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Tips for Throwing a College Graduation Party

Graduating from college-whether it’s you or your child-is a major milestone that deserves a major celebration!  But after years of late night study sessions, expensive tuition fees, and hours spent in class, the idea of spending thousands of dollars and dozens of hours planning an elaborate college graduation party may not appeal to you.  Luckily, it is possible to throw a party that celebrates this enormous accomplishment without causing undue stress or breaking the bank. 

Start by determining how many people you want to invite to your party.  Are you thinking an intimate gathering of your closest friends and family?  Or are you planning to invite friends, family, your entire dorm, and the rest of the neighborhood as well?  The size of your guest list will determine many of the details of your graduation party, like budget, food, seating, and party favors. 

Once you’ve got the guest list nailed down, order your personalized graduation invitations. With nearly fifty designs to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect graduation invitation for your party!  Printed on high-quality cardstock, these personalized graduation invitations will be preprinted with all your party details.  Since you only need to enter your details once and we take care of the rest, you won’t have to spend hours filling out invitation after invitation, leaving you plenty of time to focus on the other party planning details! 

Now that you’ve nailed down the guest list and sent out your invitations, it’s time to move on the fun stuff-FOOD!  College graduation parties go hand-in-hand with backyard barbeques so you can’t go wrong with simple picnic fare like burgers and hot dogs on the grill, corn on the cob, 7-layer salad, veggie trays, and chips and dip.   Your guests will love your down home cooking and with an easy-to-put-together menu like this, you’ll have plenty of time to mingle with the guests instead of being chained to the kitchen all day! 

Set out plenty of snacks and appetizers for your guests to munch on throughout the day, as it’s common for guests to drift in and out at different times.  Cover a long table with our Graduation Super Star plastic table cover to protect it from spills and drips and choose a fun centerpiece, like our Custom Graduation Centerpiece Kit, which allows you add pictures of the graduate to the colorful frame and includes confetti and graduation hat cutouts.  Once you’ve decked out the table in your graduation decorations, you can set out the appetizers and let your guests graze!  East choices for snacks are chips and dip, meatballs, which you can keep warm in a slow cooker, ham and cheese wraps, a fruit and veggie platter, and chocolate dipped pretzels.  Keep extras in see-through plastic containers in the fridge and on the kitchen counter so you can quickly refill bowls and platters as the table gets depleted throughout the day.  If you have everything ready to go ahead of time, it should only take a couple of minutes to refill your food supplies, allowing you to get back to the party! 

Be sure you’ve got plenty of graduation paper goods to set out on the table so you’re ready to feed your hungry guests!  With fun designs like our graduation circles and congrats grad paper goods, as well as a large selection of graduation colors supplies that let you coordinate all your graduation decorations with your school colors! 

Once you’ve got your graduation paper goods under control, it’s time to pick out your graduation decorations and graduation party extras!  Let the whole neighborhood know there’s a graduate in the with a custom graduation banner.  Have a custom banner printed with any message for your favorite graduate, and, since they are made of high-quality vinyl, not only will they withstand the elements; they will be a treasured keepsake for years to come. 

Whether you’re holding your graduation party inside or out, you’ll want to have the perfect decorations.  Simple balloon bouquets featuring Congrats Grad Balloons in black and white, or in the graduate’s school colors, are a simple but fun choice and when combined with a Congrats Grad streamer in coordinating colors will make a festive statement for your party. 

No matter how simple or over-the-top you decide to go with your graduation decorations, how elaborate you make your menu, how many people invite, or how much you spend on your party, the most important part of the day is celebrating the accomplishments of the graduate and all the hard work they’ve put into earning their degree.  So relax, spend time with your friends and family, and enjoy the party with your guests, the rest of the details can take care of themselves!

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