I'm asking now because this is a BIG project I've taken on. I am making sure I start this thing early so I have lots of time.
I am organizing a huge graduation party for all the kids who are already in DEP (and their families) or are considering going into the military in the near future. I'm working with the VFW, the VVA, the Red Shirts and the Emblem Club.
I will also be inviting the recruiters and will ask our local Coast Guard station to provide Colors.
So, what is the best way to throw this party that will make the veterans happy (who are sponsoring/paying for this shindig), make the kids *want* to be there, and make the parents want to let their kids attend?
Should it be a daytime fun party, with silly bounce-room rentals, balloons, games and lots of music?
Should it be an evening reception and formal dance with speakers with some kind of award ceremony from the veterans to the new grads/recruits(challenge coins? some other symbol?)?
And should we hold it the week before, the day before or the afternoon or evening of graduation?
I need ideas, and lots of them!