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.
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