Lighten Up Your Graduation Celebration

Graduation season is just around the corner. What better way to celebrate your children’s accomplishments than by hosting a party for your graduate? Your child has worked hard for their high school or college degree and sending them off with a bang is the perfect way to mark the completion of this important milestone.

First and foremost, you’ll need to determine who will be invited. Neighbors, friends, and family are all game when it comes to graduation parties. This type of event is typically not very formal and often has an open door policy. With so many graduation parties happening at this time of the year, many people stop by several that are taking place on the same day. A larger time frame (for example 1pm – 6pm and a specific time stating when food will be served) is a great way to ensure you can accommodate as many guests as possible. Once you’ve nailed down a date and time, it’s time to select and send out the invites. Many high schools offer the option to order invitations through the school or an affiliated program. This simplifies the ordering process because your child’s school colors and graduating year are typically already listed on the invite. Insert a wallet sized senior picture of your child and you’re all set!

Make sure your guests know which house is yours the day of the party by tying a few balloons to the mailbox or lamppost in your front yard. Selecting balloons that match the school colors is a simple way to let your guests know they’ve pulled up to the correct house. Another fun idea is to hang a banner above the front door. If you’re crafty, you can make your own or they can be purchased from a variety of retailers and customized to your liking (your choice of words, pictures, and colors). For those who really want to step up their game and show off their school spirit, how about decorating the front of your house with LED lights? Whether it be your roofline, shrubs, or the pillars on your porch, choose customized string lighting and your choice of C9 LED colored bulbs. There are plenty of colors to choose from, so you’re sure to find your child’s school colors. Light up the front of your home and be the talk of the neighborhood.

Once you’ve picked out the coordinating tablecloths, plates, and silverware, it’s time to decide on the menu. Graduation parties take place in the summer, so you can typically count on the weather cooperating. Grilling out is a fantastic option for those who wish to prepare and serve their own food. You may need to recruit some helpful friends to bring along their grills and help with the food preparation, but it’s an excellent way to have control over the menu. Catering is also a common and less demanding option, but be sure to book your order in plenty of time, as restaurants often service several graduation parties each weekend.

While guests tend to come and go for graduation parties, many will arrive in time for the food to be served. For this very reason, seating is crucial. No matter your house size, setting up tables and chairs both inside and out will ensure that you have enough seating for your guests. Using a tent (or at least having one on reserve) is an excellent backup plan.

With family and friends in town for the shindig, you’ll probably want to keep the festivities going as the sun begins to set. To prepare your outdoor area for guests, make sure your patio lighting is ample enough to provide visibility. There are a variety of patio lights you can use to liven up your outdoor space. From lighting your roofline or deck railing with lights, to stringing lights overhead spanning the length of your outdoor area, there are endless techniques you can use to dress up your space. Portable LED lanterns are also a great way to light up an area or use for guiding your way down a pathway in the dark.

The planning of an event is crucial to ensuring that it is carried out properly the day of. Your guests will be amazed by your ability to throw a party, from the food to the decor. Celebrate your child’s accomplishments and enjoy hearing your guests send them out into the world with their words of wisdom and a well-deserved congratulation.