My oldest son graduated in 2004. I had a taco bar! It was a great hit! I went to Sam's club to buy most of the food in bulk. We did not have the nicest house at that time either, but don't let your kids forget where they come from!! (03/21/2007)
My son's grad party was all home made, from invitations ,( his art work! done off our computer) to food. We did subs which we made ahead of time and tons of salads, we had it set up buffet style and had his artwork and awards set up around the buffet table. We had over a hundred people from ages 1- 90. We had horse shoes and volleyball, bubbles for little ones, bottled water was a great hit too besides the other drinks. We froze the water ahead of time and it also served to keep other drinks cold . (04/03/2007)
You could play " Pin the tail on the teacher." All you need to do is blow up a teachers picture from the yearbook, and make a mustache out of construction paper. You could also have the graduates all wear a white tee shirt to be signed by each other. All you need to do is supply the permanent markers. That is something that they can keep for years. (05/10/2007)
By Nicole from Mc Minnville, Tn.
I'm planning a graduation party myself for my daughter who graduates in May. Explain the situation to your son about not having enough money for a huge party. Hopefully he will be happy with an outdoor barbecue. This will include BBQ, hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, cake and pop. If you have family close by, maybe they would be willing to help out in any way possible by making something to help you out. You could always bake a cake yourself and see if you have a family member or friend that would be willing to decorate the cake for you. Family and friends are always willing to help out in tough situations. Best of luck! (01/02/2008)
I don't know if I can do this because I am a business, but I will tell you all as a professional party decorator that a big colorful banner goes a very long ways towards decorating. You can spend a ton of money on little things to decorate a party and it still doesn't look decorated but if you hang and large (by large I mean 8-12') banner (I hand paint and personalize all of my banners) it will instantly make a room look very decorated! Big is always better than lots of small stuff. Another rule of thumb for big is do not try to hide the uglies in your hall, garage, back yard or whatever, draw attention away from them. Happy decorating from me to you! balloonsbanners (dot) com (02/12/2008)
If you have a Super Walmart nearby, I highly recommend their fried chicken at the carry-our cafe section of their deli. I ordered 500 pieces of chicken for my son's graduation party for under $100 and fed the whole crew. It was outstanding! Better than KFC! What a deal. I could never have cooked all that food myself! Really a bargain! (03/11/2008)
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