Your little one is all grown up and is ready to graduate from high school. This is a huge achievement which is why you need to plan a graduation party for him. Unfortunately, planning such a party is not as easy as it seems. You need to make sure of a multitude of things, after all.
Thankfully for you, you have this article. Everything you need to know will be discussed below, so keep reading.
Pick A Date
The first thing you have to do is decide when the party is going to take place. Usually, graduations take place during the spring so having it somewhere during this period is what you should be doing. As your kid and his friends are done with school, they have enough free time on their hands. This allows you to choose from a multitude of dates.
However, you should be wary. Rain is not uncommon during the spring. So, you need to track the weather as much as possible, having the party when everything’s peachy. This is especially true for outdoor parties as we all know, teenagers love pool parties!
Location, Location, Location!
Location is very important when it comes to parties, whether it’s a graduation party or not. You need to have the festivities in a locale that’s easy for everyone to come to. This may be your home, but unfortunately, your house may be too small.
Maybe another parent can have the party in their home? If not, you could always have the party in a rented out venue, such as a reception hall. However, this would cost the most and we’re all about saving cash.
If you want a cheap and fun place to host the festivities, think about a gaming arcade. It’s full of entertainment and renting it out would be much cheaper than a reception hall. What’s more, they may even provide catering so you don’t have to worry about the food.
Work On A Budget
Compared to other parties, graduation parties aren’t that expensive. They’re relatively cheap to plan as teenagers aren’t the pickiest. This is especially true for food.
That being said, don’t go into it blind. Make a note of everything you need and how much it would cost. This would give you a rough idea of how much you’ll need.
You should think about planning the party with other parents. This makes it even cheaper as all of you would split the costs.
Get Great Food
Yes, teenagers aren’t picky, but this doesn’t mean you should serve food they won’t like. If you know your kid well, you might know that he loves fast food. This could be catered for your party. With an easy trip to a McDonalds, you could get everything you need.
Of course, some of the people attending, especially the parents may be picky. So, you’ll have to speak to the guests and make note of their food preferences. This prevents you from having instances where you have an all-meat buffet when there are vegetarians around.
Get Him The Best Gift
Graduation is major. It isn’t anything small as it’s your little one completing a huge milestone. Although a party would showcase how much you care about them, you’re expected to get your kid a gift. Graduation gifts have become the norm across the world. This is why there’s a range of gift ideas for you to choose from, with parents going all out and even getting their children their own vehicles.
Obviously, this might not be up your alley. So, spending some time online, going through gift guides would be perfect. Thi will make the hunt easier as there are multitudes of ideas, having very specific guides for graduation gifts for sisters, cousins, nieces and so on.
Decide On Who’s Coming
Speaking of guests, you need to decide who’ll be attending your graduation party. The more the merrier so it would be dull if it’s just your son, his friends, and their parents. Make sure to make it a family affair and get everyone to come. Invite all your son’s friends, including those that aren’t graduating. Of course, neighbors would be perfect too!
Get A Time Capsule
It’s not mandatory but certainly necessary, to commemorate the huge change in your child’s life. So you should plant a time capsule. Time capsules are a great addition to the party as it’s different, and is a great form of entertainment. Your child and his friends that are graduating would write about their life and what they wish to accomplish in the next 10 years.
Burying the capsule and coming back to it in 10 years would be such a treat to all of them, all thanks to you.
You Need Entertainment
You’re dealing with teenagers. A time capsule shouldn’t be the only form of entertainment you have around. You need great music, and if you want to go all out, get a DJ. Everyone can dance the night away, enjoy each other’s company and eat good food.
If you are getting a DJ, you shouldn’t be cheap. Price matters and the more expensive they are, the better they are at their job. Obviously, you want the party to be a blast, so consider splurging a bit.
Yes, this can be expensive but this is one of the few parts of the night that would actually cost a bit.
Your graduation party kicks off a major change that’s about to take place. This is why you need to take a truckload of pictures at the party. Whipping your phone out and taking pictures is fine, but go the extra mile and hire a photographer. Along with the DJ, this is one of the few aspects that may cost you a bit.
Planning a graduation party is not difficult, but there is a range of things you have to make sure of. Thankfully, we ran through all of them. With our tips and tricks by your side, your party would be the best. So, what you’re waiting for? Get to work!