August 07, 2015

Great College Graduation Party Ideas

Great College Graduation Party Ideas
When it comes to any great party, there are three things to keep in mind. Every party must be held in a great location, the decoration must be fun and festive, and the food and drinks must be wonderful. After all, if you are throwing a graduation party for a friend or family member, don’t you want everything to be perfect for them and the party guests?

Throwing a party can be stressful and a lot of work. If you have an upcoming graduation party, keep reading. The next few paragraphs are full of college graduation party ideas that you can use to make your party an absolute hit.

Consider Using College Theme Party Ideas

One way to make any type of party planning easier is to base the entire party around a theme. Doing this will help you focus on the theme when you are tasked with making decisions. It can also make shopping of party supplies easier as your local party store likely has items representing specific themes displayed together. Here are some examples of college party themes:

  • Graduation BBQ – Since graduations are often held in the late spring and early summer, this is a great option. Cook hot dogs and burgers on the grill. Serve with buns, condiments, and sides of baked beans, fruit salad, and potato salad. Offer strawberry shortcake for desert. Make sure guests are kept hydrated with plenty of water and lemonade. Beer and rum punch are always great options for the adults. Decorate card tables and picnic tables with traditional checked table cloths and mismatched plates and silverware. Have games available for guests such as horse shoes, badminton, and bean bags.
  • Graduation Open House – People throwing graduation parties often worry about accommodating large crowds of people all at once. The solution to this is to have an open house. Set snacks and drinks up in stations, and allow guests to come in and mingle with one another and the guest of honor. Be sure to provide a guestbook that folks can use to sign and offer the good wishes to the recent graduate.
  • Graduation Luau – This is another great outdoor party idea. Stake tiki torches in the back yard and string leis as garland. Serve guests chicken and pineapple skewers, or an even more traditional roasted pork sandwiches. Play luau music for to really set the mood. Coconut cake makes a great desert for a graduation luau. Fruity cocktails are perfect for the adults. Just replace the booze with sparkling water for guests who don’t drink.

Finding the Perfect Graduation Party Location

If the weather is going to be nice, and you have enough room, a backyard is the perfect place for a graduation party. If you prefer to keep things indoors, a roomy rec room or an open living room are good choices. If neither of these is an option, you’ll have to find a suitable location that can accommodate your guests, serving tables, chairs, chafing dishes, etc.. You may look into renting pavilions at local parks, private banquet rooms at local restaurants, church basements, or a local VFW or Eagle’s lodge.

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