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Party Like a Pro
Throwing a memorable graduation party does not require a professional event planner. Things to consider, such as location, invitations, party food, and decor, are merely starting points and easy enough to tackle on your own.
It's not every day you have the chance to celebrate a graduate. A graduation is a momentous occasion where friends and family gather to make and share memories. To allow yourself to indulge in festivities along with everyone else, it's best to have a plan beforehand. With a couple of party planning tips, you will be on your way to creating memories that will last a lifetime.
Here are some simple ideas for hosting a memorable day that your graduate will appreciate.Continue to 2 of 22 below.
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Planning ahead and creating a timeline are essential to remaining within your budget. A great first step is to write down all the expenses for your party. This will help prioritize the order of your tasks. After you have your list of items to buy, look at your usual schedule and make an actual timeline of when you can accomplish these tasks.Continue to 3 of 22 below.
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A budget is the least fun aspect of party planning but may be the most important. A budget will keep your buying in check and allow you to get only what you need for the party. Etsy and Amazon.com are great resources for graduation party essentials that you can buy without leaving your home. Planning a graduation party on a budget is made easier by buddying up with the graduates' companions or close friends. You can also try making most of your decor and party favors to cut down on costs.Continue to 4 of 22 below.
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Location, location, location as they say. Have you thought about where you will be hosting this momentous occasion? Your own family home might be large enough to host the event, or maybe a friend or family member is open to sharing their home. Another popular option is renting a hall or country club for the occasion. With this option you can include caterers and planners to handle the details of the event for you.Continue to 5 of 22 below.
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Printing and paper costs can add up if you plan on throwing a large graduation event. Spreading news of your graduate is important but does not have to break the bank. A host can always do traditional announcements through the post. There are definitely some beautiful print options, even free ones! More recently, a popular option is sending invites to a graduation party via email or Facebook, a cost-effective choice.Continue to 6 of 22 below.
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Reference your budget to make a grocery list to cover your food needs. You'll need to figure out what kind of food you'll be serving: Is it a backyard BBQ? Potluck style? Will you serve snacks and desserts only? Order pizza?
It's also useful to make a list of people you can count on to help you prepare food for the big day. Set assigned tasks to help things move along smoothly. A shared google doc is an easy way to organize your troops.Continue to 7 of 22 below.
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Rice Krispies Treat Graduation CapContinue to 8 of 22 below.
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Candy Cup HatsContinue to 10 of 22 below.
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Edible Image CakeContinue to 11 of 22 below.
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An RSVP count is helpful when it comes to planning beverages and the bar. Some questions you might need to ask include: How many children will be attending? How many adults and teens? How many people will be drinking? Within the drinkers, how many prefer beer, wine or cocktails? Do you even need to serve cocktails or should you just serve beer and wine? What about punch? Don't panic! Here is a helpful guide for calculating the number of drinks you need and what to buy.Continue to 12 of 22 below.
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DecorContinue to 13 of 22 below.
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Often graduates like to have a theme for their bash while others might stick with traditional school colors. Either way, it's important to make sure your school and class are represented in the decor.Continue to 15 of 22 below.
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DIY Balloon TasslesContinue to 16 of 22 below.
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It's a party, so your guests will be interested in some sort of entertainment. Yard games are a great way to keep everyone having fun. If your yard is big enough, set up a volleyball net for a big group to enjoy. Music is always welcomed by party goers as well, and a photo booth is a good idea for graduates to commemorate the day. If your budget is a bit tight for a photo booth, a selfie stick and backdrop can go a long way.Continue to 17 of 22 below.
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Photo Booth Printables
Props for the photo booth are always a great idea! Print these in advance for photo fun the day of your party. A backdrop is a really cute addition to your DIY photo booth as well–this could be made of simple supplies such as streamers, balloons or a brightly colored fabric or wrapping paper.Continue to 18 of 22 below.
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Did you know you can create your own social filter for your graduate? A graduate filter is a great tool to pair with a DIY photo booth. Guests can create their own special keepsakes to remember the graduate and their special day. Take it a step further by adding a printer to your setup.Continue to 19 of 22 below.
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Make a playlist in advance. Music can be the last thing on one's mind when deep into party planning. Music helps guests feel comfortable as they enter a room. It also helps the party move into the night. Spotify is a great option. It has some easy and helpful playlists already made for you.Continue to 20 of 22 below.
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GiftsContinue to 21 of 22 below.
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Keep things organized by keeping a garbage can and a recycling bin out during the party so guests can easily dispose of their cans and bottles. Disposable dishware and serving platters are your friend. If you are hosting the party, this simple tool could save hours on clean up. If you're worried about the environment, opt for eco-friendly materials.Continue to 22 of 22 below.
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Thank You Notes
The best part of the party for the graduate is getting the gifts! Kindly remind them to send out individual thank you cards to each guest who has attended and contributed to the party. Guests will be full of gratitude for the sweet gesture and feel proud to have helped your graduate in the next leg of their journey.