Throw a Creative Graduation Party on a Budget
It’s that time of year, again.
What an exciting time it is to celebrate the graduation of a loved one. However, like most party planning, it comes with two huge factors: stress and expense. A party can get overwhelming for many during this busy time of year, and it leaves many with the thought of “why even bother?”
Throw your loved one a graduation party without any fear of stress or expense. Whether you are throwing an eighth grade or high school graduation party, these tips will surely keep you within budget and save your sanity. I’ve got everything covered in order to successfully throw a party friends and family will never forget.
So, your kid wants a party? Have you stopped to think about the other kids in their class who also might want a party? Don’t do it alone. Ask parents if they would like to throw a party, and share the responsibilities. Designate an area for each parent to assist – great money and stress saver.
Depending on the amount of guests, most state and regional parks have pavilions that would work well for these types of gatherings. For a very small rental fee or donation, you will only need to worry about renting tables and chairs. Most pavilions already have built-in seating. But, you may need more seating, depending on your party size.
Long gone are the days of expensive invitations. With sites like Shutterfly and Snapfish, invitations cost as little as 45 cents each. If you want to save time, use the option to have them send the invitation out for you. The charge is the cost of a postage stamp, but weren’t you going to buy a stamp anyway? Want to save more? Go the evite route and pay nothing to send invitations electronically.
You don’t need to go all out when it comes to decorations. There are easy, affordable decorations and party supplies you can buy in bulk. Balloons, centerpieces and table coverings can be extremely affordable, if purchased online. If you want to get creative and fun, check out these affordable graduation party ideas.
One thing you should always remember about graduation parties is that they don’t need an elaborate sit-down dinner menu. It is best to go with finger foods and things that are easy to prepare, set out and re-heat, if necessary. You can either cater, and they will take care of set-up and clean up, or you can order from them, save a bit of money and set up yourself. Dessert also doesn’t need to be fancy. A simple cake, coffee and perhaps a nice assortment of cookies and fruit would work nicely.
The graduation season is bittersweet for many. It is a wonderful time for graduates to look forward to their future and for you, as a parent, to enjoy the day in celebration of your graduate.
About the blogger:
Angela Caban is an Army National Guard spouse, mother of two, freelance writer, published author and branding expert. In 2010, she founded the Homefront United Network, a military spouse and family support blog created to assist spouses who do not live near an installation, and she is also co-founder of SpouseTalks. As a branding and digital influencer, she has created content for A&E, Lifetime Network and PBS. Currently, Angela serves as a Community Manager for USAA, writing about her experiences in deployment and military life.