Whether your graduate has completed high school, college, or even daycare, a graduation is always cause for huge celebration! Check out these great tips & ideas on how you can make your graduation party one to remember for you and your guests:
1. Start with determining the basic information for the graduation party.
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As basic as it sounds, choosing a party date and having an idea of what your guest count will be is a great starting point. From there, you can get an idea of where you might want to have your graduation party based on your guest count and the availability of the space you decide.
2. Choose a fun theme that ties into your graduate’s school.
We recommend choosing a theme for your graduation party. Choosing a theme for your party will make it much easier to pick out invitations, choose a party menu, and decide on fun party decor relevant to the occasion. For example, if your graduate attended York College of PA, you could choose forest green linens and have menu cards with the Spartans logo on them. Whatever you decide, tailor the party to your graduate’s likes and dislikes as much as possible for a great time!
3. Choose a graduation party venue & send out party invitations.
Choosing a venue & sending out invites can seem tricky, but it doesn’t have to be. First, make sure you have a firm party date set and an idea of what your guest count might be. You may want to have the party at your house, but it might be more manageable to have it somewhere else depending on the amount of people coming. If you’re hosting the party at your home, you may also want to consider renting a party tent from a local company like Event Central of Mechanicsburg, PA to make sure your day isn’t spoiled by inclement weather. If you’re looking for a place to host the party in Harrisburg, York, Lancaster, or beyond, our venue page is a great place to start.
For invitations to the party, you may want to consider having a local company like Persnickety Inc of York, PA handle your printed invitations. Of course, if your guests are more tech-savvy, we also recommend checking out PaperlessPost (free e-mail invitations) or even doing something as simple as creating a Facebook event. Whatever you decide, make sure to tailor the medium to the ages of your guests to ensure a great response rate.
4. Choose a party menu that’s tailored to your graduate’s likes.
If you’ve chosen a theme for your graduation party (and you should!), it will assist you in picking out a great menu for the party. You may want to choose a picnic menu accented by signature menu items from your graduate’s college experience. For example, if your son/daughter graduated from Penn State, it would be a nice touch to incorporate a tasty batch of grilled stickies from The Diner or ice cream from the famous Berkey Creamery of University Park. Most schools have signature food items that all graduates of the school love, so try to incorporate those into your graduation party menu as much as possible.
5. Give your graduate and their friends something to do at the party.
Having a variety of activities at your graduation party is a great way to keep your guests happy and entertained. Choosing activities for the party is simple as long as you keep the age range and needs of your guests in mind. For example, the activities at a high school graduation party might look much different than the activities at a college graduation party because of the range of ages.
Regardless of age, we always recommend a digital photo booth. They’re a really entertaining way to keep your guests occupied and capture fun memories from the party. You can rent these easily from local event companies like Mixed-Up Productions of Camp Hill, PA. Of course, you may also want to go with something more simple like having a fire pit to roast marshmallows over.
Learn More About Planning Your Graduation Party With JDK
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