It is coming to the end of a long and exciting journey and it is time for the graduation party. Lucky you, you are the one that has to put it together. The idea of the party is to celebrate so have fun planning it and put some fun ideas together. Gather a few friends around and brainstorm or simply browse online for literally thousands of great ideas.
Before making any decisions, create your guest list so you have an idea of how many people to cater for.
To help you along with your planning, here are 4 cool ideas to make your graduation party special:
The first thing you have to decide on is the venue. There are a number of choices to consider. You need to take into account the convenience of the location for you soon to be former classmates, cost, suitability and, most importantly, fun.
You could have it at someone’s house, if one is available and suitable but you could also look at a school, community hall, public pool, a park, the beach or even a street party.
If weather is a concern, consider an indoor venue such as a local restaurant, hotel or private club.
Make sure the venue will accommodate the number of people you have in mind and will fit within your budget.
Now you have the venue sorted out, do not leave the invites too late. Get them out quickly. The next thing a great party needs is…
Again, there are a number of choices and millions of creative ideas. A lot will depend on your choice of venue and how formal or informal you want to make it.
A few simple ideas that almost everyone will love are pizza, nachos, chicken skewers, bruschetta, devilled eggs, meatballs, French fries and mini sandwiches.
Definitely respect people’s tastes and make sure you cater to any specific dietary requirements and have sufficient food for everyone. If you have a theme, which we talk about next, get the food to fit into the theme. If you have the budget, hire a professional caterer as this will take a lot of stress off you.
It is always great to have a theme but choosing the right one can be tricky. Get it right and it is guaranteed to make it a memorable, fun party.
Here are a few ideas you could throw around: A sports theme, college major theme, travel, a luau theme, high school, kids party, or a music theme. Whatever you decide on, encourage people to dress up and let their imaginations run wild. You will not have to spend too much on décor as people’s costumes will create most of the theme for you. A few simple creative ideas will go a long way. Chat amongst your friends and come up with quirky, fun décor ideas relevant to the theme you choose. Try to adapt the food and music, within reason, to the theme.
It is great to be able to give and receive graduation gifts but don’t allow this to become a huge expense. Creative, personalised gifts will make treasured memories for your classmates. A few things to look at are photo books, customised mugs or glasses, engraved plaques, calendars, a photo collage or personalized pillows.
The key is to put a bit of thought and imagination into the gift, taking the personality and style of the person into account. Don’t go for something expensive when something small and thoughtful could have much more impact. Anything to do with photographs is always fun to put together and will bring back happy memories.
The most important thing is to make it fun and have fun doing it.
Congratulations and have a great party.