Our oldest son is walking across the stage to receive his diploma this weekend and we couldn’t be prouder! It only seemed fitting that this farm kid celebrate this momentous occasion on the farm he has been raised.
Months of construction, weeks of planning and days of some serious last minute hard labor have led up to one fabulous celebration. Initially we had planned a beautiful spring evening with the party sprawling onto the lawn, including a bounce house and basketball court for the kids and an outdoor fire pit for the big kids. Mother nature had different plans however and gave us a 47° day full of cold wind and rain. It’s like everything else in life; you take what you’re given and try to make something fabulous with it.
I wanted to share a few of the fun things we were able to do as far as decorating and entertaining. Some I would definitely do again – others I may have lived and learned! All in all I thought the night was a big success and I felt our guests enjoyed themselves. My end goal was to throw a party honoring Devin and thanking all of the people in our lives who helped us raise and shape him into the young man he is today. We are truly blessed to have such a loving and supportive network of family and community.
To give you a little backstory on the barn itself, it belonged to a neighbor about a mile south of us years ago. My husband decided after purchasing the barn that we would have it moved onto the corner of our property and had plans for all of this renovation filed away somewhere in his mind from the beginning. As graduation year approached the pressure was on to get moving on the project. With the help of his cousin Mark and Devin himself, countless hours went into into transforming this old dirty barn into something that seems quite magical to me!
The lower level of the barn is essentially storage for farm equipment with a white rock floor, but we ended up utilizing half of the space for picnic tables with our rain plans. A large staircase leading up to the original hayloft was constructed, and the upstairs was divided into two parts buy a new wall with double doors. Half is insulated and completely finished like a family room/game room with heat and air conditioning. We made sure to include a serving bar with plenty of outlets so that we could host and serve meals from this area also. The other half is the original hardwood flooring and open space for banquet tables. Edison bulb lights were strung on cables overhead giving a soft, warm appeal to this area. Lastly but very importantly, a beautiful bathroom just perfect for a barn utilizing galvanized pipe for the fixtures and an old cast iron cooking pot for the sink was added.
Here are a few photos of the area once it was decorated.