After 13 long years of homework, hours of studying, term papers, and tests all of the work becomes worth it as you walk across that stage. Your name is called and you are handed a piece of paper to recognize that YOU DID IT!
Your graduate deserves to be celebrated, but how do you throw the perfect graduation party? Here are some tips to get you through party planning.
Picking a date
When is the graduation ceremony? Will there be out of town family and friends attending? If so, it may be a good idea to have your party the same weekend so out of town guests can all attend both events. Graduation weekend is a popular time to hold parties, so the date might not work for each one of your guests. Consider your families schedule and if other important guests have plans for that time.
Who to invite
Your guest list will depend of the size of party you would like to have. This will help you when choosing a venue and the budget. Typically, a guest list consists of family, friends of the family, and friends of the graduate.
Where to hold the party
High school graduation parties are usually informal, while college graduations tend to be more formal. This is because of the age of the graduate and their interests. For a high school graduation, you may want it to be more fun and social, while a college graduation could have a sit-down meal with a presentation of their capstone project or speeches. Keeping this in mind can help you decide if a party at home, or a venue you can rent out is more appropriate.
Once you have picks the date, location, and guest list, it is time to send out invitations! It is always a nice touch to send formal graduation announcements and party invitations to family members and friends. If you are having a larger party, sending paper invitation to each guest can be a very expensive undertaking. To save money, utilizing social media can be an immense help. You can create an event on Facebook and invite all the graduate’s friends and family friends, while sending formal paper invitation to family.
Feeding the masses
Food is a big part of any event. For a more informal party a buffet or stations meal would work better, because guests can come and go and serve themselves throughout that party. On the other hand, for a more formal party, a seated three course meal would be more suitable. This keeps everyone in their seat and creates a more intimate feeling event. Check out our graduation menus here!
Setting up the party
Most people do not have tables and chairs for 100 people. When planning a graduation party, it may be necessary to rent items like tents, tables, chairs, and decorations. Most rental companies are a one stop shop where you can get everything you need for your party. When it comes to decorations, it can be fun showcasing the graduate from birth until now and memorabilia from the school career to personalize the event.