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Cheers to the Class of 2018!

Posted: May 17, 2018 at 2:42 pm

‘Tis the season, for graduations. This year we’re excited to celebrate commencement for several high school and college graduates, and we could not be prouder. To properly honor them, we’re planning to throw our own hats in the air and throw together a little graduation party. Here’s what on our “mood board” of sorts:

The Decor

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Graduation parties are all about the graduate, and those tassels. We love this idea for a photo wreath featuring photos of the new grad, and it would make for a super fun take away gift for them as well. You could make it in any color scheme you like, and while black and gold are great for graduations, school colors would also be fun as well.

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We also love the idea of making a card box for guests to drop in their gifts and greetings for the new grad. Decorate it with tassels, or, if you happen to have a pretty, small, vintage suitcase that might fit the bill, that would work lovely with an “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” theme.

The Food

Party food should be easy to make for a crowd, and ideally, something you can make ahead of time. Also, keep in mind that the weather in most places is warming up this time of year, so some cold or room temperature items may be ideal.

We love a good pasta and/or potato salad at these types of gatherings. They are easy to make ahead and just stash in a fridge until it’s time to bring them out to the party. We’re thinking about this recipe from Martha Stewart for her Campanelle with Walnuts, Ricotta and Lemon, as well as this one for Potato and Olive Salad. We also think that mini-bags of popcorn, perhaps sealed with graduation-themed stickers, and bowls of potato chips and pretzels will go a long way with this crowd.

For the main course, we recommend keeping it simple, and letting guests get in on the action. Enter: Make your own taco bars. It’s a refreshing twist on the burger and hot dog fare typical of the season, and allows you to put your guests to work so you aren’t too occupied prepping plates or standing at a grill when you should be enjoying time with your guests. This Sweet and Spicy Steak and Chicken Taco Bar allows you to take care of the heavy lifting ahead of time.

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For dessert, celebrate your smart cookie properly, with a cookie bar. Depending on your baking desire or prowess, you can stock this yourself, pick up a few varieties from the local baker, or get your guests in on it, and ask them to bring their favorite for everyone to enjoy.

The Beverages

The more refreshing, the better. Depending on the age of your crowd, these drinks can be served spiked or virgin. Lime aid is a super fun drink on its own, or mixed into margaritas or with rum. Similar story with this watermelon cooler. This one is for adults only though. A Pimm’s Cup is a classic British cocktail, and it’s great this time of year. Martha Stewart makes it with ginger ale, and we’re excited to try it.

Do you have any great tips for us as we put the finishing touches on our graduation celebration? Share with us in the comments.

From all of your friends at Hillsdale Furniture, congrats to the Class of 2018!

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