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Graduations are always exciting events.  It is a time to reflect on the past and wonder about the future.  Your child has accomplished an important goal in their life and it should be a time to celebrate.  Graduation parties can be as simple or as extravagant as you wish. Many people host their graduation party in their home using their backyard, deck or porch for outdoor entertaining while others opt to have the party outside of the home.  Whatever you choose below you will find some helpful tips for planning a wonderful and memorable party.

Fun Graduation Items

Photo Confetti and Word Confetti features photos and sayings on confetti.  These one inches pieces of confetti are great for invitations, thank you cards and decorating.  Website: Photofetti.com

Customized candy bars: Simple as selecting a design, typing your personalized message and adding  your photo or logo. It is the perfect graduation favor that everyone will enjoy.  Stick the wrapper in your Year Book for everlasting memories. Website: Personalized Candy Bars

PhotStamps:  Create real US postage stamps with your graduate's picture to use on your graduation party invitations and thank you cards.  Website: PhotoStamps

Personalized Fruit Roll-Ups®:  You can have your graduate's name, and words of congratulation on the Fruit Roll-Ups®!  Make your own design or select one from several options available.  Website: FruitRollUps.com.

Personalized party mint tins  with a graduation cap design.  Website: Party Mints

Graduation/Party Supplies

The site that I have used in the past and find to offer a great deal of wonderful supplies is Shindigz Main Graduation Section.  Check it out I think that you will love it.

 

Party Invitations

Interested in making free printable invitations with easy directions to help guide you through the process check out this site:  Graduation Invitations

 

Graduation Clipart

Need some cool clipart for your graduation party or invitations check here:  Graduation Clip Art

 


Quotations for the Graduate

Great quotes for the graduate for more check out this site:  Quotes

Graduation is only a concept. 

 In real life every day you graduate. 

Graduation is a process that goes on  until the last day of your life. 

If you can grasp that, you'll make a difference. 

Arie Pencovici

 

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Food and Party Planning Ideas
Don't Make Hosting a Graduation Party Like a Final Exam

Compliments of razzledazzlerecipes.com

An easy graduation buffet is the perfect way for the parents to enjoy the celebration along with the guests. It's a time of new beginnings for the graduates but also an opportunity to honor all the people who have shared in their accomplishments. And what better way to gather them together than an open house?

Work Ahead. Preparing the food a couple of days ahead helps reduce a last-minute rush and confusion.

Serve simple, but inviting foods. Foods don’t have to require a lot of time to look like a work of art or be tasty and inviting.

A buffet set-up is easiest if the graduation party is in an open-house format. Serve a menu to match the theme of the party if you are using a specific theme, or serve traditional teen favorites such as a taco bar or built-to-order nachos, mini pizzas or burgers and hot dogs. Great staples for a buffet style finger food meal include chicken wings, meatballs, salads, veggies and dip, and an assortment of fresh fruits with dip.

Remember that you will much rather have leftovers than a sparse spread at your buffet line, but here is a guide for you when you are estimating your food quantities for your buffet.

For individual meats, fish, poultry:

• 5 - 6 ounces per person
• If the cuts of meat have bones in them, consider adding more weight per person.

For multiple meat meals and buffets:

• 4 - 6 ounces per person

For pasta dishes:

• A pound will serve 4 - 6 people.

For vegetables:
• With a premixed salad, estimate one handful per person.
• One head of lettuce will feed approximately 5 people, 4 medium heads will serve 15-20.

For appetizers:
• Estimate about 8 items total per person.
• Make 3-4 of each item per person, keeping in mind that everyone may not take all of the items.

For desserts:
• Calculate one full portion of dessert per person.
• For multiple desserts, people will taste smaller portions of each item.

Use disposable tableware, a good quality paper plate and disposable plastic glasses. For a touch of "diplomacy," roll white buffet napkins (paper or cloth) around flatware and hold them together with small tassels or ribbons.

To keep salads cold you can use either small ";kiddie" pools filled with ice or buy several "bus tubs" from your local restaurant store. You'll find they will take less ice to keep salads cold and can easily be stored and used again.

You can get inexpensive chafing dishes now to keep hot food hot that can be thrown out after the party with aluminum inserts. The holders can be reused multiple times and can be found for under $10.00. Don't forget to buy the sterno!

Make small trays of cold meats, appetizers and keep a backup ready. It looks better to replace the whole tray than to keep adding to the one on the table. The same goes for salads. Don't leave any food setting out for over 2 hours. If it does, toss it, no one wants sick guests!

Make everything ahead of time, and store hot items in a warming tray, or in an oven set at 200 degrees.

Desserts can be a graduation cake that you make or order from the bakery. You can also do a dessert table which is always fabulous and people love them. Set up the table away from the buffet line and place desserts out after people have gone thru the buffet.

If you are setting tables up and decorating them, don't forget to buy a few disposable cameras to set on the tables. Encourage people to use them with a small handwritten note attached to or under the camera. It is also fun to set up a spot for picture taking with the graduate. Decorate an area in school colors or to match your party theme if you have one. Have some scrapbooking paper available for everyone to leave a special memory or best wishes to the graduate with. You can make a scrapbook for the graduate later.

Here's the hardest tip of all, relax and enjoy the day, after all you've earned it also.....

Bar Tips

For drinks, you will need to do a price check to determine what is cheaper to buy liter bottles or canned soda.  Be sure to have plenty of plastic cups and ice available.   Your  assortment should include a cola product like Coke, Pepsi, RC; a clear soda such as 7-Up or Sprite;  a selection of diet soda; caffeine free soda; bottled water; non-carbonated products like ice tea, green tea, lemonade or Minute Maid punch. Juice boxes are a great option for young children. 

If you serve alcohol, be sure to place ALL the beer, wine coolers and other alcoholic beverages in a separate cooler that is labeled ADULTS ONLY.  If you have a bar you MUST have a responsible bartender who will watch who is being served.
 

1. Place a miniature peanut butter cup, bottom up, on a plate. Top with a small dollop of frosting or peanut butter, then press on a chocolate-covered graham cracker.

2. For a tassel, tightly roll up a small square of fruit leather. Cut fringe on one end and attach the other end to the center of the graham cracker with another dab of frosting or peanut butter.

Note: can be prepared ahead of time and refrigerated.

Unroll crescent rolls and place the sections on a cookie sheet. Press the perforations and seams together to form a crust.  Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. 

Cream together cream cheese and dressing mix until smooth.

Spread the mixture over the baked and cooled crust.

Sprinkle veggies over creamy mixture.  Chill, cut into squares and serve.