If you have a graduate in the house, now is the time to start thinking about graduation party themes! But before you start, be sure to talk to your grad. After all, this is their party and it should reflect their tastes and personality.
First, decide where you’re going to have it (if other than your home). Popular places book early!
Many kids have strong opinions about the types of food they’d like to serve (with your approval, of course) while others would rather leave it up to you. Does your grad like a particular restaurant or take-out? Give them a call and see if they cater. Do you feel up to making the food yourself? Keep it simple or keep it small, unless you have an army of friends to help you. Deciding on a menu can help you come up with graduation party themes that carry through to the decor and graduation invitations.
There’s nothing like your child’s senior year of high school to separate the crafty moms from the techies, and the organized from the disorganized. Every time you turn around someone’s asking you for photos — baby photos, sports photos, senior photos, life-size posters made out of your kid’s photos. Aaaack! It’s a total nightmare if you don’t have scrapbooks and photo albums, let alone digital copies. Here’s how to organize your photos and create digital copies you can use for the graduation party and beyond.
Step 1: Editing Your Photos
If you already have all your kids’ baby photos displayed in scrapbooks or photo albums, you may skip to Step 2. But if your photos are stored in shoe boxes and drawers, like mine were, you’ll need a way to organize them. Don’t worry. This isn’t as bad as it sounds. I did it in just a few hours!
- Purchase or create a large photo organizer/storage box. Google it. The best ones hold over a thousand photos and have dividers or index tabs inside for organizational purposes. Avoid the ones with snap-close divider boxes inside—a simple card-like filing system is easier to work with. Continue reading
I know what you’re thinking. You’re too young to have a high school graduate! Well, it’s a good thing you feel young because graduation year is an incredibly busy and stressful time—and not just for your graduate. If your Senior is filling out college applications, you are already feeling the stress. And after those are done the graduation party planning begins. For those who are anxious to get started, here’s a graduation checklist of things you can do right now.
1. Start scanning photos. You may already have been asked for photos for Senior Night programs, Yearbook pages, etc. It gets worse. Photo requests from the senior class party decorating committee, graduation announcements, graduation party invitations, your own graduation party ideas like slide shows or photo displays–the list goes on. The more photos you have in digital format, the easier they are to distribute and copy. If you have a scanner/photo printer (and these days they’re giving them away) takes about 30 seconds to scan a photo and save it to your PC or Mac. It took me about an hour to scan all of my favorite photos of my son (not counting the time it took to find and organize them all—see future post on this). Just make sure you scan them as high resolution photos (300 dpi or higher).
Don’t have a scanner? Pull all your favorite photos from your photo albums (or shoeboxes, or wherever you have them) and bring them to any photo processing place. They will put them on a CD for you, which you can then download onto your PC or Mac. This is very inexpensive. Have them print a set of photo copies while you’re at it, so you don’t have to ruin your originals for the upcoming projects.