This is one of my all-time favorite grad party ideas. Who doesn’t love the ice cream truck? Memories of running to the curb when hearing that little jingle. It’s music to everyone’s ears.
Hire the Ice Cream Truck
One grad wanted to hang on to that memory one last time before heading off to college so her parents hired the local ice cream truck for her grad party. It came and sat outside their house for the entire party. Anyone wanting an ice cream treat simply had to walk up and order whatever they wanted.
It’s such an easy way to serve for the hosts, too. No worries about keeping the ice cream cold, how much to order, or what to do with the leftovers. They simply paid for whatever was served (at a pre-negotiated rate). So if your grad loves the ice cream truck why not consider this fun idea?!
Graduating from 8th grade is a time for celebration. Your graduate is moving on to high school, which often means kids will be going in different directions.
When Ginger’s son graduated from 8th grade his class went on to six different high schools. This was the last of nine years together as a class. Their ceremony involved looking back to childhood experiences as well as inspiring words about their bright future.
The build up to the graduation ceremony involved several events:
- A service project
- Track and field days
- A field trip
- A class play
Someone took photographs and video at all of these events so we were treated to a great show at the ceremony.
The Graduation Ceremony
A service was held to honor the grads. Our Principal, one teacher and one student gave speeches. They were very different yet inspiring in their own way.
As you can see from the photo our students do not wear caps and gowns at the 8th grade level. Some schools do.
8th Grade Graduation
After the Ceremony Celebration!
After the ceremony a group of 7th grade parents served lemonade and . . . → Read More: 8th Grade Graduation
If you want your graduation party to be unique and memorable then a special graduation party theme might be the answer. Having a theme also makes it easier to decorate and plan your menu. There are lots of theme ideas to choose from.
If your grad is off to college then this is an easy theme to use. Decorate in your grad’s college colors. Table cloths, tableware, serving dishes, streamers and balloons can all be purchased in a wide variety of colors at an online store like Shindigz. Buy some college t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats and other gear through FansEdge, Football Fanatics or your college’s online store and use them as decorations. Your grad will be thrilled to wear everything after the party is over. For more decorations buy car decals, bumper stickers, pom poms & bullhorns from your college of choice.
For a fun activity, get a huge map of the US or the World and post it on your wall or on a bulletin board. Give your guests Post-It arrows or push pins so they can mark which colleges they’re going to. At the end of your party it’s fun to see where everyone is going. Go to . . . → Read More: Graduation Party Themes
Having a graduation party in your garage is a great idea if your house is small and you’re expecting a lot of people of if you want to have your party outside and the weather is iffy. It’s also a great way to let all your guests mingle in one space instead of having it in your house where people may be spread over 3 or 4 rooms.
With some planning and a little work (or maybe a lot) your garage can be transformed into the ultimate party room.
The most important thing is to clean, clean, clean. This can be done well advance of your party. It’s a great time to get rid of a lot of junk too! In fact, getting rid of the junk is the perfect place to start. Throw away or give away all that stuff that accumulates in your garage because you don’t know what else to do with it. Throw away the useless stuff and the broken stuff. Have a garage sale to get rid of the stuff that’s still useable, give it away to charity or simply put it out on the curb with a “Free” sign. You’d be amazed at how quickly it will disappear.
Once you’ve . . . → Read More: Graduation Party in your Garage
You don’t have to spend a lot of money to have a memorable graduation party. The most important thing is for friends and family to get together to honor the graduate. There are many things you can do to stay within your budget and still have a great party.
First, have your party at home. Most people do this anyway. You can spend a lot of money renting a hall or a club or some other facility. Save this money and have your party at home. If there are renovations that need to be done before you have a large party that’s okay. The money you would spend on a hall can be put towards the renovations or fix-ups. And the renovations will last a lot longer! If your home is not big enough or isn’t well suited to having a large party then consider asking a close relative or friend if you can use their home. Or maybe your graduate has a friend who is graduating too and you can have a joint party at the friend’s house.
Having a joint party with 2 or 3 or even 4 graduates can save a lot of money. Many graduates share the same circle of friends. By having a joint party you can . . . → Read More: Graduation Party on a Budget
Hola! I went to a very fun Mexican-themed graduation party on the weekend. It was a joint party for three boys who graduated together. They had many friends in common so instead of having three separate parties they decided to have one bigger party. While the party may have been bigger, the individual cost was smaller because they were able to share all the costs for invitations, food, drinks, and decorations. They were also able to share in the planning and work!
They had lots of cool Mexican themed-decorations. They used red, yellow & green colors as their color theme. They served Mexican food. And they even had Mexican pinatas for the guests of honor. The only thing missing was a Mexican band!
The invitations were very funny. A template was made at home on their computer. It included pictures of the boys and added Mexican-themed clipart like sombreros and maracas. The front of the card had a picture of the three boys with the heading “Nacho Ordinary Party …”. How funny is that! The inside of the card had details of the party with more pictures. They brought their homemade example to a print shop and had their invitations professionally printed.
The party was held from 4-7 pm . . . → Read More: Mexican Fiesta Graduation Party
When planning your graduation party one of the first things you need to do is decide what “type” of party you and your graduate want. There are many different options. Some we’ve seen over the years include:
- an open house with a few people
- an open house with a hundred people
- a ‘by invitation only’ party
- a party in the daytime or a party in the evening
- a celebration on the week-end or during the week
- a casual party or a more formal event
- most parties are in the graduate’s home but you can also have it in a park (watch out for weather!), on a beach, in a hall, in a restaurant, at a golf club or even on a boat
- an indoor party or an outdoor one (you should plan a backup like a rented tent or your house or a clean garage in case of bad weather)
- a joint party with 1 or 2 friends or neighbors … consider a block party if there are multiple graduates in the neighborhood
- a party with a “theme” – how about a luau, a beach party, a western theme, . . . → Read More: What type of Graduation Party do you want?