In the words of Nelson Mandela, “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” While the road to graduation can oftentimes feel like it never ends, the month of May continues to produce fresh graduates eager to start the next chapter of their lives. Lawyers, teachers, doctors, and entrepreneurs are released into the real world to face their future careers and say goodbye to college life for good. While this life change is a celebration on its own, there is no better way to shout to the world that you’ve done the impossible than to throw that cap in the air and have yourself a graduation party.

After the late-night study sessions and a diet of dollar store groceries, you deserve graduation that offers delicious food and a stress-free environment while celebrating your victory with friends and family. How can you get away with such an event stress-free? Simply follow this step-by-step guide while planning the perfect sayonara.


Location, Location, Location

First things first, a location should be selected that both fits within your budget and works with the type of gathering you plan on having for your celebratory day. Whether you host a party in your back yard or invite all of your guests to a local venue, be sure to select a location that suits you.


The Guest List

Friends, family, classmates, and your neighbor’s sister’s cousin’s dog….be sure to include everyone that is important to you. The point of your grad party is to surround yourself with the people you want to share your memories with, no matter who that might be!


The Music

With today’s technology, the entertainment at a grad party could be as simple as an iPhone hooked up to some speakers playing your favorite Pandora station. Remember that people are coming to your party to celebrate, keep the music fun and upbeat!


The Games

While traditional graduation parties are simply a place for people to gather and eat while celebrating, we would suggest giving your guests some games to play! Games will both encourage conversation and bring a fun element to your party that will make guests want to stay all night! We suggest games like volleyball, corn hole, and horseshoes.

The Food

Finally, our favorite part of any party…the food! In an event such as this, it is important to keep food light and easily portable as guests will be walking around and grazing while they socialize. Finger foods like chicken wings, for example, are the perfect item for your grad party, and they can be easily paired with chilled pasta or salad.


While this is to be used as a guideline tool for party ideas while planning your graduation party, we encourage you to get creative and add some flare to make it your own! Most importantly, make sure to sit back, relax, and enjoy this celebratory day. You deserve it, grad!

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