high school graduation parties

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Registered: 04-28-2003
high school graduation parties
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Mon, 04-28-2003 - 9:23pm
Hi,

I'm looking for suggestions for a high school graduation parties for an 18 year old boy. I'd like to do something other than a 2 hour open house with family and friends quickly passing through. Any suggestions?

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Mon, 04-28-2003 - 9:57pm
It has been a couple of years since I hosted a grad party...I recall that I asked my ds for input because I didn't want him to be unpleasantly surprised at his party! Another thing I considered was whether his friends were also having grad parties the same day.

There were some parties in the evening so we had an afternoon party in the backyard. We had plenty of tables and chairs so people could sit to eat. I laid out a buffet of lots of snack food and vegies and dips, stuff to make sandwiches, salads and a lasagne so there would be something hot too. Also a sheet cake. Family stayed the entire time, some teens came and went but definitely ate! By dark we cleaned up, and the teens went on to the evening parties. We had tons of leftovers and I didn't have to cook for a few days!! It was nothing terribly original or remarkable but we were all comfortable and ds enjoyed it, which was the most important thing to me.

Another gal who posts here sometimes turned her backyard into a beach, as I recall, for a Margaritaville-themed party! You will probably get some interesting suggestions! Have you asked over at Surviving High School? I imagine that some of them are thinking about the same thing these days!!

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Registered: 03-14-2003
Tue, 04-29-2003 - 2:20pm
Not quite at the graduation party stage yet. . .years 2004 and 2005 are when my two graduate.

I know several families around here that have hosted backyard BBQ because the weather is wonderful. Instead of holding the party on the night of graduation, they'll have it during the weekend following the ceremony.

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Wed, 04-30-2003 - 2:10pm
Duh! I don't know why I didn't think to suggest this sooner! Why don't you post your question over at the Parents of College Students board? Most of those parents have kids that graduated in the last 2 years, hopefully they will remember better than I do! I don't know if they all hosted grad parties but I'm sure they will try to help you out! Here is the link:

http://messageboards.ivillage.com/iv-psppcollege

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Registered: 12-03-1999
Thu, 05-01-2003 - 1:22am
That was me! We had SUCH a blast. We had the whole house, backyard & the pool decorated in Margaritaville/luau style. Dd STILL has the inflatable palm tree, the stuffed parrots & the fishnet hanging in her room. I had a big wicker basket full of lei's by the front door, & we draped them on everyone who came thru the door. We had a HUGH watermelon cut into a fruit bowl, finger foods, Italian beef, chicken, & we also had "Cheesburgers in Paradise"-- a kind of build your own cheesburger bar with every kind of topping we could think of. We had pitchers of Margaritas for the adults, & Virgin Margaritas in different colored pitchers for the kids, along with plenty of soda. For the decorations on the sheet cake, we used the Lilo & Stitch theme. The bakery "painted" the Hawaiian sea & sky backdrop on the cake, & then added the plastic figures from the movie, along with little palm trees, & surf boards. It was ADORABLE!

Because there were other parties that day, & because we had people working diferent shifts, we had an open house from noon till---well, the last ones CAME at 10:30 and left ???

Here's where I got my decorations AND a lot of my supplies...

http://www.oriental.com/

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Registered: 04-28-2003
Sat, 05-03-2003 - 11:54am
Thanks for your replies. I've been thinking about all the work involved. You've switched my thinking towards having fun with it.

I needed the boost.

KC

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Sat, 05-03-2003 - 3:20pm
The luau sounds so cool! I don't know what I'm going to do for my party yet since we have a pool and not much openish space around it, but I know I want to get the chinese food boxes from oriental trading and put stuff inside them.

::shrug:: :)

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Sat, 05-03-2003 - 3:52pm
See my answer on the POCS board.

Lynne