2011 Graduation Planning Guide

May 9, 2011 2:31 PM

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After countless hours of attending classes, studying, and projects, many students are graduating from high school and college. It is time to celebrate all the hard work they have done to complete their education. Whether you are the one graduating or you know someone who is graduating, celebrate the right way. — Lori Herbold

Celebrate Dining Out

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Maggiano’s Little Italy

189 The Grove Drive Z80
Los Angeles, CA 90036-3154
(323) 965-9665

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Maggiano’s Little Italy provides affordable and authentic Italian food with family sized portions. Their menu includes the chef’s favorite chicken parmesan, as well as, crab and shrimp cannelloni. In addition to the main dining room, private dining areas are available.

FiRE + iCE Grill + Bar

321 W. Katella Ave. #315
Anaheim, CA 92802
(714) 808-9757
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FiRE + iCE has an wide selection of fresh meats, seafood, vegetables, pasta, and sauces the pro-grillers cook into a masterpiece right in front of your eyes. On the weekends, their outdoor patio lights up a fire pit and music. It is at the Anaheim GardenWalk, which is right across the way from the Anaheim Convention Center and Disneyland® Park.

Citrus City Grille Restaurant and Lounge

2765 Lakeshore Drive
Corona, CA 92883
(951) 277-2888
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Citrus City Grille is known for its American Cuisine with a hint of Mediterranean flavors. They have house specialties like Chilean sea bass and long island duck breast. The dining atmosphere is considered classic and trendy with casual lounging inside and outside. It is located at the Dos Lagos shopping center.

Commemorate With Friends

Laurel Tavern

11938 Ventura Boulevard
Studio City, CA 91604
(818) 506-0777
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After your cap has been tossed in the air and the ceremony is over, you deserve to unwind with your fellow graduates and friends. Laurel Tavern has salads, burgers, and several different appetizers. They are known for their five and six dollar beers and assortment of wines.

Cantina Lounge Mexican Grill

2736 E. Nutwood Ave.
Fullerton, CA 92831
(714) 879-8094
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The Cantina Lounge Mexican Grill mixes sports, entertainment, and modern Mexican Cuisine to provide a unique experience. They have over 50-inch plasma screens throughout the restaurant and two patios with communal fire pits. A DJ comes in at 10 p.m. to change the atmosphere to a nightclub.

Hip Kitty Jazz & Fondue

502 W. First St.
Claremont, CA 91711
(909) 447-6700
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Hip Kitty Jazz & Fondue is an intimate jazz supper club. Their menu features cheese, chocolate, meat, and seafood fondues. They have a large outdoor patio with private cabanas. Live music is preformed six nights of the week, with performances starting at 8 p.m.

Party Planning

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Albertsons

7676 Firestone Blvd.
Downey, CA 90241
(562) 869-9670
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Albertsons has a service deli where you can order party trays, sandwich platters, and side salads for your graduation party. Their bakery offers a variety of cakes and cookies. They also have a floral department for any last minute bouquets.

Party City

3357 South Bristol
Santa Ana, CA 92704
(714) 708-2900
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Party City can be your one stop shop for graduation party supplies. An assortment of themed tableware, invitations, decorations, and graduation balloons can be purchased. You can customize banners, invitations, and thank you notes.

Class´e Party Rentals

10369 Regis Court
Ranco Cucamonga, CA 91730
(909) 944-5756
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If you’re planning a larger or more formal party, Class´e Party Rentals can provide you with what you might need. Some of their rental products include: tables, canopies, chairs, and barbeques. They can build a mini dance floor, and delivery is available.

Party Favors

Custom Printed M&M’s

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Are you looking for something to hand out to your party guests? It is always fun to be festive. You can order custom M&M’s with school colors, personal messages or images, and special packaging.

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Gift Ideas

If you are the one attending a graduation party, sometimes finding the perfect gift is difficult. Cash is the best present you can possibly give. Many graduates plan trips, which can be expensive. Technology, such as the iPad 2, a laptop computer, or camera is always appreciated. Lastly, helping the graduate with their future can be a tremendous help. For example, moving out can be costly, help buy furniture or appliances.

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