We did it! We graduated the last of our chickens from college. I’m not literally speaking of chickens. I’m talking about “chilluns” or “churrins” or “young ‘uns”. The last one. We’ll be empty nesters as soon as that whole job thing kicks in.
I planned a menu for the graduation party that could be done ahead. Everything was waiting for us when we got home. That’s my kind of party! Oh, wait. This wasn’t my party. It was for Tyler.
Before I get into the menu, I have some pictures I want to share. We’ve live in this house since Tyler was in first grade. I have a picture of him on the first day of first grade.
Next is the picture of his high school graduation day standing on the same front porch.
And now we have college graduation.
I made a chronological photo album for all three of my children (chickens, chilluns, churrins, young ‘uns) when they graduated high school and presented it to them at their graduation party. By the time Tyler graduated from high school, he had forgotten about the picture I had taken on the front porch the first day of first grade. He thought nothing of me telling him I wanted a picture of him by the front door in his high school graduation cap and gown. He was quite surprised when he got to the last page in his photo album. The last two pictures were the first grade picture and the graduation picture. That was an emotional moment for the whole family and one I’ll never forget.
Now I will switch hats from Mama-beaming-with-pride to party planner and let’s talk about the menu. I mentioned that I wanted all the food prepared ahead of time. Everything held up well and turned out just the way I planned. Everything except Aunt Bea’s Cream Cheese Pound Cake. There was nothing wrong with the flavor, mind you. It was so moist that it fell into three pieces as I was transferring it from the tube pan to the cake plate. I had intended to slice up several pieces and put them on a serving tray to take a picture. You know…to make it seem like the cake turned out perfect and wasn’t a colossal fail. I just slap forgot to do it and the cake was eaten before I realized I never took a picture. The post about Aunt Bea’s Cream Cheese Pound Cake will have for another day. That’s the only menu item that doesn’t have a picture. The items highlighted in blue are a direct link to the recipe. Just click on the name of the dish.
Graduation Party Menu
Southern Antipasto Tray
Aunt Bea’s Cream Cheese Pound Cake