After four long years and an endless string of sleepless nights, graduation is finally here. Whether your grad is moving on from high school or college, there are plenty of ways to celebrate and send them off into the next phase of their lives!
One of the most important things to remember when planning a graduation party is to keep it simple. Wrapping up a major milestone like high school or college is hectic enough, even after it’s all said and done. Your new grad is probably already stressed out about what’s next, so keep things casual and low-key.
The Guest List
Depending on the age of your new grad, it’s safe to assume that his or her classmates will likely be throwing graduation parties of their own. Invite family and family friends, but keep in mind that the grad will probably be doing their own celebrating with pals after all the dust has settled. Let classmates know they’re welcome but not required to attend. Also, consider inviting people beyond the family, like particularly influential teachers, mentors, neighbors and close family friends.
Graduation parties are notoriously difficult to plan, so don’t put too much on your plate by trying to plan a formal gathering or sit-down soiree. Afternoon parties are less demanding and allow people to come and go, keeping it casual and much less stressful. And don’t hesitate to plan something a week or more after graduation. Since it’s such a busy time of year, it’s very common to keep the graduation celebration going for a couple of weeks after the big day.
Private residences seem to be the best bet for graduation parties, especially if you’re expecting a lot of people. Parties at restaurants and clubhouses are definitely special and come with a lot of perks (like not cleaning up!), but a private home allows for you to customize the celebration with photos and memorabilia to capture just how truly special this time is for your new grad.
Let’s keep this simple: Grads want cash. Laundry baskets and socks full of quarters are great, but nothing truly makes a grad feel a little easier about the near future than a little bit of fiscal security.
Help make the first few months of freedom just a little easier by taking the pressure off those first electric bills and even the first solo trip to the grocery store. If you’re wary of giving a wad of cash, a gift card for gas and groceries is just as good.
Happy celebrating, and congrats to all the new grads out there!