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high school, do you have any advice on the graduation party?<br><br>
I have my dd's party scheduled for June and am looking for any advice.<br><br>
What was the best thing to have?<br>
What wasn't really needed?<br><br>
Both dh and I have a lot of extended family so I'm really looking for ways to keep the costs down. I'm trying not to get hooked into all the extra trappings because it is my dd.<br><br>
Thoughts? Advice?
 

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I don't have any yet but my uber wonderful next door nieghbor has gone through five with lots of family and friends. She did it on the cheap even though it didn't feel that way. They filled a child-size pool with ice and put all kinds of pops in it. They did bar-b-que outside in their back yard. The plates and silverware were all just plain. Mainly, the focus was on the graduate and not any cutsie decorations. I think the only things that was slurged on was some balloons and cake. hth <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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My experience is very limited, since dd did not have a party when she graduated from high school (at the age of fifteen), but I definitely tend to agree with iamthesmilingone. These eighteen year olds are about the least materialistic people I know. dd is actually looking forward to living in a studio apartment with two suitcases worth of possessions when I'm ready to give up paying the rent on this house.<br><br>
They do love their music, though, so you might want to beg or borrow a nice sound system for the evening. They'd also rather take pictures of each other than let parents capture any moments to treasure, so I've done MUCH better by giving them disposable cameras for presents than pulling out my trusty 35mm SLR that feels like a part of my own body after all these years.
 

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I just turned 22, so my grad party was not too long ago! My parents got lucky and rented out a gym in a school. It was only a couple hundred bucks. It had a kitchen connected to it, so we could heat food. It had a nice courtyard, so some people hung around outside, mostly to smoke. Since it was a gym, they had basketball hoops, so we brought a basketball for people to shoot around. As far as decorations...We just had plain white silverware/paltes/cups, and got tablecloths in my school colors. You really don't want to over do it with having everything match! Hmm...what else. We brought a radio from home and had that over in the corner. It was simple and fun!
 

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I'm 22, so I remember mine pretty darn well. Sandwish stuff is great- pulled pork or BBQ chicken and buns, chips, ect. Off brand pop, bottled water. Sam's club is pretty reasonable for cakes. Mostly, don't stress! As long as the grad is there, everything will be good.
 

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i'm 25 so i remember my highschool graduation fairly well, and i just had a college grad party last year (compliments of my hubby)<br><br>
for HS my mom got a huge sign and put it in the yard so people knew where the party was, she grilled hamburgers, hotdogs and chicken, had a few summer salads (mac and pasta a believe), and some big bowls of chips. she borrowed a huge cooler and filled it with ice and had soda and water in there....and bought a bunch of cheapo beach towels for out by the pool (my parents have an inground pool) so everyone would have access to a towel....it was a good time!<br><br>
my college grad party was smaller but honestly ment alot more to me because it was a HUGE accomplishment of mine! Hubby got help from his mom, my mom and my grandma by having them each bring a big bowl of a salad, he grilled hamburgers and hotdogs and sausage (compliments of my dad). he went to the local party city when they were having a good sale and got silverware and cups in my college colors, and got matching plastic tablecloths. he also bought a small sign that said Happy Graduation. We borrowed a cooler for drinks, and all my friends brought me bottles of wine.<br><br>
with stuff like grad parties it really is the thought that counts....and even as a teen i appreciated the thought way more than the actual party....as long as DD knows you're proud of her she will be happy with almost anything!
 

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Do you have a pool? If you do I would recommend using it. Since it will be the summer it might be hot (sorry I don't know where you live) and a lot of people love to swim!<br><br>
If you have a backyard it would be a good idea to have it outside and have a barbecue, you don't really need to make a REALLY big thing I think she mostly will just want to celebrate with family and friends.<br><br>
Don't worry too much about have games or structured activties because teenagers are able to find ways to entertain themselves. For any younger ones there simple things like sports ball will probably be enough for them.<br><br>
My older brother is graduating this year and is having a graduation party so we know what you are going through. Our family has a pool but he is not sure if he wants to use it or not or what he wants to do.
 
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