- December 17, 2007 at 3:18 pm #244092
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.
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.
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
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.
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?
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
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
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,
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
dedication to one of her elementary school teachers who died from breast
boxed chocolate cake mix
canned chocolate frosting
chocolate graham crackers
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.
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
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.
- April 1, 2009 at 5:19 pm #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
- April 1, 2009 at 5:35 pm #418890
- April 2, 2009 at 1:12 am #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…
- April 2, 2009 at 4:58 pm #418955
Kim- Thanks for the recipe link -it will be useful -Bobbi-ne