Lets talk graduation parties

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  1. kymom99

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    Well, so much for a budget! I have no idea what I have spent, but I know it is way too much! The party is Friday and I'll be glad when its over so I can relax and stop buying stuff. We are going to have way too much food. It's so much work. I hope lots of people show up.
     
  2. dreamin_disney

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    Me too!
    $200.00 on tables chairs, table clothes
    $90 for meat and snacks I might need another 10 lbs
    $35 on centerpiece holders, mini light and a few decorations
    $37 Party City on cups, food table cloths and theme decoration
    $30 wal-mart on forks, spoon, napkins dessert plates, nacho bowls etc
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    $392 so far wow! $200 hubby paid and didn't use rewards :/ I've used $192 of rewards cash

    I still have $70 wal mart card to use on(at Sam's)
    $40 for 2 Sam's cakes
    $5 watermelon
    $?? budget vodka
    $?? bags of ice
    $?? rolls
    $?? 10 lb bag of beans
    Costco
    Nachos cheese and chips

    Not sure if theres anything else I will need hopefully not
     
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  4. kymom99

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    My husband decided we needed one of those chafing dish sets to keep food warm. We bought the kind with the disposable pans. The set was $40. I bought table d├ęcor from dollar tree but it still added up quick. I bought picture frames for snapshots of the graduate, tea light holders, and glass star shaped candy dishes. Oh and M&Ms to put in the dishes. I was just going to use the candy dishes but kept adding to it. Lots of work for 3 hours.
     
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  5. kymom99

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    Well, it's a wrap. Everything went great and mom is exhausted. Food went pretty well. I managed to send a couple people home with left overs and brought home some stuff that will save me from cooking for a couple days. My H as usual iced way too many drinks that we had to haul back home but that's ok. There's also left over cake.
     
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  6. powellrj

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    Glad is was a success!
     
  7. dreamin_disney

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    Party was yesterday. Boy am I pooped!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Everything turned out great! We had about 65 people show u out of the 75. We had a lot of food. My sis ordered catered roasted chicken and I made 36 lbs of meat. Guest ate a lot and some got up 3-4 times and we still had a lot of food left over. We stayed with leftovers and I gave some to MIL, SIL, and my sis. I think in 4 years when DD graduates from college it will be same amount people or a few less so I'll do less food as far as meat. I made 36 lbs of shredded meat 7 lbs of beans, Italian pasta(2 boxes of pasta), watermelon, pretzels, chips . Catered was 9 roasted chickens, rice, beans, salsa and potato salad. Plus 2 cakes. Party was scheduled til 11pm but told guest they cold stay late just turned down the music at that time . 3 of DD's friends MIL, SIL, BIL stayed til 12:30

    Everyone had a great time and left full

    Btw my dd is quiet and we've always told her she could have friends over and hangout throughout high school but she never did. She had friends over for her Bday bonfire and for her grad party. Now she asked me today I she could have a get together june 30 or july 1st- lol! she said a potluck so I don't have to spend a lot of money or do anything-lol!
     
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  8. My2CrazyGirls

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    Speaking of HS graduations....What do you give for gifts? How much money would you give a niece or nephew?
     
  9. kymom99

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    I'd give about $50 if they are close, $30 to my husband's side who we aren't that close to. My son's aunts and uncles gave anything from $25-$100.

    I gave one of my son's friends $30, another $20, and another a gift card for $20
     
  10. powellrj

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    For niece and nephews we give $50 and something school related like a Tervis or blanket from their college.
    For close friends I gave $50. For everyone else I wrote a check with the year as the amount. This year they got $20.17.
     
  11. dreamin_disney

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    I gave my nephew sister son $100. My nephew on husbands side $50 and my daughter got $30 from them. Their other two kids will graduate and I'll give them $50 each. I'm closer to my side so I give $50 . Cousin on hubbys side we gave $30 we see them at parties and never greet until we go up to them and say hi.

    My nieces and nephew kids will depend how close we are there are 6 and at this point 4 will get $30-$50 and 2 if they continue to be close and polite will get $100 each

    Our DD is an only child . When the day comes and I have grandchildren I want to do the year $2,0?? Only If they go to college and it has to go toward tuition :)
     
  12. tcufrog

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    I wish I had seen the thread earlier since I have a cheap and easy recipe for a delicious sangria that's always a hit at our parties. The kicker is that you need a way to store it chilled a few days in advance. The longer the fruit soaks in the alcohol and juice the better it tastes. For one batch you need:

    1 bottle of cheap sweet red or white wine
    1 large bottle of sweet fruit juice such as apple juice
    1 package of frozen tropical fruit from Costco

    Pour all of it into a large open mouth vessel or bowl. Once the fruit has started to thaw start smashing the fruit with a potato masher or some other mashing implement. Stir the fruit into the liquid. Periodically take the vessel out and smash and stir. Your goal is to mash the fruit into a pulp. Before the party use a fine mesh strainer to remove the fruit pulp. You can serve it in pitchers, drink dispensers, or in fancy glasses garnished with wedges of pineapple or little umbrellas. Bonus: the leftover fruit tastes great on vanilla ice cream. We make it for all of our huge summer parties which usually have at least 40 adults and kids and it's always a huge hit. I'm always asked for the recipe.

    As for gifts I gave my cousin a Vera Bradley Woman's ID Zip Lanyard with her school logo on it and a Target gift card in it. I used something similar in college for carrying my school ID and keys around campus when I was meeting friends or going to the cafeteria instead of carrying my entire purse or backpack. It's a very practical gift and was a huge hit. It turns out she was eyeing it and was about it buy it.
     
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  13. dreamin_disney

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    I'm not a big wine drinker but If I do I drink stella rosa wine. I bought a few bottles on sale will that work? How long will stella rosa last unopened?
     

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