5 smart ways to plan a graduation party on a budget
As much as you may be trying to deny it, graduation season is right around the corner, and, like it or not, now is a good time to start planning a celebration. If you’re worried about how to plan an awesome party on a budget, however, there’s no reason to get too stressed. Here are some tips for planning a graduation party that doesn’t require you to take a second job:
- Make it informal. Sometimes it just feels good to dress up for a special occasion, but doing so can prove expensive. Your graduate might need a new outfit for the special event, and you may have to purchase something dressy to wear, as well. By making the graduation a casual affair, you eliminate this added expense.
- Keep the food simple. Select foods that are budget friendly and likely to prove a hit with the young crowd you are catering to. Finger foods, pizza, sub sandwiches (or hoagies) are often a hit with this set. To round it out, you also might offer a tossed salad and veggie platters. Then, provide a few choices of beverage, such as water, soda, iced tea and lemonade. Skip the alcohol. Unless the guest of honor is graduating from college, most guests will be too young for alcohol, anyway.
- Go easy on the decorations. It’s shocking how quickly party decorations can add up to a major expense. Consider hosting the party at a local park or in your backyard, where you can get away with fewer decorations. Otherwise, you can often find low-cost items at a dollar store. Fill in the gaps with photos of the graduate over the years. Plus, when placed strategically around the party area, they’ll make good conversation starters.
- Choose your location wisely. Ideally, the location you choose should be available free of charge, making your home or a local park your best bets. You also might try local community centers, club houses and churches if you need to rent a space that won’t break the bank.
- Create your own invitations. Be creative and print your own invitations on fun paper you purchase specifically for the event. Alternatively, you can visit a site such as PupleTrail.com to create attractive graduation party invitations on a budget.
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