Comments on: Ask Design Mom Week: Graduation Party http://www.designmom.com/2008/06/ask-design-mom-week-graduation-party/ The Intersection of Design & Motherhood Wed, 17 Sep 2014 07:05:59 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 By: Kate The Great http://www.designmom.com/2008/06/ask-design-mom-week-graduation-party/comment-page-1/#comment-141051 Kate The Great Tue, 03 Jun 2008 17:05:00 +0000 http://www.gabrielleblair.com//?p=1376#comment-141051 Give him a gift at the party, but don’t let it detract from Father’s Day, during which you’ll give him a smaller gift. I also think you should concentrate on the area of expertise he graduated in; give him something that will be useful as he uses that new degree. You could concentrate the party decor around that gift. If you give him a nifty space pen (for an example of a writer or a business man), use notebook paper and old inkwells to decorate, and have plenty of cheapo pens around the paper tablecloths. Then, people can write their congrats on the tablecloth and you can cut it up and save it (in a book, as a wallhanging) later.

Just a few more ideas. I like the colored food theme myself. And I can always use new bottles after I’m done with using them as party decorations.

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By: KJ http://www.designmom.com/2008/06/ask-design-mom-week-graduation-party/comment-page-1/#comment-141052 KJ Tue, 03 Jun 2008 14:56:00 +0000 http://www.gabrielleblair.com//?p=1376#comment-141052 great ideas with using the school colors as your jumping off point—fruits, desserts, sodas are perfect. Consider his field of study or expertise and use that as inspiration also. If he is in finance, for example, invites could utilize play money on invites. Chocolate coins would make great favors. The Economy section of the newspaper could serve as tablecloth. A kids station is a great idea, too, with perhaps a video to watch or really simple craft project that goes along with the rest of the theme. Critical: keep it casual with simple prep and cleanup. No cooking.

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By: Anonymous http://www.designmom.com/2008/06/ask-design-mom-week-graduation-party/comment-page-1/#comment-141053 Anonymous Tue, 03 Jun 2008 12:15:00 +0000 http://www.gabrielleblair.com//?p=1376#comment-141053 The tricky part of this celebration is “the day before my sister-in-law’s wedding.” You don’t want to detract from the wedding which is the Main Event for the family to gather.

I say do lunch. The busy family needs to eat so if you provide a meal, that would help out. The tributes to your hubby at lunch would work, along with a very “graduation” dessert (mortarboard cupcakes?). His gift: a hoodie or pewter mug from the alma mater.

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By: Design Mom http://www.designmom.com/2008/06/ask-design-mom-week-graduation-party/comment-page-1/#comment-141054 Design Mom Tue, 03 Jun 2008 10:51:00 +0000 http://www.gabrielleblair.com//?p=1376#comment-141054 Great ideas Alyssa! I wish I could have joined your festivities.

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By: Alyssa Coberly http://www.designmom.com/2008/06/ask-design-mom-week-graduation-party/comment-page-1/#comment-141055 Alyssa Coberly Tue, 03 Jun 2008 10:30:00 +0000 http://www.gabrielleblair.com//?p=1376#comment-141055 I just threw a law school graduation party for my husband … and to make the party throwing easier on myself I did a desserts party – in lou of presents I had each guest (close friends) bring 2 dozen treats to share (cupcakes, pan of brownies etc…) and then I provided the drinks (bottled water with labels I made in his school colors that said congrats) and paper supplies (in his school colors) and then I just put out all of my cake plates and as people arrived they put their desserts right on top and we ended up with 15 kinds of desserts and leftovers enough for everyone to take a plate home. I also bought a bunch of balloon in his school colors – easy pops of colors and cheap decorations!

and then on a side table I set up a little ‘station’ with fun postcards and pens and had each of the guests (at their leisure) write him a little note of congrats and put it in a big glass jar – something we can keep forever – whether we keep it in the jar or binder clip them together.

and then I made sure to have a kids table with bubbles which made the moms happy :0)

it was super stress free, easy clean up, memorable, affordable and everyone enjoyed themselves!

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