To the students and parents of the Class of 2020, my heart breaks for you. I am so sorry you won’t get a Senior Prom, that you won’t enjoy Senior Breakfast with your friends. I am sorry that Senior Skip Day turned into Safer At Home time. Parents, I am so sorry that you cannot celebrate your Senior and all of the hard work that you have all done to get them to the finish line. But, I hope you can still have some sort of Graduation Celebration.
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Graduation Party Ideas
If this was a typical year, grad party ideas would be plentiful. However, we are living in weird times right now.
So, graduation party ideas have gotten creative. And, I am blown away by everyone’s creativity!
Several months ago, I ordered graduation party decorations and supplies from Oriental Trading. I was going to help a friend celebrate her son’s high school graduation. He actually finished all of his classes last year, and has been preparing to walk the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine this Spring. And then, flying home to walk with his classmates at graduation. This remarkable young man walked through Georgia and into the Carolinas before cutting his hike short. He is healthy, but he (and his family) worried about his ability to find resources in the pandemic.
I planned on sharing an awesome camping themed graduation party for him.
Obviously, we had to change our original plans. But, we couldn’t NOT celebrate her son’s amazing accomplishments.
Drive Up Party
I have seen so many awesome drive up party ideas for birthdays, I thought the same idea could be done for a graduation party.
My friend and I wanted to keep the party decor to a minimum, and still celebrate my friend’s son with personal items.
I used my Lemonade Stand (DIY Lemonade Stand Instructions) for this party table, and it was perfect. And, I decorated it with paper rosettes in school colors. Then, I added fun yard signs around the Lemonade Stand.
Next, I placed a pop up tent and kayak in the yard next to the stand to make the celebration more personal. Gather up some of your graduates favorite things. Decorate their car in the driveway. Make sure they know this celebration is about them!
Then, I added fire wood logs on the table top for height and to tie into the theme. Small metal buckets were filled with little field journals, para-cord bracelet kits, and candies. Cupcakes were wrapped in cello bags, and brought out of a cooler under the Lemonade Stand as guests drove by.
Social distancing practices were enforced. And, everything was individually wrapped for safety. But, it was a wonderful way to celebrate in spite of the current pandemic.
Was this the celebration anyone was hoping for? I doubt it. But, it is the celebration that teaches our kids to adapt. It is the celebration that shows our kids how very special their accomplishments are. It is a way for everyone to show their love and support.
To the Class of 2020, you are amazing! You will be the group of men and women we tell our grandchildren about when we talk about this time in our lives. I am proud of you.