During the last 18 years, it’s likely that a few dozen people helped you raise your kid — and you may want to invite all of them to the graduation Decorations party. Just remember that the party is first and foremost for your child, who may want to invite all of his friends. Come up with a maximum number of people to invite, and allocate at least half of those spaces to your grad. My parents actually hosted two small graduation parties for me — one for family and one for my close friends.
Send an invitation that captures hearts
Now that you have your guest list squared away, choose a graduation party invitation that’s fun, memorable and includes lots of photos from your kid’s high school career. Feeling sentimental? Throw in a few photos from nursery school and elementary school, too. Just double check that your senior is okay with that! When I received the graduation party invitation of a girl I babysat for years ago — and saw a photo of her at three, I couldn’t help but feel both weepy and proud! And I RSVP-ed right away.
Deck out your Graduation Decorations party space with thematic decorations
If you’re throwing a party in your home or backyard, make sure to jazz up the setting with graduation-themed decorations. My mom got creative by stringing wire along our backyard and attaching light bulbs with notes that said, “Wishing Rachel a bright future!” At a friend’s party, the hosts offered guests diploma-like napkins — white and rolled up with a bow.
Minimize the speeches
As a parent of a high school grad, you may want to share dozens of memories and anecdotes, beginning from the day your kid was born. But, in my opinion, it’s best to minimize the speeches. Your kid may not want you to take a half hour to go down memory lane with all of his friends there. Keep your speech short and sweet, making it clear how proud you are of your grad, without, publically, letting out all of your tears.
Send your guests home with goodies
Gift your guests with fun graduation mementos that leave everyone feeling excited about the future. Oh the Place You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss is one amazing book that everyone can enjoy — regardless of their age. At my party, we handed out graduation-cap shaped peanut butter cookies — my favorite! They were lovely to admire, but hard to resist eating.
If you're celebrating someone special's graduation this year, you’ve probably already been racking your brain planning that impending graduation party. But we’re here to tell you, there’s no need to dread it. In fact, the party prep can actually be fun with these adorable (and seriously doable) graduation-themed decorations and treats.
Of course, you’ll want to display your grad’s senior pics. Attach a few of your favorites to a pre-made wreath form. Then add a little glitter or ribbon, and voila! Done. Guests will have no doubt they’re in the right place when they see this masterpiece on the front door.