Throw a Back-to-College Bash

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Blogger Camille Styles teamed up with Target to throw an adorable college send-off party, and she gave us all the details! From menu ideas to practical gift options, here are the best ways to send your college student off in style.

Dorm Decor

Dorm decorating is one of the best parts of moving to campus—but it can be expensive and overwhelming. Encourage your grad to register their apartment or dorm wish list on Target's Back to College Registry. It's a win-win! The grad will get things they'll actually use (in the right colors and styles!) and since they handpick everything for the registry, you'll know your gift is being put to good use. 

Practical Packages

Camille recommends packaging the gifts in containers that will come in handy later. Use a shower caddy, basket, or backpack to house gifts for the grad—these wrapping solutions are as functional as they are stylish! 

Iced Tea Party

Throw a grown-up version of a classic tea party for your college student-to-be. Since most college send-offs take place in the hot summer months, iced tea is a refreshing nonalcoholic beverage choice. 

Tea Two Ways

Tea served in glass pitchers (with pretty garnishes!) makes the drinks as festive as they are delicious! Camille made two kinds of tea to make sure everyone found a flavor they loved. Green tea with honey, mint, and lime gives a mojito vibe to classic iced tea, and hibiscus tea with peaches, blackberry, and thyme gives a fruity kick to the summer favorite. 

Toast Bar

Keep the menu simple with this fresh take on a traditional tea party favorite. A build-your-own toast bar is complete with grilled bread, fresh ricotta, fruit, jam, and nut toppings. Guests can assemble their own snack bites for a modern version of classic tea sandwiches. 

Favorite Flavors

Camille adorned the toast bar with several colorful options for her guests. Her favorite combinations include ricotta with peaches, honey, and basil, ricotta with apricot jam and blueberries, and ricotta with cherries, honey, sea salt almonds, and sprouts. Yum! 

Pretty Centerpieces

Camille gifted her guests these fun and sassy coffee mugs, which doubled as adorable centerpieces for the party. There's nothing prettier than a single-stem peony, Camille says. And we are loving the color combination of the mugs with these bright blooms! 

Easy Setup

The best part about this party's menu (besides how tasty it is!) is that everything can be served at room temperature. Camille prepped everything before guests arrived, and then spent the party snacking and sipping tea right along side them. We think this is the best way to entertain!

Words of Wisdom

Camille says that if there is one thing you can be sure your college grad needs, it's notebooks! She gifted her grad some of Target's cutest spiral-bound selections, asking party guests to write their best college advice on the first page of each. This is a sweet way for your grad to take loving words from friends and family back to school with them. 

Favorite Pieces

One of Camille's favorite back-to-college products is this pretty white storage cart from Target. This is a fun way to collect gifts or cards that guests bring to the party, easily rolling into place when it's time to open gifts. When your grad heads off to school, it turns into the perfect organizational accent piece for their new space. 

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