School-Colors Party Punch Recipe for Kids' Events and Graduation

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Total Time 15 min
Prep 15 min, Cook 0 min
Yield 1 gallon School-Colors Punch

This School-Colors Party Punch recipe is very simple to prepare and can be made in different colors for school events, sports team events and special occasions like graduation.

If you're planning a special event, be sure to check out our graduation party planner and our themed graduation party recipes list.


  • 2 quarts of Kool-Aid or Hawaiian Punch (premixed with water if from a mix) in school or team color
  • 1 can frozen lemonade or limeade; undiluted
  • 1 (2-liter) bottle ginger ale


  1. You will need, at the very least, a 1-gallon-size punch bowl or larger to accommodate all the ingredients and ice.
  2. To the punch bowl, add the 2 quarts Kool-Aid or Hawaiian Punch (premixed with water if from a mix) and the frozen, undiluted lemonade or limeade.
  3. Just before serving, slowly pour in the ginger ale. Do not stir. Add ice as necessary.

How to Plan Kids' Parties on a Budget

Parents feel a lot of pressure these days to outdo one another when it comes to kids' parties.

But that's not practical and, sometimes, not financially possible. So the simpler the better.

Simpler does not read chintzy. Instead of hiring a party planner and caterer, get the kids involved, get creative and do it yourself. Here are some kids' party-planning tips to keep in mind:

  • Host the party at home or in a public park rather than at an event facility.
  • Keep the number of guests to a minimum.
  • Buy food in bulk and cut fruits and vegetables yourself rather than buying pre-cut trays from the grocery store.
  • Send e-mail invitations or make your own paper invitations and party decorations using craft supplies you already own. 

Keeping the Food Cost Down

Some kids are voracious eaters, especially teens, but if your budget only allows for cake and ice cream, make sure the invitation mentions that it's a "dessert party" so parents and guests won't be expecting a full-blown meal. 

Soda pop and juices can be costly beverages.

Buy 2-liter bottles of soda, if you choose to serve it, and dispense it in resusable plastic cups with the guest's name written on it with a marker that won't smear off. Make water one of the beverages of choice and write the guests' name on the plastic bottle. 

If you do serve a meal, choose something frugal such as a casserole or chili, or hot dogs on the grill.

No need to go into debt to throw a special and satisfying kid's party, regardless of the child's age.

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