For our family, this is Graduation Open House season! In our circle of friends, these are very large events, with hundreds of people attending and lots of food to eat! The menu at one Open House we attended this past weekend was pulled-pork sandwiches, chips and salsa and a cold 7-layer salad (layered, then mixed together well at the last minute) with pasta, shredded cabbage, shredded carrots, peas, bacon bits, grated cheese and ranch dressing—yum! In the garage were the ice cream bars in the freezer and 60-cup coffee urns and 5-gallon water containers. Outdoor games of volleyball and/or Ultimate Frisbee or soccer are played (most of the people live on acreage, or have somewhere to set this up). Groups of 15-20 young children can commonly be seen parading by on their way from one area of the acreage to a play area in the other corner. Multiple 8 and 10-person tables set with plastic tablecloths in the graduate’s colors are set up under tents, in garages, in pole barns, and, weather accomodating, outside. White plastic chairs abound.
Volleyball in our backyard: An Open House Favorite! 2004
Our Serving Table at Dane’s Graduation 2004
These are so cute, aren’t they?! The ones we made were royal blue, and we chose not to wrap the silverware in a napkin and tie it to look like a diploma. Very cute idea, but when you’re making them for a couple hundred people….I don’t think so. For as many people as we were making for, we enlisted the help of my husband’s “crafty” family while up north visiting them and we had a production line going. The guys spray painted in the garage on old pieces of cardboard (see photo below). My sisters-in-law and mother-in-law and my daughter and I cut and glued with several glue guns in the dining room. We got them all done while visiting, and it was really a fun craft! Unless you have a lot of help, though, I would say that this would be a great idea if you’re having a smaller Open House, of, say, 35-70 people–then these would be so fun to do! Try them or pass the idea on to someone you know who’s having a graduation this year or next!
Materials Needed to make one Graduation Cap nut cup:
- 3-inch square of poster board, spray painted in one school color
- 1 inch of 4-inch wide fringe in the other school color (we bought ours at JoAnn’s Etc.)
- A 2-ounce plastic portion cup with lid (Two companies which sell these are Fabri-Kal and Sweetheart. Usually used for portions of salad dressing in restaurants.)
- Hot glue gun
- Spray paint the top of each square of poster board and the outside of each cup bottom. (We turned them upside down on a piece of cardboard, and spray painted them outside in the garage with good ventilation on a calm day.) If the cups need 2 coats of paint, let thoroughly dry in between.
- Glue the top of each cup lid to the center of each poster board bottom, using a glue gun.
- For tassels, roll the woven edge of each piece of fringe in thirds. Glue a tassel to the top center of each board so it drapes over one side. (Be careful not to burn yourself on the glue gun.)
- Fill nut cups with candies, mints, nuts, M&Ms, etc. then put lids on!
We made these in royal blue, with gold tassels, which matched my son’s cap and gown, and everyone raved at how clever and cute they were!
Whatever you end up doing when your children graduate, enjoy this special time! As a Homeschooling mom, it is your time to celebrate this accomplishment, too, that the Lord has made possible!! Congratulations, Graduate, and Congratulations, Mom!
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