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Every year, nearly 4 million Americans graduate from a tertiary institution, are bidding farewell to their student lives and prepping for a life as a responsible, tax-paying adult. The day you graduate from college will undoubtedly go down as one of the most extraordinary days of your life. Donning your cap and gown on this special day is a sign of both your academic prowess and your inner strength as earning a diploma or degree is definitely not for the faint-hearted. An achievement this big is without a doubt worthy of a big celebration and what better way to do it than with a graduation party that will put all other graduation parties to shame. While pulling off a great party seems like a lot of hard work, it is actually surprisingly easy, especially if you follow a few basic guidelines.
Location is key
Where you have your party is probably the most important consideration when planning it. Unless you have a very outlandish theme in mind for your shindig, any decent-sized venue with enough space to move around in can be, with a little bit of effort, transformed into a pretty impressive party spot. While it is always an option to have it at someone’s house, you don’t want to have your party end up like a scene from a movie – complete with cop cars and yelling neighbors. Many colleges are willing to rent out their banquet rooms and halls for graduation parties which is ideal as there will not only be ample, safe parking available but no one can claim that they don’t know where the party venue is.
Pick a killer theme
Before starting to narrow down your list of possible themes, decide whether you want an elegant or a more casual event. If you are a classy lad or lass, a casino-themed party complete with bowties, cocktail dresses, a blackjack table, and roulette wheel may be right up your alley. Other popular chic themes to consider include ‘The Great Gatsby’, Old-school Hollywood, or a ‘Mad Men’ inspired get-together. If you are more casual by nature, choose a theme that will allow you to let really let your hair down. Good choices include a Taco & Tequila party, a Throwback to the 80s, and the ever-popular Backyard BBQ & Pool Party gathering.
Don’t be scared to delegate
What are friends for if you can’t rope them in to help plan and execute your dream graduation party? Even if you like to think of yourself as a master party organizer, you could possibly do with a few extra sets of hands to help you get ready for your big event. Unless you are enlisting the services of an events planner, you can’t possibly move around tables and chairs, decorate the venue, and prepare all the food by yourself. You should know what the strengths of your closest family members and friends are so put it to good use and assign tasks to them that you know they will nail.
Graduation really is a big deal and you have the right to make a big fuss about it. With some careful planning, you will be able to pull off a graduation party that will be remembered by everyone who attended for many years to come.
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