Graduation Parties


A photo of Nancy

This is a great place to retire. It’s also a great place to graduate from High School!

This town has some MAJOR traditions attached to the life-changing event called graduation.

Parties, cards, checks and food seem to be the main ingredients. Prior to all of this there seems to be much pre-party preparation.

Senior Pictures: Usually taken before school starts in the fall. Many changes of outfits and many poses. Sometimes even some poses including BFF – their best friends forever.

Invitations: Photo invitations designed and printed. These are kind of like a glorified photo Christmas card. You wouldn’t want your invitation to be like anyone else’s, and you have to choose your font, your poses – one big and some small ones, and select the gummed return address label with the graduate’s name.

Nancy Retired
5/17/2010 11:13:38 AM

Well, we only got invited to ONE party. And it was given by our neighbors, who were not born and raised in our little town. Sooooo the party did not follow the traditions. It was a great party, tho. The graduate met us at the door to their home barefoot and in a sundress. Her parents were there to welcome us, too. There was a small bulletin board set up in the entry hall. The food was set up in the dining room. Homemade rolls. Ham and turkey slices. A selection of about 8 different mustards that were all homemade--lovely. There were only 2 salads. A nice homemade potato salad and a fruit salsa with cinnamon toasted flour tortilla chips. Lemonade and iced tea on the sideboard in antique glass 'spigot' containers and some cake with hot pink icing. And the graduate told me about making the cream cheese mints with her grandma--what a great memory! The family room was overflowng with all the female relatives from out of state--gmas and babies and cousins running in and out. It was great!! And in the kitchen were the aunts arranging the meat trays and keeping the iced tea ready. I think the uncles were in the rec room in the basement watching golf or something on TV. The screened in porch and the deck had tables and chairs for friends and neighbors. People came and went throughout the afternoon. It was a great party.

Nebraska Dave
5/7/2010 9:26:49 PM

Nancy, I know what you mean with big parties for graduation. Mine back in well lets say it was just last century was a simple one at the house with food that Mom fixed. Now they have to kill the fatted calf and feed half the town to have a successful graduation. As I look back on the grand scheme of life, it really wasn’t all that important to me and I can’t even remember most of the 250 graduates in my class. In fact there’s only one or two that I’ve talked with since graduation. I seldom even go back to my home town because that was oh so long ago and many seasons of life ago. I haven’t attended any of the class reunions simply because other things were a higher priority. I do like your idea about getting invited because then you don’t have to cook.

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