It is graduation season, and that means graduation parties. Don’t let the idea of throwing a graduation party make you jittery. The key is to keep it simple so you can keep your sanity and your budget under control. This graduation shopping guide will help you get your shopping done quickly and efficiently.
Must-have mail order items
You will need a few custom mail-order items to personalize your graduation party. Items you can get online for a reasonable price include graduation banners in the form of yard signs or wall hangings. You should be able to get these for under $25.00. They can be personalized with the school name, school colors, graduate’s name, and graduation year. While you are at it, order graduation photo announcements to send to out of town friends and family who won’t make the party. Personalized party favors are also available at any website that sells banners.
Graduation party items for a dollar
If you got a little carried away, and the mail-ordered items have taken a chunk out of your budget, don’t fret. You can get the bulk of your graduation shopping done at the dollar store. You will find items to decorate your tables and walls, provide party favors, and supply plenty of snacks and drinks. Here is dollar store shopping list:
- paper plates in graduation colors
- graduation themed plastic table covers
- centerpiece decoration
- generic graduation banners
- Picture frames with graduation tassels
- balloons, regular helium balloons, and a few mylar balloons
- window/car markers
- soft drinks
- snacks (chips, salsa, popcorn, pretzels, nuts, etc.)
Grocery items for your graduation party
Even after you have visited the dollar store, there will still be a few items you will need to get from the grocery store. Some of the items are just cheaper than the grocery store, and others are just better quality, especially when it comes to food. You can purchase these items at the local supermarket or warehouse retail store.
Party utensils and cups (less expensive than at the dollar store)
- vegetable or fruit trays
- cake/cupcakes or cake mix and icing
- Sandwich or barbecue fixings
(Alternatively, you can have the main meal catered from a barbecue joint, sandwich shop, or ethnic restaurant.)