Graduation Day is a huge stepping-stone for any child, but it’s also a major event for the parents, siblings, the graduate’s friends, close neighbors, as well as favorite teachers from over the years. While it’s a momentous event, the actual graduation party planning experience doesn’t have to be overwhelming.
To save on expenses, you may want to go in with another parent for a joint party. It will take a lot of communication regarding food preparation, rental costs and such, but sharing the load will likely be worth it.
Do you want to host a small, intimate backyard barbeque or a lavish formal dinner? If you are going in with someone else you may want to consider cleaning out the garage and having an open house. This is always an inexpensive, viable option. Your budget and how many people you want to invite should determine this.
A successful graduation party begins with the graduation invites and the proper way to word them. Ordering them online will save time and additional expense. Mail them separately or insert them into the graduation announcement approximately two to three weeks prior to the graduation party. Here are a few tips to get the party started.
- All invitations should be hand-addressed. Personalization is a huge part of the graduation party planning process.
- Include a “save the date” card.
- Enclose easy-to-read directions to the venue.
- Decide if the children of relatives and close friends should be included. If so, address the envelope to Mr. and Mrs. David Smith and Family.
- Indicate if there will be a full meal or finger foods served. This enables your guests to eat beforehand if need be.
- Give them the option of whether or not to bring a graduation gift. Write a simple line such as “Having you celebrate this occasion with our family is your gift to us.”
Always ask for RSVPs; you’ll need to know how many will be attending the event, even if you are hosting an open house graduation party where they can come and go.
“Regrets Only” graduation invites are fine, but sometimes people forget to call to let you know they will not be attending. If they RSVP, however, you can typically count on them to attend.
The last phase of your graduation party planning is remembering the “thank you” cards. Having a sign in book will be especially helpful in keeping track of your guests.read more