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Martha Stewart Book Stack This crafty home decor idea from Martha Stewart arrived in my inbox yesterday – and it immediately looked like the perfect concept for a graduation party centerpiece! You could even recover the stacked books with cool, modern gift wrap in various prints & colors to coordinate with your party’s color scheme – and then decorate the sides with designs and the guest of honor’s name using rubber stamps like they’ve shown here. If you really want to get into the "school" theme – try recovering the books "high school style" with brown paper bags or kraft paper and ink-pen doodles (you know – the kind you used to draw when you were really supposed to be paying attention in class!).

For a thoughtful touch, designate one special keepsake book and ask party guests to sign messages to the graduate on it "yearbook-style" (on the outside and inside covers). If you use a photo album as the covered keepsake "book" – you can even fill the album at a later date with actual pictures from the party!

{image from marthastewart.com}

By |2018-02-12T18:28:19-07:00April 27th, 2007|Graduation, Party Decor Projects|

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Jennifer Sbranti is the founder of Hostess with the Mostess®, a creative living and party planning resource established in 2006. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Sonny, and daughters Macy (8) and Rylie (6). Sbranti’s work has been featured in media outlets such as Good Morning America, The Today Show, Real Simple, People, InStyle Weddings, and Extra! TV. She has designed creative content and unique live events for several well-respected brands, including Mattel, Coca-Cola, The Hershey Company, Toys”R”Us, Pottery Barn Kids, and Starbucks.


  1. Delaney Gates April 27, 2007 at 11:32 am

    Oh, what a genius idea! Thanks for posting it!

  2. Monogram Momma April 27, 2007 at 2:57 pm

    This is a great idea for graduation centerpiece! And I agree about covering the books too. I have done that to a few books in my built-ins and I really love it! One of these days I’ll get around to doing it to all of them though

  3. Jennifer Ramos April 27, 2007 at 3:24 pm

    saw this on martha stewart mag yesterday while stamding in line at the checkout….very cute.


  4. oh amanda April 28, 2007 at 6:56 pm

    I am totally going to do that!

  5. ** Terramia ** April 30, 2007 at 4:44 pm

    Great for book loaning or sentimental gifts. Very clever…

  6. Lee June 14, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    What would you cover them with so they look nice?

  7. Meg December 2, 2009 at 9:47 am

    I want to do this for my sister’s graduation party from college. Where can I find fun paper to cover this with? Michaels only has scrapbooking paper and the sizes won’t work and designs are limited.

    • Ursula June 3, 2012 at 4:52 pm

      Hi Meg, im hosting my sisters surprise graduation party next week. How did your party go for your sis? Any tips/ideas?

      thanks a bunch

  8. jenn s. December 2, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    Hi Meg –
    I love to use wrapping paper for things like this! Try The Container Store, LuxePaperie.com and WhimsyPress.com for lots of fun patterns :)

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