of photos and the (decorated) graduation cap, a congrats poster of the graduate, and a designated table for cards & gifts. I printed the 18×24″ poster at Staples and displayed it on a chalkboard display stand from Amazon.

personalized graduation party poster

farmhouse graduation party decorations

Food & Drinks

Most of the drinks were canned or bottled and available in self-serve coolers next to the signature drink table. I wanted to keep the signature drink color-coordinating, so we went with a (non-alcoholic) Sparkling Pineapple Lemonade. It was a (super tasty!) combo of Sprite, pineapple juice, and Simply Lemonade.

black and white graduation drink station

Wood-fired pizzas by Rolling Stone Pizza were served throughout the party. They also had fruit trays and a nacho bar! 😋 I found the Rae Dunn napkins, napkin holder, and “congrats” plates at Marshalls.

Graduation Centerpieces

I designed 5 different personalized graduation centerpieces for the banquet tables and covered those in a separate blog post. Take a closer look here!

Personal graduation centerpiece license plate

Pictured above and below: centerpiece designs inspired by the graduate’s love of agriculture and the college she would be attending.

black and gold graduation centerpiece

Another fun fact about these banquet tables… they were covered with curtain panels instead of tablecloths! Browsing curtain aisles for “tablecloths” for 6-ft banquet tables is one of my favorite party tricks. It gives you so many more design options.

I found these (Opalhouse brand) curtains at Target – and with their black and white stripes and TASSELS hanging off the sides, they couldn’t have been more perfect for this graduation party! 🙌

black and white graduation table lines

For more ideas & inspiration from this Modern Farmhouse Graduation, check out these posts:

Farmhouse Graduation Printables

My Farmhouse Graduation printables are available in our store. They make it so EASY to add pro designer style & personalization to your event. It’s like instant branding for your party! 🙌 Click here to shop now.

graduation printables - modern farmhouse

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