Nifty College Graduation Party Ideas

Nifty College Graduation Party Ideas
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    How will you celebration your college graduation?

    With a big party or by holding a small, private event?


Its your call on how you want to mark the occasion, but keep in mind that your parents, friends and family may have certain expectations. Here’s some ideas on how to hold a graduation event to be remembered.

1. Choose your date. Do you want to have your graduation party on the same day that you turn your tassel or would you prefer to have it a day or two later? It really doesn’t matter — you can have a small gathering with the people that attended your graduation then follow up with a regular party with all your invited guests.

2. Make up a menu. Where will you celebrate your party? At a restaurant? A hall? At home? The venue isn’t that important, but the food and drinks surrounding it are. Start off with light snacks and drinks before progressing to the main meal. It can be a nice icebreaker and mingler to have people gather for a meet and greet before you get to the meal. The meal should reflect your desires. You may prefer a cookout, with dad grilling away and mom adding in her main dishes. Another option is to have the food catered. Whether alcohol is served or not is up to you and your convictions.

3. Assemble the decorations. What sort of theme do you want to mark the occasion? If you’re having the party in a hall or at home, you can decorate as you please. And that theme can reflect anything you like. For instance, if you finished a veterinary program, you might want to have an Animal House look, without the togas. Tables might be decorated with stuffed animals and animal-themed streamers crisscrossing the room. Or, you might pick a theme such as Hawaii, and have everyone come dressed in their Pacific attire. Balloons, leis, beach hats, and patio lights are whimsical decorations that will have your guests talking about it.

4. Bring on the entertainment. You might go all out and hire a DJ to play your favorite music. You should also have a photographer on hand to take pictures. If you have a backyard pool, you can include it in the celebration encouraging people to bring with them their swim wear. And if there will be a lot of younger children present, bring out the sporting equipment and get the games started.

5. Hold an open house. Some grads prefer to have a less formal party or simply prefer to allow people to come and go. This is where an open house party can be ideal especially if people’s schedules are compressed. Set aside a time for people to stop by, for instance from 1 p.m to 5 p.m., providing snacks and nonalcoholic drinks to your guests. You may find it easier to see people individually than collectively, holding conversations that would otherwise be impossible to conduct.

Party Tips

Although presents are not required, you’ll find that guests will bring them anyway. Ask your parents to set up a table to gather the gifts, making sure that the names are on each one. You’ll send thank you notes within the coming days.

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