Graduating is a Right of Passage

Who else has a graduate coming up beside me?  Graduating from high school or college is a major accomplishment that deserves to be celebrated. A graduation party is the perfect way to mark the occasion and celebrate with friends and family. Here are some tips for planning a memorable and successful graduation party. First of all - CONSULT the Graduate!

  1. Choose a Date and Venue The first step in planning a graduation party is to choose a date and venue. Consider the availability of your guests and choose a date that works for most people. As for the venue, you can choose to host the party at your home or rent a space such as a park, community center, or restaurant. Check with the graduate - do they have parties they are wanting to attend?
  2. Create a Guest List Once you have decided on the date and venue, create a guest list. Invite family members, friends, and classmates who have supported you throughout your academic journey. Let me beat the drum one more time, check with the graduate - some people just don't like crowds.
  3. Send Invitations Send invitations to your guests at least two weeks in advance. You can choose to send paper invitations or digital invitations through email or social media.
  4. Plan the Menu Decide on the menu for the party. You can choose to cater the food or prepare it yourself. Make sure to include a variety of options, including vegetarian and vegan options for guests with dietary restrictions. 
  5. Decorate Set the mood for the party by decorating the venue. Incorporate the colors of your school or college in the decorations, and consider including photos of you and your friends throughout your academic journey.
  6. Plan Entertainment Plan some entertainment for your guests, such as music, games, or a photo booth. Consider creating a playlist that includes your favorite songs, and ask your guests to contribute their favorite songs as well.
  7. Graduation Ceremony Consider incorporating a mini graduation ceremony into the party. You can have a friend or family member present you with a diploma or certificate.
  8. Thank You Cards After the party, send thank-you cards to your guests for attending and for their support throughout your academic journey.

In conclusion, starting with the graduate is a good please.  Planning a graduation party can be stressful, but with these tips, you can make it a memorable and enjoyable event for yourself and your guests. Remember to have fun and celebrate your accomplishments with the people who matter most.