Throw That Cap: How to Plan a Graduation Party Your Guests Won’t Forget

Congrats! You did it! Now it’s time for the celebration. Click here to learn how to plan a graduation party you and your guests won’t forget.

Did you know that between January and October 2016, 3.1 million students graduated from high school in the U.S.? Or that more than 4 million college students walked down the aisle to receive a degree?

If you or someone you know is getting ready to receive a diploma or degree, first of all, congrats! Second, it’s time to start planning a fab graduation party your guests won’t soon forget.

Not sure where to start when it comes to how to plan a graduation party? Check out these creative ideas that’ll perfectly punctuate the cap toss!

Nail Down the Details

You can’t have a graduation party without a great venue. So, plan where and where you’ll hold the grad bash with care.

As you do this, consider logistics such as relatives and friends who need to travel from out of town. For example, it may prove more convenient to hold the graduation party the day before to allow people to easily travel after the ceremony.

As for the venue, nail down how many people you’d like to invite in advance. Reach out to potential guests with a “Save the Date” announcement requiring an RSVP.

That way, you’ll have a ballpark estimate of how many people you’ll need to accommodate on the big day. Then, you can locate the appropriate venue based on your expected figures.

Draft a Guest List

The guest will fill up quicker than you think. Start with specific priorities, such as close family and friends. Once you’ve listed all your must-have guests, fill in gaps with your graduate’s friends.

Not sure how to narrow down the list? Consider which friends have had the most impact on your graduate. You’ll want to think about everyone, from favorite teachers to church members and childhood friends.

Once you’ve nailed down your guest list, it’s time to pick and send out invitations.

Send the Perfect Invitations

When it comes to the perfect invitation graduation party ideas, you don’t have to break the bank. Instead, consider making your own.

Don’t worry! They don’t have to look hokey or cheap.

Check out these free templates for graduation invitations to see what we mean. You’ll craft a one-of-a-kind invite without spending your whole party budget in one go.

Speaking of party budgets, do you have one? If not, it’s time to get to it. Fortunately, this doesn’t require anything elaborate.

Simply sit down with a pen, paper, and an idea of how much you want to spend total. Then, allocate funds accordingly to things such as the price of the venue, decorations, food, invitations, and so on.

Keep Decorations Simple and Sentimental

From your choice of decorations to the music played and the activities you engage in, every choice that you make helps set the tone for your ideal graduation party.

Some pointers when it comes to decor? Keep your display table sentimental yet simple. You want to show off all that the grad’s done through photos, but you don’t need to go crazy with elaborate embellishments.

Don’t put too much pressure on yourself. After all, understated decorations are enjoying a moment. And you don’t have to go over budget to get that “wow” effect.

Dollar stores are great places to shop for everything from balloons to plates and plastic ware. Let the focus remain on photos of the grad and their accomplishments.

Plan for Optimal Fun

As for activities, consider creating a party photo booth where guests can pose and make memories. Or try renting a bounce house for an eclectic experience that’ll be loved by all ages (and talked about for years to come).

Last but not least, allocate tasks to family and friends. That way, you won’t feel overwhelmed. What’s more, you’ll be able to kick up your heels and get your party on when the big event arrives.

Plan for optimal fun by being mindful and staying in the moment during the party. After all, you’ve planned ahead. So, relax and enjoy!

Your Fabulous Graduation Party

Now that you know just what to do to plan an awesome graduation party, are you ready for more life hacks to help you live a fab existence?

Read on for some essential style tips to dress better. These tips will help you feel more confident. They’ll also help you pick out an amazing ensemble to rock the upcoming graduation party!