Magazine article Working Mother

Grad Bash

Magazine article Working Mother

Grad Bash

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Celebrate your kid's commencement with a themed party just right for her age-and her pals.

Grade School: Hot Spots

These graduates are into picture taking, so shoot for a photo-themed party. Give guests disposable digital cameras, and offer props and costumes like big eyeglasses, mustaches and silly hats for photo ops. Wrap 35 mm film around napkins, use small picture frames for buffet signs, and name foods appropriately: snapshot sliders, flash fruit kabobs, focus fritters, paparazzi pizza bites. Kids can decorate frames for a crafty party favor.

Middle School: Dance-a-thon

School dances are big for this age, so recreate one at home. Rearrange furniture to make space; you can even move some furniture to your yard to create a lounge space where kids can cool off from dancing. Swap in black lights for regular bulbs to create a club atmosphere, and set up a DJ or stereo in the corner of the room. …

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