If you or your spouse has returned to school after you’ve started a family, you know well the time and tears and frustrations it can bring with it.
Husband graduated from nursing school in May 2018 and of course we wanted to honor his hard work and accomplishment with a nursing school graduation party. I was pregnant with Baby A for half of his first year of the nursing program and gave birth his second week of his final year, so we had a 3yr old and a newborn during what was the most difficult year of schooling. It was… interesting.
My MIL offered to host a small graduation party for him at her house with just family and close friends because Husband didn’t want a big shin-dig. She asked if I would handle the decorations. I got on Pinterest and… well… I decided I wanted to do more than just some streamers.
I combined several different medical-themed parties I found on Pinterest to come up with a fun, healthy-ish nursing school graduation party without blowing out my budget (thanks in part to Dollar Tree for decorations! Not a sponsored post, I just love getting my decor there.).
Nursing School Graduation Party: The Food
We try to eat healthy, real food in general and while I don’t mind cutting loose a bit for a celebration, I was also not wanting to have to closely monitor what V was eating so I didn’t want to do a full-out candy bar. Instead I opted for a mix of hors d’oeuvres, fruits and vegetables and treats.
Enlarged Arteries – Raspberries and strawberries
Happy Pills – Artificial dye-free M&Ms
Tongue Depressors – Biscotti (not homemade)
Thermometers – White chocolate covered pretzel rods (hand-dipped)
Used Cotton Ball Disposal – Marinated Mozzarella Balls (I used this recipe. The forks I found in the party section of our local supermarket.)
Kidney Stones – Mixed Nuts
Band-Aids – Crackers with cheese
Injections – Jello Shots (I did raspberry and lime flavored jello with tequila. They didn’t all thicken up because I used food-dyed jello and probably didn’t have my ratios correct, but they did all get taken! I used these syringes and they were super easy to clean so we can reuse them in the future.)
In addition to the more theme-y food, we also had party food like chips and dip, chicken wings, etc. Husband’s cousin brought some delicious bruschetta “petri dishes” and I bought these specimen cups for doing shots or drinking out of.
Nursing School Graduation Party: The Decor
Some of the common nursing school decor I found was geared more toward female nurses so I ended up making pretty much everything. I did try to keep it fairly simple and went with a “scrubs blue” color scheme.
The backdrop below is a simple blue table cloth from Dollar Tree. I found some x-rays and monitor reading via Google and mounted them on a piece of card stock and then I found a nurse’s prayer on Etsy and made it into a simple printout and threw it in a Dollar Tree frame. I also grabbed V’s Operation game board and set that out on our “Nurse’s Station”. The containers and trays for food were all either regular drinking glasses, vases we had lying around or from Dollar Tree. We also had streamers across the ceiling and a “Congrats Graduate” banner across the main doorway.
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