You know how people are always telling you to enjoy your kids when they’re little because before you know it they’ll be all grown up …
in the blink of an eye?
And you think, yeah, yeah. That won’t happen to me.
Because in the moment when you’re changing their diapers and feeding them from little glass jars with rubber-tipped spoons, it seems impossible. When day after day feels like a carbon copy of the day before. The same routines. The same glass jars and rubber tipped spoons. And the only thing that seems to change are the seasons …
and size of their diapers. And their shoes. And their clothes.
And you find yourself wishing them to grow up. A little. You know, little freedoms for you like when they can dress themselves and feed themselves.
And you know when you celebrate the milestones …
the first tooth …
the first haircut …
the first step …
times seems to slow down. Not speed up.
And you know when, on that very first day of Kindergarten, you take a look at the brick-and-mortar building that will be their second home for the next nine years, and the idea of high school is light years away …
and the idea of college is in another galaxy altogether?
you blink and it’s May 1, 2015.
And you find yourself the mother of two graduates. Wondering how … and when … did that happen?
In the blink of an eye, you have one child heading to high school in the fall. The other (gulp) to an out-of-state college.
But before the pomp and circumstance .. .and before you shed a tear (times two) as your graduates take the stage and move their tassels from right to left … you find yourself in an end-of-school-year whirlwind filled with caps and gowns and picture day and graduation fees and tickets and luncheons and awards dinners and …
let’s not forget the graduation party. Well, more like parties. Times two. One for each of my graduates. You can’t exactly mix 14-year-olds and 17-year-olds at the same soiree.
Luckily, the kind folks at Evite and Qdoba Catering have come to the rescue. Offering up some graduation party tips and tricks to make party planning and execution a breeze.
1. Jenga Classic Game, $8.99
For a unique, creative “guest book,” try a “Build Memories” Jenga tower! Invite guests to write a memory of the grad on a Jenga piece, then add their pieces to a tower at the party. Afterward, gift the game to the grad.
2. Fuji Instant Camera, $75.00
A great gift and fun party accessory in one! Give your grad and their guests a fun way to capture the moment.
3. Tassel Garland Kit, $12.99
Tassel garlands give a subtle nod to the graduation tassel and make cheap yet chic decor pieces. Buy yours in the graduate’s school colors.
4. Orange Square Dinner Plates, $5.49
The shape echoes the classic mortarboard graduation cap, and they’re available in enough shades to coordinate with any color scheme.
5. Blue Jumbo Balloons, $11.99
Show off the grad’s school colors with these oversized balloons you can get blown up at party supply stores or some supermarkets.
6. Qdoba Catering, starts at $9.50/person (for pricing for your party, call 1-888-QDOBA2GO)
It’s effortless and delicious. Just order a crew-pleasing hot taco bar with its famous queso from Qdoba – they’ll deliver everything from toppings to utensils.
You can check out even more graduation party tips and start inviting everyone to your graduation party with an Evite invitation.
And now I must stop and cherish this moment. This milestone. Because in the blink of an eye I’ll find myself the mother-of-the-groom. And mother-of-the-bride …
This post is brought to you by Evite and Qdoba. However, any and all opinions about graduation and graduates and Evite and Qdoba are 100% my own.
These are great ideas!!
The next thing you know you’ll be counting the hours until the first grandchild decides to enter this world…
Wow, two graduates, congrats. They just keep growing up no matter how much we want them to stay the same age for about 10 yrs. Know how you feel really.
Pretty soon all our grand kids will be graduated and on their way to own lives.
scarey. only two grand kids left to graduate after this one.
This little girl that was 6 when we moved here is graduating next week. We will only be going to her baccalaureate as it’s at high school fairly close, actual graduation is next day in G.J. , at stadium, not good scene for hubs after his surgery last week. Daughter doesn’t want us to run into daughter in law and her Mom. Me neither but it’s a big stadium so figured no problem. Not a problem at all now since we won’t be going. I offered to help with party but was told to butt out. Whatever.
Graduate will be going to college in San Rafael, CA close to San Fran. with a very healthy scholarship and a campus job already lined up. Her and her Mom went there last weekend (before this past one) to check it out. She’s really glad they did as she had 3 other colleges to consider, one in New York, one in Oregon, one in CA and forget where else.
Where will your son be going? Boy that’s a test of their learning what they needed to from parents, going away to college. EEEEEKKK! You’ve taught him what you could now it’s up to him. YES, definitely scarey.
My wonderful 8.1 is going to be on vacation for long while, I’ve dealt with as much as I can (short of killing myself, and especially it) now I havehubs to take care of and believe me he’s not making it easy. Can I come visit you for about 4 months?( lol, not really.) I seem to be the horrible person daughter and hubs have elected to take out whatever problems they have on. Enuf. I’ve had enuf of all of them. Would love to go visit friend in Tucson and son in San Diego. Keep wondering whom daughter and hubs will blame when I’m dead.
Got our roof on, it’s wonderful and youngest son showed up on Friday and Saturday to help. Sigh, sure feels good knowing that problem is solved for rest of our lives. Was so great to see both sons and they got to spend time together. On Sunday we picked son up from his brothers and took him to lunch then to plane. Was nice time just 3 of us.
Sure hope life gets little easier for you. Sorry things are pretty hectic for you now. Why do they have to grow up? Will be thinking of you and hoping you’re ok and handling things ok. Is your hubs sympathetic and helpful? Hope so.
Til next time.
All I need to say is yes… I know.
I think the end of senior year is the hardest. It’s the “last” of everything, last big game, last prom, last parent teacher conference etc and it’s bittersweet. After graduation and all of the parties, though, it starts to become the beginning of something new. Something big. It’s the first of everything. Lots more fun! Enjoy.