I am looking for ideas for a high school graduation party for my daughter. She is joining Americorp after graduation. I would like to do something with a travel theme. Any ideas?
By Sheila from Chittenanog, NY
The people that I know don't have themes. They just use the usual graduation party decorations. Maybe it is because the people I know can't afford the decorations necessary to do theme parties, but they usually just use balloons and whatever they can find in dollar stores or thrift stores.
Hi Sheila. I don't have a specifically thought out travel theme idea, but I've always wanted to do something fun and creative with old maps and atlases. You could use actual old maps and atlas pages or photo copy such to make envelops and invitations (use a solid white label or a computer program to white out the actual send/return addresses and text of invitations for clarity.)
If you don't have any old maps or atlases, you can find them inexpensively in thrift shops and used book stores.
If you have tables, instead of table cloths, tape old road maps, atlas pages together to cover the table tops (emphasis on "old" - they will be trash by the end of the party!)
Make any menu, appetizers, desserts, etc., thematic as to regional cuisine across America, and (if you serve buffet style) display an attractive, creative, brief "info" card by each dish. Clusters of tiny American flags or state flags - on tiny sticks that look like flagpoles - and tastefully arranged in floral foam could be designed in containers decorated for centerpieces, etc.
If gifts will be brought to the party, make a "gift table" by placing an old, large, open travel trunk or suitcase for the gifts to be placed in and around and decorate accordingly.
Again, this idea is not specific, but a) all of the above ideas are thrifty in nature and b) hopefully some of these ideas will spur on your imagination for a travel themed graduation party. Good luck and Congratulations to your daughter for her HS graduation!
There are a number of travel related themes you can use. Just as an example you might choose a tropical island paradise theme or an eco travel theme where everything must be recycled. As an example, the tropical theme can have fake passports or travel tickets as the invites. You can get lots of travel brochures and any other posters you can find to help decorate. have a sandy area in your backyard and try and hire or borrow things like a fake plam tree, shells etc. Guests can easily find Hawaiian style clothing, for example so it is simple and fun for them. The food can be themed on the tropical island with lots of fruit, coconut, salads and other buffet items. You might even be able to find lots of little things like coconut style mugs. There are so many great touches you can find if you have the time.
This one works well if your guests will be uplifted by the excitement of the theme and in particular the graduate's big day.
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