Two years ago, my husband and I threw a graduation party for his brother, Ben. Ben was graduating college at the time. We decided to throw a graduation party for our closest friends. We had about 20 people at the party. Here is a shopping guide for throwing a fun graduation party.
The decor should be based on the school’s colors. For Ben’s graduation, we used green and white as our theme. Everyone was asked to wear green and white. We had green tablecloths with white napkins. The tablecloth that we used was Riegel Rienu Recycled Solid Tablecloth and the napkins were Hometrends Woven Dinner Napkins. We placed gold string around each napkin to make it look like a diploma.
We had custom graduation banners made. They are 6 feet long and can easily be put up. We had the party in our back yard. We strung the banners along the fences. We also had photo collages and Polaroid cameras on each table. This allowed people to take pictures during the event so that we could create a new collage at the end of the night. People need to draw on the inspiration from the event because it is a milestone in someone’s life.
We used jerseys, t-shirts and signs from his college as decor and hung it around the yard. People should draw on every day items from the high school or college where the person is graduating from for inspiration. This can help the party come together. Gifts are often given. We had totes available for gifts so that they could be easily stored and then opened after dinner was finished.
A graduation party is mostly casual. We decided to choose a menu with college trends. We had Ramen noodles, spaghetti, hot dogs, hamburgers, Sesame chicken and pizza. These items were things Ben had consumed a lot of over his four years in school.
Cooking Utensils and Supplies
For the party, we used an Old Stone Oven Pizza Stone. We also used a Grill King gas grill, Mr Bar- B-Q tool set, pots and pans, Dixie cutlery and Mainstays serving spoons. Guests should feel at ease during the party. We had a make your own smoothie bar. We had fresh fruit, milk, ice and milk out on a table to take care of this added touch.
For the event, we had three long tables. We had Lifetime folding chairs that were white to match our theme. The tables that we used were Ozark Trail center folding tables. We also had picnic benches outside so that people could talk in groups without having to be at the tables all the time.
For a graduation party, I suggest using light that is not too bright as it can hurt everyone’s eyes. I had twinkle lights strung around the yard. We also had Kenroy outdoor table lamps on each table so that at night, they could be turned on so that people could see.
For the party, we hired a DJ. We also rented an instant photo booth. This allowed people to get up and dance and have fun while snapping candid photos that they could take home.
The Final Touch Should Be a Tribute to the Graduate
At the end of the Graduation party, we let one hundred balloons go into the sky. We gave everyone markers and they wrote hopes and dreams for Ben. The balloons then went into the sky to welcome this new phase of his life. A tribute such as this is a great way to end the evening and send everyone home on a high note.