When I think of the month of June, I think of graduations. I graduated from high school in June 20 (oh my!!) years ago. And lots of stores used to run promotions advertising gifts for “Dads and Grads” during June. Anymore though, it seems like most graduations happen in May instead. But since for me, when I think of June graduation season still comes to mind, June’s card of the month is a graduation card. If you’re already done with graduation parties for 2015, you can always just get a jump start on next year’s graduation cards.
Start by getting some 8 1/2 inch by 5 1/2 inch card stock. Personally, I like red for graduations because it reminds me of the ribbons on diplomas, but silver or gray card stock would be nice too. Or you could even use card stock to match school colors. Fold the card stock in half. Then cut a smaller white rectangle for the front of the card. Get some sparkly ribbon that matches the card stock and wrap it around the white rectangle and tape it to the back to hold it in place. Attach the rectangle to the front of the card using pop up dots. Put a black mortarboard sticker on the white rectangle above the ribbon. Ta da! A cute graduation card, whether you end up using it right away in June for the Class of 2015 or save it for next May to celebrate the Class of 2016!
A few years ago, I used “bugs” as the theme to decorate our kitchen for spring and summer. I got the idea at first because I threw a high school graduation party for my very first class of second graders. (Yes, I am old – my first class of second graders graduated from high school. In fact I am super old because they have also now graduated from college. A year ago. Oh well.) Way back when they were second graders, our big thematic unit that year was about insects. We even put on a play for the rest of the school called “The Ladybug Ball.” So I thought that their graduation party just had to have a bug theme. We also used the bug decorations for a cookout we hosted later that summer.
The bugs made for really cute spring and summer parties. They were bright and fun and went perfectly with our checkered red and white checkered picnic napkins.
Bug Graduation Party
We made bug cupcakes topped with red m&ms with black frosting dots for ladybugs and yellow m&ms with black frosting stripes for bees.
We even had bug chocolates on the tables and bug favor bags for everyone.
Bug Favor Bags
One word of warning though – we (coincidentally?) had more pesky live ants to deal with in our kitchen that summer than ever before or since. My husband was convinced that the ants mistakenly thought our little ant decoration was some sort of tiny god that they all just had to make a pilgrimage to come visit.
So decorate with caution… 🙂