Holidays & Special Occasions Graduation Graduation Celebration

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      BigDodgeMan
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      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.

    • #418887

      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

    • #418890

      RecipeSource: Serves 100
      Try this one for serving 100.

    • #418918

      Kim, this is very good online information.

      Quote:
      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…

    • #418955

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

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