Plan a great party to celebrate your graduate’s many accomplishments.
- Choose a date near graduation. Don’t hesitate to consider a date after the event.
- Have the graduate make a list of friends and relatives to invite. This is a very busy time of year, so send invitations out well in advance.
- A fun idea for invitations might be a “blue book” exam.
- On a sheet of white paper ask a list of questions - if you went to (name of graduate) party would you want:
- lots of food
- a disc jockey
- a fun swim
- Fill in party details at the bottom of the sheet of white paper.
- Fold a sheet of blue paper over the white paper and staple like a blue book.
- Another idea for an invitation:
- Photocopy a grade-school picture of the graduate.
- Write party details on the reverse side.
- Include the graduate in the planning. What are his/her favorite foods? Some ideas might be:
- A backyard barbecue of hamburgers and hot dogs
- A pizza party
- A make-your-own taco buffet
- Quick delicious brownies, bars and cookies you can make ahead are ideal for dessert
- Check out our collection of recipes for more ideas.
Set the Mood
- Plan good music for a party.
- Arrange CDs in the order you wish to play them.
- Find a good radio station.
- Increase the volume as the evening moves along.
- Play a movie on the TV with no sound.
- Decorate with oversized diplomas tied with ribbons.
- Decorate the serving table with school memorabilia: textbooks, pom-poms, pennants, prom pictures, yearbook.
- Decorate with enlarged pictures of seniors.
- Arrange “bouquets” of Mylar balloons in school colors.
- Use streamers in school colors.
- Enlarge job ads from newspaper and place on wall.
- Pin up pennants of colleges where graduates may be attending.
- Purchase special graduation paper tableware and napkins.
Fun and Games
- Graduation parties are typically open houses where people drift in and out, so organized activities are usually not needed.
- You could provide a collection of yearbooks for friends and relatives to look through.
- Graduation parties typically involve lots of young people...with lots of energy! It wouldn’t hurt (if room provides) to have a volleyball net, a dart game, or a ping-pong table available.