Graduation Party Checklist

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  • Set up an account at your bank specifically for saving funds towards the party, and add a little each week. Ask other family members to chip in.
  • This is subject to flux, but get a ballpark idea of how many guests you can handle.
  • June is wedding month as well as graduation, so book early and put down a deposit. Or, plan to have the party at your house, or a classmate's home.
  • Planning way in advance can discourage wild off-site parties being planned by the graduates themselves. Work with other parents to plan an all inclusive party for a safe, fun time.
  • By now you should have save some cash and have an idea of what you can spend. Lay out a realistic game plan.
  • Graduation party supplies can sell out fast, so get some of the paper products and decorations early - they won't spoil.
  • If you are holding your college graduation party in a banquet hall you may need to obtain licensing, and find a vendor well in advance.
  • Maybe one of the graduates is part of a band, or you can convince a local DJ to provide musical entertainment.
  • Another item that should be taken care of sooner rather than later, as spring schedules fill up fast.
  • Send these out in plenty of time to make sure your party is the one people decide to go to. Ask for RSVPs - include your phone number and email address.
  • Decide if your party is formal and elegant or casual and laid back. Include this information I the invitations.
  • Plan some fun games to break the ice and get the party started.
  • Put a deposit down on a machine and sound system early for maximum fun
  • Make sure you have plenty of folding chairs even if you are having a casual event.
  • If the caterer isn't providing plates, silverware, napkins and tablecloths, make sure you have this covered on your end.
  • Get your cake ordered and set a time to pick it up - this avoids delivery problems.
  • Make a list of what the caterer is covering, and fill in any gaps.
  • To avoid late deliveries and delays, accept as many deliveries as you can prior to the actual day of the party.
  • No party is complete without them, so order early and arrange to pick them up the day of the party.
  • Get some extra rest in the morning - the party will be exhaustingly fun!
  • Have batteries in cameras and video cams, and a blank book for all guests to sign and later transform into a scrapbook.
  • Balloons, streamers, signs and everything else should be in place in plenty of time.
  • Make sure the caterer has room to work, and pick up the cake.
  • Set up a table for gifts for the graduate if it is a private party.
  • Have some! This is a celebration, and everyone should have a blast.
  • Pay promptly and thank them for their service.
  • Have plenty of large trash bags and get everyone to pitch in.
  • Let your graduate(s) know how proud you are.
Scores 4.80 with 400 votes

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