How to Plan and Host an Unforgettable Graduation Party

Is your son or daughter about to graduate? If so, you’ve got a graduation party to plan!

This milestone only happens once, so you want to make sure it’s an event your child will remember and cherish forever.

From planning the budget to choosing the decorations, we’ve got you covered.

Keep reading to learn how to host an unforgettable graduation party.

Create a Budget

Your first step is to sit down and create a realistic budget.

The average graduation party costs $578. This may be more than your budget allows, or you may have a much larger budget to play with.

Either way, factor in everything from the food and invitations to the venue rental and entertainment. Refer to a budget worksheet if you need more help.

Involve the Guest of Honor

Unless it’s a surprise party, get your son or daughter involved in the planning process.

What type of party do they envision? Do they want to celebrate at a fancy restaurant with a few close friends? Or would they prefer to invite everyone they know for a casual backyard cookout?

Of course, you may not be able to cater to every request, especially if you’re on a tight budget. Still, get your child’s input so the money you do spend is for things they really want.

Choose the Style and Theme

Not every party needs a theme, but graduation parties are the perfect occasion to have one.

Is your child obsessed with a particular sports team or hobby? Are they a music fanatic? What are their favorite colors?

All these provide insight into possible themes for a party. If you’re not sure what to choose, a luau or a barbecue are excellent options to ring in the summer and celebrate.

Decide on a Menu

If you’ve chosen a fun theme, your menu should be easy to plan. If you’re not hosting a themed party, think about what your family (and your guests) enjoy eating.

Is there a local specialty that everyone loves, like Maryland crab cakes or Philly cheesesteaks? Does your son or daughter have a favorite food you can build a menu around?

If your budget allows, you may want to hire a caterer. This will take some of the stress off you and let you focus on other aspects of the party planning.

Finalize Decorations and Entertainment

Now that most of the plans are in place, your last step is to decide on decorations and entertainment.

Do you want some custom balloons or graduation-themed decor? What about entertainment options? Will you hire a DJ or make a playlist for your iPod?

You’ll also want to think about possible games and activities. Photo booths with silly props have become popular in recent years. They’re fun at the time and also provide great memories for everyone to take home.

Graduation Party Supplies

Your child has worked hard to get to this moment.

Show how proud and supportive you are by sending them off in style to the next phase of their life.

Need more inspiration while you’re planning the graduation party? Check out our latest party planning blogs for more fun ideas.