Kyle's law school graduation and birthday fell on the same weekend, so while all our family was in town we had a dessert party. We ate out at Goodwood BBQ and then came back to our tiny flat for an ice cream bar and chocolate cake.
The concept for the party was 'he's going places' and I used a paper pack from American Crafts called 'Travel' that had blue, green, red, and black that set the color scheme. The paper pack came from a scrapbook sale where I got about 10 paper packs with 200 sheets each for $1. So I spent $1 on the paper to make all the paper crafts, and then bought a dozen balloons and called it good. I love using paper goods to decorate for a party. There is so much that you can do with a 12x12 sheet of paper... everything from place mats to garlands, bunting, and cupcake liners.
For his actual birthday we left all the decorations up and invited our dear friends Bryan and Ashley over for Sunday dinner of ribs, corn on the cob, mashed potatoes, and cake & ice cream.