April 2018, Issue 21
“High School Graduation Party Do’s and Don’ts”
by Homeschool.com’s Rebecca Kochenderfer
No one ever wants to be known as “that parent.” That’s totally uncool and would embarrass your teen no doubt. So where do you draw the line? How can you ensure that you don’t end up being that parent while throwing an awesome graduation party for your teen? Check out our list of high school graduation party dos and don’ts:
- DO plan ahead! This cannot be stressed enough. Planning ahead will make the difference between a last-minute blunder and a high school graduation party to be remembered. Plan for your guests, guest interaction, announcing the graduate(s), and saying goodbye. Having it all planned out will also prevent you from feeling overwhelmed the day of the party.
- DO inform the closest neighbors. Let them know you’ll be having a party and ask if they’d have any suggestions on where guests can park that won’t bother them. If there’s room, they may even be willing to allow parking in their own driveway if they have no plans to leave. (Don’t forget to invite the neighbors!)
- DON’T forget the food and the ice. Think about the time of day your party is being held and which meal your party will intersect. If your party will be around lunch time and will last several hours, consider having a potluck where everyone brings a lunch dish. If you’re throwing an evening bash, consider having pizza delivered so guests and your graduate don’t find themselves distracted by hunger. Also, don’t forget to get ice!
- DON’T run out of seating arrangements! If your own furniture won’t possibly accommodate everyone you’ve invited, call a furniture rental company and obtain some folding chairs you can use for the day. If you’re having a party outside, consider renting some gazebos to help your guests feel protection from the sun or rain.
- DO plan some activities and set up a playlist. Your teens aren’t going to want to engage in any corny activities, nor will they be interested in listening to the oldies. To ensure your playlist is “cool” enough, ask your teen for help setting it up. Now, if you listen to the same music as your teen, this won’t be an issue – just don’t forget to do it.
- DON’T forget to send out invitations. Do this with plenty of time in advance or you may end up disappointed that no one shows up. Send invitations early and make sure there are no errors on them. Also, be sure guests know exactly when and how to RSVP.
Aside from graduation itself, the high school graduation party will likely be one of the best things that happens to your senior. There are so many factors that go into making it a special one and some careful consideration to those factors will make or break the party. Give your teen a party to remember!