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Graduation Party Planning Tips
by Jennifer Harding
Lunds and Byerly’s Catering Manager
Cap and gown ordered. College acceptance letter received. Guest list written. Classes will soon be over, and it will be time to celebrate your son or daughter’s achievement!
The first thing that needs to be considered when planning a graduation party is location, location, location. Is your house equipped to hold a lot of guests? Is renting a venue a better option? This decision can be a matter of choosing between cost and convenience. Upon choosing a location you need to choose your date and weekends in May and June fill up quickly. One option is to think outside the box and have your graduate’s party during off times.
A picnic style brunch or evening dessert reception can help maximize the number of guests available to stop by and celebrate with your graduate. This also gives your graduate a chance to attend his or her friend’s celebrations.
As far as a food and a theme, consider what your graduate wants. This is a party in their honor and so they should have some input (within limits of course).
Quick tips on planning a great graduation reception:
- The most common mistake at a graduation party is serving too much. Many graduation parties are going on at the same time. Your guests will more than likely be stopping at several receptions throughout the day. Plan on half of the guests actually eating if your party is during a “peak” time. (Saturday or Sunday between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.)
- Be imaginative…people go to several parties serving the same food. What is your graduate’s favorite food? Is there a way to spin it to a fun buffet theme?
- If you serve only one beverage, make it bottled water! Figure one bottle of water per guest invited. Add in some canned sodas or punch for an option, but you can’t have too much bottled water. Stock up when it is on sale!
- Get help…this is one party you don’t want to miss. Have your party catered and staffed or ask friends or family to help replenish the food and beverages. You should be enjoying yourself. After all, your graduate didn’t get through school alone!
- Keep hot food hot and cold food cold. Rent chafing dishes or use crock pots to keep food hot. Your refrigerator will fill up quickly. Keep food cold on ice using creative items that you already have…child’s swimming pool, wheel barrow, canoe, etc. These items can easily become a part of your buffet food display. Fill your bathtub with ice to keep back up food cold.
Make this day fun! Your graduate has made you proud and has a bright future ahead. This should be a day to celebrate accomplishments together. You have done the hard work…enjoy yourself. You deserve it!