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Ideas for graduation/send off parties

momof3boyzmomof3boyz Posts: 881Registered User Member
edited March 2006 in Service Academy Parents
Just thought I would mention a neat idea for your parties. If you do a Google search for "custom printed M&M's" (sorry I still don't know how to insert a web link) you can order custom printed M&M's. Keep in mind the order takes about 4 weeks (maybe longer if more orders are generated). You can select specific colors to represent you HS or better yet, the Academy's colors.
Cost is on the high end. There is a minimum order. Check it out.

I would love to hear of any other unique ideas for graduation/send off party ideas.

My son turns 18 during boot camp. He asked for a birthday party at Chuckee Cheese's before he goes. I can't deny him that. I'm sure it will be a day full of stories to tell! Our "kids" have to grow up so fast.
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  • navy2010navy2010 Posts: 3,607Registered User Senior Member
    I am always looking for great ideas like yours- thankyou!!!

    At our son's graduation, we made up party bags for each guest- filled with: lifesavors, salt water taffy (in, of course, red-white and blue stars and stripes- can order on-line), goldfish crackers, swedish fish, chocolate gold coins from Davey Jone's locker, blue and yellow M&M peanuts, chips-ahoy cookies, etc....we also had each guest sign a page in a photo book with good wishes and words of wisdom that we will send him during the summer....and lots of funny photos from everyone-

    We are planning a "survival bag" for I-day, but this time with vitamin water and kleenex added along with the treats for those attending- and a "welcome basket" of fruits and goodies for each room at the hotel-and for dinner the "Night Before I-Day" we have his "photo in a ship's bottle" (ordered on-line) and engraved with "USNA I-Day 6/28/06" for everyone traveling down to send him off- and a bingo-game planned consisting of "midspeak and skuttlebutt"....(those attending have already been sent a welcome aboard letter and lots of midspeak!!!)....and of course, the bingo "chips" will be those gold chocolate coins...... and we got big "Torpedo Fan Club" buttons for everyone to wear on the yard! ...... oh, and a prize from Neptune's vault for the winner of "Skuttlebutt Bingo".....

    And I really like the idea of the m&m's....will have to check it out!

    And I suppose after this I will have to wear one of those "Moms Gone Wild" tee shirts.....:(

    (well, at least it beats worrying myself sick over this ~)
  • momof3boyzmomof3boyz Posts: 881Registered User Member
    Before you wear the "Moms Gone Wild" t-shirt, make sure you have NOT signed a release and more importantly, make sure there are no cameras near by! :)

    Any ideas from Air Force parents?
  • JamzmomJamzmom Posts: 2,813Registered User Senior Member
    Pirate parties for the maritime academies! Arrrrggggg! I have some great photos of girls in grass skirts & guys in eye patches & hats with skull & cross bones. They drank punch out of coconut shells. It was such fun. Pirate booty was much the same as Navy2010 son's party. If you go to http://www.orientaltrading.com/otcweb/application?namespace=main you can find a bunch of crazy stuff cheap!
  • Bossf51Bossf51 Posts: 2,553Registered User Senior Member
    Jamzmom in a grass skirt! That I have to see! HA!
  • Oregon MomOregon Mom Posts: 527Registered User Member
    Jake turns 18 during Plebe summer. So, we are celebrating his birthday in Mid-May so he can enjoy his presents etc... For graduation, which is a week before the wedding, I just don't know yet. I might have his friends over and they can have a "wild evening" once I talk to the other moms and get their ok. I think Jake wants to really cut loose before Plebe Summer and since graduation will be over, I say go forth, Jake! I don't know how much he will cut loose considering his workout is planned to have him in perfect shape for enjoying plebe summer.

    As far as presents, it seems like a watch might be a good thing. He will be getting several computer games for his birthday so he can finish them before he leaves.
  • beam6beam6 Posts: 98Registered User Junior Member
    Navy 2010-
    Where did you order the ship in the bottle thing? I would like to check it out--sounds a little different!
  • USNAMomUSNAMom Posts: 156Registered User Junior Member
    A digital camera can be a great gift. My Mid received one for graduation and was able to send us numerous funny pictures during the year.
  • Oregon MomOregon Mom Posts: 527Registered User Member
    A digital camera is a great idea! I really didn't want to just give money because I will send as he needs it. My husband wanted to get him a gun like a Colt 911???and engrave it. But obviously he can't take it with him. He also mentioned a GPS unit that also does weather type stuff.
    I wish he could use an IPod because that would be cool. Oh, can the midshipmen use camelbacks for their running during plebe summer?
  • USNAMomUSNAMom Posts: 156Registered User Junior Member
    Pretty sure that they cannot use camelbacks during Plebe Summer. They all have canteens that they use. Besides, you don't want to look any different than the Plebe standing next to you. After Plebe Summer, many Mids use camelbacks when they run. The Mid Store has a very nice selection of camelbacks. As far as graduation, money and gift cards are an excellent idea in addition to the camera. Most try to get out and see movies and go out to eat on the weekends when they have town liberty. You can check the Annapolis Mall for gift cards. They have theaters at the mall and also at the Harbour Center. I know many hate to give money as a gift but for those in the Academy, there is very little else that they need. They may want to save for a spring break trip. I took some Mids to the airport last Friday when spring break leave began and you cannot imagine the crazy and VERY HAPPY scene as many of the Mids headed out of town with their friends to a beach somewhere. Money will always come in handy!
  • navy2010navy2010 Posts: 3,607Registered User Senior Member
    Beam6: I ordered them from www.Nauticalsupplyshop.com/page/N/PROD/n1018 (type in "boat in a triangle bottle") - we had small plates engraved for the base with the info I posted earlier and slipped in a picture behind the ships....they came out really cute. You can also find them at www.shipsinbottles.com, and check out shindigz.com (photo in a bottle)... shindigz has other great nautical party "stuff" - and also check out www.celebrations-nationwide.com/nautical.html (we got doubloons and treasure chests from there for our "skuttlebutt bingo"....
    have fun shopping!
  • momoftwinsmomoftwins Posts: 2,668Registered User Senior Member
    The best gifts my daughter received and was able to use were the phone cards. Cell phones don't work in the barracks at WP and new cadets cannot have them during Beast. Once Reorgy Week started and they had landline phones in their rooms, I was just as happy as she that she had all of those cards.

    For the party, we had a pretty big one because of all the different groups. The field hockey team, chess team, a very few beloved faculty members, lots of friends and family. Everyone wrote notes in a journal and they also filled out envelopes so that she could write to them. (I was optimistic that there would be time to write. That never happened.) We also ordered West Point balloons from Vasily's which is across the street from the Visitors' Center in Highland Falls. The website is http://www.vasily.com/ and we ordered West Point Grandparent tee shirts for all of the grandparents to wear that day. We were lucky to have a nice day so the party was outside, but in the house we had the tv playing "Surviving West Point". That certainly shocked a lot of people.

    We also bought her a digital camera. Also, find out if they can use UnderArmor (or equivalent) because that would be great for sports.
  • megbee1119megbee1119 Posts: 97Registered User Junior Member
    what is so great about underarmor for sports? i've never used it before, but my mom has suggested it a few times.
  • cadetmomcadetmom Posts: 123Registered User Junior Member
    * For a graduation party buy postcards from home, pre-address and stamp them. Give one to each guest and have them write encouraging words for your plebe/cadet (have them put them in a basket). Mail one out each day to them during the summer.
    * Small photo album filled with photos of family, friends, and pets.
    * Digital camera & memory cards
    * Disposable cameras for use during the summer
    * Gift cards
    * Mid-Store, Academy bookstore gift certificates
    * Phone cards (Sam's has a great deal)
    * Preaddressed/stamped notecards
    * Ipod (they will get to eventually use these)
    * Custom address labels

    PS: Sam's Club has a great deal on custom sheet cakes. You can take the Academy seal design and they will put it on the cake. They are really reasonable (~$30)
  • usna09momusna09mom Posts: 1,563Registered User Senior Member
    I'm buying our 6th iPod for Herndon. We all know that technology changes at warp speed, so I would wait on the iPod because plebes won't be able to use them during Plebe Summer or Plebe Year unless the iPod/mp3player is kept at the sponsor family's home (if they are lucky enough to even get a sponsor family). Additionally, Apple and other computer makers offer hot deals in August/September for back-to-school college students on the Apple Education website. If you are determined to get your plebe an iPod, at least wait until late summer. On the other hand, a digital camera is a excellent gift for a plebe at the end of Plebe Summer. Save the iPod for Herndon!

    listen to cadetmom--she offered some excellent suggestions!
  • navy2010navy2010 Posts: 3,607Registered User Senior Member
    megbee- both my kids swear by underarmour (one rows, one plays lax)- they even use the winter weight underarmour for skiing- very warm (summer weight keeps you cool) - both wick water away from your skin to keep you dry- and the stuff wears like iron- can be a bit expensive, but well worth the cost
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