Grad, you have done it! Yippeeee! …Now it is time to celebrate!
Whether you are planning your own graduation party or throwing one for a graduate, it can be time consuming and stressful. Why not shift the focus from Hassle to Tassel?
Here are my top tips for creating a celebration that focuses on honoring the grad, enjoying good company and making memories as well as making it a stress free experience for you.
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Not only does a digital invite keep down costs, it makes managing rsvp’s and party details so much easier. Aaaaand! let’s face it, these day’s our graduates are all online so why would you go any other way?…what is paper mom?! lol!
When it comes to choosing your invite, Evite® has everything from the classic black, white and gold (don’t forget the photo of your special grad) to the fun and funky.
There are modern color schemes, font’s and fun trends like llamas (ummmm love!) so you can personalize your invite to match your graduates style from the very start of the planning process.
Tip: Make sure you coordinate the invite list with your grad (!!) and get the invite out early for guest counts and first dibs on a date.
Once you’ve sent your invite it’s time to use Evite Vendors to help you with the vendor search. It’s powered by GigMasters and this tool makes the entire process effortless! Gone are the days of hunting down recommendations, multiple searches across different platforms and ringing around for quotes.
Using Evite Vendors you can find music, photographers, specialty entertainment, rentals and more all in one place. Better yet, each search provides suggestions based on your budget and proximity to your venue.
Rest easy, you no longer have to take care of everything yourself, you get to pick and choose what you take on. Use vendors for everything or get selective – If you don’t like dealing with food, request caterers. If you don’t want to be on photograph duty all night, then delegate to the pro’s! Hunting for a DJ? the most you will need to do is create a “must have” playlist!
Pick a classic theme
Make it easy on yourself, don’t overthink the theme. Go with a classic color scheme like gold, black, white or chalkboard to evoke school days. Another fun & easy idea is incorporating the graduation cap or tassel.
Using one of these themes will cut down on your search for “cute décor” as you can use pre-made banners, balloons and centerpieces. Most stores and party décor vendors have something you can use that fits in with these themes. Add a congratulations banner or balloons that spell out congrats for a “pow” statement!
No matter what the event I always love to incorporate personalization.
For graduation celebrations this is even more important. Consider reflecting on the life of the guest of honor, memories from early childhood through to this awesome graduation achievement; a visual timeline of their life – nothing really does this like photographs or video. There are many options for showcasing photos, a photo wall, frames on a special entrance table, hanging photos from above or a photo collage like the “2017” below.
If you have a TV or screen available you could also consider a continuous stream of photograph still’s, a slideshow or even video messages from guests.
Another area where personalization has a big impact is the take home favor – one of my favorite favor options (since my own 40th birthday!) is personalized M&M’S®…fun and yummy! Click here to try it out. You get up to 3 colors in a batch and can add images, clip art and text.
Add tassels, tags or even mini grad hats to your M&M’S® favor container and you are done!
Celebrating, to me, just makes life more fun! It creates those memories that we look back on with joy.
Celebrating a graduate brings the opportunity to incorporate memory making across all generations. It is easy to create memories and keepsakes by incorporating advice from the older generation as well ass inspirational quotes & well wishes from the younger generation.
Create a sign in wall, a wishing tree or provide something unique like postcards for your guests to use to leave these messages.
Collecting these from guests also has the added benefit of guests feeling they have “had their say”. Not everyone gets to spend a large amount of time with the graduate but the guest of honor will be able to look back and reflect on these tidbits long into the future.
Think of it as a creative guest book option! Now in saying this I’m always going to hope there are some who take the phrase “give words of wisdom or inspiration” with a little tongue-in-cheek! Humor is everything!
Make Food, Drink & Clean Up Self Serve
If you are like me and no chef, make it easy on yourself. Either use Evite Vendors to book a caterer, or if you’ve chosen to keep costs down and handle the food yourself, incorporate a self serve option like a taco bar. Other self serve options, a BBQ selection, take-out from your grad’s favorite spot, pizzas or make use of delicious deli platters from the grocery store. Many grocery stores now sell pre-made platters especially for parties, you just need to order, pick up and leave it to your guests to do the rest. You’ll even be given disposable tableware and napkins.
For drinks, create a central chilled location like a bathtub, blow up or kiddies pool. Fill with ice and drinks and you are done!
Finally, when it comes to clean up make sure you use trash bags inside labelled bins so they can be easily lifted out and disposed of at the end of the night.
I hope these tips & tools help you create a memorable and stress free party for your graduate. Focusing on the Tassel and not the Hassle!