Class of ’11. It’s a Wrap.

Believe it or not, it’s April, and this means we are only weeks away from one of the most important events in a mom’s life. Her child’s high school graduation.

This is an exciting time for a mom even when emotions are so high and to-do lists are so long. My best piece of advice, consult with those who’ve been through the experience first-hand for some expert advice. Having three high-school graduates, I have been in your shoes. I have co-hosted poolside dinners, attended dozens of grad parties, and coordinated with other moms to ensure that we each had a perfect theme and day. The memories that I have from the high-school graduation years are some of the best because they centered around the important relationships for both me and my children. These are the relationships that should be celebrated.

Here are 3 tips for making your graduation events fabulous.
#1. Plan for the Parties and Personalize the Experience
From Graduation Day brunches to lake parties and backyard bar-b-que’s,  the possibilities are endless. Talk to your child, select the theme and go from there. Start with the invitation, and have fun with it. If you are planning a party where two best friends are honored, find a great middle school picture of them and use it on your invitation. And, if you are hosting a party at the lake, perhaps use a summer or lake picture of the graduates. Many families celebrate the college their child will be attending and the theme of the party would revolve around that experience. Place a little college flag at each place setting representing where that graduate is going to college. It shows you care and that you have taken them time to make them feel special. Other options play off the Class of ’11 or school colors.

#2. Make it Memorable
The special little touches make all the difference. This is a special time for you, the graduate and all their friends too so take the time to make it memorable. Be prepared as the parents to deliver a toast to your graduate. Be sure to write it down and then give it to your child as a keepsake. Put together a slideshow filled to the brim with photos that all the parents can contribute to, add music for an extra-special effect. Let the kids draw names of their friends and each toast to what they’ll remember most about that person as they head off to the real-world.

With any party, you must be prepared to have fun! We love personalized koozie’s as favors, they’re a big hit for this age group. Add a fun message like, “What happens at college stays at college” to ensure it’s a hit. A party banner with Class of ’11 can be hung and signed by all guests. During toast time, provide shatterproof or foam cups for the cheers.

#3. G is for Gift.
Graduation gifts are a passion of ours at Swoozie’s. There are certain classic categories that every graduate wants (and needs) for the future. Several of these gifts include items that can be used in a dorm and during summer getaways. When a more specific gift suggestion is required for your certain situation, we are the experts. In fact, check back tomorrow for our Graduation Gift Guide 2011.

Woohoo from the Swoo!