Graduation Novelties and Essential Supplies for Your Grad's Party
Graduating from high school is one of the most important milestones in your life. After graduation, it’s nice to get together and celebrate the special occasion with friends. With proper planning and execution, your grad party can turn out to be an unforgettable event. If you want to have a bigger party, you can throw a combined party with a few of your friends. This way, you will be sure that all your friends are invited, and more importantly, it helps to keep the costs down because you can enjoy some economies of scale. Here are some of the things to consider when you are planning the party.
Before anything else, you will have to fix a date and time which is convenient for all. A weekend is ideal because more people will be able to attend. It’s also important to check and see if there is any other function like a baby shower or bar mitzvah or birthday party within that time frame. Try not to schedule the party to clash with other parties or events. Call up your friends to find out if the date and time is convenient for them. Then, you can make a decision depending on the majority.
The next step is to fix a budget for the party. This is an important decision because may other decisions will be based on the budget. If you need to consult your parents, you need to find out how much they are prepared to spend. Once you have set the amount, you have to make it a point to stick to it. Small revisions can be made as you go along but you have to fix an upper limit so that you will not exceed the budget.
Depending on the number of people you plan to invite and the budget, you can select a venue. If it’s a small group of people and the weather is fine, you can host your graduation party in the backyard or poolside, with a barbeque. In the event that there are more people or you are combining the party with other friends, you can rent a party hall or restaurant or throw an open air party at the park or beach. You can even have a dance party at a disco or some hotspot.
Decide on the number of people you would like to invite and prepare a list. This can be limited to just very close friends or even friends and acquaintances from your class. Again, you have to keep the budget in mind. Logically, you will have to spend more if you invite more people. Though it’s a graduation party, you can choose a specific theme for the party. Be creative and try to go for something memorable. Some common themes are school colors, hobbies or even a Hawaiian theme party.
Once you have decided on the theme, it’s time to plan the invitations. You can make personalized cards and send them out or call up and invite your friends. There are numerous options available online and one simple way is to send email invitations. Be sure to mention the date, time, and venue in the invitation. Also include the dress code and a phone number for them to contact. Most importantly, send out the invitations at the right time, which means that it should not be too early or too late.
A party without any decorations is rather dull. How do you want to decorate the party? Depending on the budget, it can be simple or sophisticated. You can hang streamers and balloons around the place or you can plan a theme based decoration. How about using the graduation caps as centerpieces to hold candies or bouquets? Try to make it meaningful and special.
When people go to a party, they usually expect to have some food. Plan the menu based on the theme and time of the party. If you are having an early evening party, then snacks will be adequate but if the party is late, then dinner should be included. The age of your guests is very important. For high school graduates, pizzas and burgers are ideal but your friends and you may opt for more sophisticated cuisine. A cake should be a part of the menu, as it is a celebration, after alll. You can hire a caterer or bring in food from outside.
Arrange for helpers on the day of the party. It can be family, close friends or even hired professionals. This ensures that you are not bogged down with too many responsibilities on that day. Some people try to do too much on their own that they fail to enjoy their own party. With the right helpers, you are free to mingle with the crowd and enjoy yourself.
To put some fun into the party, you need to plan for some games and activities. It can be a treasure hunt, a karaoke competition, a beauty contest, a lucky draw or anything which can add some excitement to the party. Cater to the crowd that you have invited. You can also hire a DJ to spin out some music so everybody can dance until they drop. Hire a photographer to capture the lovely moments and take crazy photographs. Make sure that you take pictures with all your friends because it’s your party, and you have graduated!
As you plan your graduation party, think about your special times in high school. Try to capture those moments in your party.
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