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High school graduation parties celebrate the end of an era

Do you remember the day you graduated high school? Most of us do. Memories of wearing a cap and gown, hearing the band play the first few bars of Pomp and Circumstance and seeing our parents wave to us from the bleachers never seem to escape us. As the years go on, we often turn our thoughts back to this moment in time and wax poetic about the feeling of being young and realizing the entire world was ours for the taking.

This because of one reason - graduating high school is a rite of passage. And like all rites of passage, it must be celebrated with a party.

Sending out graduation invitations are the first point of business for the hosts of such a shindig. Invitations are there to tell guests about the event, but they can also be fun and exciting, too.

You should make sure your invite has 2010 written on it, but other than that, feel free to use your imagination. Invitations can be adorned with your guest of honor's name, or they can have a motif on them that reminds people of who they're about to celebrate.

Graduation party ideas are plentiful. Some fun things to place around the room of the affair can be a graduation cooler, which keeps drinks cold and guests entertained. Also, a graduation gift box is important if guests are bringing cards (especially with money in them!). We're positive that recent grad will want to make sure their presents are safe and sound.

Also, don't forget - all parties should have a theme. And when it comes to a high school graduation party, choosing a party theme can be easy.

For instance, nearly every high school student took part in an extracurricular activity. Whether it was a sport, student government or the drama club, most teens are passionate about something. Choose their favorite pastime and use it to plan and coordinate the look of the event.

This brings us to one of the most important aspects of a high school graduation party - graduation decorations. Decorations are extremely important in order to make people feel like they are mingling in a party atmosphere. Otherwise, they may be hesitant to let their hair down and have a ball.

Graduation decorations can be simple or complex - go with your gut instinct. For starters, hang up banners around the room that say "Congratulations!" This will help your guest of honor feel proud of his or her accomplishments. Also, you want to remind them that their hard work meant something.

If you don't mind the noise, feel free to purchase a smiley-face piñata - just make sure it has a graduation cap on it! Guests will love the image and will have a blast playing the party game.

No matter what you decide, check in with your honoree for final approval of your ideas. You may be doing all the planning, but don't forget that this is their moment to shine!ADNFCR-2319-ID-19719472-ADNFCR

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