Here’s how to throw a graduation party part one: how to plan ahead.
Throw a graduation party part one: how to plan ahead.
Our 7Sister, Allison, is the queen of pulling off big events: like graduation parties. So we asked her for help. She gave us a 6 part series, starting today! Here’s how to throw a graduation party part one: how to plan ahead.
Tis the season to go to grad parties. There are many ways of doing a big celebratory event like a graduation party, but the task can be daunting, especially if you have never done anything like this before. I’ve compiled some of the ideas and tips that I’ve discovered by trial and error. I hope they help you.
Plan ahead: Make what you can ahead of time – Cook pork for pulled pork, ham, or turkey days or even weeks ahead and freeze. Do the same if you are having Italian dishes like baked ziti or lasagna.
Prepare for bad weather: Have room inside, in the garage, or under a tent in case of rain.
Use large electric roasters or steam pans for hot foods (meatballs for sandwiches, ziti or lasagna, pulled pork for sandwiches, turkey or ham).
Keep cold foods on ice by filling larger containers with ice and placing the bowls of food inside them. Lids to catering trays work well for this as well as baskets with plastic liners.
Borrow large coolers to keep foods in if you cannot fit them all in your fridge, or ask a neighbor if you can stash extras in their fridge.
Dessert: A cake is a beautiful and expected centerpiece for a party, but if people are not arriving and eating all at the same time, guests will either miss the chance to eat any or miss the chance to see the decorated cake uncut. Consider cookies, brownies, or other single serve treats alone or in addition to the decorated cake.
Join us tomorrow for LOTS of details on beverages and cleanup.
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