It’s the time of year for high school and college graduations and the accompanying parties. But what to do and how and where? First, ask your graduate if he/she wants a party. You may be surprised to find your graduate does not, particularly high school boys and those who dislike being the center of attention.
If you decide to have a party, first decide on a date. If out-of-town relatives plan to visit, consider having it either on graduation day or the next day or two. Before setting the date, check to find out if a school party, such as an all-night party, is planned.
Then, decide who to invite. Your grad may want a larger party that includes family and school and church friends. Or he/she may prefer a friends-only party with a second celebration for family. If your student has a close friend, they may like to have a joint party.
Once the guest list is set, its time to decide what will occur, which will determine the party location. A drop-in reception with simple snacks and perhaps a special cake can usually be held at a home. A more elaborate party may necessitate the use of a park, restaurant or another location. A pool party can be held at a swim club or similar location or at the home of a friend or relative who has a pool. A barbecue might be held at a home or a park. If you decide on a park, be certain to reserve the location with your city parks department. Don’t take a chance on finding a location at the last minute and being disappointed.
One party necessity is food and plenty of it. Teens and college grads can have big appetites. What you serve is up to you and may depend on the time of the party. If it coincides with the dinner hour, more food will be expected than a mid-afternoon or evening event. Graduating from high school or college is a major life accomplishment. Take the time to celebrate your graduate in the manner she/he will enjoy and that lets her/him know you are proud of their efforts.