Graduation from any academic institution is cause for celebration, but a college graduation party is one of the most memorable events to honor the hard work and success of a student. A special party with friends and family can celebrate graduation and pay tribute to the many accomplishments of the graduate, showing not only support for his hard work in the past, but also celebrating his success in the future. Read on for a brief guide on how to plan the best possible college graduation party for the college graduate in your life.
Step 1: Set a Date
One of the most important things to do for the party is to set an appropriate date. It's best if you can do this well in advance of the party. Keep in mind that there will likely be a huge number of activities for college graduates and their families around the time of graduation. Thus, it's helpful to have a schedule of those events so that you can ensure that you are able to plan the party during a time all of the graduate's friends and family members will have the opportunity to attend. If the party is meant to be a surprise for the graduate, notify the other guests so that they don't make other plans during the time of the party.
Step 2: Set a Budget
Set an approximate budget for the party. Having a sense of how much money you're willing to spend will help you to plan the remaining details of the party. People looking to throw a party on a limited budget can consider having a drop-in party at a home instead of at another venue or location.
Step 3: Plan the Food
Consider the types of food that you'd like to have at the party. While there are some traditional foods that people often include as snacks or appetizers, you can also think about having a fully catered meal at the party as well. If you decide on that, it's important to then decide what you'd like to serve. Think of food items that the graduate particularly enjoys and which will be suitable for a wide number of people. You can then plan whether you will cook the food or whether you'll purchase it from a restaurant or catering service.
Step 4: Plan the Drinks
The drinks that you serve at your party may depend on the people who will be in attendance. It's common to have beer, wine or other alcohol for those guests over 21. Keep in mind that some people may prefer to drink non-alcoholic beverages like soda or juice, and you'll need to have options for those people under 21 who are at the party as well. Making a punch for the party is a good way to provide a customized drink that is delicious.