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Graduation Is it time for your child to leave the nest and move on to college and beyond? Or maybe they are just graduating from junior high and moving up to high school. Tell us what you think and how you are feeling.

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Old 05-20-2004, 08:00 AM
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Graduation Party Invitations, Favors and Food

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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.

Buffet ideas:

Built-your-own Tacos or Nachos

Mini pizzas

Burgers and hot dogs

Giant deli sandwiches (Subway has a great 6' sandwich)



Great staples for a buffet style finger food meal include:

Chicken wings

Chicken strips (offer 3 or 4 interesting dipping sauces)

Meatballs (Swedish or BBQ)

Mini eggrolls

Whole water chestnuts wrapped in bacon

Veggies and dip

Assortment of sandwiches made on mini buns (about 3-4 bite size).


Make everything ahead of time, and store hot items in a warming tray, or in an oven set at 200 degrees until the feeding frenzy begins!

Scatter several bowls of munchies around the areas where your guests will be mingling…Chips, pretzels, nuts, M&Ms™, popcorn, and Chex™ Mix.


Ideas from 'Reason to Party'


More formal parties might include a sit-down dinner or even enlisting in the help of a caterer.
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Send the invites out as early as possible (at least 3 weeks prior to the party) so that your party isn't lost in the shuffle. If possible, check dates with the parents of the graduate's good friends in order to avoid scheduling conflicts.



Send formal or informal invitations depending on the type of party you are hosting.

As an alternative, give your guests a sneak preview of the fun and let them know that this is a "not to be missed" party by sending out unique invitations. If you are sending out traditional paper or imprinted invites, sprinkle some confetti to match your decorating colors inside. Consider attaching a computer generated or hand written tag to an item related to your theme. If you are using a general graduation theme, create a mock diploma to use as an invite, or use a miniature graduation cap.

Ideas from 'Reason to party'

If you are having a themed party, coordinate your invitations to match your theme. This is where you can let your imagination run wild! By sending creative invitations, they will be make sure they dont miss this party!!
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"Smart Cookie" Favors

Make homemade cookies ( 1 large or 2 medium size) then divide among plastic baggies. Tie with curling ribbon and make personalized labels for the bags.

An idea for the labels: "Our Smart Cookie"
--grad. name--
school's name
year
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some of thoseare really good ideals we are getting ready to start planning a big grad party we want to do a luau for it we are goignto decorate liek a island and have leis and palm trees to its going to be fun i think what kind of food would be best for this we thought maybe hamburger and stuff like this any other ideals i have year to get ready for thi sbut am getting ajump on it casue it will cost so much money a friend of my daughter want to have it together so i think we are doing one big luau ???
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thanks for all the ideals our party was a hit we had so m uch fun i have a few ideals that some of you might want to use for a party we took a small swimming pool( kids (
put ice in it and had can pop in it it was a hit every body thought it was a great ideal ......
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