So, within 24 hours, I picked a venue, set a date, ordered and printed invitations (from Walgreens; ready in a few hours), picked them up, addressed them and mailed them. We chose to have the party a week before graduation. There are so many parties on graduation weekend, it is difficult for everyone to get to all of them.
Next week, I can enjoy the actual graduation without running home to prep for a party.
We decided to have the party at a nice pizza restaurant in our area for several reasons:
1. Reasonable cost.
2. No cooking for me.
3. Little pre-party shopping. (Yay! I am not a fan of shopping unless it is shopping on Amazon.com)
4. No frantic house cleaning.
5. Easy set up.
6. No mess to clean after. Well, at least for us, the restaurant employees have that privilege.
We had a great turn out, and everything went very well. My mom helped with shopping for party supplies, for the tables and the cake.
We bought bouquets of blue and yellow (pretend they are gold) balloons and placed them around the room. As you can see from pictures, the balloons tangled up during the car ride over to the party. Next time I will have them put each bunch in a separate garbage bag. It took the kids about a half hour to untangle them.
I hung small rope on the window. I used binder clips and put snapshots of our son from across them and hung the string on the window.
It was a fun stress free party! I recommend this for everyone who wants to enjoy the day. I wish I had more pictures of the actual party, but I was too busy socializing.