Graduation Party Planning

Posted on 02. May, 2012 by in Organize

It’s that time of year for graduation parties! Congratulations to you if you have a graduate this year! Thinking of hosting a graduation party? Here’s a few tips for planning your fantastically organized party:


The House

  • Red-up clutter, consider hiring a professional organizer for extra help
  • It’s a good time to finish those incomplete projects, painting, etc.
  • Have guest room ready for out of town guests
  • Leave time for dusting, vacuuming, cleaning carpets before the party
  • Consider boarding pets if the houseful disturbs them

The Yard

  • Plan enough tables and lawn chairs for guests
  • Plant & weed the flowerbeds
  • Rent a tent for outdoor space (Main Events, Newark Oh)
  • Order a graduation sign for the yard (Balloons Bubbles N More, Westerville Oh)

The Invitations

  • Consider a date before the actual graduation so you’ll be done and can enjoy other parties!
  • Mail out invitations to friends and family members
  • Consider using an online invites on Facebook or Punchbowl
  • In the invite specify all the details such as the date & time, name, and address
  • Check with your graduate’s best friends for date conflicts, consider hosting a party together

The Decorations

  • Keep it simple and tasteful, use the school colors for plates, napkins, and streamers
  • Save / borrow / recycle decorations from other graduation parties
  • It’s fun to have pictures on display of the graduate to commemorate the occasion
  • Have a basket or decorate a gift box for cards for the graduate
  • A cute gift idea is to write a check for $20.12 for the graduate’s year of graduation

The Menu

  • Purchase paper products and trash bags
  • Use large plastic tubs for ice and pop
  • Plan foods you can keep warm in crock pots such as meatballs, chicken, pulled pork
  • Everyone likes finger foods like cheese, crackers, fruit and veggies
  • Consider catering or ordering food from places like Olive Garden or City Barbeque
  • Gordon Food Service (GFS) and Sam’s Club have great party foods
  • Order cake from local bakery or grocery store
  • Here’s a cute recipe for Graham Mortarboard Cookies.

The Thank-you’s

  • Have cards, envelopes, stamps and addresses ready
  • Have your graduate send a personal note to thank party guests



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