MY SON'S GRADUATION PARTY/ OPEN HOUSE IDEAS?????

KELLIKAYZ - posted on 03/03/2011 ( 10 moms have responded )

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Hi there! I just need some fun, creative, and inexpensive ideas for my son's graduation party/open house in June!!!! Any suggestions welcome!! Thank you!!

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Celina - posted on 10/08/2012

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hello kelli, you could serve subs you make your own ahead of time before the party,with potatoe salad, baked beans.Also depending on how many people show, make the cake the size of the guest rsp to the invite.I attended one at a gym, all they had was sandwiches and chips,some drinks, but i liked all the pictures of the grad on the tables for anyone,they also had necklace beads of the colors of the school, and flower pots of the colors of the school.My son to will graduate this June as well finding a building not so high to throw it at ,im calling around to find out prices right now. My son wants pizza to serve but i think that might b a little pricey. We are on a small budget so thats another thing as well. As far as the games my son wants to play basketball,dodgeball. Thats up to him.I will have his pictures of him growing up on a frame or posterboard,plus maybe his senior pictures for the guest to have.

User - posted on 03/08/2011

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We always had open house type graduation parties for our four and they were really fun.. check out our family album and you can see lots of the ideas we did over the years..
http://www.celebrationideasonline.com/gr... By keeping it more casual and relaxed the kids could invite whomever they wanted.. teachers, coaches, friends etc.. We did some really fun party favors ourselves from collage photo mugs to decorated water bottles.. we hung flags from their high school and new college.. such fun memories!

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 03/03/2011

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Well, depends on your location, but my kids always have requested a huge BBQ/picnic for events like that. Congrats on having a graduate! Good Job, Mom!

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Lorraine - posted on 04/25/2012

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I had my eldest boys graduation party at home they graduated school at 16 yrs so bit different his mates respected my house and rules they partyed noone was drunk. They was loud yeap the music gave me a headache but they had a good time i sat in my bedroom all nite. I came down in the morning i had bodies everywhere those that was awake cleaned up the mess. they all cooked breakfast clean up after themselves thanked me and went home



I would let them have a party but have rules and how many kids u want there either stay home in your room or at a neighs i wouldnt let them have a free house because there are alway gatecrasher who dont give a stuff about anyone home or things and at the end of the day the kids want to party and have a good time

Jacqueline - posted on 04/23/2012

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We are doing a breakfast open house for my daughter's grad party. Scrambled eggs, bacon, breakfast egg muffins (make ahead), muffins and croissants from Costco.

OJ, water and coffee to drink. No problems with underage drinking, since we won't be serving any beer or wine this early in the day!

Michele - posted on 03/10/2011

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I too am doing an open house (3rd one in 4 years) and what I've learned is to find out what other parents are doing or have done and see what your graduate would like. The easiest and least expensive has been the summertime favorites of sloppy joes or bbq's and potato salad, simple things you can do yourself. Also if you are good with recipes, look up some pasta recipes and have a pasta bar or even a taco bar. Very inexpensive and goes over well. I have also learned that not all kids want cake. I had a huge cake for the first but made different desserts (brownies, cookies, etc.) for the second. We also had simple outdoor games for anyone that was interested. Just have fun with it and enjoy. Don't make it stressful! Good Luck and congrats!

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Lots of people like to have their party the day of graduation, I set my son's party date BEFORE high school let out so he could talk with friends and find out when everyone was thinking as to not have a party on the same day as his best friends. We had a big BBQ with, horseshoes, bocce, swimming pool and cards. Seemed to work out well, guests were gone by 1 AM, Good luck and Congrats!!

User - posted on 03/08/2011

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We always had open house type graduation parties for our four and they were really fun.. check out our family album and you can see lots of the ideas we did over the years..
http://www.celebrationideasonline.com/gr... By keeping it more casual and relaxed the kids could invite whomever they wanted.. teachers, coaches, friends etc.. We did some really fun party favors ourselves from collage photo mugs to decorated water bottles.. we hung flags from their high school and new college.. such fun memories!

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 03/04/2011

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Again, I would say that depends on your situation. For my youngest brother's, we had his BBQ right after the ceremony, then spent the rest of the afternoon running around to the rest of the parties. If there are going to be a lot of different events going on, and your guests would be obligated to attend more than one, I'd say the weekend before would be good.

Kelli - posted on 03/04/2011

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Thank you so much Shawnn!!!! That is definitely a great idea and hopefully the weather will cooperate! Do people generally do it the weekend of graduation or before or after??

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