If you’ve got a high school senior in your house, chances are there’s a graduation party in your future for 2012. Don’t just throw together any old party come June; high school graduation is a momentous event and you’ll want to make your son or daughter’s as memorable as possible. This year, skip the typical banners, streamers, and balloons and go in for something a little more modern and hip but that’s still totally personal and fun. Here’s how to throw a high school graduation party that both recognizes your son or daughter’s achievement and makes memories that will last your him or her a lifetime.
Throwing a big party can be a challenge, but in this instance you’re likely not the only parent who is planning such an event. Why not pool your resources with other parents to not only get more bang for your buck but also relieve some time and money pressures a bit? Talk to the parents of your graduate-to-be’s friends and see if they’d be willing to go in on a single event that really makes the grade rather than several smaller events that aren’t as memorable and might even end up on the same day anyway. After all, there are only so many Saturdays and Sundays in June.
Set the stage for your event by sending out fun and creative invitations that let guests know this is anything but the typical graduation party. Write or print out the party details, then roll up a la a diploma, tie with a ribbon, and send out in postage tubes. For a sweet touch, include little mortar board-inspired lollipops: simply insert a chocolate peanut butter cup upside down on a lollipop stick, use a little melted chocolate to affix a chocolate square on top, and then a little more melted chocolate to attach a licorice-whip tassel.
Barbecues and potluck buffets are the norm for graduation parties, but a creative color palette can give your food table a fun update. For a school-centric twist on graduation party food, consider sticking with nosh in the colors of your high school sports teams. Consider having one table with savory foods and one for sweet, such as a candy table with various confections displayed in glass containers. If you can’t think of savory foods that fit in with your school colors, try playing with condiment colors for the usual barbecue suspects like hotdogs and hamburgers. Don’t forget, food coloring can go a long way!
High school graduation is the end of one era and the beginning of another, a time for simultaneously looking back at fond memories and looking forward to new ones. A slideshow of photos from the past four years is a great way to remember the good times, but don’t stop the party cold to gather everyone together to watch it. Consider having a continuous slideshow on a blank wall or television without sound that won’t actually interfere with the flow of the party while still giving guests a chance to remember. Then make new memories by renting a fun photo booth where your graduate and his or her friends can squeeze in and commemorate the day.