Over the weekend, we celebrated several events. My nephew graduated from high school, Grant and my brother turned 50, I turned 48 and James graduated from the 8th grade. We had a huge family party at my parent’s new house.
Graduating from high school is a big deal for a teenager. It’s a turning point where the child officially becomes an adult and starts making his or her own decisions like what college to attend, what job to accept, or if it’s time to move out. For the 8th grader, it is a little different. James is 14, still very much a kid, but he is also starting to make his own decisions. He needs to figure out if he wants to pursue acting by auditioning for performances outside of the school, and he needs to decide if he would like to change instruments in the marching band. These are less stressful types of decisions, but still a part of growing up! Just as going to college is a big deal for Oliver, going to high school is a big deal for James. So, we celebrated with a high school and 8th grade graduation party! James is officially graduating on June 15 and being promoted to high school!
My nephew Oliver graduated from high school on June 3. These are pictures of him after the ceremony with my sister and family.
I can’t share photos of James at his graduation yet, as it is happening next week. However, I can share with you some family photos of our party celebrating these amazing graduates! Oliver (below on the right) is already wearing his college sweatshirt. James, the middle school graduate, is (appropriately enough) in the middle and then there’s Ryan, the silly 6th grader with the bows on his face.
Did you notice my favors on the table? These were a huge hit not just with the boys, but with the party goers!
WHCandy.com Personalized Graduation Favors
These personalized graduation favors are from WHcandy.com. They were customized for each graduate with photo, class, name and date of graduation. Check this out, even the back of the wrapper can be customized with a message. This is one option.
Here’s Oliver’s personalized candy bar with the message from his parents. This is another option for the back of the wrapper.
My nephew Oliver has a lot of food allergies, to tree nuts in particular. Thankfully, the candy bars inside? They are good ‘ol Hershey bars! Hershey bars happen to be a favorite chocolate bar of both boys and perfectly safe for Oliver to eat. The customized labels are simply wrapped over the Hershey bars in their original wrappers. How clever! You may also purchase the wrappers only and wrap your own chocolate bars.
The candy bars are available in different color wrappers and four different sizes.
You may select a special font and customize the back with one of three designs. James thought it was almost as good as having your face on the dollar bill. They LOVED them! Click here for more details and prices.
The party goers were each able to take a candy bar home. The wrappers make great keepsakes for a scrap-book. In fact, I placed the extra wrappers that were tucked inside my order in the boys’ cards for them to keep.
For our party decorations, my father made this banner for the event using his laser printer. I loved that he added our birthday’s too – talk about a custom-made banner! My sister picked up the balloons at the Dollar Tree.
The food for the graduation party was catered and delivered by Il Forno, an Italian restaurant in town. We had meat lasagna, chicken and broccoli Alfredo, garlic bread and cheese pizza for the picky-eaters in the group (aka the kids.) The food was excellent!
We followed the meal with cake and ice cream. I picked out this graduation cake for the boys. It was chocolate with traditional butter cream frosting. The blue and white are Oliver’s high school colors and the green and white are James’ high school colors. The bakery did a great job!
Here is the birthday gang. That’s my brother John, Grant and yours truly. They both turned the big 50 and I am just a baby at 48. 🙂
After cake, of course comes presents. This 8th grade graduation gift for James was a collage photo blanket. It came from Collage.com. I featured it in this recent post. The remaining gifts were either cash or gift cards.
When I asked James what he thought about moving on to high school, he said he was very excited and a little nervous too. I am sure he and Oliver both are wondering what the future will hold. I know that answer – many great things! They will make new friends, be given new opportunities, explore life’s possibilities and hopefully learn a thing or two along the way! Congrats. to them!
How about you? Did you celebrate a graduation this spring?
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