The Ultimate Guide To Celebrating Exam Results Day With Your Kids

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You remember it well. The ripping of the results envelope and sharp intake of breath as you tried to work out whether you'd got the grades you were hoping for. Fast forward a decade or so (ahem) and it's your kids' turn to pick up exam results – and this time round, you're even more nervous!

Show them how proud you are of their hard work by throwing a surprise exam-results-day celebration. Of all the party ideas out there, we've picked five of the most awesome for creating memories they’ll cherish – right up until they’re driving their own kids to school.
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1. Create an Exam-Themed Brunch

Chances are most of the family had a sleepless night as nervous kids got up at the crack of dawn to head into school or discover their results online. Once they’re finally at ease, it’s time for brunch.

Let’s be honest, for a hungry teen nothing says we’re proud of you more than a stack of pancakes with lashings of maple syrup. Make life easier for yourself with a dedicated pancake maker and a powerful blender to whip up some smoothies. A waffle maker is an essential, too.  

For serious brownie points, go all out with the exam results theme. Start by lighting a personalised congratulations candle, cook special fried eggs using these star-shaped moulds and serve tea in an exam results mug. Bonus points for whipping up a breakfast so pretty it’ll make it onto your teenager's Instagram.
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2. Throw an A-Grade Barbecue

Celebrate all those A-stars (hopefully) by rolling out the picnic blanket and dusting off the barbecue. Go that extra mile by using a personalised meat-branding iron and spell out their name/grades/congratulations message on every burger. 

Grandparents and other extended family over? Have fun by going a bit overboard with congratulations banners, traditional party hats and party poppers. Perhaps whip out a few party games, too – teenagers might pretend to be embarrassed but secretly they’ll love it.
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3. Graduate To Baking

If emotions were running high earlier in the day, a relaxing afternoon of baking is just the thing for a bit of family time before they head off to see their friends.

Take your baking to the next level with a cake pop maker that lets you go wild with the toppings and sprinkles. Get artistic with your display using a cake pop stand for a tasty table centrepiece. 

For that extra touch, decorate with exam-themed cake toppers including scrolls, graduation hats and congratulations messages.
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4. Prep a Pamper Session

The party outfit was purchased and laid out weeks ago, so treat them to a bumper pamper session before they head out to celebrate. Some teenagers might be happy with a luxurious bubble bath and nap, but others will really appreciate you thinking ahead, inviting friends round and going the whole hog with face masks and fake tan, and maybe manicures or nail painting and blow drys. 

Invest in some high-quality speakers such as the Sonos Play:5 to keep the music (and the party) going as you move from room to room, and decorate with congratulatory helium balloons.
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5. Host a Top-Class Movie Night

If your offspring are too young for nightlife, bring the party home instead. Movie nights are universally enjoyed, and you can invite their friends over to make pizza and popcorn. You can even go mad and invest in a popcorn machine

Get in the running for the ‘best parents of the year’ accolade by transforming your living room into a temporary den with fairy lights and piles of cushions and sofa throws in front of the TV. 

Afterwards, if you have the space, build a mini bonfire in your garden and give everyone retro marshmallows to toast. 
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