high school

4 Tips for a Successful Graduation Party

With summer around the corner, you may know someone who is planning their graduation party, or that someone may even be you! Graduation parties are celebrations dedicated to all of the hard work you put into your high school or college education. It’s a day that celebrates this pivotal moment in your life, and a day where you enjoy your time with friends and family. The best part? Graduation parties could be anywhere! However, whether it be in your home or in a hall, we’re sure you’d like it to be memorable and fun. Here are some tips to consider when planning your graduation party:

1. Plan Accordingly. Because many of your friends may also be planning graduation parties, plan in advance to make sure that yours doesn’t fall on the same day as one of them. For high school, graduation parties begin around the end of June and go until the end of July. For college, graduation parties may begin at the end of May and could also go until the end of July. An important factor to consider is that weekends tend to get busy for everyone in the summer. Aside from graduation parties, many people go on vacations, attend weddings, baby showers, or spend time with relatives. Why not throw a party during the week? You could possibly get a better deal at a hall, or it could be the only sunny day of the week if you’re throwing it at home! Plan in advance to allow your guests to make sure they’re free that day.

2. Choose a Theme. A great way to make your graduation party memorable is by choosing a theme. Since it’ll be summer and all about you, choose a theme that’s easy to work with and that you love! Certain themes are best used depending on where you’re throwing your party. Why not try a Hawaiian Luau theme if you’re throwing your party at home or outside? If you’re throwing your party at a restaurant or hall, why not go for a Nightclub theme? If you’d like to go for a more simple approach, why not make it a School theme with your school’s banner, colors, and graduation hats as centerpieces? Another theme is to simply use fun, summer colors in your party favors and decorations. Whichever theme you choose, it’s important to choose it early to have your invitations match them.

3. Play Games. Whether you’re graduating from high school or college, playing short, fun games can make your party more enjoyable for the mix of friends, adults, and family members you’ll have there. Pass around trivia questions about you to your guests, and whoever answers the most correctly wins a prize. Make the questions fun and tricky to get your guests thinking. Another game that’s great for guests is to answer a series of questions that involve two truths and one lie about you. Make the incidents funny and interesting, and whoever answers the most correctly could also win a prize.If you’re having your party outside, karaoke could be fun for people of all ages. If you decide to have games at your party, make sure to hand out prizes to the winners to make your guests want to play. A fun idea for a high school graduation party is to have a time capsule there, and have your classmates fill it with something from their high school years to only open up on your 10-year reunion.

4. Food and Drinks. When serving your guests food and drinks, make it as simple as possible. Finger food or food on a stick such as fruit kabobs are the most convenient and easy to eat. If you aren’t having your party at a restaurant or hall, most people aren’t expecting to be served a meal. Why not try out a cotton candy machine or a popcorn machine? Instead of a cake, why not have cupcakes? Having an ice cream bar would be a hit with guests as well; especially if you rent a soft ice cream machine that can be outside without worry of melting desserts. If you’re going to have a theme such as BBQ or Luau, stick to that theme when it comes to the food also. If you are having a high school graduation party, it is best to not serve any alcohol whatsoever. Because it’ll be summer, have plenty of bottles of water. If you’re having a college graduation party, the majority of the people there will be over the age of 21, so it is acceptable to serve alcohol. A fun idea would be to have someone mix drinks behind a bar.However, be thoughtful of the people who do not drink alcohol and have plenty of options for them as well.


No matter where and when you decide to throw your graduation party, it could be a success on any budget. Before planning, make a budget and stick to it. This will allow you to do your research on different prices for things. Write it down, make a checklist, and include all of the bills so you won’t forget. Choose what is most important for you during your party, and spend more on that. Remember, this is your day, and you should celebrate it the way you want to!

 

Post By: Izabella De Souza

Photo Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Why go? I’ve caught up with everyone on Facebook.

The release of “American Reunion” sparked our interest in the topic of reunions.  After a bit of research, we have found that they are still occurring at a high rate but the attendance is down 10% from previous years.  Could this be the Facebook effect?  Can one possibly find out everything they need to know about past classmates using social media?  Well, yes, but also no, the reason is that it is up to the discretion of the Facebook user to disclose what they want and when they want.  I like to say, “Everyone’s life is fabulous on Facebook”, and not many people are willing to disclose every bad moment in their lives.

In an article from USA Today, we found that although attendance of reunions is down people still enjoy the face-to-face contact they lack from social media sites.  Facebook has reduced the mundane conversations to more intimate conversations about life that generally would not be touched on 10 years ago.  The only thing Facebook has ruined for reunion goers is the element of surprise, especially for the High School outcasts who were anticipating their big revenge for all those years of torture.

The idea of attending your high school reunion conjures up all sorts of emotions for everyone.  Personally, it only reminded me that I was that much older and how quickly time has passed.  I recalled the days of Facebook back in 2004 when I had approximately 25 friends; all of which I saw on a regular basis on campus.  When I check back to my Facebook page I have now acquired 567 friends in less than 10 years; granted less than 25% of these friends are people I attended high school with.

One day on Facebook I received a notification informing me that a former classmate has added me to the 2001 High School Reunion group.  I understand the gesture of adding a friend to this group but I did not appreciate being thrown into a group of people I have purposefully kept out of my Facebook and personal life.  I immediately removed myself from said group and stuck to my “I will not attend my high school reunion” attitude; which was eventually cancelled due to a lack of interest and attendees.

For most of us the idea of attending your high school reunion remains pointless.  We create excuses such as; we simply don’t care to attend, too busy, too expensive, or hated High School and the people.  Most of all, Facebook has created a generation who is in constant contact with their past, present, and future.  With the click of a button we can literally find out where someone is, what they’re doing, who they are friends with, and even see what they had for dinner.  Facebook has stifled the need for reunions because we can find methods of reuniting on our own.  We no longer need the help of reunion companies or our alumni offices to get in touch with classmates because of course, everyone has a Facebook.

 Scroll to top