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Academic accomplishments are something that human beings celebrate all around the world. When someone in your family or social circle finally achieves their degree or finishes college, it’s fun to celebrate and let off some steam.
However, if you haven’t been to a lot of graduation parties yourself, then you might not be familiar with the etiquette involved in planning a graduation party. After all, how do you know how many people to invite, or how big the event should be?
Here are a few quick tips that will help you to avoid any major mishaps when making sure that you deliver an A+ graduation celebration.
1. Keep it Small
Graduation celebrations are great, but they’re also usually about celebrating a student who’s exhausted after months of studying for finals. Unless you know that the person you’re celebrating is a true party animal, it’s often a good idea to keep the party small. Invite only the really essential people that you know the graduate will want to see.
This could include the closest friends that the student had at school, and any family members and loved ones that want to congratulate them. Remember, having a smaller guest list will also mean that you don’t have to spend as much on catering, or a venue.
2. Choose a Location
The great thing about graduation parties is that you don’t have to go too over the top with the venue. If the graduation ceremony is happening in summer, you could even have the party outside. On the other hand, if you stuck with our advice of keeping the guest list small, you might decide to throw the event at your own home.
If you’re only going to get a handful of loved ones together for a fancy meal, then the best venue for your graduation party will probably be a restaurant or a local café. Remember, you don’t need to go for a full blow-out dinner if your budget is low. An afternoon tea or picnic could be great too. Choose the timing that’s right for your graduate.
3. Let Everyone Know About Gift Expectations
Gifts aren’t always a must-have for a graduation party. However, there will be a handful of people who want to celebrate this accomplishment with presents. Usually, you’ll find that a graduated student will want more practical gifts than fun. For instance, they might need some cash so they can buy some new outfits for job interviews.
One great idea could be to pay for a professional to help design the new graduate’s CV, so that they can make more of an impact when applying for new roles. However, you don’t have to go for practical gifts if you don’t want to. Fun and interesting gifts that encourage the graduate to let their hair down are great too.
4. Get Lots of Pictures
Wherever you choose to host your graduation celebration, and however big it ends up being, it’s essential to get plenty of photos. Your student is going to want to look back on this day and remember it as often as possible. It’s much easier to reminisce when we have a lot of photos to transport us back to an important day.
You might even decide to create a video with lots of meaningful messages from people who wanted to come to the graduation party but couldn’t make it. This video could also include messages from the graduate’s nearest and dearest, reminding them how proud you are of their accomplishments. On the other hand, you could deliver hand-written cards, or add notes to a photo album of the day.
5. Be Flexible
Finally, if you’re throwing a surprise party and you discover that your graduate doesn’t have as much energy as you thought after a difficult school year, they might want to keep things simple. Talk to your graduate in advance to see if they’d prefer an afternoon tea or a quick get-together to a massive all-nighter celebration.
If the person you’re throwing the party for tells you that they’d rather keep things quiet and only invite a handful of people, stick to their requests. It’s easy to get carried away if you have a big family full of people asking you when you’re going to be throwing a party. However, a graduation celebration is all about showing your loved one how much you respect them for what they’ve accomplished. Don’t make the mistake of forgetting to keep the focus on them.
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