People tend to go all out when it comes to graduation and the parties associated with them. Family members and friends are just as eager to support your party and help plan and finance it. However, this can be tricky, and not everyone has an unlimited party budget. The following is a general shopping list to help you choose what items you need.
You have literally an infinite number of choices to decide from, and whether it be juice, tea, wine, water or soda, it is very important that you have enough of it and enough choices. Don’t think that 20 different choices of red wine is “variety” either. For example, you may have friends that don’t drink alcohol for health or religious reasons, thus you need add other options besides only wine or champagne. Otherwise, why did you invite them? If you plan to serve alcohol, stay away from hard liquor. People will always drink at a party and someone will always bring some liquor at some point. So you don’t need to add fuel to that fire, and if you’re in high school, what are you doing drinking?!
This is not an item that you can pick up at the store, per say, but it something you need to consider. Some people like to have their party at home, and consequently enjoy cleaning up the destruction left behind by their guests. My graduation party for both high school and college were small affairs are a medium-priced restaurant like P.F. Chang’s. All that matters for some people is just being in a place with your loved ones, celebrating your achievement and not having to worry about cleaning up a mess.
So you got the venue, but you didn’t think of the décor. Oh you bought the streamers, and fog machine, but notice something weird? All you guests are standing and are quite annoyed. They have nowhere to sit and relax and are all waiting for the minute they can go home. Be sure to have more chairs than people, double even, this way no one is looking for an empty chair and there will always be somewhere to sit. Entertainment should also be considered. I didn’t have any special entertainment, just some music playing in the restaurant, but some people like to hire DJs and other entertainers.
This is pretty self-explanatory. Your guests need to eat, and they should expect to. I mean most of them brought you an expensive gift simply for going through school. The very least you can do is feed them! If your venue is a restaurant, then this is already taken care of. However, if you are hosting at home it doesn’t mean you have to cook. Check your local restaurants to see what kind of catering service they offer. You may be pleasantly surprised to see how affordable they can be, and this really adds to any party. Heck, even ordering a bunch of pizzas is better than nothing, and almost everyone loves pizza. Other foods to consider are; fruit cocktails, barbeque, ice cream, chips, pasta and other dishes.
Hopefully this list has helped you set up a solid foundation to having a great graduation party, even if you feel your diploma hasn’t (which it should!).