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Throwing a party at home is not new to our family. In fact, we’ve thrown almost every Baptism, birthday, and graduation party at home over the years. Three children equal a lot of parties!
There’s something about throwing a party at home for me, I love to entertain and we are more casual party people.
With another graduation coming up for us, I wanted to share my tips on how to throw a graduation party at home.
How To Throw A Graduation Party At Home
Set A Date
First things first. Set a date and time for your graduation party at home. It doesn’t have to be the day of graduation, especially if you are inviting out-of-town guests. That way it can give them some extra time to figure out travel plans.
Set A Budget
Like any party or event you should set a budget. Parties can add up super quickly if you don’t know where your money is going.
Budget for things like:
You can easily create a graduation budget on a sheet of paper or track it on your phone.
Get The Word Out
Don’t skip invitations! For me, invitations are not only to get the word out about your graduation party but they also make great keepsakes for your kids!
I like to order invitations completed customized with the school colors.
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They offer tons of invitations including:
Plan The Food
For me parties are all about the food, its the Italian side of me 😉
We’ve thrown so many parties at home that I like to enjoy the party rather than worrying about the food.
Think about catering options with your local grocery store. Their deli and bakery options are perfect for a graduation party at home.
I like to order a bunch of foods such as hero sandwiches, chicken wings and pasta salads. Since its usually hot in June when we have our graduation party, it’s a good idea to keep foods light for your guests.
Don’t forget the dessert! A small candy bar is a good option too! For this, I try to find candy that is specific to their school colors. Party City is where I find this most of the time. Or you can search Amazon for “purple candy bar” or your school colors to see what comes up! Add some goodie bags to the table and this can also become a party favor.
Since you are using a local grocery store this keeps your budget pretty low, unless you were making the food yourself.
Decorations and Paper Goods
I like to go super simple on decorations when throwing a party. This could be a budget buster if you let it.
I stop at the Dollar Tree first to pick up things like table cloths, plates, cups, etc. I try to get their school colors with maybe a few graduation-specific items.
Yard signs are also a popular item these days as simple graduation decor.
You can even add your graduates picture in a Dollar Tree picture frame as a centerpiece.
Make sure there is something to do at the party, especially if this graduation party is for younger kids.
Mine still love a good water feature! We will rent a bounce house with a water slide or a big water slide for the day.
This keeps kids entertained for hours! Check local bounce house companies in your area to rent, they book fast so if you want to get a specific one make sure to book ASAP.
Get Your Home Ready
About a week before your graduation party at home it’s a good idea to start making a list of the areas your guests will see.
This narrows down what you should focus on cleaning in your home.
Some areas include the kitchen, living room, dining room, main bathroom and your backyard.
No need to clean additional rooms in your home since no one will see them.
Add little touches to your guest bathroom such as extra hand towels, toilet paper and soap.
The most important thing is to have fun and make memories for your child with your graduation party at home.
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