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Shop for Graduation Related Stationery, Gifts and Decor in our Issaquah store

All the hard work has paid off and the time has finally come – graduation! It’s time to celebrate your grad and PurpleTrail has all the essentials you’ll need to celebrate their accomplishments and help you make it an event to remember. PurpleTrail is great resource for personalized Seattle-area graduation invitations, graduation announcements, decorations and more.

Graduation is a major milestone in your son’s or daughter’s life and you’ll want to make them the center of attention. Our recommendation is to begin early and get input from them up front. Asking questions will help start the conversation and give you an idea of their preferences and expectations. A notebook or journal dedicated to their graduation will help you keep track of their special requests, as well as deadlines, budgets and lists.

Graduation Invitations in Issaquah, Bellevue & Greater Seattle, WA

Remember that many obligations will sneak up on grads in the spring that require their attention: finals, parties and more. So it’s best to start planning early to avoid a last-minute rush. One of the most valuable things to start is their mailing lists for their commencement and/or party invitations. Gather and compile addresses as soon as possible – it’s surprising how long this can take.

If you’re short on time, try our PurpleTrail mailing service – we’ll do the stuffing, stamping and sending for you. Coordinated return address labels are another time-saving option that adds formality and style.

SENIOR PHOTOS

Senior photos are done typically well before the commencement itself – often as early as the summer before graduation. If you’re looking for a photographer, PurpleTrail has recommendations ranging from large studios to small, up-and-coming (and often less expensive) independent photographers. Just ask us! Senior photoshoots can be focused on the student’s hobbies, style and can even include friends and/or teammates. And, there are lots of great places on the Eastside to take graduation photos, such as the Bellevue Botanical Garden, Woodinville’s Cottage Lake, PuPu Point in Issaquah, Snoqualmie Falls and more. These special photos will document this stage of your son or daughter’s life and can be used for decorations, gifts, presents and keepsakes before and after the big event.

GRADUATION STATIONERY

Graduation stationery — announcements, invitations and save-the-date cards — can be customized to match a grad’s interest, hobbies and personality. You may decide to use all of them or just one or two – it’s up to you. Each have a different and unique role in the graduation celebration.

Consider using customized stationery in school colors to help them connect to the school spirit. PurpleTrail has items specifically designed for local schools such as Issaquah High School, Liberty High School, Skyline High School, Sammamish High School, Mt. Si High School, Eastside Catholic, Eastlake High School, University of Washington, Bellevue College, Lake Washington Technical Collage and more.

Here’s a hand guide to all the Eastside high schools as well as Washington state colleges:

Washington High School & College Names Recommended School Colors for Graduation Announcements & Invitations Mascot
Issaquah High School purple, gold Eagles
Liberty High School blue, green, silver Patriots
Skyline High School green, silver Spartans
Tiger Mountain High School green Tigers
Eastside Catholic High School orange, blue Crusaders
Echo Glenn High School green, gold Eagles
Eastlake High School maroon, black, green Wolves
Juanita High School red, blue, white Rebels
Lake Washington High School purple, white Kangaroos
Redmond High School green, gold Mustangs
International Community School red, gold, black Phoenix
STEM High School green, blue, white n/a
Bellevue High School blue, gold Wolverines
Interlake High School navy blue, columbia blue, white Saints/Saint Bernard
Newport High School scarlet, gold Knights
Sammamish High School red, black, white Totems/Thunderbird
Cedarcrest High School crimson, black, grey Redwolves
Mt. Si High School scarlet, grey Wildcats
Hazen High School green, gold, blue Highlanders
Lindbergh High School navy, white, red Bald Eagles
Renton High School red, white Indians
Bothell High School royal blue, white, black Cougars
Inglemoor High School black, gold Vikings
Woodinville High School kelly green, white, navy blue Falcons
University of Washington purple, gold Huskies
Bellevue College blue, grey Bulldogs
Northwest University dark blue, gold Eagles
Washington State University crimson, grey Cougars
Central Washington University crimson, black Wildcats
Western Washington Univeristy western blue, bay blue, white Vikings
Eastern Washington University red, white Eagles
Whitman College navy blue, maize Missionaries
Gonzaga University red, blue Bulldogs

Also available are specialized invitations for law school, medical school, nursing school and dental school graduations. And, with design services or the PurpleTrail design tool, all of our invitations and announcements can be customized for any Pacific Northwest school or style.

SAVE-THE-DATE CARDS

May and June can be very busy for many people, with holidays such as Mother’s Day, Memorial Day and Father’s Day competing for time and attention on already packed schedules. Save-the-Date cards are an easy way to ensure that guests can attend the graduation ceremony itself or the party afterwards. This is particularly important for out-of-town guests who need to make travel arrangements.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Graduation announcements inform recipients of the proud achievement of your grad. It’s important to ensure that they aren’t misconstrued as an unintended invitation to either the commencement ceremony or graduation party. They simply extend good news and can be paired with a personal message to give thanks to someone for their support. Announcements typically feature name, school name, degree, major, minor, accolades, honors or concentrations. Our graduation booklets and tri-fold graduation booklets are a popular announcement formats that allow grads to also include: additional photos; a personal note of gratitude; a poem, verse or motto; and/or a list of favorite memories or hopes for the future.

Graduation Announcements in Issaquah, Bellevue & Greater Seattle, WA

COMMENCEMENT INVITATIONS

These graduation party invitations may serve as announcements as well, but should primarily be used to request someone’s presence at the commencement ceremony. Due to seating limitations at many graduation venues, it’s important to use clear language to invite guests to the commencement ceremony. Clearly outlining if the guest is invited to the ceremony, party, or both will eliminate any uncertainties and possible misunderstandings.

GRADUATION PARTY INVITATIONS

Graduation Party Invitations in Issaquah, Bellevue & Greater Seattle, WA

An open house is typically an inclusive, everyone-is-invited, come-and-go-as-you-please event to celebrate the graduate. A more structured graduation party is for close friends, acquaintances and special guests. Invitations for either can be mailed separately from the graduation announcement, or as a combined announcement and invitation.

It is also a good idea to make it clear whether or not a meal is planned and enclose directions so it’s easy for guests to find the location. It’s customary to mail graduation party invitations at least two weeks ahead of time. After you’ve designed your invitation, allow some time for printing. If you’re in a pinch, PurpleTrail offers both expedited shipping and printing, with standard turnaround times in as little as 3 days.

GRADUATION DECORATIONS & FUN

Graduation Banners in Issaquah, Bellevue & Greater Seattle, WA

Sharing stories and memories is an important tradition for any graduation party. A fun thing to start with is to sit down and organize photos with your grad. This will allow him or her to pick the photos they are most proud of…and eliminate some others! Displays of photos, awards, trophies as well as a video slideshow are all great ways to make your grad feel like the guest of honor.

An indoor or outdoor photo party banner is a great way to greet guests and congratulate the grad. Posters can also be designed to show off senior photos or snapshots of sports or activities.

Customized tshirts, and/or hats can make a graduation event or trip a little more memorable for club or group of students. Recognize their graduation year or just create something silly and fun.

THANK YOUS & PERSONAL STATIONERY

Graduation Thank Yous in Issaquah, Bellevue & Greater Seattle, WA

It’s important for recent grads to start out on the right foot by getting thank yous in the mail within two weeks after graduation -- a month at the longest. Make it easier for them by giving them personalized thank you notes coordinated with their graduation stationery. Email is fine, but hand written thank yous are customary. Encourage them to mention and gift and how they plan to use it. Personalized return address labels make it easy and look smart as well.

KEEPSAKES

Graduation Canvas in Issaquah, Bellevue & Greater Seattle, WA

You’ll want to preserve the memories of this special time. A photobook is a great way to archive all their graduation memories. Or a photobook of all heir high school or college years will help them remember the good times and can conveniently accompany them onto college or the next stage of their life. A custom canvas print , metal print, mug or pillow featuring graduation photos can proudly be displayed in their new dorm or apartment – or at mom’s house!

We congratulate your new graduate and if you have any questions about planning your graduation celebration, we’re here to help! We are proud to help local seniors celebrate with personalized Eastside graduation invitations, announcements, gifts, decorations and more.

Our store is conveniently located off-of I-90 in Issaquah, Washington. Our Issaquah store serves residents of Issaquah, Bellevue, Sammamish, Renton, Kent, Seattle and North Bend, Washington. For driving directions and store hours, please see the map below. Please note that all personalized products we offer can be ordered online and picked up at the store in as little as one day.

Issaquah Store Address

PurpleTrail

1495 11th Ave NW

Issaquah WA 98027

Store Hours

Monday - Friday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Store Phone: (425) 292-1811

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