Graduation: The Party (plus a recipe)


(from Google)

A social gathering of invited guests, typically involving eating, drinking, and entertainment.
Enjoy oneself at a party or other lively gathering, typically with drinking and music.

In honor of my sister’s graduation on Saturday morning, family and friends gathered for a party  Saturday evening.

There were dancing girls.

Dancing Girls

…and live music. My brother Beau is the drummer with the band The Soul Section – we had a subsection of The Soul Section play at the party. However, I failed to get him in the picture.  Oops.

The Soul Section

Not just the live band outdoors but a special piano solo just for Kathleen: Pomp and Circumstance played inside.


There was flirting.  Yup, this little cutie stole everyone’s hearts.  Including the drummer’s from the band.

Beau and Raima

The food was delicious –  with guacamole and tortilla chips, salads, trays of veggies and fruit, meatballs, cold cuts and rolls.

Little Fruit Eater

And not one but two cakes made from scratch.

This Oatmeal Cake is a Faw Family favorite.  It is a moist sheet cake with a delicious, buttery, coconut and walnut topping.  My mom made it and her recipe is at the end of the post.

Oatmeal Cake

The second cake was made by Ariel, Kathleen’s little sister.  The outside: chocolate ganache. It is so yummy.

Checkerboard Cake

Inside: dense vanilla and chocolate cake in a checkerboard pattern.

Inside Checkerboard Cake

In the photo below if you look carefully, you’ll see a dog hoping for a bite to get dropped in her direction.

Piece o' cake

We even had a cop show up because of a complaint about loud music, which some say is the sign of a successful party.  But the band had packed up by 8:15 PM so he couldn’t even tell them to turn the music down.

The MOST important ingredients at the party were the people, the laughter and the love.

Kathleen’s first little sister, Tricia, was there with her husband, Jason, and their four beautiful kids: Lora, Silas, Jace and Raima.

Tricia and JaceJason and JaceSilasJaceRaima

Lora is Tricia’s oldest and she’s dancing here with Ariel, Kathleen’s current little sister.

Ariel & Lora

My nephew Sam, sat in on the drums for two songs and played a solo.

Sam on drums

My niece, Leah, voguing with the girls.

Leah Voguing

Lots of kids, lots of dogs, lots of fun.  Folding laundry and grading papers were put aside for awhile and we celebrated together.

it was a wonderful evening!

Party Crowd

Congratulations again, to Kathleen.

Oatmeal Cake


1 ¼ cup boiling water

1 cup quick oats

¼ lb. margarine (mom’s recipe – I would use butter)

1 cup brown sugar

 1 cup granulated sugar

2 eggs

1 1/3 cup flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon cinnamon

½ teaspoon salt

Topping Ingredients:

6 tablespoons melted margarine (or butter)

½ cup granulated sugar

½ cup canned evaporated milk

1 cup chopped walnuts

1 cup shredded coconut

1 teaspoon vanilla


Preheat oven to 350°.

In a bowl combine boiling water, oats and margarine or butter.

Stir in both brown and white sugar and the eggs.

Sift flour together with baking soda, cinnamon and salt and add to first mixture.

Pour into lightly greased and floured 11×13 inch pan for 40 minutes.

Combine topping ingredients and spread on baked cake.  Place under broiler until browned.

Thanks for the visit.


Filed under Cooking, Life

5 responses to “Graduation: The Party (plus a recipe)

  1. looked like a lot of fun…I know your sister was pleased…loved the kids photos…and those delicious cakes… I remember the oatmeal cake…haven’t made it in such a long time…will now, because I have the recipe

  2. Kathleen Faw

    Funny, not a photo of me in here. I don’t mind though, I doubt I would have liked them. I imagine you decided I would probably rather not have them published!

    • I think if you’ve saw all the photos that I took, you would agree with my editing decisions. Not just you, but others that I didn’t manage to get good pictures that represent how they look.

  3. Congratulations to your sister! & wow! you guys seemed to have had a great time! 🙂 + the cake looks delicious! 🙂

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