GRADUATIONS are important milestones! Celebrate graduation from high school or college with a party! Parents should begin planning several months prior to graduation as many venues will be booked for weddings in May and June. Although graduation parties can be at your home, if you plan to invite over 25 guests, you’ll have to consider if they will all fit inside, the space in your yard, the climate, the lighting and more.
If you want to hold the festivities outdoors, consider the weather and whether you’ll need party tents to keep your guests warm, cool, or dry! Many rental companies that rent party tents can also supply your tables, chairs, dishes and flatware if not provided by the caterer.
Planning a memorable celebration should include a theme. Think about the school colors or mascot, a hobby or something else very special to the honoree. The theme can be carried throughout the invitations, decorations, food, deserts and entertainment.
Invitations should be mailed out 3-4 weeks in advance giving guests a chance to make plans, including any needed travel arrangements for guests traveling from out of town.
Photo booths, karaoke, and dancing are popular activities for a party but really think about the graduate of honor and what he or she would find most memorable and be entertaining for the family and friends in attendance. Old family photos or a short slideshow is a great way to reminisce on growing up.
Graduations are also perfect milestones for professional photography. Parents usually want photos of the graduate in both cap and gown, but also consider and updated family portrait and in professional attire if they are graduating college and entering the workforce. Seek out a professional photographer in your area to discuss their availability and pricing and see their portfolio of work.
Does this all sound too overwhelming? This is when a professional event planner can help you starting with the budget and sorting out all the details to making it the most memorable party you’ve thrown!
Contact me for a free consultation on assistance planning the ultimate celebration to honor your Grad!