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Posted: Thursday, March 8, 2012 1:24 pm | Updated: 1:21 pm, Tue Sep 4, 2012.

Rob Schaefer, Coronado Ballroom...

It sounds silly, but it looks incredible: a taco station. But these days, you’re not having just ground beef; you have grilled shrimp, black beans and grilled corn. Guys especially enjoy it.

Personalize it to the region where the graduate will be attending college. Recently, I did a party where the young man was going to Atlanta, so we did a Gone with the Wind pool party. We brought in a Dixieland band, and did fried chicken, cheese grits, peach martinis for the adults and peach fizz for the minors. It was phenomenal.

Brian Blasingame, Butler’s Pantry...

It’s all about the graduate. Do things that reflect their identity, their hobbies, sports or career of interest. You can do pictures of them every year from kindergarten to the present, and hang them from a tree on the buffet table.

Shayna Laiderman, Envy Events...

Graduation parties tend to be backyard barbecues during the day. Have a cornhole or washer set personalized toward the school that they’re going to and get barbecue from someplace great like Pappy’s. Do the things you would normally do, just make it a little more upscale.

Tim Melton, Gateway Photobooth...

A photo booth gives the host and the guests an automatic keepsake for the event. The props are a big hit, and add to the element of silliness. We can even customize the side of the booth to say Happy Graduation.

Cassie Burd, Butler’s Pantry...

If the graduate is majoring in Spanish, the food can refl ect that. For drinks, you can do some fun mocktails with different fl avors and garnishes.

Katie Fogerty, Envy Events...

Create a dessert station that’s themed for the school. If the graduate is going to Mizzou, do an all black-and-gold station. There are a lot of talented bakers in town—we’ve even had a 3D cake shaped like a tiger eating a Jayhawk.

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