After years of learning, cramming, stressing, and studying, the hard work has finally paid off and it’s time to toss that graduation cap in the air and celebrate! Using nature’s beautiful weather and landscape as a backdrop, throw your hard-working grad a fun and festive graduation party to show them just how proud you are. Here are some tips and ideas for throwing the ultimate graduation BBQ!
How to Decorate for a Graduation BBQ
A graduation party is so much more than a celebration of a received degree or diploma. You are celebrating that individual’s accomplishments – both past and future! Personalize your decorations to make sure they celebrate your special grad. You may choose to make the event themed depending on their specialization (such as a med school themed party) or just celebrate what makes the guest of honor special! Celebrations.com created these personalized picture centerpieces using mini clipboards and ribbon. With a stack of old photos and a bit of creativity, you can turn the room into an ode to the graduate!
Graduation BBQ Menu Ideas:
Such an important occasion calls for an all-star menu full of sophisticated foods with a celebratory twist, so go for the gold with the best hot dogs and burgers around. Serve mini burgers decorated with graduation toppers for a cute yet festive appetizer. Use ketchup and mustard to spell out messages in the meat – a simple “2014” is easy to recreate and will take the food spread to a whole new level. If your grad is well versed in meats, surprise them with their favorite cut from our exceptional collection of steaks – from filet mignon to USDA Prime.
Kick the flavor fun up a notch by setting up your own burger bar like celebrations.com did. Add a festive touch by presenting the accouterments with celebratory plates, runners, and utensils.
To help coax down all of the delicious graduation grub, you’re going to need drinks. The usual water, sodas, and lemonade are a must, but to make the occasion truly wow-worthy, why not create a signature drink for the guest of honor?! Cater it to their tastes and name it after them such as Matt’s Citrus Grad-Tini!
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