One morning in June, when I was looking at the calendar for July, trying to figure out a date, our eldest son said “Why don’t you just have it on the 20th?” as he was heading out the door to work. With my sister’s wedding in Oregon on July 6th, I didn’t think I’d be able to pull it together for either the previous or following weekend, and I didn’t want to push it out any further than the weekend of the 20th due to my approaching due date… I went with the 20th and mailed out all the invitations. He got home from work, saw the invitations, and said “MOM!!! I was kidding!” Apparently a huge graduation party isn’t our (introverted/melancholic)
son’s idea of the best way to spend his 19th birthday… Whoops!
I planned the party as an afternoon BBQ Open House in our backyard from 1:00-4:00. Some guests came for the whole party and others popped in for a little while depending on their schedules. We grilled hot dogs and sausages, plus we had lots of drinks (including IPAs and Peach Sangria for the adults), snacks and desserts. To make it a little easier I asked everyone to “please bring a side dish to share if you are able” and we ended up with more than enough food.
The boys Diplomas and Tassels from Kolbe Academy had arrived awhile back, but I saved them to give them at the party. I love that Kolbe’s Tassels have a St. Maximilian Kolbe medal attached to them. (He is our oldest son’s confirmation saint!)
One of the girls updated the letter board
with a quote we used on their Graduation Announcements.
(Costco did a great job on the announcements!)
We only had a couple benches and folding tables, but a nearby friend kindly loaned us a bunch more. I also picked up table cloths at Party City during a one-day sale when they were priced just 4 for $1!
The boys were introduced to Kan Jam
during Experience Christendom Summer Camp last year and we picked up a couple sets during a Buy-1-Get-1 sale to pull out for the party, along with Spikeball
My parents also gifted the graduates with a Cornhole
set for the Graduation party!
(Thanks, Dad and Mom!!)
Graduation Candy Buffet
(You can download my free printable at the above link with all the signs.)
|The birthday boy and my dad
|Me with my mom, Father Gordon (my husband’s youngest brother and our oldest son’s Godfather),
and my Uncle Tom (mom’s oldest brother) and Aunt Toni
|We definitely need a larger grill the next time we host a big BBQ!
|Father Rapoport, Father Terra and Father Flick (below) also were able to come to the party!
The little kids version of Kan Jam
“Most loving Lord, Grant me a steadfast heart which no unworthy desire may drag downwards; an unconquered heart which no hardship may wear out; an upright heart which no worthless purpose my ensnare.
Impart to me also, O God, the understanding to know you, the diligence to seek you, a way of life to please you, and a faithfulness that may embrace you, through Jesus Christ, my Lord. Amen.”