It’s that exciting time of year when determined hopefuls prepare to graduate and take on the world! Here’s a checklist for setting the right atmosphere for a graduation party:
Decide first if you want whimsy or elegance. Always think thematically! Any school’s colors and mascot can be in harmony with personal taste. Don’t like an old miner mascot? Use it for inspiration by using lanterns and tin tableware on a stylish-and-cheap canvas tablecloth with gold coated almonds or glitter. Bird mascots are tied in with feathers and leaving-the-nest motifs. Monograms never go out of style. Set up photo-op areas for guests, providing easy props like empty picture frames for fun compositions. Balloons are fun for all ages, like these confetti balloons. Don’t be afraid to re-purpose ideas and decorations used for New Year’s Eve parties and wedding receptions.
Settings for Success
Incorporate reading, writing, and arithmetic into your party with these ruler napkin rings and paper wreaths made from famous prose or equations. Want a splash of eye-popping pattern? Check out festive table and service collections from French Bull. A quirky touch reflecting the graduate’s interests can bring smiles, like this plate set on grammar for English lovers, or these plates for those who survived school on midnight orders of pizza.
What to Serve?
Savory salads and artistic fruit arrangements often steal the show. If planning a smaller gathering and hope to sit down together, a beef rouladen or a hummus and grilled vegetable wrap might be the right touch. Rolled crepes or sugar cookies can look like diplomas too. Finger food is best, from ice cream and burger bars to cake pops and homemade s’mores. A Ghiradelli square atop a Reese’s peanut butter cup is an instant graduation cap.
Lights! Camera! Action!
Lighting sets the mood of any event. Paper lanterns and light strings are as beautiful as they are practical. Your lighting quality will also effect whatever pictures you take. Adjust digital cameras for tungsten lighting if indoors, and appropriate settings for day and night.
A Picture Says A Thousand Words
Upload pictures to Picaboo, MyPublisher, or Shutterfly to make invitations and announcements, posters and canvases, quilts and table runners, yearbooks and photo books, documenting the best of times, friends, and achievements. Have guests write encouraging messages photo matting or in books.
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