With the school year coming to a close, it’s likely you’ll be invited to some commencement events. If someone in your own family is graduating, you may even be hosting a graduation bash. Here are some must-have items for hosting a graduation party.
A party is not a party without decorations. A colorful tablecloth will brighten up the room. I like the idea of decorating in the your graduate’s school colors. Party City has a great assortment of graduation decorations in specific colors. A personalized photo banner, graduation garland and tissue honeycomb balls add some more flair. Outside, white hanging lights and lanterns will add ambiance to your yard.
A big trend right now with parties is to have individual portions that guests can pick up! You can put out plastic cups of pasta salad with forks in the cups. That way guests can simply walk by and grab some food. In addition, you can use a melon baller to put a variety of melons into individual cups too. If the weather is warm and you have perishable food, display your food on ice in this fun and inexpensive inflatable buffet from Oriental Trading in a graduation theme. A pretty way to serve drinks is with a beverage dispenser on a stand. For dessert, a tiered cupcake stand is a cute way to display desserts. Try this sturdy wire three-tier stand from Crate and Barrel.
Plates, Cups, Utensils and Napkins
While it’s good to encourage people not to be wasteful, you don’t want to run out of napkins, utensils and cups. A simple way to purchase all your tablewares is to buy a bulk pack of plates, cups, utensils and napkins in your grad’s school colors. Of course, for added fun, you might consider these graduation cap dishes.
Music is an essential part of any party. If you don’t have a stereo system for your home, you might try a portable bluetooth speaker like this one from Ion. It has a 75 hour battery and a 75 foot range so you can stream music wirelessly from a wide range of devices.
Fun and Games
A little entertainment can prevent your graduation party from being boring. Renting a photo booth for your party could get expensive. However, you could purchase an open back picture frame and take out any glass to use to frame your party guests for some entertaining pictures. For more funny picture memories, you can also purchase oversized sunglasses or some costume eyewear on a stick. A water balloon or a bean bag toss game is always fun too!
I hope your graduation party is a blast!
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