Thanks for all the replies!
my dial-up wasn’t working this afternoon so I couldn’t get on here earlier.
Let’s see if I can answer most of these questions…
4 tickets are issued for the ceremony - so there isn’t an issue of alot of family coming in for the ceremony itself.
Therefore, we felt it was best to schedule the party for the following week because the kids wander from party to party right after the ceremony.
It is a small high school and daddy/hubby is the principal - which leads to one of the other questions about who to invite and how many.
because it’s a small school - small town - and our friends mostly are - at the same time - teachers, there is overlap.
People are invited because they were teachers/coaches of our daughter, but also good friends of ours who watched her grow up.
We also attended the parties for their children.
so…yes, it is her party and our party because our personal party “lists” would probably look pretty much the same (except we’ll remember to invite a few relatives who we don’t get to see very often).
You’ve already given me great ideas - I obviously don’t do this type of thing very often.
We most likely will try to rent a tent and hold the party at home.
We live out in the boonies on a hilltop - always a nice breeze in the summer, and we have a big yard for a tent.
I like the idea of preparing alot of the stuff beforehand.
So - after reading your replies I’m trying to figure what 's the best route…burgers/dogs on the grill - a barbecue - cold meat trays?
Hubby even suggested a pig roast. Something I hadn’t considered before.
Thanks Puzzlemania for sharing how you threw your party!
I also like that idea about the walmart picture cards - I will have to look into that this week.
Thanks again everyone! It’s been very helpful.