How to Plan a Graduation Party

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Graduates love to have a place to mingle and celebrate the big event - not to mention all those years that have gone by. Add some food and beverages and you'll have the perfect party.

Things You'll Need

  • Invitations
  • Menus
  • Postage Stamps
  • Calendars
  • Choose a date and time for the party. Remember that there are many festivities and family commitments scheduled at this time of year, so choose a date and time that allow graduates to be flexible.

  • Set an approximate budget. This decision will help drive the others you need to make.

  • Consider the type of party you want. Again, keeping in mind that a lot may be going on, perhaps an open house or drop-in type party might be best.

  • Decide on a menu. Keep the age of the partygoers in mind when choosing food and drink: Pizza and soda may be great for high school graduates, but college graduates may expect something more sophisticated.

  • Make a guest list. You can limit the guests to close friends and family, or you can aim for a broader cross-section of friends or classmates.

  • Plan decorations if you want them. Consider school colors, graduation year or school sports teams as a theme.

  • Buy or make invitations, and send them out with enough advance warning. Remember to include the date and time of the party, a general idea of the dress ("dressy," "casual") and indicate whether there will be a meal served, or if it's just hors d'oeuvres and drinks.

  • Order a cake. No graduation party is complete without a "Congratulations Graduates!" cake to share.

Tips & Warnings

  • Don't be offended if not everyone accepts your invitation. Family celebrations often take precedence over other parties after graduation.
  • If you are celebrating high school graduation, consider waiting a bit until all the graduation festivities are over. Since most graduates will remain in town until they depart for college, have a barbecue or other party later in the summer.

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