Friday, May 16, 2014

5 Easy Steps to Planning A Graduation Party

It's that time of year again; summer, late nights, and...graduation parties! Whether you're a senior organizing a graduation party (last minute like me) or you're just planning ahead, here's five easy steps to make things easy! I would start planning no longer than one month before the party so people can respond the invitations in time. Before I start the actual post, my biggest tip is to check out Pinterest. There are thousands and thousands of great ideas I have found on there that have really helped me out a lot!

1. Pick a Date + Location

This to me is one of the most important parts because you have to see when other people are having their own graduation parties. Also, I try to pick a day where most of my relatives and friends are free! Here is where I would determine what type of food you will be serving to choose the time of day the party will happen. For example, if you're going to be serving brunch, than the time of the party would be mid-morning. For my grad party, I'm doing it after lunch but before dinner so it's convenient for most people (2-5pm). As for the location, some people have it at a church, school, or their own house. I opted for my backyard to save some money where I'll just rent a large tent. I'm crossing my fingers that it doesn't rain!

2. Choose the Food (the best part of course!)

I don't know about you, but food is my favorite thing at any good party. I had a tough time deciding on what to serve because I have so many ideas that would be so yummy. There are many options like deciding on having a caterer or having homemade food, finger foods or main courses, and the most difficult - choosing dessert. The options are really endless so talk to your parents and see what they think would be a good idea as well. I would highly recommend a variety of options so there's something for everyone! Also, to get the right amount of food, I would plan on buying/making more food than you think you need because it's much better to have extra than to run out.

Fruit Pizza Cookies 3
One of my favorite ideas that I might use - make your own fruit pizza! It sounds SO good.
3. Make Invitations

I set up two ways that people can tell me if they're coming: I made an event on facebook for everyone at school, and I also went to costcophotocenter.com to design my own invitations. I am giving these invitations to the adults, teachers, family friends, and relatives! It's nice to be able to design them online and then pick them up at your local Costco. They were super easy to make and cost only 69 cents per card. I know of other great places to make invitations like Shutterfly or Walgreens as well - choose whatever place you like best.

Here's the front and back of my invitation that I made on the website:

4. Decorate!

Here is where Pinterest really comes into play. I could spend hours on there just looking at all of the ideas! There are also options for the color scheme- where you''ll be attending college or the colors of your high school. One of my favorite decorations that I'll be having at my party in June are using little glass vases that my cousin gave to me (they can be found at the dollar store). I plan to fill them with colored candy and line the table with them! Next, I would gather all of your accomplishments and pictures from the past years. Find all of you baby pictures, medals, trophies, and certificates. It's heart warming to see everything you have accomplished! This will honestly take hours because looking at old pictures is always fun. I'm hoping to make a couple of trifolds filled with pictures!

Photo Balloons

5. Part-ay + Say Thanks!

Of course, enjoy your party! It's all about you on this special day of graduating. Expect to talk to all of the guests and wear comfy (and cute) shoes. Also, don't forget to have fun! With all of the stress for setting up the party, don't forget to enjoy it as well. This last step is important in saying thank you to everyone who came to the party. When my brother had his graduation party, he just bought many blank thank you cards and hand wrote messages for the gifts and such. I think it's much more personal hand writing thank you cards rather than having the messages pre-written or typed.

I really hope this helped you if you're planning a party, and I can't wait to share how mine turns out in about a month! Congratulations to all of you graduates out there!

See you soon,
Stephanie x

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