I hung it on one wall of the garage with a bunch of photos…on the right I used red ribbon and strung all his school/formal pictures…from 3 months to 4K to senior pics! I mounted the pictures on black card stock and used a silver pen to write his age on each. Everyone loved to see how he has changed in 18 years. The other candids are some of my favorite shots from the last 18 years–many with friends. I bought some cheap black mats online and just taped the photos to the back.
I had to rent tables and chairs because we have none! I used red and white (his high school AND college colors!) and these funky little dot garlands I found on clearance at Target to make the tables into a baseball theme. More photos on each table, of course–as well as collages on little easels everywhere.
My son is a “candy guy” so I made a candy buffet for his friends…to eat during the party and then had a stack of take out containers so they could take some “to go” as well!
I didn’t want to buy a cardboard box for his cards so I just tied a ribbon around a basket I already had and used a little chalkboard sign I found in the Dollar Spot. I can’t tie a bow but finally convinced myself that I just had to live with it.