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Basketball & Denim Inspired Graduation Brunch

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Aisha of Dooby Design (& proud mom to recent grad Gregory) whipped up this creative Graduation Brunch inspired by his favorite things: basketball & True Religion jeans. I love how she completely personalized the theme to reflect the guest of honor, and also how she managed to accomplish a look that’s both masculine AND elegant!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– True Religion jeans inspired place card “hang tags”
– “Napkin rings” fashioned from the tops of old jeans
– Homemade basketball textured placemats
– Incredibly artistic 2-tier basketball & denim themed cake

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PARTY DETAILS, as told by Aisha

The inspiration behind the design was my son’s love for basketball and True Religion jeans. While planning his graduation weekend of events, I decided to have a brunch on Sunday to celebrate his accomplishment. I wanted to create a design that reflected his personality.

After taking the time to determine how to incorporate True Religion jeans, I decided to create a version of the iconic tru religion tag found on the jeans itself. I came up with a designer tag that reflected my son’s style. I had a caricature created of him from a photo on my iphone. I then used old jeans and cut all the tops with loops, custom printed the new tag and ironed them on a cloth fabric. My mother-in-law stitched the edges of the tags as well as the custom placemats I created from a basketball fabric material found at Joann Fabrics.

I finished off the table-scape with tree bark centerpieces I borrowed from my friend Susan of Passionflowers, and added white peonies, green hydrangea and protea. I wanted to bring in some of his school color of  royal blue, I accomplished this with the stemware and small vases. Overall I wanted the event to feel masculine yet elegant and a reflection of my son.

For the cake I contacted my go to cake designer Sweet Heather Anne. We had a great time sitting in her quaint studio as I explained to her the design concept for the event. Myself and his friends were ecstatic when we saw the finished cake design. It was just what I imagined and as always Heather and her team did a fabulous job!




– Event design, centerpieces, custom pillow, placemats & napkin wraps: Dooby Design
– Photography: Rachelle Tyson Photography
– Cake: Sweet Heather Anne


By |2018-07-11T16:08:07+00:00June 15th, 2012|Graduation, Theme Parties|

About the Author:

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. Susie {aka Mrs V} June 15, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Incredible! Love the details for this party! Very impressive — and that cake! wow!!

  2. Heather - Chickabug June 15, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    That’s one heck of a cake!! I love the hang tags and the caricature, too.

  3. Paula ~ Party Like Paula June 15, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    I’m in the midst of planning my son’s 7th Birthday Basketball Party so this served up some great inspiration! Fun details and that cake rocks to!!

  4. lisa-sweet pop studio June 16, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    I LOVE this! What a unique and cool idea. Love the ying and yang of the softness of the flowers with the ruggedness of the denim napkin rings and the basketball textured placemats. Bravo! Job well done!!

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