Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Fun Ideas and Graduation Party

Fun Ideas and Graduation Party Planning Resources

You can give your high school or college graduate a party that will be the highlight of his/her achievement. Whether it’s a small get together or a large party, its success is in the planning. Here is what you will want to do to make your graduation party memorable for your teen – includes links to more resources. Be sure to read through the planner before beginning, many things coincide depending on your basic decisions.
Make the basic decisions. Are you planning a large graduation party or a small dinner? What does your child want? These questions need answered before you begin to plan anything else.
Set a date and time for the graduation party. This can be harder than you think and should coordinate so that the most people can attend. Write down a few options and start calling those you would like to see come. Narrow down your choices until you have a date that suits the most people.
Plan your graduation party budget. Begin by deciding how much you can spend and then check around for prices of different things you would like to have or do. Write it all down! It is important that you not try to keep all of this in your head as you may forget an important bill. You also want to focus on the event instead of its price tag.
Find a place to have the graduation party. If you are going to use a hall, park or restaurant, you’ll need to begin planning this while you’re picking a date. If you are going to use your home, jot down things you will need to rent like a tent or coffee machine.
Determine your guest list. The size of your event will help with this. Your graduate will need to sit down with you and make a list of friends. Be prepared! He/she will most likely change this list many times.
Choose a fun theme. While the overall theme will be the graduation, you’ll need more than that to pull your party together. A theme for a graduation party can be as simple as the school colors or as detailed as the graduates college major. Choosing a theme will help you purchase supplies and decide on menus.
Purchase graduation party supplies. Paper products, decorations and invitations (free printable graduation invitations), are just a few of the things you’ll need for the party. Be sure to price out these things and write them down on your budget.
Decide on the menu. Will you be having a caterer make the food or will you be doing it? Either way, you’ll need to decide if you are serving a meal or just finger foods. Here is a list of graduation party recipes and there are all kinds of party recipes on our recipes for kids index.
Get some help for party day. Whether it’s a sibling, spouse or hired helper, you will need lots of help on the day of the party. This is your child’s graduation party, you need to have time to enjoy the event as well. So I will repeat: Do not take on all of the responsibilities yourself.

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