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Amy Forster’s daughter, Kate, is a fan of Fruity Pebbles-flavored.
Amy Arndt’s son, Jordan, is opting for a peanut butter-chocolate combination.
But both graduating seniors were clear on one thing: Their graduation celebration would include doughnuts.
“All the kids love Flyboy Donuts,” said Arndt, whose son graduates from O’Gorman High School this spring.
“Even the track kids will go out for a run and then go to Flyboy, so it’s a tradition and a hangout place.”
So when it came time to plan a graduation party, dessert was an easy decision.
“I told him I would make cupcakes or cookies, and that wasn’t cool enough,” she said. “They all like doughnuts, so he wanted doughnuts.”
Forster had a similar conversation with her daughter, who is graduating from Brandon Valley High School.
“Kate is a fan of doughnuts first, and there aren’t any better doughnuts in Sioux Falls than Flyboy,” she said. “Kate’s party is in the morning, so we are doing donuts in lieu of cake. We had no idea doughnuts were such a trendy choice for weddings and parties.”
Graduation orders are a growing part of Flyboy Donuts’ business, owner Ben Duenwald said.
“This year, we’ve seen a really big increase in large orders, 300 doughnuts or more,” he said. “I think lots of people want to have something at their graduation reception that makes them unique. Flyboy Donuts make a great conversation piece, and hardly anyone can resist smiling when they see a big display of doughnuts.”
Inspired by Pinterest and other social media sharing, students and parents have lots of ideas.
Ardnt’s party will include a doughnut tower with J-shape doughnuts for Jordan at the base.
Other students have requested school-colored sprinkles and 2017 number-shaped displays.
“Some are setting up doughnut towers, and we have two five-tier displays people can borrow at no charge, while others are setting up doughnut hole decorating stations,” Duenwald said. “Our doughnuts are as diverse as the customers that buy them.”
Flyboy can be a last-minute addition to a graduation party, requiring as little as 24 hours’ notice, although “we do appreciate big orders in advance for planning,” he said. Doughnuts are best served fresh that day. Flyboy also offers fresh-brewed artisan coffee in 5-gallon dispensers to serve at events, which stay hot all day, plus grab-and-go milk.
To order, visit flyboydonuts.com, call 605-695-2593 or stop by the store at The Bridges at 57th, on the southwest corner of 57th Street and Western Avenue.
Flyboy Donuts is seeing a big increase in doughnut orders for graduation celebrations — and it’s easy to see why.