Here are our top tips for planning a graduation party. Chances are, you already know someone who would be graduating from high school, college or from an advanced degree this spring and you may be planning the party. Graduation day is definitely worthy of a full scale celebration.
- Deciding on the budget – there is big chance that you have already spent some chunk of your budget for the graduation rite; class ring, cap and gown, announcements etc.. and if you have been saving for this big day and can afford to spend more, then having a consultation with a party planner will help take the stress and load off you. Having a party planner will give you more time to relax and enjoy the party. On the other hand, when the budget is a bit tight, consider throwing a joint graduation party with one or more of your co-graduate friends. By sharing costs and tasks with the other graduates will help save time, money and any stress related to the event. Overall, consider costs for food and drink, décor, photo booth rental, invitations, venue and guest favors in the budget.
- Reserve Your Venue Early – This is a crucial aspect for the party, remember that an entire high school or college class will graduating at the same time and finding a venue will be a challenge if you will not book the venue several months in advance. On the bright side, the weather during the graduation season would be nice and warm, which gives you an option to have the party at your backyard or at the local park. Restaurants are a great option and many have banquet rooms that can be used free of charge as long as food and drinks are purchased within the establishment. If you have a smaller crowd in mind (maybe 25 or less), most restaurants can accommodate a fairly large group by joining tables together. Just be sure to make the reservation 30-60 days earlier. On the other hand, if you the guest list is quite long, it is better to rent a hotel banquet room or another large venue but again, make sure to book early.
- Photo Booth for Entertainment – What a fun and a great way to preserve all those memories of high school friends and guests at your party. Make sure everyone passes through the photo booth and everyone goes home with a printout of their photo.