Graduation Is Coming
All of us have seen those movies about high schoolers. You know the type, it’s graduation, and our protagonists try to make that time as memorable as possible.
But what usually occurs on-screen and seems to fun enough to be great fun may not be so in actuality.
Movie logic shouldn’t be applied to real life.
To avoid second-hand embarrassment and all the unnecessary cringe, you’d be wise to spend some time devising a plan, so everything pops off without a hitch.
This is what this article will be trying to showcase. “Try” being the key word here, since no suggestion ever is universal. You may need to do some mixing and matching in order to hit it out of the park. Nevertheless, let’s get started on those tips and see where they take us.
As a side note, I don’t have much experience throwing custom parties. I have only done it once, but the experience lasted me a lifetime, and it was excruciating at times.
Think of this as an additional step in your development as a human being. You never know when you’ll need to throw a party, anyway. There’s no such thing as useless knowledge, and everything can be put to good use.
What is a graduation party anyway?
It’s the proverbial place where dreams come true. Well, not all of them. Just the one, actually – this occasion marks your metamorphosis from human larvae into a beautiful adult butterfly. And it with all associated difficulties and daily grinds. Congratulations, everything’s going to be tougher from now on. However, you may ask for online assignment help and make your life a bit easier.
Why do people throw graduation parties?
To celebrate the occasion, silly. But the main point of interest here is who’s going to throw the party. Are you throwing it for yourself or someone else? With that out of the way, let’s get started on the checklist itself.
Welcome to Grad Party 101
Step 1. Set a budget before you do anything else
That’s right, we’re beginning with the dullest step, but you know it needs to be done.
Real talk, some of the best things in life are free… but not graduation parties. They may drive you up the wall in terms of cost since nobody wants a discount party.
Getting started with the budget before getting started on other facets is a clever more. If you do it last, chances are you’ll end up over drafting your credit card and spend the next few months without a positive state of mind.
We’ll discuss what a good party needs in greater detail below, but for now, pick a number and stick to it and only increase it once you have everything figured out.
Make a shortlist of stuff you want in your party. Expenses should always be tailored towards your capabilities and not goals. Co-hosting with someone else may be a clever way to save some money as well.
Step 2. Choose the time and place
The next step of our grand adventure is to set the date and place for the proceedings. This will most likely influence the course of the party as a whole.
When’s the best time to host? It’s generally better to schedule the party for mid-late May, instead if June. Why? Because it allows to avoid conflicts with other people’s summer plans and holidays.
Now, onto the scale. Is it a huge bash or is it a modest outing? Entertain a couple of ideas.
Picking a suitable place to get turnt up is important for a successful party, obviously. Here are a few considerations before settling on one.
- Host it at home. Do keep in mind that you’ll need to have your house cleaned once all is said and done.
- Rent out a warehouse/flat/etc.
- Make a restaurant and/or cafe reservation. These two last ones are likely to be budget busters, but at least your sanity will be preserved, and you won’t have to worry about your privacy being invaded.
In short, just make sure not to pick your grandma’s basement for the party. That would be awkward for everyone involved.
Risk Management is what you may also need to do. If you’ve picked an outside location for your bash, like a BBQ with a sandwich bar or something, make sure not to schedule it on a rainy day.
Step 3. “Who invited this guy?”
Needless to say, having to hear or ask this question is kind of insensitive.
In order to prevent someone’s feelings from getting hurt, you’ll need to include proper invitations into the mix.
From the get-go, make a guest-list, figure out who’s invited and who’s not. Of course, there’s always an option to throw a party open to everyone.
But back onto invites themselves. A proper invitation is very important and gives an impression of how your grad party is going to be like.
When should those invites be delivered?
Tough to say, but doing so a few weeks in advance will do the trick. At least it’ll give your guests to ponder and make some time in their schedules. Make sure to include the party itinerary, Name of the graduate (that’s right), the location, time. That should be enough. Since there is no clear-cut way to write an invitation, they’re not college essays, after all, feel free to add a few points of interest.
Using social media to deliver those invitations is also an easy way to go about this entire thing.
Step 4. Set the stage: settle on a theme and pick decorations
Since every party has a particular theme going for it, obviously. And it would be a smart decision to spend a couple of moments devising graduation ideas for party decorations.
If the party’s happening at your home, you’ll have much more liberty with decorations and this is the perfect opportunity for you to let your imagination run wild. Finding decorations online is a piece of cake.
- Customized banners, linens, and napkins.
- Formal/casual dress code. Elegant parties are all the rage right now.
- Balloons, confetti and other assorted party items. Some of those can be quite tacky, and they’re really optional.
- Music. Decide on a few jams to set the stage.
What’s more, decorating can be quite therapeutic and fun. Just another thing you may want to do, just for the sake of it.
Here are some suggested picks for 2017 graduation decorations: add tassels on everything; congratulation pins; black, gold and white color palettes.
There is no shortage of elegant graduation party decorations, you just need to know where to look.
Step 5. Menu
Now, it shouldn’t come as a shock, but the majority of people are likely to come just for the sake of getting some grub. Well, if that’s the case, the only thing you can do is not to disappoint.
Right, let’s get into the meat here. Having a balanced menu of fruits and vegetables is the only way forward. Ah, who are we kidding? There will be snacks, fast food, pizzas and other not so healthy but oh-so-tasty foods.
What do you want? What will your guests want? How many of them are there?
Refreshments and food will constitute a huge bulk of the budget. Alternatively, you can always cook yourself with the help from your buddies and/or parents.
Having alcohol there is a contentious topic, but you’ll agree that moderation never hurt anyone. And drinking around teachers is going to be doubly awkward as well.
Keep a lid on those graduation party supplies (and those jars of punch), but keep in mind that if guests overeat, they won’t even be bothered to take part in activities. Make sure not to bring stuff you don’t really need.
And another alternative suggestion, hire a caterer and let them figure out the rest. The hands-off approach may be of benefit and will allow you to spend the time figuring out other aspects of your presentation.
Step 6. So what’s next?
Figure out the entertainment. Activities are the centerpieces for graduation parties.
OK, you’ve settled the food argument, figured out the theme and worked out a budget, along with invitations. What’s left is just a small trivial thing. A party with no activities is not a party at all.
If you’re in charge of figuring out the activities, you’d be wise to figure everything beforehand, and if you don’t know from where to begin, a good idea would be to crowd source and generate a few ideas. You’ll get the chance to improve from there on. What memorable activities do you wish to perform with your friends and guests?
You can make:
- An improvised photo booth to make photos for posterity
- A graduation tribute. Slideshow digest of past years
- Allow for guests to add their own flair to the party through activities
Step 7. Last, but not least – enjoy yourself
Once all the preparations and worryings are done, it’s time to let loose a bit and enjoy yourself. It’s time to participate in all those activities you’ve planned out and mingle with guys and gals.
Graduation is THE special occasion after all, and you’ll be surrounded by people you know and trust.
Just keep things balanced, don’t overdo anything and avoid hurting yourself. And don’t do anything you might regret.
Take some photos and make those last moments of your high school count. This is a milestone and should be regarded as such.