What is Black and White and Red All Over?

Monday, June 11, 2012


Mini-SGCC’s Grad Bash, that’s what! 

That’s right.  On June 2, 2012, my baby girl graduated from high school.  I’m still having a hard time wrapping myself around that one!  It seems like only yesterday, I was dropping her off for her first day of kindergarten.  Where did the time go?  It’s whizzed by so quickly that it all seems like a blur.  I need to catch my breath!


Of course, Mr. SGCC and I are so incredibly proud of our daughter’s accomplishments – especially this past six months since her accident.  Under the same circumstances, a lot of kids would have just given up on school.  But, Mini-SGCC didn’t.  She not only persevered, despite her injuries and physical limitations, she triumphed and graduated with honors!  Now, in a few short months, she will begin a new chapter in her life at college.  As excited as I am for her to continue on her journey, I know that I will be lost without her.   I take some comfort in knowing that she will call regularly – even if it’s only to tell me she needs more money in her debit account! Winking smile

To mark this auspicious occasion, Mr. SGCC and I hosted a big graduation bash for family and friends.  It was held at The Boathouse, a gorgeous private waterfront venue owned by the Hyatt Regency here in Sarasota.   I’ve spent the past month planning and organizing the party, which is why I’ve been noticeably absent here.  I’d forgotten how much work is involved in putting together a big event, although I had tons of fun doing it.


Mini-SGCC wanted a black and white theme with touches of red. We decided to go with back and white damask because it’s classic, elegant and feminine, without being too “girly”. (That’s my take on it.  Mini-SGCC liked it because it was “edgy”.)  We used simple white table linens embellished with lovely damask table runners that I found on Etsy. The chairs were covered in black and tied with big red bows. The centerpieces were made with long-stemmed red roses in clear glass vases covered with squares of the same damask fabric used for the table runners. I thought they were perfect!


Look at these pretty vellum shades I found.  Put a small votive candle in a standard wine glass, slip one of the shades on top and voilà – a sweet little table lantern!  LOVE!


There was lots of scrumptious food too!  We had several food stations set up around the space so that everyone could graze.

This is the Barbecue Pork Slider Bar.  Those little paper cones on each side were filled with tater tots.


My nephew, Clino, really dug those tater tots!


This is the Pasta Bar.  There were various kinds of pasta, sauces and toppings to choose from.    Everything was made to order.


Everybody loves pasta!


The Fajita Bar was set up outside on the deck.  We had beef, chicken and shrimp fajitas, and again, they were made to order.


What’s a fajita without all of the trimmings?


Do you fondue?


And of course, it wouldn’t be a SGCC event without a big, old dessert buffet!  I’d been collecting these black and white cake stands and serving pieces for months.  I’m so pleased with the way it turned out!


This cake from Pastries by Design was a work of art!  And, it tasted as wonderful as it looked!  The bottom tier was a Black Forest cake.  The middle tier was a white chocolate and raspberry cake.  And the top tier was a chocolate fudge cake with peanut butter-cream cheese filling.  It was sheer perfection!


Those are vanilla cake pops covered in dark chocolate by the talented and creative Lollicake Queen.   Behind them, are mini dark chocolate cupcakes with Very Vanilla Buttercream, made by yours truly.  They’re sitting in adorable little damask wrappers and are topped with tiny graduation caps.


Here are more lollicakes – this time, red velvet coated in white chocolate.  And, those cupcakes are vanilla covered in the same dreamy buttercream.  We also had white and dark chocolate covered Oreos – just because we didn’t think we had enough chocolate on the buffet!


Here’s Mini-SGCC mugging for the camera with Zia Giuseppina.  Doesn’t she look all grown up?


And, here’s the guest of honor clowning around with some of her friends.


I made these personalized chocolate bars as favors to give out to the party guests.  I wrapped regular Hershey bars in red foil and covered them with pretty labels I ordered from another shop on Etsy.  It took forever to wrap all of those bars, but I love the way they turned out.  The guests did too!


This is DJ Ryan.  He kept the party hopping all night long with lots of great music!  What a cutie!


It was so exciting to see my vision for Mini-SGCC’s party turned into such a lovely reality!  Everyone involved really went above and beyond in their help and support!  The décor, food and beautiful setting were all amazing!  However, I think that the biggest hit of the night was the photobooth from Snapshoot.  All of the guests were encouraged to take lots and lots of silly pictures in the booth.  The folks from Snapshoot put a copy of each photo into a big scrapbook and everyone took turns writing notes to Mini-SGCC in it.  At the end of the night, the scrapbook was presented to her as a keepsake of her fabulous graduation celebration.  It truly was an evening to remember!

Here are some of the photobooth highlights.




Don’t you wish you’d been there too?


17 responses to What is Black and White and Red All Over?

  1. On June 11, 2012 at 5:46pm, Jen @ one curly fry said...

    Oh Susan! First of all, congratulations to your daughter! She’s absolutely beautiful!

    And the party! Everything is gorgeous. I love the decor! All of the food and desserts look amazing!!! I bet everything tasted as good as it looked! Awesome job!!

  2. On June 11, 2012 at 5:51pm, Rosa said...

    Congrats to her! What a fabulous party.



  3. On June 11, 2012 at 8:04pm, Joan Nova said...

    Yes, Susan, I wish I was there. You throw a great party. No stone left unturned!

    And your daughter is gorgeous. Congratulations to all!

  4. On June 12, 2012 at 12:10am, Megan said...

    What a fabulous party, Susan–all the details look so perfect! Congratulations to your lovely daughter. :) Hope to see you again soon!

    • On June 12, 2012 at 10:58am, Susan said...

      Looking forward to seeing you again too, Megan! We should plan a girls lunch soon so we can gab about Stetson. :)

  5. On June 12, 2012 at 2:06am, katie said...

    Wow what a fabulous celebration! Well done to your daughter :)

  6. On June 12, 2012 at 8:38am, Paper cup making machine said...

    I must admit it ranks up there among one of the most unique blog ideas I have ever seen.

  7. On June 12, 2012 at 10:49am, Susan said...

    Thanks, guys! So glad you enjoyed hearing about our little soiree! :)

  8. On June 12, 2012 at 4:02pm, Vicki Bensinger said...

    WhaT a fabulous party you threw for your daughter. Everything looks wonderful from the color scheme to the cake. She must have been on cloud nine.

    Good luck with her leaving for college. I had the hardest time ever, crying all the time especially while putting my makeup on each morning. It was as though I was looking through the looking glass at the years gone by. Then just as I finished brushing on my mascara the tears would stream down my face like a running faucet. However because of cell phones and Skype it makes it easy. Once they’d left I felt comfort in knowing they chose a nice school and had nice roommates. You will be fine. My last just graduated so no more school, at least for now.

    Thanks for sharing this special day with us.

  9. On June 13, 2012 at 1:20am, Phyllis Kirigin said...

    You have truly outdone yourself! What great ideas you came up with. So impressive. What a lucky daughter. Congratulations to her!

  10. On June 13, 2012 at 6:25am, marcellina said...

    WOW! WOW! I’ve got no words! Such a spectacular party! Your daughter is so lucky to have such wonderful parents. Congratulations to you and your daughter! Here is Australia we don’t have high school graduations as such. My daughter will graduate in November and the school puts on a graduation dinner. There are a lot of “graduation” parties but they are more of a get together. This is amazing! BTW, it’s nice that your back!

  11. On June 13, 2012 at 7:20am, Rachel (S[d]OC) said...

    Wow. She’s a lucky girl to have parents who will give her a party like that. I can’t wait to see what you’ll do for her wedding! I’m not sure which tier of that cake I would want to eat since they all looked great. I love the food choices too. I’d be hitting every “bar”.

    Wishing her a very successful future and happy times at college.

  12. On June 13, 2012 at 4:29pm, Suzanne said...

    Congratulations to your daughter! The party looks absolutely fabulous. I love the red white and black theme especially the cake and the chair covers, very classy.

  13. On June 14, 2012 at 11:04am, Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker said...

    What a beautiful party! Congratulations to your daughter, and to YOU!

  14. On July 25, 2012 at 3:04am, ilan said...

    Beautiful party and photos!

  15. On July 13, 2013 at 6:58am, LisaAnn said...


    Everything is BEAUTIFUL! Wow you have an amazing talent! Congratulations to your daughter and you. I have been planning my daughter’s graduation party. I was thinking of decorating the party very COLORFUL. However my daughter told me she wanted Black White, and Red…. At first I thought Oh no black? That is not a color? You have certainly turned my view around, Thank you and Thank you for sharing!


  16. On February 19, 2014 at 1:12am, Alex said...

    Must be nice to have so much money.

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