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!
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.
Here is a shot of me with Sarah’s Grandma Bettie, and her brother, Joshua.
Dan from Coe’s Floral, and Vicki, another of Sarah’s aunts, who also assisted in the kitchen.
My little helper, Sarah’s sister, Grace.
Finally, here is the Orange Sherbet Punch recipe we served at the party.