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Graduation Party

Recipes and graduation party ideas for celebrating your favorite smarty!




The Menu

Graduation parties seem to be the "come one, come all" variety so put together a menu of crowd-pleasers for the masses.

Drinks:






Party Tips

No need to put on your thinking cap: we’ve got some graduation party ideas for celebrating your star pupil.

  • Where and when? Start the festivities mid- to late afternoon, and if weather permits, set up seating outdoors and fire up the grill. (Fire up the grill even if weather doesn't permit--burgers taste just as good indoors!)
  • Beyond the cafeteria. Set up the food buffet-style with drinks on a separate table. Also, put out a few coolers with bottled/canned beverages, as well as simple appetizers like chips and dip on small tables throughout the party.
  • School spirit. Decorate with the graduate's school colors…we're thinkin' balloons, streamers, pom-poms--the works! And make sure that framed diploma is out for all to see.
  • Most likely to… Make a bunch of name tags, each with something different at the end of that sentence. Let guests choose their own, or feel free to assign them as you see fit.
  • Bright ideas. Everyone wants to know: "What are you going to do now that you've graduated?" Why not take some pressure off the recent grad and turn the tables? Ask each guest to write what they did the year after they graduated on a large piece of poster board, creating either a cheat sheet for the formula for success, or crib notes for what not to do--it'll likely end up containing a little of both!


    Answers to Party Game

    1. Simone, Dazed and Confused

    2. Jeff Spicoli, Fast Times at Ridgemont High

    3. Andrew, The Breakfast Club

    4. Cher, Clueless

    5. Rob, Never Been Kissed

    6. Patty, Can't Buy Me Love

    7. Napoleon, Napoleon Dynamite

    8. Max, Rushmore

    9. Ferris, Ferris Bueller's Day Off

    10. Torrance, Bring It On


      Ready to shake up the student body?

        Comments
        IOWAJAN 
        Jun. 2, 2010 2:34 am
        BRENDA: HAVE YOU EVER DONE THE WALKING TACOS....GETTING CHIPS IN THE SMALL BAGS........HAVING THE MEAT, LETTUCE, CHEESE AND SAUSES AVAILABLE, AND YOUR GUESTS MAKE THEIR OWN...IN THE BAG...AND WALK AROUND WITH IT...........FUN....
         
        margotgn 
        Jun. 2, 2010 7:26 am
        Walking tacos are a great idea. My kids (17 and 20) and their friends love them. On ocassions when we are expecting a bunch of kids at various times we put a crockpot full of taco meat out with the fixings and let the kids serve themselves all evening long. We use Doritos (I like the cool ranch flavor) but some people use Fritos - a variety of spicy chips would be perfect.
         
        Tamera 
        Jun. 2, 2010 2:13 pm
        We are having a dessert bar for our open house. We have a cholate fountain but would some unique ideas.
         
        Tamera 
        Jun. 2, 2010 2:22 pm
        Sorry for the mis~spell; it would be CHOCOLATE fountain! Would still appreciate some more simple and unique ideas! Thanks!
         
        May 3, 2011 11:56 am
        party for about 200 any good ideas on what to have with out breaking the bank. {graduation}
         
        Kim 
        Apr. 19, 2012 8:31 pm
        fun alternatives to the boring sheet cake for a grad party. Planning for 150 or so.
         
        KSAZA 
        May 23, 2013 3:05 pm
        We have had two grad open houses and three more to go. We serve about 300 people. Pulled pork in roasters I smoke them ahead. Smoked Turkey and hams sliced for sammies a variety of salads and desserts.
         
         
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