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Throw a midsummer graduation party for your elementary school scholar

It's summer, which means kids are currently glued to their video game consoles, roasting marshmallows with their buddies in backyard campouts, and begging their parents to take them to the community swimming pool. These months are without a doubt some of the most exciting for small children.

Still, if you have a little one who recently put on a tiny cap and gown and walked down the aisle to the tune of Pomp and Circumstance at their elementary school, it's never too late to celebrate the occasion. Your son or daughter may have had scores of parties to attend during the height of the graduation season, but now it's their turn to play host and let all their friends shower them with spectacular gifts and unbridled attention.

To begin, send out amazing invitations. Since graduation has passed, feel free to set the date a few weeks from now and give yourself ample time to pick the most memorable invites out there.

For example, since it's weather-appropriate, why not throw an incredible graduation pool party? Adorn the invites with images of water-loving children showing off inflatable arm floats. The photos are bound to get potential party guests excited and leave them jumping for joy.

Next, start rummaging through endless graduation decorations. These should call attention to the fact that your guest of honor has completed a chapter in his or her studies, but still remind people that the warmer months are here.

To start, find dozens of balloons that have adorable phrases on them such as "Way to go, grad!" or "You did it!" Also, try to pick out vibrant colors that have a warm, summery feel to them.

If you're having an outdoor party, don't forget to purchase a graduation cooler. The nifty party accessory will keep Capri Sun pouches and Yoo-Hoos nice and cold. When kids guzzle them down after running around your backyard all afternoon, they'll certainly appreciate the cool refreshing drinks.

Finally, for indoor parties, you may want to stock up on graduation party light-ups. These will also look incredible at a nighttime affair. Buy a bunch of LED sunglasses in varying colors. The kids will love putting them on and running around your house or venue while sporting these spectacular spectacles.

Also, try to find a glow-in-the-dark or blinking banner that says "2010" on it. Your child will appreciate this reminder of the year they entered a new phase of their lives.

When planning this party, it's important to pay attention to what your son or daughter's likes and dislikes. Although an elementary school graduation seems less important than a high school or college commencement, for a twelve-year-old, it's the shining moment of their life. Do your best to make the celebration one they'll remember forever.ADNFCR-2319-ID-19870051-ADNFCR

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