Graduation is a special time not only for graduates themselves, but for their families and friends as everyone comes together to honor a milestone well worth celebrating. After the ceremony, many families choose to throw a graduation party. The guest list typically includes the friends and family who have supported the graduate throughout their educational journey. It’s a festive and memorable event. In a few short months, graduates will be throwing their hats and want to throw a graduation party. As you help your grad plan their celebration, here are a few tips:
- Keep It Simple. The day of your event, you don’t want to remember running around like a chicken with your head cut off pulling together last-minute details. No, you’d much rather remember watching your grad enjoy their party and mingling with close friends and loved ones. Allow yourself to do this by keeping the graduation party simple. Extravagance and complication doesn’t mean the party is automatically meaningful. What will make the party special are small details that can be easily executed.
- Start with the basics. It’s easy to spend a lot of money on a party, but you don’t have to. You can set a reasonable budget and still have an amazing party people will keep talking about! When it comes to dividing your budget, remember that food and drink will account for 60% of your total budget. 25% will go towards plates, cups, and serve ware, and the remaining 15% will be delegated to décor.
- Reflect the grad in your choices. Throwing an unforgettable graduation party isn’t about going all-out. Remember your grad in the smaller details. Let their favorite foods guide your menu. If they love pizza, how fun to have pizza and a soda bar followed by a build-your-own-sundae station! As for décor, it’s easy to incorporate their school colors in your choices.
- Delegate as much as possible. It’s great for you to be hands-on in the planning, but once the day of the graduation party arrives, you want to switch gears and be as hands-off as possible. Delegating tasks to other family members or hiring professionals allows you to enjoy the moment with your graduate. Hiring professional caterers is one of the best things you can do for yourself. Food inevitably becomes one of the most time-consuming and overwhelming aspects of hosting a graduation party. Leave the stress and coordination to professionals so you don’t have to worry about it.
- Remember Why You’re Doing It. In everything you plan and do for your graduate’s celebration, stay focused on your real reasons for having a party. The end goal is to love your graduate, celebrate their accomplishment, and provide space for friends and family to gather. At the end of the day, if that goal is accomplished, you’ve had a successful graduation party!
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