Graduation time is just around the corner and many friends and families are planning celebrations for their special graduate. If you are planning an event, consider incorporating these popular trends into your party. Themes When I Grow Up: Have guests dress up as what they want to be when they “grow up.” You can be as realistic or fictional as you like – either way, costumes are always fun! Playing to Their Strengths: Gear the party toward the graduate’s hobbies or extracurricular activities for a one-of-a-kind experience. From drama to sports, using an interest will make your event much more personal and relatable for your graduate and guests. Sticking to the Basics: You can never go wrong with school colors, “Class of 2013,” or the school mascot. Take advantage of various graduation items like tassels, caps, gowns, scrolls to play up the theme. Dessert Cupcakes: Rather than having a large graduation cake, try cupcakes for a change. You won’t have to worry about cutting a cake or going overboard with dessert plates. Plus, they are easy to clean up, store or send home with guests after the party. Dessert Bar: Setup a dessert bar featuring a variety of candy, ice cream flavors, or bite-size treats to give guests several options. Add a splash of color with your grad’s school colors. Keepsakes Video: Similar to a wedding video, have guests record their favorite memories and well-wishes to the graduate. Autographs: Place a class picture or senior photo in a large, matted frame for guests to sign and leave comments. Time Capsule: Have family and friends bring an item or write a note to place in a time capsule and plan to open it at a future class reunion. Looking for a place to host your graduation event? Celebrate at our place or yours! Receive a $25 gift certificate for every $250 spent in Banquets or Delivery for graduation events held from 3/12/13 – 6/30/13* We invite you to join us at Maggiano’s Little Italy for your next meal out or special occasion. We also invite you to like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest, and watch us on YouTube for more recipes and ideas.