A Sweet Graduation Party!


Sarah's graduationOur niece, Sarah, graduated from high school this year, and it was fun to help at her party. She had a dessert reception complete with cupcakes, candy, and punch. Talk about a sugar paradise!

My, how times have changed since my parents hosted my graduation party in our home back in the 80’s. As I recall, we set up a table in the dining room with cake, punch, nuts, and mints. Neighbors, family, and friends who attended the party signed a guest book set up by my graduation photo on a little table near the door.

It was pretty low key compared to today’s festivities. But, the overall sentiment is the same. It’s a time to honor the graduate and wish them well as they head on to the next stage of their lives. As for Sarah, she is going to Iowa State University and majoring in Elementary Education.

She’s a sweetheart and we wish her all the best!

Now, on to some pictures of Sarah’s party. I have to add a caveat here and mention that Sarah works part time at Coe’s Floral. Her boss and the shop’s owner, Dan, is also a long time family friend.

So, this is what your graduation party looks like when Dan is on the scene. It was awesome!

party table with food

Here is a shot of the dessert reception table. I had people ask me if I made the food. As I explained to them, this impressive spread was done by several difference bakers hired by my sister-in-law. Smart lady! This would be a ton of work to do alone.

I contributed some fruit kabobs and three punches – orange, blueberry-lime, and strawberry lemonade spritzers. I will share the orange punch recipe at the end of this post.

3 punches

Here is a shot of me with Sarah’s Grandma Bettie, and her brother, Joshua.

KD with Bettie and Josh

Dan from Coe’s Floral, and Vicki, another of Sarah’s aunts, who also assisted in the kitchen.

Dan, Bettie and Vicki

My little helper, Sarah’s sister, Grace.

Karen & Grace

Finally, here is the Orange Sherbet Punch recipe we served at the party.

Orange Sherbet Punch
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50servings 20 minutes
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50servings 20 minutes
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Our niece, Sarah, requested punch for her high school graduation party, so this is the one we used. It was a hit!
Servings Prep Time
50servings 20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
50servings 20 minutes
Ingredients
  • 4 cups waterdivided
  • 2(3 oz.) pkg. orange gelatin
  • 11/3 cups sugar
  • 1(46 oz.) can pineapple juice
  • 48ounces orange juice
  • 1cup lemonade concentrate
  • 1/2gallon orange sherbet
  • 1liter Sprite
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Instructions
  1. Heat two cups water to boiling. Stir in gelatin and sugar until dissolved. Transfer to a large pitcher. Add two cups cold water, fruit juices and lemonade concentrate. Stir until lemonade concentrate thaws and thoroughly combines.
  2. Just before serving, place mixture in punch bowl. Spoon in sherbet and pour in Sprite. Serve immediately.
Recipe Notes

I would not recommend making the gelatin mixture the day before, because if it sits in the refrigerator for that long, it may begin to set up.

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