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Celebrate Your Graduate at The Crossroads


With more and more people graduating every year in California, this season is a busy time for party planning. Most venues will soon be booked, so make plans now to celebrate the graduate in your life before it is too late.

Below, we outline some of the most popular ways to commemorate recent graduations. You can find a list of options for large dinners, small celebratory get-togethers, and even the perfect gift for your young graduate.

Private Graduation Party

Many restaurants at The Crossroads have private dining areas or can cater to a rented location. By reserving these, you can ensure you give the gift of a wonderful time with friends and family.

Your grad can invite a large number of their peers for an exclusive meal. This allows them to celebrate with close friends and people they were “in the trenches” with while in school.

By hiring out an area for a private party, you can also have a lot more control over the menu. You might even be able to work with specific restaurants to create a customized menu and a pre-determined price point.

Make sure to talk to the restaurant about any special offers they have for graduation parties.


Catering Options

At The Crossroads, there are many catering options for a private event.

One of the most popular of these is The Crossroads BBQ. They can provide extensive platters of freshly-cooked meats and other BBQ foods for any sort of party you might want to throw. Their deliciously-smoked food delights the taste buds and works well for a casual event. You can even ask for a staffed buffet.

While they might not deliver, you can always pick up seafood from Sea Harvest Fish Market & Restaurant.

Sea Harvest offers options like:

  • Shrimp Cocktail and Fried Calamari
  • Oysters on the half shell
  • Clams, Crab, and Prawns
  • Salmon, Red Snapper, Sea Bass, Halibut, Trout, Tuna, and Swordfish

Last of all, something sweet is always important to have at a party. This is where Sweet Reba’s stands head and shoulders above the competition.

Whether you want single serve dessert treats for people to nibble on, or a celebratory cake, you can find something perfect for the occasion. The sweet treats at this bakery are beyond anything you will find elsewhere and will make your event extra special.

The Perfect Gift

While a big celebration is important, giving a meaningful gift to your grad can help seal the memory in the form of a keepsake.

A piece of jewelry is a great way to memorialize the achievement. European Jewelers has custom pieces that can commemorate moving on to a new stage in someone’s life. We love a nice piece of fine jewelry that the graduate can cherish and wear forever.

Another gift option is a beautiful pen. It represents their progress from school into the next stage of life. This is even more noteworthy if their next step is linked to writing. You can pick up such a gift at Spencer’s Stationery. If you aren’t sure what to get the recent grad in your life, you can’t go wrong with a thoughtful card from Spencer’s with money included for your grad.

Private Celebratory Dinner

Instead of a large party, you might want to sit down for a much more intimate celebration with your graduate. Don’t miss this opportunity to talk about their future plans and toast to their future.

A great place to host a private celebratory dinner is the Rio Grill, where you can reserve a table for up to 10 online (call to reserve a larger space). They have a wide range of food that will melt in your mouth with a plethora of flavors.

Another option for dinner is SteakCraft. This evening steakhouse has some of the finest cuts of beef available in the area and a well-stocked wine list.

No matter which you choose, make sure you make your reservations today. That way you can have the assurance that you will get that special dinner after your graduation ceremony.

The Perfect Graduation Celebration in Carmel

When choosing the perfect graduation celebration in Carmel, make sure to ask your grad what they want. After all, this joyous occasion is about them! Whether you want to take your graduate out for a meal, get them a gift certificate for a well-deserved spa day, or give them a little something to show them how proud you are, we have everything you might need. Check out our map for an overview of all the shops and dining options at The Crossroads.

graduation celebration in carmel