Some 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?
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.
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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?
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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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
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
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.
6 tablespoons butter
4 ¾ cups confectioners’ sugar
¼ light cream
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
Items for decorating
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- 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
- 6 tablespoons butter
- 4 ¾ cups confectioners’ sugar
- ¼ light cream
- 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
- Food coloring
- 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.
- 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.