Graduation is a milestone worth celebrating! The best way to celebrate is to throw an epic party. The planning stage, however, can be an intimidating process, especially if you do not have any experience in hosting such an event. From formal college graduation announcements to planning the menu, there are different things to consider.
Find a Venue
Start your planning by picking a venue that is accessible for your guests. Consider how many people are attending to find a venue that can fit everyone. The venue also needs to have ample parking space. Reserve the venue in advance. Graduation season can be a busy time, so secure your slot as soon as possible. If you want to save money, the best venue is at home, especially if you have a yard that can accommodate the guests.
Send Out Invites
After finalizing the date and the venue of the event, you can now start sending invites. In this digital age, this is often done by creating an event page on Facebook or sending emails. If you want to be more traditional, consider sending a graduation announcement with details about the party. Check out Shutterfly.com for some ideas.
Find a Theme
This is also one of the first things you need to plan as it will determine the food and décor, among other things. It is a good starting point for planning everything else. Tropical or Hawaiian is one of the best themes, perfect for the summer. The school color can also be a good theme if you want the party to be simpler. Choose a theme that is laid-back and casual.
Plan the Food
No grad party is complete without mouthwatering food. The best foods to serve for grad party are those that are good to be shared. It is best to have a table with all the foods and guests can pick freely what they want. No need to have a sit-down dinner. Pizza, pasta, sliders, and cake slices are some of the best foods to have on the buffet table. Make sure that there is food for all ages depending on who you plan to invite. Do not stress out on the food. It is best to look for a reputable catering service to handle it rather than cook it on your own. You can even host a potluck with your friends who are also graduating and make it one big graduation party.
Plan the Entertainment
No one wants to be at a boring party! Make sure to plan how you will keep your guests entertained throughout the party. Start by having a playlist to set the mood of the party. Plan party games that can be played by guests of all ages. To encourage your guests to participate in the game, give out prizes.
Make your graduation party one for the books! Take note of our suggestions above to give your guests a good time as they celebrate with you a special occasion.
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