She's One Smart Cookie: Graduation Party Idea

Can you believe how fast this school year has flown by? I know I can’t!  My oldest child is graduating this year and so of course we’re super busy attending all the graduation activities and planning her graduation party.

Because I’ve been focused on all things graduation, I thought I would share this fun “One Smart Cookie” grad party I styled for a client last year.  You’re going to love it!

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When I met with the client she told me two things: the graduate wanted a cookie bar, and she wanted the party to have a rustic feel!  Because I’m such a fan of rustic design, I loved the idea and ran with it.

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This party was set up indoors, specifically in her dinning area! She has a big window next to the dinning table with white blinds and for the rustic feel, I really needed to cover them, so I started by creating the backdrop using three vintage doors, that way I covered all the blinds. I then attached a hand-lettered chalkboard sign with our party’s theme “She’s One Smart Cookie!”

Hand lettered chalkboard signs were the perfect party decoration detail at this One Smart Cookie Graduation Party with vintage and rustic touches. Created by Mint Event Design www.minteventdesign.com #graduationparty #graduationpartyideas #partyideas #rusticpartyideas #partyinspiration #dessertbar #desserttable #chalkboardsigns

Chalkboard and hand-lettering was a theme we carried through the party.  We used it everywhere we could, from the signage, to the “Congrats” banner, to the welcome sign in the front yard.

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To create the vintage look we were going for, I used lots of different rustic serving platters throughout the table. The galvanized metal just gave it the perfect farmhouse touch.  

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I used baking supplies all through this cookie bar.  I felt like it was a natural extension of the cookie/bakery/rustic vibe.  It also helped add a pop of color!

Farmhouse Chic Graduation Party for girls with baking supplies used throughout the cookie bar for the perfect party decorations. As seen on Mint Event Design www.minteventdesign.com
One Smart Cookie Rustic Graduation Party ideas - as seen on Mint Event Design www.minteventdesign.com
Rustic Farmhouse party ideas for a graduation - as seen on Mint Event Design www.minteventdesign.com

I always love using things in unexpected ways.  For example, the food scales, not only do they give my table the beautiful full look I was going for, but also doubled up as serving platters!

Freshly Baked Hand lettered chalkboard sign at a One Smart Cookie Graduation Party - as seen on Mint Event Design www.minteventdesign.com Rustic serving platters and galvanized metal create the perfect farmhouse feel at this One Smart Cookie Graduation party by Mint Event Design - party planner in Austin Texas www.minteventdesign.com #graduationparty #graduationpartyideas #partyideas #rusticpartyideas #partyinspiration #dessertbar #desserttable #chalkboardsigns

We also mixed up some chocolate, strawberry and plain milk because you can’t have cookies without milk.  But, we didn’t want to have to worry about keeping it chilled, so we didn’t actually serve this. It was just for decoration.
We actually served tea and lemonade.  

Cookie Bar set up for a One Smart Cookie themed Graduation Party - as seen on Mint Event Design www.minteventdesign.com
Cookies and Milk in vintage glasses and tins are perfect for a One Smart Cookie graduation party with rustic and vintage touches. As seen on Mint Event Design www.minteventdesign.com
Drink Station Idea for a One Smart Cookie Graduation party: serve flavored milk in vintage bottles served on ice in a glavanized bucket. As seen on Mint Event Design www.minteventdesign.com #graduationparty #graduationpartyideas #partyideas #rusticpartyideas #partyinspiration #drinkstation #chalkboardsigns

The guests used vintage milk bottles and paper straws with glittery toppers!  How fun are they?

Love using milk bottles at this fabulous Milk and Cookies Party - the perfect party detail for a One Smart Cookie Graduation Party - as seen on Mint Event Design www.minteventdesign.com
Fun and Glam graduation party straw toppers - as seen on Mint Event Design www.minteventdesign.com

Now let’s talk about all these fabulous cookies!

My client ordered so many delicious cookies for this party.  She got some local Texas favorites such as Barbara Bush’s Famous Chocolate Chip Cookies, and she even ordered some specialty cookies from out of state!  

A Texas’ favorite Barbara Bush’s Famous Chocolate Chip cookies are perfect for a One Smart Cookie graduation party in Austin Texas - planned by Mint Event Design www.minteventdesign.com
Serve cookies in apothecary jars for a One Smart Cookie Graduation Party - as seen on Mint Event Design www.minteventdesign.com
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Cookie buffet at a One Smart Cookie graduation party - as seen on Mint Event Design www.minteventdesign.com
Glazed lemon sugar cookies from a Cookie Bar - as seen on Mint Event Design www.minteventdesign.com
Over the top Cookie themed graduation party for One Smart Cookie - as seen on Mint Event Design www.minteventdesign.com

Because the graduate was heading to the University of Georgia, Mom ordered some adorable Georgia Bulldog cookies too! So fun!

Georgia Bulldog themed cookies for a One Smart Cookie Graduation Party - as seen on Mint Event Design www.minteventdesign.com


It was really a huge variety of tasty cookies and the guests just loved them!  The guests used the personalized cookie bags to create their perfect batch, you can find the cookie favor bags here.

Personalized cookie bags at “One Smart Cookie” Graduation Party. There was a huge variety of tasty cookies and the guests just loved them! The guests used the personalized cookie bags to create their perfect batch and take them home to enjoy later. As seen on Mint Event Design www.minteventdesign.com #graduationparty #graduationpartyideas #partyideas #rusticpartyideas #partyinspiration #dessertbar #desserttable
One Smart Cookie Graduation Party cookie bags - personalized for the graduate. As seen on Mint Event Design www.minteventdesign.com

Because it’s always nice to include a few personal touches, we included a few pictures of the guest of honor, our graduate, and her favorite flower - Sunflowers!  

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I just loved this fun and rustic cookie bar grad party!  Who wants a cookie now, I know I do! Yum!

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Pin It For Your Party Planning

How to plan a One Smart Cookie Graduation Party with a vintage style cookie bar and lots of rustic touches throughout with hand lettered chalkboard signs. Come see the complete graduation party guide on Mint Event Design, a party planner in Austin Texas www.minteventdesign.com #graduationparty #graduationpartyideas #partyideas #rusticpartyideas #partyinspiration #dessertbar #desserttable #chalkboardsigns

Vendor Credits

Photography & Styling: Mint Event Design
Venue: Client’s Home
Cutouts for Straws and Milk Jar Decals: Sugar Parties LA

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