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.