Here are the details from the graduation party I threw my hubby last Saturday. As you probably know, it is SO tricky to do stuff for guys. You can't make it to "cutesy". Ryan was graduating from the University of Florida, whose mascot is the Gators, and whose stadium is called the Swamp.
So I went with that.
I made the dessert table swampy with large sticks and assorted dried mushrooms in glass cylinders, "moss" - green Easter grass, lanterns, and green fabric.
The hat bunting was strung across the front of the table.
I made green, brown, orange, and blue streamers to hang behind the table.
I also threw in some books here and there - to give it the academic look. The cake was actually cupcakes in the shape of a gator - from the lovely Hello Cupcake book.
I made brown icing and mossy green icing and filled my pastry bag half with green and half with brown. That's how I achieved that variegated look - I thought it looked more authentic than bright green for a man party.
I made the graduation hat pops - using orange and blue taffy for the tassels.
I covered half the Oreos with blue melting candies and the other half in white and sprinkled orange sprinkles on them for texture. I put them on books covered in faux bois paper.
Finally for the favors I made a play on the drink Izze by asking "Is he finally a doctor?".
It was really fun to put together - and of course would work for a Gator football party too.
Go Gators! jessica