A GRADUATION PARTY
Graduation season is almost here. Honor your
graduate while keeping the budget on track with
some money-saving tips.
Consider the Venue
Your home is a free venue, but you may choose to
have your celebration at an alternate location. A
grandparent’s home, friend’s home or aunt’s home
could work just as well. In addition, other venues
that may have a nominal reservation fee but that
could be the perfect location include a local park,
neighborhood clubhouse or community center.
Choose Cost-Effective Food and Drink
Serving pulled pork BBQ or grilling hot dogs and
hamburgers tend to be great options when you’re
planning to serve a full meal to a crowd. Adding
things like pasta salad, green salad, fruit salad
and cookies that can be made ahead of time also
frees you up to enjoy your guests. Serving lots of
appetizers and small desserts while limiting main
course options can also be a cost effective way of
serving everyone. In the drink department, serve
a homemade punch in a large beverage server. If
you’re offering alcohol, consider serving beer and
wine instead of hard liquor.
Create a Theme
Personalize the party to refl ect your graduate .Instead of the traditional graduation route, do a theme
the party around something meaningful for the graduate. If he loves baseball, place baseballs on the
table for people to scribble notes on. If she is getting a degree in global business management, decorate
with globes and maps while serving international fare.
Shop Ahead to Score Bargains
Local thrift stores, yard sales and online selling communities are ideal for fi nding treasures perfect for
your graduation party, fi nd tables, chairs, linens, vases, lanterns, goblets, glass plates, lights, games,
serving ware and more. Don’t forget about food and drink items, when bottled water and soft drinks go
on sale, stock up and store them for the party.
Make the Dollar Store Your Best Friend
Shop at your local dollar store for party supplies. Your local store will probably have everything from
platters, bowls, napkins, balloon bouquets, streamers and plastic tablecloths. Sometimes graduationthemed
items are for sale very inexpensively.
Shop at a mega-store for great deals on generic paper goods, plastic ware and cups. Add some pizzazz to
plain white napkins by tying them with black ribbons to look like diplomas. Some other simple ideas to
create a festive atmosphere include showcasing pictures of the graduate through the years, using natural
or brown paper wrapped books as table centerpieces, creating a photo booth wall/area with hashtag
sign and hanging lights.
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