The Do’s And Don’t Of Graduation 2017
As the class of 2017 walks down the hallway for the last time two things may be on their mind: the future and the after-graduation party. Recently, I had the opportunity to attend a few graduation parties. Some were large and flashy while others were mellow and conservative. After reflecting on my graduation party experiences a few “do’s and don’ts” came to mind.
- Show off your accomplishments: I loved walking into a party and seeing everything that person had accomplished over the years. Awards, trophies, letters of recognition, sports achievements, and newspaper cutouts.
- Open house: it was nice to have a wide range of hours quest could arrive. Most know a few people graduating at once, so it’s nice to be able to attend everyone’s party.
- Plan ahead: Get enough table and chairs ahead of time so you aren’t scrambling the night before. Be sure to have enough seating for everyone. You wouldn’t want your guest to be standing or crammed in at one table. Especially if you are serving a luncheon or dinner.
- Picture booth: It’s great to get a picture with the graduate. There are many party stores that offer precut out items to take a fun picture. Or have a few dress up items. Have it print out right there or be able to post to social media.
- Say “Hi”: You invited these guest, it’s impotent to let them know you care. Saying Hi will let your guest know you cared. Some may have even traveled to show their support.
- Guest sign in: A book of pictures is a great way for your guest to sign as they enter the room. It’s entertaining for the guest to leave messages and enjoyable to go through later.
- Enough food: RSVP is the best way to know how many guests are coming. Make a separate card to send your announcements to you know how much food to prepare. Otherwise, appetizers are the way to go. Have popcorn, chips and salsa, cookies, or nuts to keep it simple.
- Mix friends and family: We get it you want to be with your friends after graduation, but guest wants to be with the graduate. One party I attended had 6 graduates in one room. It was packed! It was unapproachable. I also felt uncomfortable as I knew no one. I wanted to leave the minute I got there. Be mindful of all your guest. This might turn them away.
- Get caught up in the décor: some party planners like to go all out with decoration. Make the decor about the graduate. Too many decorations can be overwhelming. You want to keep it simple.
- Overlook the important guest: Plan the party when those who are important in your life can make it. Make sure there are no other big events happening.
- Disregard the Thank You cards: Often times guest will leave a card in the designated box and walk away. Afterward, they would like to know if you even received it. Take notes what you have received and make the thank you cards personally.
- Ignore the neighbors: Really families have lived in the same neighborhood for years. You become close to these people so include them on your list.
In the end, it’s your party. Have fun and enjoy this great success. You have earned it.
Congrats to the graduating class of 2017: