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Old 04-17-2018, 11:14 AM
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My son is a high school senior, and we would like to have a graduation party for him. We're just going to hold it at our house --- back yard, hopefully, if the weather is good, though we have a basement rec room as well --- and are planning to have food (burgers and tacos ) and an ice cream sundae bar.

But what can we do to make it fun for teenagers? Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!


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Old 04-17-2018, 11:45 AM
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Music is a must. Can you get some speakers for outside?
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Old 04-17-2018, 11:52 AM
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What about having big sign made with pictures of your son from first grade through twelfth? You can hang it on the backyard fence if the weather is good. VistaPrint could probably do the sign fairly cheaply.
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Old 04-17-2018, 11:56 AM
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I would recommend food and a lot of it. It woeked well to have food that was all ready to go when guests arrived. I did not want to be cooking or serving food during the party.

We preferred an Open House type of format so people could come and go because there were other grad parties to attend. Sunday during the day was a great for the party because it had the least number of other events to compete with.

This only comes once so enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!
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Old 04-17-2018, 12:05 PM
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Old 04-17-2018, 12:09 PM
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Corn hole or other yard games.

Food.

Music.
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Old 04-17-2018, 12:17 PM
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I would buy a keepsake for your son that everyone can sign. Could be a wood bench, his graduation gown, a book (Like Oh The Place's You'll Go" or the Jenga game. Then your son will have something from everyone at his graduation party.

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Old 04-17-2018, 12:47 PM
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The seniors would love that!Maybe they could burn some books and papers!
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Old 04-17-2018, 12:49 PM
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https://www.amazon.com/Bunch-Balloon...nch+o+balloons

They would enjoy some water ballon play. Maybe at the vets end of the party time. You could explain ahead of time that after the water balloons are finished you expect everyone to head home.
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Old 04-17-2018, 12:50 PM
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Karaoke! Fun for all ages, and probably will lead to lots of smiles and laughs.
Props for a “photo booth”.


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Old 04-17-2018, 02:22 PM
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We had corn hole and badminton.
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Old 04-17-2018, 06:00 PM
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You've already gotten some great idea! Congratulations to all of you!

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Old 04-17-2018, 06:20 PM
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My daughter graduated 2 years ago. I highly recommend getting a party tent, tables, and chairs if you have the space. Ask around. We have a friend who rents his tent for $100. He even will help you set it up. My school used to let us borrow tables and chairs but I think they were going to start charging a nominal fee to cover wear and tear. A firehouse or church may let you borrow for a donation. Kids will be popping in and out throughout the day as they try to go to all their friends’ parties. Because they will be popping in and out, I don’t know if you want to go with burgers. Someone will be stuck on the grill all day. How about pulled pork or sandwich meat? I bought lots of ice and kept food covered with foil. I prepped food the day before and kept it in storage bags in the fridge. When something got low, I popped it into a new foil pan to replace it.

For dessert, we had cake and I bought a huge platter of cookies.

We had a table with a picture memory board, index cards and a basket. We asked people to share their favorite memory of the graduate. My daughter loved reading all the memories.

We had Kan Jam set up in the backyard. The kids and adults played that all day long. I’ve also been to grad parties where there were bounce houses, corn hole, and horse shoes.
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Old 04-17-2018, 08:11 PM
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We had both kids' grad parties at our house - indoor/outdoor.

We have a trampoline outside, that some used

We have a ping pong table that some played

We have a pinball machine, some played that

Lots of kids just hung around and talked as well.

In the living room on our tv we ran a slideshow that I made of pictures of our kids growing up, and we just played music as a background to that. Many people enjoyed watching that.

Some kids can only stay a half hour or so, as they have other grad parties to attend.

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Old 04-18-2018, 02:42 AM
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Maybe some minute-to-win-it games so kids can play even if they are party-hopping.
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Old 04-18-2018, 03:59 AM
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We rented a bouncy house for my daughters party last year. Sounds silly but they loved it!
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Old 04-18-2018, 08:18 AM
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Over the weekend my DD had her senior party. It was fun and laid back. Around here 10-20 moms may host for 1 child and then they return the favor down the road.

My DD's party was ice cream and the fixin's and other snacky things.

It was just girls and they did a dorm room gift swap--Dirty Santa style. Lots of laughs.
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Old 04-19-2018, 04:11 AM
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Thanks for all the ideas, everyone. My son goes to a very small school, and we have only lived here for two years; so we don’t expect a ton of people, but were sort of stuck on what to do so they’re not just milling around, bored.
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Old 04-19-2018, 04:48 AM
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My children both graduated last year, and we had a backyard party. The teens spent almost the entire time (when they weren’t eating) in the photo booth. I set up a canopy (I don’t know what else to call it...one of those pop up things that only has a top, not a whole tent. Hung different backdrops from three sides and provided plenty of props. I bought the backdrops on Amazon, and bought PDF files on Etsy for the props. Print on card stock, laminate, and attach sticks (also purchased on Amazon). They used their phones to take photos and had a blast! I thought about providing an instant camera, but the film was really expensive. They seemed happy with using their phones though, because then they could post them on social media.
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