Making Party Planning Fun


My friend’s son graduates from high school next week. Two days later, her home will be filled with no less than 175 of her son’s nearest and dearest pals, thanks in large part to the fact that he created a Facebook page dedicated solely to informing his peeps about his grad party.

The ingenious teen is having a blast planning his commencement shindig, including constantly updating his online party page.

His mom, not so much.

While she is thrilled to commemorate her son’s milestone, trying to figure out how she is going to keep 175 teens and their parents entertained—outside, in a tent—is becoming a real challenge.

Still, the party planning process doesn’t have to be a chore. Rather, by tackling different elements with a little creativity, you can kill two birds with one stone:

Invitations: If you decide not to go the virtual route, then utilize your child’s school colors for the invitations. You could also opt for more elaborate creations, including invites shaped like diplomas, textbooks, pencils, or mortar boards.

Decorations: Balloons, streamers, pennants, and banners are standard party decor, though you can add some personalized touches as well. Consider displaying your child’s school pictures from kindergarten until present, as well as any trophies, awards or other memorabilia earned by your son or daughter during his/her high school years. If you are working with a limited budget, skip the expensive flower centerpieces and instead create bouquets from pens, pencils and highlighters.

Activities: Most high school graduation parties involve teens who prefer socializing together rather than participating in juvenile games. If you have the means, consider renting a photo booth for kids to take shots together during the party. You could also set-up tables where kids can sign yearbooks or create memory album layouts from digital photos taken on their smartphones. Another option is to leave out a book where adult guests can jot down advice to the graduate regarding life in college and beyond.

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About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.