We are nearing graduation; have you started planning the party? Don’t look away if you don’t have a graduate, these ideas will help you with any party planning.
8 WEEKS BEFORE
Graduation coincides with wedding season, therefore if you plan to hire a caterer or order a cake this is the time to book those type of services. The time to order graduation announcements also falls around the eight week mark. Feel free to include information about your party in with the formal announcement.
7 WEEKS BEFORE
Fun stuff – time to order decorations, plan activities, and decide on games. Search local and online venders for the best deals. Ordering now with will allow out of stock items to arrive in time. Paper products should be scoped out, but wait to buy until you have a better idea of how many guests you expect. Seeing these fun party items laying around might just encourage your graduate to study hard.
6 WEEKS BEFORE
This week won’t cost you a dime, just time. This is the week to get your invitation list made and addresses gathered. Hand write or make a spreadsheet, but this task must be done.
4- 5 WEEKS BEFORE
Your guest list is made, so let’s get those announcements out in the mail. Addressing, stuffing, and sealing is great task to sit and complete with your graduate over good conversation in this busy world.
3 WEEKS BEFORE
This week is all about the food. Plan your meal or snacks and write a grocery list. Plan food that can be prepared ahead of time to lower the stress of the big day.
2 WEEKS BEFORE
Now take time to confirm all details – the caterer, cake, venue, entertainment; anyone your have booked for your party. Even if you have called on family members to do a task, double check and remind them. Now that you have an idea of who is coming, go ahead and purchase your paper products. Take time to make sure your graduate is doing ok, the last weeks can be overwhelming.
1 WEEK BEFORE
Go grocery shopping! Also make any last minute purchases a few days before. Keep the days leading up to the party as free as possible. All DIY projects should be done this week, and not on the decorating day. Have decorating supplies on hand such as pins, command strips, tape, scissors, extension cords, glue gun, and ladder.
Check out this fun DIY decoration projects at Robb Restyle.
2 DAYS BEFORE
Prep any food you can ahead of time, and if you are hosting, tidy up. Decorate and set up chairs and tables. Check off as much as you can early to clear up your big day.
The work is done, now try to relax and enjoy. This is the hardest step for me, I stress out on party day. You need to enjoy the day, especially if its graduation we are talking about. Let people help so you can celebrate.