The thing I like about graduation parties is that you can have them anytime after graduation, including anytime in the summer. When you have the party later in the summer it’s becomes a little more precious to the grads. It becomes a farewell party as many of them leave for college.
You can serve any food you like, but cookies (especially brownies and chocolate chip cookies) are always welcome it seems. You can even freeze several batches of cookies ahead of time when you get time to make them. Kids always seem to like pretzel rods, red licorice, and other candy favorites.
For more of a lunch or hearty snack you can have a crockpot of baked beans going to keep them warm. Or keep a slow cooker of sloppy Joe’s available with buns. Ham and cheese sandwiches are liked by many and the ingredients don’t spoil if they have to sit out for a while. Anything that has mayonnaise in it should be kept as cold as posssible on a bed of ice to prevent food poisoning. That includes the jar of mayo setting on the counter. You can keep the jar in an ice bucket or bowl of ice. Most cole slaw has mayo in it as do most pasta salads. Even bottled salad dressings can be a problem. My solution is to just not serve anything like that.
You don’t have to decorate for this kind of party, but anything in the school colors is nice, including balloons tied to the mailbox to help people find your house. Click on the label “team colors” below for some ideas.
Many parties include adults from the family who enjoy an alcoholic beverage. Just be careful the kids don’t get into it. It’s still illegal for them to drink under age 21 and you are liable for any problems resulting from their drinking at your house. I would not serve punch because of the chance someone would spike it. Drinks are simple if you keep a tub or cooler full of ice and cans of soft drinks.
Be sure to take lots of photos–your graduate will appreciate it!
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