My mom’s graduation party: Dessert bar.

My mom recently graduated from Santa Clara University with a MFT: Masters in Family Therapy.

It’s hard to even describe the immense well of pride I get in my throat when just beginning to think about what a feat this was… I imagine it’s something like she felt when I graduated, but maybe even more intense because that was a lot easier and a lot more expected!

My mom has always had a huge heart for under-privileged kids and has worked with them for two decades with CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), but always as a volunteer.

About five years ago, she decided to go back to school at 50 to learn more tools to really be able to help the kids she is working with.

Considering she could barely turn a computer on when she enrolled and so much of today’s classroom is online, it’s beyond impressive.

And I think it’s a big encouragement for mothers who choose to stay home that you can have an entire new career once your birdies have flown the coop!

So as you’ve probably gathered by now, I put together a little dessert bar for her graduation party.

We of course started with Minted invites. Minted is so great about doing custom work… We choseĀ moglea‘s the pointilist wedding invitation because my Mom’s favorite color is green and we loved how classy it was and then we added a graduation hat to tie into the occasion.

This card looked so much like my mom I couldn’t help but aslo include it on the display.

I would have loved to have made some of the baked goodies myself, but alas I was 7,000 miles away from my cake room and working full-time, so I turned to some San Francisco experts!

The cupcakes I ordered from Icing on the Cake Bakery in Los Gatos. Honestly, there cupcakes are DIVINE.

The cookies were from Sugar Mama Cookies SF. Didn’t she do an awesome job tying in all the details? Even making little pill bottles and pills?!

The cake pops were by Sweet Lauren Cakes. I sent her the invite and she was able to match the graduation hat and color perfectly.

Here the whole family is the day of the graduation party… By they way, I’m wearing a Hatch maternity dress, that I have been wearing a ton this pregnancy and anticipate wearing even after the baby arrives. I’ve tried it with so many different belts and necklaces to change things up.

Here my Mom is on the day of her graduation… we were at a wedding so sadly couldn’t make it, but doesn’t she look adorable with her classmates–many of whom are my age! It was so nice to meet some of them at the party. I think she is kind of like the class mom!

And here she is actually graduating! Way to go Mom! xxx.

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8 responses to “My mom’s graduation party: Dessert bar.

  1. Congratulations to Shelly! She is truly amazing. And that party looks delightful!

  2. Natasha, this is awesome. I could hardly distinguish your mom from her classmates – she looks fabulous and so young! And those cookies are so impressive – I love the pill cookies in particular.

  3. Congratulations to your mom! The CASA kids are so lucky to have her!!

  4. I am so impressed by your mom! Such an amazing thing to start a new profesional chapter at 50 (although she doesn’t look a day over 35!)
    Also that black maternity dress is a keeper… you don’t even look preggers in that photo!

  5. Way to go Mama! You are such a sweet daughter preparing all those special treats for her, well deserved of course. You all look fabulous.

  6. Congrats to Shelly! And sorry you had to miss the ceremony! You definitely showed her some love with those desserts, though.

  7. Tash, Thanks for all of your support and encouragement through grad school.
    I couldn’t have done it with out it! Now that I am have some time to reflect and I don’t’ have to write another paper or read another book; I am truly impressed by you writing on this blog as often as you do!!

  8. Congratulations to Shelly! It looks like a fun and delicious party.

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