Well, my baby sister is all graduated, and we finally got through the adventure Midwesterners insist on having called a "grad party." for those of you who don't live in the middle of North America, a grad party is an open house to which any and all people who have been involved in the life of the high school graduate are invited to come. They bring cards and/or gifts. They are fed, usually buffet style, either in the whole house or in a very cleaned up garage. There are displays of the grad's accomplishments. Nowadays there is often a slideshow playing on a laptop. There are balloons and streamers and sometimes cake. Sloppy Joes, Taco Salads, Hot Dogs... these are all favorite staples.
Of course the lawn, house, outbuildings, gardens, driveway, etc, must all be perfect. It takes a good month of the whole family and usually extended relations and or friends helping out to pull it together. Different families choose different scales of intensity, but sometimes it can feel very much like throwing a wedding. Blogs rather have to get neglected.
On the upside, my head wound is no longer in danger of randomly bleeding and I can even do creative stuff with my hair to hide it... I do enjoy referring to the Grand Canyon on my head though. ;)