Six Ways to Celebrate Your 2020 High School Graduate

Everyone will remember 2020 as the year we were all quarantined. The high school graduating class of 2020, will remember it as the year they lost out on the last year of their high school career. As an adult, you likely look back fondly on the formative moments from your senior year, such as your last day of class, your prom, your graduation ceremony, and your graduation party. With the need to social distance and stay safer at home, seniors have been trading in final classes for homeschooling and experiencing once-in-a-lifetime rites of passage in virtual settings.

We think your high school senior deserves to be celebrated, even if you can’t gather with friends, family, and peers in person. Here are six ways to celebrate your 2020 high school graduate during the COVID-19 crisis.

Decorate Your Door

Families in communities like Fresno, California, are showcasing all the reasons they are proud of their graduate for friends and neighbors to see—from a safe distance. They are decorating their front doors and porches with letter jackets, instruments, awards, and signage. The decorations are a small, but powerful way to recognize all that this year’s seniors have accomplished throughout their high school careers, even if they are unable to celebrate in end-of-year award ceremonies and other pivotal events.

Host a Virtual Graduation Party

It doesn’t replace bringing together family and friends for an in-person celebration; however, it will still give your graduate a chance to be recognized for their accomplishments. A virtual event will also allow your graduate to hear words of advice and guidance from mentors and influencers who want to share well wishes.

Graduation Announcements

Create physical graduation announcements and mail them to friends and family. A custom announcement is not only a way to honor your senior, but it will become a tangible memento from a year in which so much of their final high school moments were experienced virtually.

Video Tribute

Lean into sharing and experiencing life’s most impactful moments virtually by creating a video tribute to your son or daughter. Share it on social media and email it to friends and family. Collect your favorite photos of your child from the past 18 years, set them to music, and then let the tears fall.

Celebrate with Your Immediate Family

At the time of this writing, the social distancing recommendations in most states still allow for small private gatherings of up to ten people. Invite your closest friends and family over for an intimate, but hugely celebratory graduation party. To minimize the chance of anyone getting sick, have candid conversations with your guests, and encourage them only to attend if they have stringently reduced interactions with others outside of their home over the past few months.

Plan a Year One High School Reunion

Commit now to throwing a reunion party for your child and their peers next summer. Bring the group back together and throw them the party they deserve.

Hearts across America are going out to seniors in the class of 2020 who are doing more than their part to help minimize the spread of COVID-19 and keep us safe. If we can help you honor your graduate with custom t-shirts like the ones below, visit our sister company, Periwinkle Designs.

Seven Ways to Throw a Virtual Birthday Party

Millions of people will be spending their birthday following the COVID-19 shelter-in-place order. While we all must do our part to flatten the curve and help minimize the devastating loss of life from this deadly disease, Spring birthdays in 2020 simply won’t be the same. If you want to help a loved one celebrate their birthday from the safety of their home, but still feel the warmth and love of friends and family members, follow our tips below to throw a virtual birthday party.

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How to Reschedule Your Wedding due to COVID-19 and Social Distancing

COVID-19 (coronavirus) has impacted 2020 and its events monumentally. Pro sports leagues have canceled their seasons indefinitely, NCAA Winter and Spring athletes saw their seasons abruptly end with no March Madness or conference championships, and the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo will be postponed until 2021. While these events have a significant national and global impact, perhaps the most personally significant events to be derailed by COVID-19 and recommended social distancing restrictions are mitzvahs, graduation ceremonies, quinceañeras, birthdays, and of course, weddings.

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10 Absolute Must-Haves on Your Wedding Registry

Whether you will be moving in with your true love after your wedding, or you’ve been living together for years, every couple needs a wedding registry. Couples have been procuring registries since Marshall Field’s (you know it today as Macy’s) created the first widely used wedding registry in 1924. Over the decades, while customs for engaged couples and their living arrangements have evolved, there are still critical must-haves that every two-some should add to their registry. Make sure you include the items below when planning what you’ll need for your new life together. 

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The Six Best Tools Available to Build Your Wedding Website

Your wedding is going to be an event. No—it’s going to be the event of the year. That means that you have lots of vital deets to share with your guests, including the location of the rehearsal dinner, the time of the ceremony, transportation to the reception, the must-attend sparkler send-off, and the morning-after brunch. Not only do these pieces of information need to be communicated in your wedding invitation suite, but they also need to be available online for the forgetful few who will leave their invite in their hotel room. Hosting a wedding website also allows you to provide links to your block of reserved hotel rooms, your wedding registry (hello Cuisinart ten-piece cooking set!), and the story of how you and your fiancé fell in love.

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Six Must-Haves in Your Purse on Your Wedding Day

Your wedding day will bring together all of your favorite, most-loved people. Being surrounded by everyone you love is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, which means you must be prepared with everything you love as well. There are six must-haves that you cannot leave home without if you want your wedding day to be perfect. No matter what gorgeous clutch you select to match your dream gown, make sure you pack these six essential items inside:

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The Maid of Honor Dilemma: What to Do if You Don’t Know Whom to Choose

Maid of Honor Dilemma

If you think the 2020 Presidential election is political, ask a bride what it’s like to have to choose a maid of honor out of her three sisters, two besties, and five cousins. If you are lucky enough to have many special women (and men, because hey, it’s a new decade) in your life that you’d love to have by your side while you say your I dos, choosing just one maid of honor can seem inconceivable. Fortunately, we’re here to tell you that in the era of anything goes weddings, modern brides have a variety of options for how they can structure their bridal party so that no one’s feelings are hurt, and you’re surrounded by all the most special people in your life on your wedding day.

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How to Take the Perfect Engagement Ring Selfie

Thanks to social media, spreading the news that your SO finally popped the question is as easy as hitting the share button—however, it requires the perfect photo of the rock. How can one best show off the glimmer and glam of their engagement ring, and express in imagery the elation of knowing they are going to marry their one true love? Read our engagement ring selfie tips for our expert advice.

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Wedding Etiquette: How to Extend Invitations to Your B-List

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The guest list. It’s one of the most daunting and stressful wedding planning requirements. If your budget was unlimited (but let’s be honest, that possibility affects a tiny percentage of couples), you’d invite everyone you’ve ever known to attend your big event. In reality, you’ll need to find the sweet spot between what your budget can accommodate, and what your reception venue requires as its minimum number of guests.

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How to Pull Off a Classic Holiday Wedding

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Couldn’t you hear the dulcet tones of Michael Buble’ as you read those last words? The holiday season means snow-dusted pinecones, hot toddies by the fire, family gathered around the menorah and the kind of grateful togetherness that only happens once a year. The only thing better than the holiday season is getting married during the holiday season. If you’ve decided to get married in December, then you’ve just … Raised. The. Bar. To go all-in on a classic holiday wedding, and do it in a way that would make Rosemary Clooney proud, then follow this advice:

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