Graduation party ideas can literally come from anywhere and the best place to start is with the graduate. The party theme can revolve around their favorite food, school colors, a sport or something as simple as their own interests. Graduation day is definitely a day worth of celebration. Here, we have good ideas and tips to plan a graduation party that they would never forget and make the graduate feel like a rockstar for a day.
Deciding on a Budget
There is a big chance that you have already spent with the cap and gown, class ring, announcements, graduation gift etc.. so now, we have some ideas on how to stretch the budget to make the planning stress free and economical that will send the graduate feeling celebrated. But if you have been saving for the event, we would recommend to consult with a party planner to take the load off. By doing so, it would leave you some time to relax and enjoy the party. On the other hand, if you fall into the category of the budget being a bit tight, you might want to consider to have a party in combination with one or more of your friends. Consider the overall costs for food and drinks, venue, décor, invitations, entertainment and guest favors in the overall budget.
Plan for Mingle Friendly Food
Planning for the food may seem to be stressful part. The decision of either having if prepared for yourself, catered or having some help with friends and family would all depend on your budget; how much time you can give and how much you are able to count on others for help. The stress free and more convenient solution is to have a caterer handle it. In almost all of the cases, it is not as expensive as the cliché might go. A less expensive choice is to have a restaurant cater in the food, better, some fast food places like sandwich shops, Chinese or Mexican fast food, do offer an affordable catering menu. Choose food that you, your family and friends would be happily eating while standing and having conversations. If you choose to prepare food by yourself, the game is keeping it simple and doable. Try to do as much prep ahead of time as possible. Purchasing pre-made sandwiches, vegetables and fruit that is cut is always a convenient choice. Whip up a couple of salads, bags of chips and you are really good to go.
Beverage tubs that are filled with ice and bottled or canned drinks are always great for both indoor and outdoor events. You can save more by filling beverage dispensers with lemonades, punch or ice teas. If you are serving alcoholic beverages, make sure that some underage guests would try to sneak for some and for over consumption. Keep alcohol separated from the non-alcoholic drinks.
Planning Memorable Photo Ops
Photo booths are guaranteed to keep the party going. Having a photo booth at your graduation party will make sure that there is something for guests to do at all times. Instead of guests waiting or sitting around, munching away on the hors d’oeuvres and making those small talks, photo booths help with the event activity making time pass from beginning to the end of the party almost not felt. Also, taking pictures with family and friends in a photo booth is a great way to just sitting back when taking a break from the dance floor while keeping everyone involved in the celebration.