Planning A Graduation Party + Adorable Grad Party Cupcake Recipe

Planning A Graduation Party + Adorable Grad Party Cupcake RecipeSome things only come around once in a lifetime, and high school graduation is one of them! Nothing marks a special occasion like a festive and fun, memory-filled party. If you’re in the mood to celebrate, we’ve got some great tips for making sure that your high school senior kicks off “adult” life in a festive fashion.

First off, don’t scrimp on the planning. No matter how big or how small your gathering, when the big day rolls around, you want it to be relaxed and worry-free. Choose a date and time keeping in mind that Mother’s Day and Memorial Day, not to mention a ton of other grad parties, will be competing for spots on the calendar. Weekends between noon and 6 pm are prime party times, so why not start there?


Venue

Next, where is party central: your home, a restaurant, a park, rental hall, bowling alley, etc.? Depending on the locale you may need to rent items like tables and chairs. This is where knowing your budget range beforehand comes in handy. In fact, throwing a shared grad party is a great way to keep costs low. Be sure to include food, decorations, invitations, and party favors or gifts into your budget.

Food

Food is the next biggest decision to be made (and probably the most expensive). What would your grad enjoy the most: a big ole backyard barbecue, or a catered affair? Do you want to offer a meal or stick to finger foods?

Dessert time is perfect for toasts and roasts nothing is more popular (or easier) than serving up mountains of brightly colored, multi-flavored cupcakes!

Setting the menu is the perfect time to consider a complementary party theme, and to nail down the decorations. Luaus are great for backyard pool parties, while many bashes center on school colors, mascots, etc. Or maybe a potluck works for you and your guests?

Decorating

No matter what theme you choose, celebrate the party’s purpose by displaying lots of school photos and mementos. Provide a memory jar or guest book for guests to write down their favorite high school memories.

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Invites

Lastly, don’t forget the invites! Including your favorite teachers or coaches is a nice way to recognize all they’ve done. Whether you snail mail or email the invitations send them out 4-6 weeks beforehand and include your senior picture.

Graduation day fun is right around the corner and these treats will be a big hit. Pick your frosting color based on your school colors. These treats are fun and delicious.

Graduation Party Cupcake Recipe

Ingredients

¾ cup shortening
1 ½ cups sugar
1 ½ teaspoon vanilla
2 ¼ cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
5 stiffly beaten egg whites

Directions

Cream shortening and sugar. Add vanilla and mix well. Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Add to creamed alternately with milk, beating after each addition. Gently fold in egg whites. Grease cupcake and fill ¾ will batter. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes. Cool and frost.

Frosting

Ingredients

6 tablespoons butter
4 ¾ cups confectioners’ sugar
¼ light cream
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
Food coloring

Directions

Planning A Graduation Party + Adorable Grad Party Cupcake RecipeCream shortening and sugar, blend well. Beat in 2 tablespoons cream and vanilla. Gradually blend in remaining sugar. Add enough cream to make of spreading consistency. Add food coloring and frost.

Items for decorating

Planning A Graduation Party + Adorable Grad Party Cupcake RecipeMiniature Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups
Ghirardelli Chocolate Squares
Fruit Roll Ups

Print The Recipe To Use Later!

Graduation Party Cupcake Recipe
 
Recipe type: Cupcake
Ingredients
  • Cupcake
  • ¾ cup shortening
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 ¼ cups flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 5 stiffly beaten egg whites
  • Frosting
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 4 ¾ cups confectioners’ sugar
  • ¼ light cream
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
  • Food coloring
Instructions
  1. Cupcake
  2. Cream shortening and sugar. Add vanilla and mix well. Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Add to creamed alternately with milk, beating after each addition. Gently fold in egg whites. Grease cupcake and fill ¾ will batter. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes. Cool and frost.
  3. Frosting
  4. Cream shortening and sugar, blend well. Beat in 2 tablespoons cream and vanilla. Gradually blend in remaining sugar. Add enough cream to make of spreading consistency. Add food coloring and frost.

 



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  • Wow cool lil cupcake, I wouldnt wnat to eat it, I would just drool over it. Since I graduated eons ago….But wait a minute My dauighter will be graduating in 4 years time. does that count! Oh well bookmark and hope to rememebr 🙂

  • Super Busy Mum

    These are super cute! My husband has a few years left of Uni yet, but I must remember these!

  • That is such a cute idea for the cupcakes! Would have loved this back when I graduated!

  • Chei

    That cupcake is perfect for graduation party! Looks so soft and tasty!

  • Travel Blogger

    Great tips! It gets so hectic this time of year with graduation. These cupcakes are so adorable! What a fun idea for a graduation party.

  • Looks super yummy. My eyes go immediately to the brilliant purple used in the frosting. I think this is cool as you can customize it to any school’s colors.

  • Sara-Jayne Jones

    Fantastic planning tips – but those cupcakes! Ohhh, I so want to bite one! Those little caps are too cute too.

  • Such great tips! I love the cupcake idea too. It would be easy to customize it to fit whatever school colors apply. I’ve only got five years until my oldest graduates from high school so I need to start thinking about all these things sooner than I want to admit… 🙂

  • I LOVE the cupcakes. How brilliant to use candies to create a graduation cap! Adorable. And now I’m hungry for a dessert. LOL

  • This is such a cool idea! It so cute I bet it tastes yummy!