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What type of Graduation Party do you want?

When planning your graduation party one of the first things you need to do is decide what “type” of party you and your graduate want.  There are many different options.  Some we’ve seen over the years include:

  • an open house with a few people
  • an open house with a hundred people
  • a ‘by invitation only’ party
  • a party in the daytime or a party in the evening
  • a celebration on the week-end or during the week
  • a casual party or a more formal event
  • most parties are in the graduate’s home but you can also have it in a park (watch out for weather!), on a beach, in a hall, in a restaurant, at a golf club or even on a boat
  • an indoor party or an outdoor one (you should plan a backup like a rented tent or your house or a clean garage in case of bad weather)
  • a joint party with 1 or 2 friends or neighbors … consider a block party if there are multiple graduates in the neighborhood
  • a party with a “theme” – how about a luau, a beach party, a western theme, a college theme, or a sports theme

Of course with any of these options there are pros and cons.  Things you need to consider when deciding on the type of party include cost, number of people you want to invite, weather, and other parties or events that might be happening at the same time.   

You don’t need to spend an arm and a leg to create an interesting and memorable event.  Whether you are striving for an exciting gala with dancing and laughter, a quieter and more dignified event, or a cozy at-home celebration take the time to plan ahead and be creative.

One non-traditional approach is to throw a party for a group of friends graduating together.  Does your graduate have friends or relatives who are also graduating?  Perhaps two or three families could go in together and host one large get together.  Joint parties take some coordinating, but sharing in the shopping, food preparation and expenses will likely be worth the effort.

Whatever you do, don’t feel compelled to keep up with your friends and neighbors or the Jones’s.  Do what’s right for you, your family and your grad.

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