To greet our guests, I made a balloon wreath for the front door and wrote on the chalkboard. We also lined the driveway with signs. (I'm finding I love having the chalkboard by the front door. It's fun to write special messages on holidays and birthdays.)
In the family room I hung a banner I made for Colin with pictures from diapers to diploma. :)
I also set up a table to hold the cake, cupcakes, and Colin's scrapbook and other special items.
The boys decorated the deck and the garage and we set up tables to allow lots of places for people to eat. I made little photo bouquets for the table centerpieces and added Colin's favorite candy (Starbursts) and some "Congrats Grad" mints.
Our menu consisted of pork barbecue sandwiches, cole slaw, chips, veggies with dip, and bottled waters, tea, and lemonade to drink. For dessert we had cake and cupcakes and coffee. We set up the food buffet in the kitchen and everyone served themselves. (There was one horrible thing that happened when my honey went to fix his plate. He was the very last one to go through the line and he realized there was no cole slaw on the island. Everyone has pretty much finished eating and he tells me I forgot to get the enormous bowl of cole slaw out of the refrigerator! I was so frustrated with myself! The next shin-dig I throw I'm hiring a personal assistant.)
My honey prayed, we ate and socialized, then he gave Colin his diploma and we finished things off with cake and coffee.
It was a great evening!
One high school graduate down, five to go!!! :)