My son and I have already started bumping heads on this party planning! He is no longer the sweet little guy in this photo.
Let’s stop and think. Who are you doing this for? Hopefully your interest in planning a graduation party is to celebrate this major milestone in your son or daughter’s life. Your graduate will look back on this time as possibly the happiest time in their life.
Since graduation is a monumental experience for your graduate, make them the center of attention – the Guest of Honor.
If you lose sight of this as you plan for their party, you may find yourself screaming “you never appreciate the things I do for you!”. Let your graduate make choices right up front.
Begin by asking them:
“What kind of graduation celebration do you have in mind?”
“Shall we invite just our close relatives and a few friends, or do you want a huge party?”
“Would you like to have a joint party with a friend or neighbor?”
“Do you have any ideas for a theme?”
“What kind of food would you like to serve?”
“Would you like to select photos and items to display?”
Your grad may sigh or roll their eyes or give you the standard “I don’t know” answer, but at least you’ve asked and given them the opportunity to weigh in. If they do give you some ideas, try to make them work :-). Pizza may not be your first choice but when you start researching you may find there are some fun options – a portable pizza oven, a pizza truck, pizza caterers, gourmet pizzas … who knows what you’ll discover.