Graduation Garden Gathering

It’s that time of year again – graduation season is upon us. If you’re planning a gathering for your graduate here are a few tips on how to pull off a festive out-door celebration without breaking the bank.

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  • Keep it Casual: Set up in the garden, but have a backup plan for indoors in case the weather doesn’t cooperate.
  • Encourage Conversation: Use rugs (pick up some inexpensive indoor/outdoor rugs or borrow some from inside your home) to anchor seating areas around the yard.
  • Go Buffet Style: Use chafing dishes to keep hot food hot and smaller platters on bigger platters with ice to keep the cold food cold.
  • Keep Your Graduate’s Favorites in Mind When it Comes to Food: Perhaps Asian inspired  food alongside take-out boxes and chopsticks, maybe a taco bar with a make your own set-up or hire a BBQ company to have hamburgers and hot dogs with all the fixins at the ready.
  • For Liquid Refreshment: Use large glass beverage dispensers to serve trendy flavored ice teas and lemonades for younger set and use ice filled containers to keep adult beverages chilled.
  • Keep it Fun: Decorate with festive tablecloths, napkins, etc. Strategically place planter pots with flowers (some guests can take home as a favor at the end of the party).
  • Add Special Touches: Create a DVD of your graduate’s milestones through the years with their favorite tunes in the background. Set up a TV on the deck or patio or even better, rent an inflatable outdoor movie screen and let the disc loop throughout the party.
  • Ask Guests to Create a Wish Jar for the Guest of Honor: Place a large jar on a table alongside pens and squares of paper. Ask guests to write a wish for the future and place it inside the jar.
  • Desert the Traditional Cake: Instead go with a variety of cupcakes decorated with your graduate or party theme in mind. Place them on tiered trays alongside a fruit platter offering a sweet ending to a wonderful meal for your guests.
  • Enjoy the Moment: Graduation, whether for high school or college is a huge milestone. Don’t forget to revel in the moment and enjoy celebrating the beginning of a new journey for your grad.

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