Graduation is normally such a memorable and exciting milestone, but it’s looking a bit different this year as many of these events move to a virtual platform. We’ve come up with some inventive ways to make these moments extra special for such deserving kiddos! You can tailor these to just about any age, from preschool to high school. The Kidlist family is sending our warmest congratulatory wishes to the class of 2020!
Cool Ways to Celebrate Graduation for the Class of 2020
Yard Signs/Balloon Displays
Many area schools have kindly delivered yard signs to honor their graduating class. We love seeing these proudly displayed all over town! You could also get crafty and create your own. If you’re not the crafty type, there are many local companies offering yard sign/balloon decoration services. Here are a few in the western suburbs:
Photo Wreath or Memory Boards
When you think back to your graduate’s first days of school and all their accomplishments along the way, it’s hard not to get nostalgic! What better way to honor your grad than with a custom collage of photos showcasing their growth? I made one for my daughter’s upcoming graduation highlighting her school pictures in order from first through eighth grade and cannot wait to share it with her! There are many ideas for inspiration online. Here are just a few:
Graduation Drive-By Parades
At this point in our sheltering at home, drive-by parades to celebrate special occasions have become quite common. What a great way for graduates to receive well wishes from friends and loved ones from afar. A few car decorations coupled with cheering and smiles can go a long way in celebrating our 2020 grads! Here are some adorable invites/tags for such an event:
Of course, be sure to do the parade safely. Resist the urge to get up close and personal. Wear a mask and wash your hands (or sanitize) between each visitor if you’re handing out favors or being handed cards. Or just wave and smile!
Graduation Sweets and Treats
Sweets and treats made especially for graduates are a must! Make your grad’s favorite cake/cookies/ice cream to commemorate his/her achievements. Not much of a baker? Check out your local bakery’s options or order online. Many of our nearby businesses need our support more than ever these days!
- Delish Cakes (Bloomingdale)
- D’s Treats (Bloomingdale)
- Mary’s Morning Mix Up (Brookfield)
- Ingram’s Busy Bee Bakery (Downers Grove)
- Lezza’s Bakery (Elmhurst)
- Kay’s Bakery (Forest Park)
- Vanilla Sugar Bakery (Glen Ellyn)
- Tate’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream Shop (La Grange)
- 4 Brothers Baking (La Grange Park)
- Oak Park Bakery (Oak Park)
- DeEtta’s Bakery (Naperville)
- Smallcakes (Naperville)
- BB’s Donuts (Western Springs)
- Kirschbaum’s Bakery (Western Springs)
- Smallcakes (Western Springs)
- Quarantined Grad Cookies on Etsy
- 2020 Grad Cake Toppers
Virtual Celebrations and Wishes
Graduation parties as we know it may not be in the cards for 2020, but Zoom or Google Meet calls are an easy way to get family members together! You could surprise your grad with a video call of this kind, or organize one with his/her close friends. In addition, asking friends/family to deliver heartfelt messages and wishes via video can always make for beautiful memories.
Although many of us are experiencing bittersweet emotions during such a significant time in our children’s lives, there’s hope to make these moments touching and memorable! Spend some time thinking about what matters most, and your grad will surely be feeling all the love during this momentous season.
Interested in ordering your grad’s favorite food for dinner locally? Check out this great list highlighting local restaurants offering family meal deals! Or, find more resources for navigating the COVID-19 stay-at-home order with your family.