How to Celebrate Your Graduate's Big Day

Entertaining,Featured Article,For Moms,How-To
May 19, 2011

Set the scene for your graduate's big day with a party just for them.

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Everyone knows the best part of graduation isn’t the walk across the stage; it’s the party that follows. Honor your grad in style by following these textbook tips and scholar-worthy menu selections.

  1. Tastefully theme your event. For a college bound grad, it is typical to focus the party around the college’s colors or location. If your grad has indefinite plans, pick a more general theme such as memories throughout school, the alma maters’ colors or an activity the grad is passionate about (athletics, art, theatre etc.).
  2. Invite teachers. This may sound like a no-brainer, but it’s easy to forget especially if you don’t know them personally.
  3. Send out invitations a month in advance. This gives guests enough time to take off work and for out of towners to make travel arrangements. Also, it’s a good idea to call the party date early so you won’t have to schedule around your close friends’ graduation celebrations.

—By Emily Arno

Artichoke and Green Olive Dip

A perfect combination for vegetables or chips.

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Creamy Enchilada Dip

This dip made with ancho chiles and sour cream tastes like red enchilada sauce; serve it with salty tortilla chips.

Hummus Dip

Fast and healthy, hummus is a great dip for pita chips and fresh vegetables.

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Edamame Dip with Pita Crisps

Edamame stands in perfectly for garbanzo beans in this dip reminiscent of hummus.

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Chinese Honey Garlic Chicken Wings

Asian spices and honey bring sweet heat to these Super Bowl-perfect wings.

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Peanutty Asian Chicken Wings

These five-ingredient wings will be gone before the bowl game half-time show even gets started, so make extras.

Walnut-Crusted Salmon Bites with Apricot Ginger Dipping Sauce

Get a double dose of omega-3s with these crunchy, fun-to-eat salmon bites. Baked in a walnut, crumb and cilantro mixture, these delicious morsels are complemented with a tangy Apricot Ginger Dipping Sauce.