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    Default Graduation Celebration

    GRADUATION IDEAS
    High school pictures

    I was fortunate and had a friend who is a photographer and she took two rolls
    of film. I paid her for taking the pictures and had them developed myself. It
    took the negatives to a local photo lab and received 80 wallets for $20 and
    developed only the ones that I needed for relatives. Ask around because there
    may be a person at work who has just completed a portrait class and is very
    good. You never know who is a photographer in waiting.

    Class rings

    I checked with all the various sources, such as Wal-Mart, K- Mart, and the
    school supplier. When comparing prices, styles and warranties, I found that the
    school supplier offered the best deal. We contributed $160 towards the rings
    and if my daughters wanted anything over that, they paid for it.

    Graduation announcements

    I bought 30 from the school supplier after checking out other places to have
    them done. I was not pleased at all and felt I could have done a better job
    with my computer, which is
    exactly what I did for the open house invitation and name card. My daughter
    and I went to the office supply store and she picked out what she wanted.
    Together, it cost me $12. She is planning on making the balance of the name
    cards
    into business cards after graduation from barber college and there is enough
    paper left over on which to write thank you notes. I did a 1/4 cut per page with
    100 sheets. Even with mistakes, there is still a lot of paper left.

    The party

    Start buying paper supplies and decorations early. Last year, I purchased
    some plates and napkins at the end of June that say, "Congratulations Grad";
    Also, our school colors are black and silver. So, I bought black items after
    Halloween and silver items after Christmas and New Years. For the yard banner, I
    bought five yards of muslin, put a hem like you would for a curtain at each end,
    used old political yard sign wires, and planted it in the front yard. My
    daughter wrote what she wanted on it and all the guests signed the banner. Need
    something in which to hold forks, napkins, spoons, and small food items? Look at
    old lunch boxes or pencil boxes. As a surprise for our daughter, we went
    through all the old photos, school papers, and awards that were accumulated
    through the years. I created a display with all of them using three science
    display
    boards. We really enjoyed looking back "through the years" theyears" My
    daughter graduated last year, and I did everything on the cheap! We had 85
    people come and didn't buy one invitation. I designed an invitation on the
    computer, with bubbly type letters for parts of the front, printed one out in
    black
    on white paper, and hubby ran off copies. My daughter used a purple pencil
    (school colors purple and white) and colored in the bubbly letters neatly,
    folded
    them into quarters, and to make them cuter, I punched 2 holes on the folded
    edge, and slide a piece of purple ribbon through and tied a small bow on the
    fold. It cost less than $3.00 to make invites for all the guests, and we had a
    blast doing them! I also made my own candy wrappers for the mini chocolate bars,
    printed them out, cut, wrapped, etc. I did this a few weeks in advance! We
    also bought pretzel rods and melted bags of chocolate wafers (of course purple
    and white), and would dip a rod in the white chocolate and drizzle it with
    purple chocolate, and then of course do the reverse on more. Big hit!

    Roll the plastic ware inside the napkins and rubber band them. Place them in
    a basket on the serving table. Make sure you put out separate forks for desert
    if you are having it.

    You don't need to break the bank when a child is graduating from school. My
    daughter followed my lead on saving money on the party and didn't use the
    traditional two envelopes on the graduation announcements. We used the second
    envelope for invitations only and thank you notes. We did, however, splurge on
    postage and bought the stamps that make a donation to breast cancer research as
    a
    dedication to one of her elementary school teachers who died from breast
    cancer.
    Graduation Cupcakes
    Ingredients

    boxed chocolate cake mix

    canned chocolate frosting
    chocolate graham crackers
    licorice strings
    food coloring Bake cupcakes according to box directions. (No cupcake wrappers
    needed, but grease and flour the muffin tins.) Remove cupcakes from oven and
    let cool completely. Then remove from the tins. Turn each cake upside down on
    a foil-lined cookie sheet. Color frosting with food coloring, usually the
    school colors. Spread frosting on the cupcake sides and some on top, careful, it
    might get "crummy"; Frost the gram cracker and stick on top of the cupcake. The
    entire masterpiece should now be entirely frosted. Tie licorice strings into
    tassels and use frosting to attach to the caps.

    Graduation Memories Gift

    Take the announcement and get one of those multi-frames at Wal-Mart or
    Target. Cut the announcement into pieces and put the different parts in the
    frame
    with some nice paper backing it. Then put some pictures of the recipient as a
    child in the frame and left one spot blank for the graduation picture.

    Notebook for everyone to sign in something special and place this poem on the
    cover so they will know what it is for:
    This is Whitney's little book,
    Open it up and take a look,
    Then find a pen and do your share,
    Add what you want to tell her you care.

    Make it funny, make it sweet,
    Do whatever you think would be neat.
    Make it short, make it long,
    If it's from your heart, you can't go wrong.
    ~ They Call it DODGE for a Reason! ~

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    I was wondering does anyone know how to figure how mauch food to make for approx. 160 people .The problem is not everyone will come and some may eat at other places having graduation ,but if everyone shows up I hate to be short of food .I am making it all my self except the cake. Pork loin sandwiches , 4 salads , baked beans ,chips and dips ,and cake. I do not want a ton left so any idea's. Bobbi -ne

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    RecipeSource: Serves 100
    Try this one for serving 100.

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    Default Re: Graduation Celebration

    Kim, this is very good online information.
    Welcome to RecipeSource!
    RecipeSource is the new home of
    SOAR: The Searchable Online Archive of Recipes
    and your source for recipes on the Internet.
    I have a couple of books like this online source. Thanks...
    JoAnn
    "Joy is not in things. It is within us"

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    Kim- Thanks for the recipe link -it will be useful -Bobbi-ne

 

 

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