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Graduation brunch a family tradition (video)

By Carolina Astrain
May 25, 2013 at 12:25 a.m.
Updated May 26, 2013 at 12:26 a.m.


graduation party tips

Here are some tips to planning a budget-friendly and fun graduation soiree:

• Decorate using anything the graduate has collected over the years that has her high school colors or mascot on it.

• Punch can be a less expensive alternative to trying to serve soda.

• Run your iPod with a set list through a speaker system, or you may be able to find a student band to perform for the publicity.

• Church halls can usually be rented at a reasonable cost if none of the hosting families has a large enough house.

• Host a mid-afternoon party to avoid the expense of a full meal.

• Consider using email invitations to save on postage and printing.

• Cook your own food; forget about catering. Grilling might be the best alternative.

Source: LivingonaDime.com, Mahalo.com

Sarah Eaves, 17, was looking through the pages of Southern Living magazine before coming across a party theme she fell in love with.

Although graduation was more than a month away, the St. Joseph High School senior was eager to start planning.

"Failing to plan is planning to fail," Sarah said.

Flamingos, paper Japanese lanterns and a gaggle of brightly dressed women drew the St. Joseph High School senior closer to the spread.

Sarah's grandmother, Vicki Bauknight, 67, said she'd be more than happy to help Sarah plan a small, intimate graduation brunch following the theme in the magazine.

"I though it was a great idea," Bauknight said. "My mother treated all of my girls to a brunch for graduation. ... It's sort of a family tradition."

Instead of a paper Japanese lantern, the Bauknight women recruited the aesthetic power of a green paper orb from a previous party and wrapped the dining room chairs with transparent, pastel-colored ribbons.

Crystal clear carafes containing strawberry lemonade and orange juice were centered next to towering trays of gluten-free cookies and chocolate dip.

Only about five classmates were invited to the exclusive brunch.

"I felt like it was a great way to remember our graduation," Sarah said. "I've been to much bigger parties since, which are just as nice but not as intimate."

Bauknight cooked a sausage and egg casserole, steaming with light spices and moisture, and baked a French toast dessert topped with fresh berries and fruit for the celebration.

"It's a step in the process of life," Bauknight said of graduation. "They know this is one stepping stone in their life, and it needs to be celebrated."

Since they used leftover party decorations and cooked the food themselves, Bauknight said she did not have to spend more than $150 for the event.

"I was really happy with everything," Sarah said. "It's a nice way to do a girls-only graduation brunch."

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