10 Graduation Party Ideas

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Throwing a graduation party is one of the best way, to celebrate your teen’s graduation from high school. It doesn’t need to be extravagant or expensive. The focus should be on fun and celebrating your teen’s success.

1. Host an Outdoor BBQ

A casual barbecue is a great way to celebrate with friends and family. The outdoor atmosphere can create a relaxed environment that encourages everyone to have a great time.

You can let the guests mingle casually or you can offer outdoor games to keep everyone entertained.

2. Create Lasting Memories with a Bonfire

If you’re fortunate enough to live in an area where you can host a bonfire, a late evening party can create lasting memories for everyone. Serve snacks or even combine it with a barbeque and cap the evening off with the fire.

3. Reserve a Restaurant

If you’d prefer to host the party away from home, a restaurant can be the perfect place. Invite a small number of people to a restaurant and you won’t have to worry about cooking. Of course, this option can get pricey, so you may want to keep the guest list to a minimum. But, if you’re planning to host a small affair anyway, reserving space at a local restaurant can relieve you of any party planning stress.

4. Throw a Pizza Party

If you’re hosting an indoor party and don’t want to spend a lot of money, a pizza party can be an affordable option.

Order up a variety of pizzas and toppings and get them delivered to your door. Add some drinks and a few side dishes and you’ll be able to serve everyone with little expense.

5. Rent a Catering Hall

If you’re hoping to host a large gathering, renting a catering hall may be the best option. You won’t have to worry about the cooking and you won’t need to have a rain plan in the event of inclement weather.

Some halls will even do the decorating for you.

6. Create a Casual Brunch

A casual brunch can be an inexpensive yet fun way to gather everyone together. During the busy graduation season, many families have full schedules during the afternoons and evenings. Sometimes a late morning or early afternoon party will be able to meet most people’s needs. Serve a variety of breakfast foods and light snacks and you’ll be able to host a casual, inexpensive party.

7. Party It Up with a Luau

Encourage your guests to put on a Hawaiian shirt and attend your luau graduation party. Decorate with a variety of tropical themed decorations and party favors. It will create a celebratory atmosphere right from the start.

8. Rent a Tent

If you want to host an outdoor party, but don’t want to take a chance on the weather, renting a tent can assure you that you’ll be able to host your party rain or shine. Check around for tent rental prices as they can vary greatly.

9. Throw a Theme Party

Graduation parties lend themselves to a variety of theme opportunities.

Host a party with your teen’s future college as a theme. Or, make your teen’s major or future career aspiration the theme. Make the cake, decorations and invitations center around your theme idea.

10. Invite People to an Open House

If you’re looking for a more casual option during the busy graduation season, an open house may be the way to go. Invite guests to make an appearance during your open house hours but make it clear that there isn’t an expectation to stay for the entire party. Guests can filter in and out, wish the graduate well, and be on their way.

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