Graduation: Make it a Day to Remember!
As the weather warms up and school winds down, it's common to see bunches of balloons around the neighborhood on the weekends. Graduation parties for students finishing primary education are a fun tradition for both families and the graduating seniors. Throwing a graduation party can take a little effort, but follow the tips below and make it a memorable occasion.
The first step is choosing the venue. Many people host graduation parties at their own homes, but if space is limited you may consider renting a restaurant room or having it at a local park. Many restaurants waive the room rental fee if the food and beverage bill is above a certain minimum. The benefit of hosting the event at a restaurant is that once the party is over, Mom and Dad get to walk away and not handle hours of cleanup. A public park is another option for those tight on space in their homes. Contact the city parks department to reserve a picnic area with tables and grills to cut down on lugging heavy materials in for the party.
No matter where the party is held, there needs to be plenty of food to feed the hungry teenagers. If you are hosting the party at home, consider a menu of easy dishes that feed a lot of people: pasta salad, burgers and brats makes for a classic cookout. People will likely come and go throughout the afternoon, so have a spread of appetizers and finger foods available as well. Chips and dip, buffalo wings and vegetable trays are always crowd pleasers. There's also the option to have the event catered by the graduate's favorite sandwich shop or pizzeria. Finally, don't forget the cake. A large cake with a congratulatory message is a tasty tradition for graduation parties.
Every party benefits from a theme! Instead of the standard graduation hats, think about focusing the party around something the graduate is passionate about. If they are looking forward to studying abroad, create a theme around the country they will live in. If they are planning on majoring in veterinary science, make the party jungle or barnyard themed with plenty of animals on the decorations. Or if the graduate was a soccer star, incorporate soccer balls and the team colors throughout the event.
The party is meant to celebrate the graduate's achievement, so be sure to begin decorating with a congratulatory banner or sign. A custom banner outside the venue helps direct guests to the party as well. Consider creating a custom poster with the graduate's senior picture in the middle and a large white border. Provide colorful pens to let guests leave them a message of encouragement as they begin the next stage of their lives. Pictures of the graduate throughout their childhood are fun reminders of how they got to where they are today. Put pictures together in a slide show and project them onto a plain wall, or create a collage of the images in a poster. Balloons and streamers in school colors go a long way to making any space feel festive.
Guests will remember this party for a long time if they leave with keepsakes. Have wearables such as t-shirts or hats created with the graduate's favorite picture and the class year. If many of the same students who are graduating went to school together since kindergarten, you might have these made with their first class picture and have fun guessing which children grew into which young adult at the party. Koozies printed with the school name and graduation date also make great keepsakes for grads and guests.
Where ever it is hosted, whatever the theme, remember to tell the graduate how proud you are of them and their accomplishment.