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Food on Fridays with Ann
No celebration is complete without food, so our daughter’s graduation open house menu included sandwiches, cheesy popcorn, tortilla chips and dips (including guacamole), grapes and strawberries. In the crock pots: meatballs in sweet and sour sauce.
In the kitchen, guests served themselves lemonade, sweet tea, and water from three big beverage dispensers I borrowed from friends. And near the drinks we set up a dessert table with brownies, no-bake cookies, and ice cream sundaes with lots of toppings.
My daughter wanted things casual. We can do casual.
Even with the casual theme, however, which is quite forgiving, I wasn’t sure how this whole set-up would work. My dining room, which you can see in the above photo, has been turned into my office. To return it to its dining room status, we shut the rolltop desk (as you can see on the right side of the photo), moved the table back in, covered it with a black tablecloth and nice centerpieces, cleared away my office junk, and set out the snacks.
My daughters worked on signage and decorated with Japanese lanterns and brightly colored crepe paper; meanwhile, I got some last-minute help from friends who helped me pull together final details. I was still mixing up a batch of guacamole when the first guest arrived, but it all came together quickly.
What fun to celebrate with friends the closure of my daughter’s K-12 years and look forward with delight to her future—and to do so with a set-up that worked well! I guess sometimes you just have to go ahead and throw the party, figuring things out along the way.
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