Graduation Party Ideas - Graduation Newsletter
When my son graduated, I wanted to come up with graduation party ideas that were new or different. This year, my daughter graduates and I am going to duplicate one idea I had that went over very well at my son's party -- A Graduation Newsletter.
I made a newspaper-like newsletter (17" x 11" folded to 8 1/2" x 11"). This way I had a front page, and inside spread of two pages and a back page -- similar to a newspaper.
I wrote headlines and articles that chronicled the "Life and Times of Brendan". I called it the "Sears' Gazette". The headline story on the front page was, of course, that Brendan was graduating high school. Inside were family stories, funny incidents, high school sports stats, and some pictures. The back page was reserved for college information -- where he was going to attend, what he was going to study and so on.
I made them on Microsoft Publisher, but any word processor or desktop publishing software could be used. I then sent the computer files off to a printer and had them printed in color. They were placed on the table with his card box along with a picture framed messaged inviting guests to read some funny, embarrassing and informative info about Brendan.
When you walked around the room, you would see friends, family and other guests enjoying the "newspaper". It was the perfect occasion for a newsletter.
So, consider making a newsletter for your graduate. It is a little used high school grad party idea and your guests will get a kick out of it.
Some ideas of what to include:
- Funny stories from childhood days
- Graduation quotes
- Sport Statistics and photos
- Stories and pictures from past proms, homecomings, school trips, sporting events, school functions
- Family stories -- get grandma, grandpa, Aunt Gertie or any other family member to write a short story about the graduate and include it, newspaper style, with an appropriate headline and byline for the author.
- Have mom and dad listed as the Publishers or Editors-in Chief
- Include a senior picture and a short article about what the graduate will do after graduation along with contact info.
Below is a sample story from Brendan's edition of the Sears' Gazette. maybe it will spur your memory!
Drive-Thru Debacle by Mandee Sears
When Brendan was 3 & 4, he used to love to go to the drive-thru at our local bank with me. The tellers all knew him and always smiled and waved and always gave him a sucker. It was the highlight of his day.
One day, during our normal errand running routine, we went to the drive thru at the bank. I noticed it was a new teller waiting on us. She was very nice and polite but didn't seem to notice Brendan in the back seat.
As the tube made its’ way back to us, I could hear Brendan giggling and getting excited as he anticipated his regular treat. I opened the tube and got the receipts out and noticed the obvious lack of sucker.
Brendan looked over the front seat and said, “What?? No damn sucker???”
Of course, the microphone was on and the teller heard the very loud exclamation as well as half the other bank employees, which all erupted into gales of laughter! Needless to say, Brendan got his sucker and I got a red face!