Monday, August 11, 2014

Baylor Send Off Party~

We had the pleasure of hosting the Atlanta area Baylor Send Off party on Saturday.  Each summer prior to students heading back to the University, a send off party is held in various cities around the states.  Baylor sends one or two representatives to attend the party to help answer questions parents and students might have.  Unfortunately, our representative lost a dear friend last week and could not attend as she was speaking at her funeral.

The party is a way for new students, their parents, current students, their parents and alumni to connect.  It also gives new students and their parents a chance to ask questions they may have about the university and college life on the campus in general.  Many express how much it has helped ease their fears of sending their child 12 hours away from home.  Many lasting friendships are made as well.

We decided to have a dessert social for our party.  We lucked out in that the rain held out until after the party.  The weather was perfect.

I'll let the pictures do the talking...

A little green and gold pride!
The chocolate fountain is always a hit!!

We had a local bakery make the cupcakes and cookies for the party.  The cupcake toppers I had leftover from our daughter's graduation party.  I purchased them from an Etsy shop.

The cookies were so cute!  And, hard to resist.  Baby Girl and I couldn't partake in them as they are not gluten free.  Everyone else loved them!!  If you live in the Atlanta area, I highly recommend the Patio in Johns Creek for custom baked goods.

We offered Sweet Tea, Lemonade, "Baylor" water, and of course Dr. Pepper...the official beverage of Baylor University!!  (however, my daughter will tell you that coming from Atlanta...she is still a Coke girl!!)

"Baylor" water...water, lemons and limes...Green and Gold!!!
This was quite the conversation piece.  This is an old road sign from Waco, TX.  The university's main entrance is on, of course, University Parks Drive.  A few months ago, hubby and I were at Scott's Antique Market when he spotted this in the distance.  No doubt about it, it was coming home with us!!!  Everyone wanted to know how we had acquired it.  The legal way!!! LOL

I put the new porch chalkboard to use as well.

We had a wonderful time!  Can't believe we will be heading out in less than 2 weeks!! The summer flew by, and the fact that our baby girl will be a senior (she is finishing a year early) makes it even harder to comprehend!!  My friends keep asking, "didn't you just move her in for her freshmen year?"  Seems like it.

I promise house pictures are coming this week..."if" the rain holds off long enough!!

Have a Blessed week everyone!!!


Anne said...

Everything looks so lovely Lauren....I can't believe how fast time flies by!

Vicki @ lifeinmyemptynest said...

How lovely and what a great idea for the new students and parents. I'm feeling very nostalgic about my baby starting her senior year of college!

Stacey said...

What a fun party! It's sweet of you to host new students too. That will really make them feel more welcome when they step on the campus. :)

Laura said...

Hostess with the Mostess! Great party!

Erin@ Live Pretty on a Penny said...

this looks like alot of fun! The party looked great and a perfect way to send off the students. Great job!

Teresa@1800 Farmhouse Rd said...

Oh, that looks like some mighty fine food that you showed. What a fine idea for a party.

Kris @ Driven by Décor said...

How fun! Love how you incorporated the Baylor colors into so many things at the party!

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

How fun, Lauren! Love those cookies and cupcakes! The dessert party was a great idea! So hard to believe that the girls are ready to start classes next week! Where did the summer go?

Gypsy Heart said...

Fun times! I think this is a great idea and seems it would make it much easier for a child to move away to go to college. Easier on the parents, right? :)

My son-in-law went to Baylor and I've known quite a few that did. I'm in the DFW area...about 2 hrs away. Let me know if you have any time on your visits to Waco!


Becky {This Is Happiness} said...

So fun! Love the dessert idea and all the pretty drink containers! Really cute!

Amy@eatsleepdecorate said...

Everything looked fantastic. What a fun party. Hope your girls had a great summer. I know you weren't quite ready to see them go. My mama always had a hard time when we went back to school!

Dixie Delights said...

This is fabulous!!! I know you are going to miss her terribly :-( xo

lindley said...

With the start of school, I'm behind on my blog reading! Playing catch up tonight! I LOVE THIS PARTY!!! What a great job you did! Thanks for sending off newbie Baylor Bears in such a spirited fashion! Sic Em!!!