It’s That Time of Year Again! Tips for a Great Grad Party

May 20th, 2013

Photo credit: Nottingham Trent University

Looking back on how this year has gone thus far (very well, in fact; we’re loving life over here), I was a bit jolted to realize we’re coming up on June.

But yup, it’s here again: June, with its June brides, a lot of June babies this year…and graduation for proud scholars!

If you haven’t started planning your favorite graduate’s party yet, don’t despair. Here are five great tips for putting together a beautiful and memorable grad party.

Graduation Party Tip #1: Black is Always In

Although not all grads wear black, it’s still the traditional color for graduation festivities. It’s also very chic, which your grad will love. After all, you may feel she isn’t all grown up yet…but she does!

Use black for your party invitations, paper products and decor. Touches of gold, silver or another accent color will add personality to your party.

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Graduation Party Tip #2: Invite Old Friends

Graduation is a nostalgic time. If you can, locate a friend or two from the grad’s childhood. This is the most

amazing gift you can give to both of them. We did this for my niece (she had moved away and still spoke occasionally to her kindergarten “best buddy”) and it was absolutely wonderful. They’re still in touch today.

Bringing old friends back together reminded them — and us — that no matter how many things happen in our lives, we will still always be “us,” and we will always have our childhoods to look back on with fondness.

Graduation Party Tip #3: Make it Unique

Fun grad cupcake wrappers.

Our friend had a breakfast bar for her son’s high school graduation. They set up plates of bacon and eggs, croissants, mini muffins, breakfast burritos and carafes of coffee and tea on a table in the back yard. Guests picked what they wanted and had a wonderful breakfast/brunch together.

Not every party has to take place on a specific day of the week or a certain time of day. Think up something unique and fun for your grad’s get-together.

Graduation Party Tip #4: You DON’T Have to Spend a Lot

If you’re tight on resources, consider alternatives like having the party in your back yard or a local park. Invite parents and have the party be a pot luck. You can suggest a food theme for this to make choices easier for guests.

Give inexpensive favors that are personalized. Personalization can often be accomplished very inexpensively (or for free) with favor purchases. Look for specials.

Graduation Party Tip #5: Have Your Graduation Party Earlier v. Later

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Once graduation time hits, all the grads will be busy. They’ll either be having their own parties, juggling others’ parties, or getting set for the next school year (especially if that’s college)…or all three.

Our suggestion? Have your graduate’s party before graduation. Try for one to two weeks before the big day. That way there will be less decisions on which party to go to and which to decline (which is always a disappointment). And excitement for the coming graduation will be running high, so it’s the perfect time to have a party.

We’d like to take this opportunity to say congratulations to ALL 2013 grads…from preschool commencement to those who are receiving college diplomas. Your hard work has paid off — may the future be bright for you!