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    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

    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

  • #451889

    Wow, I love all the ideas. I never thought of buying the colored decorations for use at a graduation party. I will be using your ideas in the future.

    Thanks so much for sharing them.

  • #461102

    Great ideas!Wish I had seen it last year, but will still use for my daughter who graduates next month!

  • #462566

    Cool ,cool ideas .still benefit a lot from it and I wish I’ve read it in 2007 .

  • #462815

    @bebeb 974751 wrote:

    Cool ,cool ideas .still benefit a lot from it and I wish I’ve read it in 2007 .

    Why is that? Did you have another child that graduated in 2007? I just replied to your post here about your son wanting a skateboard, I’m thinking you could still use this post above in the next couple of years!

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